Hyatt Regency Waikiki
Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815
Fitness Center: Yes
Day Spa: Yes
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Reviews
The Hyatt Regency Waikiki dominates the Waikiki Beach skyline with its 40 story towers. The Hyatt Waikiki recently underwent a complete renovation. The Hyatt has always been one of the best deluxe hotels in Waikiki. Very popular with tourists because of its prime central location across the street from the worlds most famous beach. The new restaurant “Japengo” offering a fusion blend of Asian foods is a culinary delight. The restaurant overlooks Waikiki Beach and offers two separate concepts for dining patrons.
1230 Rooms, 3 Restaurants, Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Center, Day Spa, Shopping Arcade, Parking
"As a Vacation and Honeymoon Specialist, when My Vacation Lady travels, we are actually checking out the hotels to see how it would fit our client’s needs. We are typically a bit more critical of hotels than the average traveler since we have our reputation at stake if we don’t recommend the right hotel to the right client. On our vacation to Oahu in late November 2011, we stayed at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki for 5 nights. This was our 2nd stay at this property and I’ve definitely seen the difference that the recent renovations made, including the new pool deck and restaurant, new Japengo restaurant and some of the room renovations. The Hyatt Regency Waikiki is a large property with 2 guestroom towers connected by their Great Hall, which I think is one of the nicest common areas of all of the Waikiki hotels. Since we were there for the holidays, the water falls was decorated with carousel horses and they held a tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening. The Great Hall is a beautiful location where Aloha Friday is typically held. This is a free Polynesian show complete with hula, fire-knife dancers, and live music. Believe me, the hotel guests arrive early to get the best seats. Talking about free, the Hyatt has a full program of complimentary activities for adults and children alike. In the summer and holidays, they offer their Dive-In movies on the pool deck, complete with fresh popcorn. There are hula dancing lessons, Lei making lessons, ukulele lessons and more are available on a regular basis in the E Makani Eha on the second floor Diamond Head Tower.
The fitness center is available 24/7 to all hotel guests. Of course, pool towel and chairs are complimentary (although there is a charge for cabanas). We appreciated the attentive service at the pool. The pool attendants set up towels on the lounge chairs for us and the wait staff from Swim was there to take food and drink orders. Talking about the pool- what an improvement over the old pool decking with the red stones. The new gray flooring is cool and contemporary and really gave the pool a clean and updated look. The opening of Swim for indoor and outdoor food and beverage service was a nice addition to the pool deck.
The hotel is across the street from the beach, and we just didn’t have time to relax on the beach but many people were taking advantage of the beach chairs and Hyatt on the Beach (their grill and snack shop). You can sign for food, non alcoholic drinks, snacks and more at Hyatt on the Beach and just charge it to your room. Lots of beach toys and activities are available for purchase or rent. The Na Ho’ola Spa is owned and operated by Hyatt, the renovated spa has 16 treatment rooms including couples suites. It offers a wide variety of treatments, a dry sauna, steam showers and lovely relaxation room. The products used by the Na Ho’ola Spa are wonderful and they are the same brand on in room amenities.
Let’s talk about the rooms for a minute. There are a lot of rooms–over 1,200 in all in room categories ranging from city to deluxe oceanfront views plus suites. The rooms all have furnished lanais with a table and 2 chairs. The beds are wonderfully comfortable. Each room comes with a safe, mini refrigerator, flat screen TV, coffee and tea maker and a desk with wireless access. The Hyatt’s rooms are well appointed with a combo tub and shower in a room with the toilet, the sinks are located just outside and the closet is a very nice size. The rooms come with 1 king or 2 doubles. This year, we took advantage of the Regency Club amenities and we really felt that they offered a great benefit for the cost. The Regency Club runs about $100 extra per nite.
We had breakfast there every day (assortment of pastries, rolls, muffins, cereals, fruit, and Asian breakfasts). We stopped in during the afternoon for sodas, bottled water, coffee, tea, expresso and cappuccino. On a couple of days when we had a late lunch, we stopped off for hors d’oeuvres and actually made it a meal since there were vegetables and dip, a hot appetizer that changed nightly and salads and more. We also used the concierge frequently for great restaurant reservations, directions and also to fax paperwork home. The newly renovated Regency Club looked fabulous with both indoor and outdoor space. We enjoyed breakfast overlooking Waikiki Beach in the morning and in the evening we sat in front of the fire pits and relaxed after our busy days. We enjoyed the Hyatt Regency Waikiki but it may not be the right hotel for everyone. Here are some pros and cons:
• Great hotel with very good service and recently undergone a major renovation.
• Lovely lobby.
• Great Spa.
• Lots of restaurant choices.
• Great location in Waikiki—but across the street from the beach—although they do offer beach chairs and towels at the beach.
• Recently renovated pool area. I liked the attentive service at the pool where they will set up chairs with towels tucked in for you. There is food and beverage service at the pool.
• Over 60 shops right in the hotel.
• This resort has 2 towers and, for the life of me, I could never find the elevator to our tower.
• Evening torch lighting and beach hula show is directly across the street from the property. When combined with another Hyatt property in Hawaii, their rates are unbeatable for the quality of hotel you are getting and it is, and will remain, one of my highly recommended Waikiki properties.
I would recommend this resort and would go back again without hesitation. If you have specific questions, feel free to email me directly."
Mindy Gilbert – My Vacation Lady
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