Rated 4 out of 5 by Stephen88 Disappointed at the customer service
We are rather disappointed at how our complaints regarding wind noise outside of the room entrance were handled. We called twice to the customer service to request investigation of the wind howling noise outside of room entrance(in the hallway) and even talked to on duty manager. They told us that this was normal and because ventilation is needed. We were staying in the Princess Wing; finally they moved us to the Kaiulani Wing and we managed to have quiet night of sleep. While we were in the Kaiulani Wing we noticed that the windows on 11 th floor lobby of the Princess Wing were not closed(this is the floor we stayed) while the windows on the other floors were closed, this explains why we got the excessive howling wind noise all night. The staff at the front desk including the on duty manager just did not bother to investigate the problem and close those windows.
December 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kolohe10 We are locals and like this hotel
Room 2840 is terrible. Lanai door very hard to open. Lanai unusable due to high winds. We have been staying here for almost 30 years, this is the worst room. 2844 is just as bad, we had both. Front desk often doesn't know the answers to questions. Ask a clerk a question, ask another clerk later, different answer, ask a third and get another answer. No one in 30 years said that the Splash Bar will validate hotel parking.
September 6, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Katty123 Excellent location and close to everything
The hotel is located close to everything that we wanted to be close to, the main shopping strip on Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki Beach, Kalakaua Ave, International Market, ABC Store across the road, and KFC nearby, Alamo Car rentals and a Market across the street, lots of good eating places also nearby and easy access to catch the trolleys to take us to Ala Moana. The hotel also has parking which was one of the "must" haves that we had on our list. We only slept at the hotel and didn't really use the facilities it had on offer. We spent all day out exploring Ohau and other attractions like PCC in Laie. This was our fourth visit to Hawaii in 3 years and we found this hotel slightly more expensive given the lack of maintenance of its rooms in the block that we were in. Sheraton really do need to upgrade the Ocean View block to match the lobby and pool area which looks lovely.
December 27, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by crealla Hotel is cost effective but you get what you pay for
Room showed signs of wear - in the bathrooom the fixtures had been painted white and the paint was flaking off. Same with ligtht fixtures.
It did have a nice balcony but no sliding screen door so there was potential for birds to fly into the room if you weren't careful
May 14, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Matt1294 Old, very old.
If you are expecting a good quality Starwood property, be ready for a dissappointmet. This particular property is very old. What makes a difference here is that I was in an upgraded room, yet the carpet looked like it was from the '80's, the bathroom had rust and old stains, and they told me they did not have newly remodeled rooms. Good location, and some rooms have a view of Waikiki, although blocked by other hotels.
November 19, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ghost247 Worst Hotel Experience ever
This was the worst hotel stay ever. The description of the rooms, what a joke, for the price you paid. Wireless internet service is not available in all towers of the hotel and the options that I was given was to either pay an additional charge to rent a device or switch rooms and occur additional rooms charges. The rooms were antiquated, small bathrooms, beds, and overall the rooms felt cramp. Overall two thums down.
February 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Roami26 Great Value in Waikiki!
After reading several reviews, I was a bit hesitant to book a room at this SPG property. HOWEVER, I'm glad I opted to ignore a few of the reviews and I booked the room anyway.
SPG Platinum recognition was exceptional. The Front Desk staff were very helpful, and as a "first impression"...did a great job at creating a warm welcome. Our suite was clean with comfortable bedding and sufficient bathroom toiletries. The continental breakfast was very good with a nice variety of foods. The fitness center was adequate (however, several of the treadmills were inoperative). YES, there IS construction noise taking place. However, unless you plan to sleep during the day, it doesn't present an inconvenience. YES, the hotel does need a bit of a "facelift". BUT...if you're looking for a clean hotel, in a GREAT Waikiki central location (great for shopping, dining and an easy walk to the beach), with a good staff to help make your stay enjoyable...the Princess Kaiulani is an excellent value for the price in Honolulu.
May 10, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jonathan1911 maintenance issues
The lock to my room malfunctioned, locking me out of my room. From the time I first tried re-flashing my room key to the time the issue was resolved took over an hour*. The delay cost me my plans to tour Pearl Harbor, something I had been looking forward to for some time.
*even after security came up to the room and let me in, I had to wait in the room for maintenance to arrive and fix the lock, then reissue keys.
September 15, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Mike60 Category 5?
I was traveling on business and was disappointed in the hotel rating as I have stayed at many lesser Starwood brands that were far better maintained.
The staff, with the exception of the concierge were very gracious and housekeeping attentive. In terms of the concierge, I never received a call back confirming a reservation I requested even after checking back and being assured I would get a call as soon as the restaurant had opened.
I was placed on an SPG floor, yet the adjacent room had many small children that made it nearly impossible to be on a conference call or work at certain times of the day. I am sure this is challenging being a resort destination, but some placement/assignment of business travelers should not be too difficult.
On three of the five days there was no water in the fitness center during early morning workouts.
Food - average and would not recommend.
January 9, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by CazzaAus Mum and 2 teenage boys from Australia
The hotel is in a great spot. The $18 daily resort fee is well worth it - they bring you ice cold drinks and fruit to the beach, you have free parking, chairs to take to the beach and towels, a free cocktail on arrival, one hour of internat. calls - I forget. The beds are very comfy indeed and the rooms have nice balconies. It is a bit noisy at night as it is in the heart of things, but when you are tired you sleep -we all did. The gym is very good and the cardio machines overlook the pool. The staff are really helpful at all times. There are things going on around ther lobby and pool - singers, crafts etc. We found the hotel way better than we'd expected and would stay there again. We didn't have the buffet breakfast, as the boys were older than 12 and considered adults, which made it too expensive for us to have each day. I think they could do a deal for families like ours.
January 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Frawst Great!!
Facility shows it's age but is very clean and comfortable. The lobby is expansive and elegant. The hotel is accessible to the beach, upscale shopping and discount shopping. Concierge was most helpful in finding activities that fit our schedule and likes. Food in the restaurant was great and plentiful.
May 1, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by ljordan !!!!
I enjoyed the island! It was awesome. The staff was outstanding as well. People complain about the rooms, but I spent very little time in my room-to sleep only. As soon as I was awake, I was gone. I loved the location which was right next to the international market and across the street from more shopping and the beach. I cannot wait to go back! Oh yeah, and I got upgraded to a suite before I even arrived!
November 30, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Joyous55 SUPRISED
The reason I picked this hotel was I had a great experience my last visit.
I was scheduled to stay here 3 nights, I checked out after one bad night,.
It took me 45 minutes to check in, there was no SPG counter open, it remained closed for the remainder of the day.
The first room I was in had bugs around the baseboard, I requested a new room, and I was not happy with it either. I checked out the next day.
November 5, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by Yvan56 Gross
Worst starwood property by far. My room had hundreds of bugs (flies, mosquitos, fleas), the tub had not been cleaned in years, some blood on the wall, hotel hasn't been updated in decades, no valet parking (instead you have to park in a dumpy garage behind the kitchens), staff was clueless on many things (although they did give me a fruit basket...which attracted more bugs). Just a terrible hotel property.
May 4, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Susan2312 Location is great
Enjoyed our stay at the Princess K, had heard the that it is a bit dated, and yes the rooms are. Having said that the room was spacious and the beds very comfy. Disappointed that the cleaner never replenished the soap, shampoo etc supplies throughout out weeks stay and that glasses used on the second day, were never cleaned or replaced with fresh ones. Small things, but I expected better from this hotel.
October 31, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Angelo8 Location needs some TLC
Compared to other Starwood hotels I've stayed at, this was one of the most out of date I've seen. There is nothing particularly wrong with it mind you. It's just very tired and needs some upgrading. Examples include a bathroom with water stains on the wallpaper, no temperature control but rather an on and off button for air conditioning.
The staff is good though and the location is very convenient.
December 25, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by canuckle Worst stay ever in Hawaii!
Had not stayed in this hotel for a few years as I was trying out the other hotels - wish I had stayed away as it was by far worst stay ever in Hawaii (over 10 stays in past few years).
Was 'upgraded' to a room beside the elevator which I heard all night long (it is obscured during day time by street and poolside noise).
Pool area is very open to foot traffic so not that enjoyable.
Room is in desperate rejuvenation (or demolition). Internet is still ethernet - so much for use of tablet.
Room thermostat was broken, so it thinks the room is 15 degrees cooler than it actually is!
Had a staff member scream at a guest who was trying to enter an elevator while she was exiting - took the people waiting to enter by surprise how rude she was!
recommend looking at other places as this one should reconsider the hospitality industry. It is fortunate to get all the tour groups who know no better.
February 13, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Rosie46 This hotel is huge
I felt this hotel was just too big. It certainly didn't feel like a luxury resort. The staff was very responsive and professional but the huge crowds in the lobby and lifts was quite off putting
May 18, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by LifetimePlatinumBound In Desperate Need of an Upgrade...
I had room on the 10th floor that had a small balcony with a view of the ocean. The rooms come with refrigerators and safes, but the furniture, carpeting, etc are all in need of desperate upgrade. The one gem I found at the hotel was that the gym was recently upgraded, that was a definite plus. I did see new furniture in the hallway the day I was checking out so maybe an upgrade will occur soon.
January 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Oregongirl In the heart of Waikiki
Terrific location with easy walking to the beach and MANY stores and restaurants. Easy access to highways to drive to other parts of the island. Access to the parking garage from the hotel is difficult to figure out, however! Buffet breakfast and dinner were plentiful and very good. Nightly Hawaiian-type music by the pool was a nice plus.
Light sleepers would find the outside noises disturbing.
December 22, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by LUSTY great location
FRIENDLY STAFF AND A GREAT LOCATION. NICE MEALS AROUND THE POOL AREA
May 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Huskernu Hotel was ok.
For the most part everything was ok. Our balcony door would not shut tight, therefore it was extremely noisy from activities happening outside, plus did feel like I has a very secure room. Also my husband is a preferred member and the clerk who checked us out said he could not give us the 15 percent discount for the breakfast buffet we had Friday Morning. Customer service was not so good.
January 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dick1934 Getting There
Wow, your parking is around the corner' which comes as a surprise. There are mostly one way streets. The street signs are badly placed and hard to read. Lots of wasted driving and frustration getting there. Suggest you publish a map of JUST nearby streets and their direction with the location of the parking lot included
April 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dave99999 Excellent Hotel but constant odd problems
Housekeeping had a tough time getting it right. Wet towels on the floor when we arrived. All Decaf coffee one day. No shampoo one day. Plus the safe didn't work. Then they did not give us the 35% food discount until we complained about the bill. We just felt like too many things had to be worked out over the phone with them. This is a very nice hotel and $200 a night is about right.
November 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by luvh14 excellent staff
Our room was classified as a city view which ended up being a view of a garage. The reservation desk manager corrected the situation and was very sorry for the problems we had. We very much appreciated his help.
May 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jaytk Stay at this hotel
I recently had the pleasure of spending 7 nights here. While the property could use some decorating enhancements, it was a very nice experience. I had a great view of the beach and pool, and all services were performed well. The staff was great.
May 3, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by AYMI Needs Major Updates
Staffs and Location are the best asset in this property. Staffs are friendly and the location is right next to the International Market; it is very convenient.
However, the room is very dated. The mattress is not typical Starwood quality. You can see cracks on every furniture. One word: Old. The elevators were terrible. The average wait time was about 5-10 minutes. In one case, I waited almost 15 minutes because every single one of them were full of people.
Worst of all, the internet service. The resort fee 18 per day but the technology (internet) was so 90s. No wireless internet in room, only wired. If you have a iPad or two computers, one must go to the lobby level to use internet service. This means the resort fee is not well spent.
Finally, not the fault of the hotel. The noise was bad, especially on weekend nights. The noise lasted til 1:00AM, it was hard to sleep since my room faced to the street.
January 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 Good location, bad policy...
Good location, friendly staff. From a return-client point of view, you should re-think your "Resort Charge". It's a shame for people to have a great vacation at your hotel and then to check out with a bad taste in their mouth because they have to pay the resort fee at the END of the trip instead of it being included in the "Paid in Full" amount from before they reach your hotel.
July 19, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by SarahK1970 Sound insulation must be improved.
I was in room 380. Though the room itself was okay (clean bathroom and bedding), the level of street noise heard was extreem and the air conditioner was loud and did not cool the room to a comfortable level.
May 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Ben4212 Good site beach access
The hotel was clean and well managed and the staff professional however the room was "tired " looking belonging to the 1960s era..
The bathroom although clean was old and depressing.
The air-conditioner didn't work for most of our stay.
The room faced onto the hotels plant-rooms of adjoining properties and was unbearably noisy and required earplugs at night to sleep.
January 19, 2014