Rated 4 out of 5 by SFCam First time visit from Cali
Overall wonderful hotel in a great location with nice outdoor bar area, pool, and beach access. Everything was very close and only thing I can complain about being a Platinum member, is even though they upgraded me to a beach side view, they did not inform me that it was a handicap accessible room. Room was nice and clean but because it was handicap friendly the shower was not set up to the way I'm a little more comfortable with especially at the rate I paid. Overall though like I stated the hotel was great.
14. November 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jonno67 Nice Hotel
Stayed there on points and I think I was given the smallest room in the place. Despite me being SPG gold this really colored my stay ..
Didn't find it a haven at all. Almost had to breath in to get around the bed.
10. November 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bacchus49 Slow Valet
Average wait for valet was 20-30 minutes. Although they were friendly & professional, it took entirely too long to get our car each time we requested.
10. November 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Brew5 Needs some work
I love this hotel however this time I didn't get the feeling of being pampered. That great fragrance that I have come to really enjoy about the hotel was not present. The staff was non-existent with the exception of housekeeping (who were very friendly). The $25 resort fee was a bit high for my taste. As for the SPG recognition – ZERO points on this one. There was no mention of being a member nor were there any associated perks. Rooms are starting to show their age so some updating is needed. Still a beautiful hotel with a great location.
8. November 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by JJMc First time in Hawaii
This is a first class hotel and a most pleasant and convenient place to stay for a visit to Honolulu and Waikiki in particular. However, they will nickle-dime you for stuff, e.g., Internet service unexpected additionnal $25/day charge over and above package price through American Airlines Vacations. This level of hotel should provide free Internet service.
31. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Debbie575 Comfort and care
We enjoyed our stay on Saturday night. The tea service was very special as always. Sitting on the veranda reading and relaxing before sunset allowed us to enjoy the Banyan Court scenery. Ending our afternoon with a perfect drink watching the sunset got us ready for the evening fun. even with the tsunami surprise The Moana staff kept us safe and well fed on an upper floor until the danger passed . Our beds provided the comfort we expect at The Moana to drift into sleep after returning from our safe floor. We did not want to leave after lunch the next day, but knew we were leaving refreshed and eager for our next stay. Thank you again.
31. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sable125 Beautiful Hotel
I have stayed at this hotel numerous times. The facilities are excellent and the rooms are very well appointed with very comfortable beds
31. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by myllb Beautiful Place!
My wife and I spent almost two weeks at this hotel and generally loved it. The ambiance and decor and the layout of the porch, the banyan tree and the lobby were all great and we spent a lot of time there. The beach is great, and the location is as good as it gets. Prices for drinks and room service were high, so we tended to do our entertainment elsewhere. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this hotel. We found staff to be very helpful and courteous.
24. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Paulboh Wonderful experience!
I've traveled all over the world, from Rarotonga to Alaska to China to Poland. We enjoyed this hotel very much. The concierge was gracious and helpful. The doormen were great. The pool a tad small but OK. The beach was good. Don't expect a bunch of shells. This place is beautiful.
19. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sachmo1 This hotel needs more smiles!
The hotel is fine. I travel quite a bit and the front desk does not seem to really care. Unfortunately, if I was traveling for my vacation I would not choose this hotel.
8. Oktober 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lena79 Great location.
Stayed at Moana Surfrider during last week of August 2012. First night was spent in a street view room, which was in a historical part of the hotel. Room was spacious, recently upgraded and over all great first night. Then we moved into our expensive ocean front suite, which turned out to be a regular ocean front room. When we booked the room, we were told to book a larger room (a suite) to accommodate 5 people, which we did. There was suppose to have been 2 double beds and a sofa. Room that we got was in the Diamond wing, which wasnt remodeled and was kinda gross. Bathrooms are outdated, very small balcony where you can only stand, no sitting area. There were two double beds, and by the time roll away bed was put in, there was no room no move. I know you're not suppose to spend your vacation in a room, but it left a bad taste. That was the only bad thing about our vacation. Hotel itself is beautiful, service and location couldnt be better, Diamond Wing could be greatly improved. We stayed on 2nd floor.
20. September 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 Charming
I love this hotel but you need to know that the street side noise is intrusive as is the rattle from buses pulling into the drop off area. If you want charm and a great location then this is the place for you. If you want to get to bed early for a good night sleep you will beed to get a room away from the road.
I was disapointed that the pool was a fun free zone and the fun police were out in force also the pool closes rediculously early. I think it was 6.00 pm, which is the time that those not wanting to get burnt head for the pool. I noticed that other hotel pool were open until late.
17. September 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by GEMJR This hotel is truly one of Honolulu's gems.
Overall review is excellent. However, we believe we were misled about room reservation/accomodations throughout the 10 month reservation period. So, upon checkin we were housed in room that was inconsistent with information that had been confirmed in numerous communications which complicated checkin after a long travel day. However, once we expressed our situation with reservation management, our concerns were addressed professionally and with kindness. We appreciated the approachability of the management staff and the urgency in which our concerns were addressed. The hotel is truly beautiful and is a paradise in and of itself.
3. September 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Surfgirl56 Everything but the pool
My stay was great from the moment I arrived, every staff member I met was friendly and helpful. From coffee on the front veranda to popcorn and a glass of wine while waiting for dinner this hotel makes you feel comfortable and welcome.
The bartenders at the beach bar were entertaining and you wanted to sit and chat with them all afternoon.
My one complaint is the pool area and the lack of turnover in the pool chairs, the one hour limits should be enforced when chairs are empty or the beach chairs should be included. I was surprised by the amount of children at this hotel, that may be the one thing that would have me consider staying elsewhere with an adult pool.
Overall this hotel is well maintained with excellent service, everyone should experience it!
2. September 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Auer4 Best location on the beach
As in the past, a very enjoyable stay. However....Bathrooms need updating. Bathtub's finish was scratched and actually peeling off at drain site. There were sunflower seed shells on carpet when we first arrived.
29. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Djan This hotel is the best choose in Waikiki
very good location, excellent a beach, perfect service and nice view from window.
29. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Msr111 In line with expectations
Overall nice stay, in line with expectations, nothing that would make you think the hotel goes the "extra-mile" for their customers though. Beach bar is very nice!
27. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Broadie Beautiful architecture, great staff, excellent location.
We stayed with our 4 month old daughter and had a fantastic time. Its in a great location and the staff cant be helpful enough. Highly recommended.
26. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mdtravellers This hotel has excellent customer service
From the moment we arrived, the staff throughout the hotel greeted us warmly and made us feel welcome. We had excellent experiences with the concierge, who answered our numerous questions on multiple occasions. We also appreciated how the hotel accomodated our need for a late check out, given the time of our departing flight from Oahu.
23. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by WeddingAnniversary 21st Wedding Anniversary Staying
I will give a "Good" to Moana Surfrider. Our trip was to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary. Notification has been sent to Moana Surfrider before our arrival. During checked-in, we were being informed compliementary champagne has been arranged for us, but champagne never sent to our room even after we checked out! In addition, after we checked-in, we wait for our luggages in our room for more than half hour. Our luggages never came. We head out for our dinner. By the time we returned from dinner around 11 pm. Our luggages still not yet sent to our room. We are quite disappointed the service of this hotel. Also, there is a charge of US$25 per day for internet and parking. We do not have a rental car, I find this is unfair to those hotel guests do have a rental car or do not use internet. Anyway, overall hotel is good, but not excellent!
19. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sophist Great hotel, though has some issues
If you want to be in the center of the Waikiki scene and directly on the beach, this is a great choice. It is gorgeous and near great locations and shopping. The downside of this location is the noise from Kalakaua Avenue. Our room on the 2nd floor was at the very front of the hotel with 2 windows on the avenue, and it was so loud until about 2 am that we could not sleep. There were other problems. There were ants in the room, and we were promised a king bed, but given a queen. Staff was accommodating in addressing our problems, but moved us to a better room only halfway through our stay. We felt we should have received a refund for the days in the first room. Despite this, we had a positive experience overall and would recommend this hotel.
12. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by smosko mr
We weren't recognized as Starwood preferred guests. We were not offered a welcome gift. Pool area and beach were too crowded, no chairs available.
4. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ed820 Great historic hotel
Enjoyed staying at Moana Surfrider with friendly staff, excellent beach access, and great central location for shopping, dining, and people watching. However, the pool was somewhat disappointing and the basic WiFi connection in the room included in the resort fee was very slow and erratic.
3. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by dingai93 Tiny ants
There are so many tiny ants.
I wanted to change the room, but I was not sure that there are no ants in other rooms. I had to clean and care the trash everyday.
And there was no balcony. It was uncomfortable. Except thoes, the hotel was good. Very classic and gorgeous.
2. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by HappyLove Lovely stay
Really great hotel, friendly staff and good service. Only one head of seating staff member in the restaurant was a little abrupt, but that was the only minority.
Generally a really nice stay and will definitely recommend this to all our friends. The YOGA classes are fantastic! Definitely a plus. and the gym facility is terrific too. One of the best places to stay in waikiki. Thank you for ensuring we enjoyed our stay. Everyone is so nice. We'll be back soon.
1. August 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anna4160 Perfect location !!
This was a beautiful hotel. Not only did I love the historic significance of the hotel, but the accomodations and dining were amazing. Above all, you can`t beat the location. Right on the beach and center to all Waikiki has to offer. Definitely would stay again.
30. Juli 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kamaina Year 9 of Staycations
This is the ninth year we've taken a staycation at Moana.
The good: Gloria, Mo, Hulani at the beach were great! Remembered us by name. So much Aloha. Frank the bellman is exceptional!!! We got 4pm checkout!
The bad: air con started dripping water at 11pm. Maintenance fixed it by midnight. Fridge in 244 makes a loud noise every 45 mins. At check in clerk wrote 224. Went to room, we're delighted to get a ocean room but that was wrong. We had a city view. 244. Had to go back to get it corrected.
The ugly: person knocked on our door checkout day to see if we needed anything. We said some water. Never came. Kamaina who use points or discount are not afforded same perks as others regardless of loyalty. Ref beach umbrella reservations.
28. Juli 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by FrankC Good staff. Struggling to cope.
I visited at a time when the hotel was extremely busy - in fact overbooked. Rooms were not available, bags took a while to arrive, and the line for breakfast made it not an option for anyone with plans for the day. That said, almost all staff were extremely friendly and professional, and doing their best in difficult circumstances. It's amazing how much that can help. The only exception, on both nights of my stay, were the staff at the outside bar, who seemed to resent having their evening ruined by mere guests. They could benefit from a fraction of the hospitatlity training that their colleagues have obviously had.
24. Juli 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rena26 Noisy city side room with no upgrade available
While we absolutely enjoyed this hotel as previous visitors, this time was not so restful. We had requested a room away from elevators and the street side through the email to the reservation dept before our arrival. Our email was never answered and our request to upgrade was not accomodated when we checked in. (Being a SPG member did not improved our room selection either.) Our room was on the 4th floor facing the street and very noisy the entire 5 nights we spent there. We've never left the islands with so little sleep and glad to be going home as this time.
4. Juli 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Horn55 Business/Leisure
I would absolutely recommend this hotel to any relatives or friends that planned on vacationing in Honolulu. Can't beat the setting.
With that said, I have been staying at the Moana Surfrider for several years now and I wonder if the hotel differentiates the "regulars" from the first time visitors. I don't get the feeling that they really care if you have been there before or that someone is a Lifetime Platinum member (not that I really need or expect the recognition)
I will always tell anyone that will listen to stay at the Moana Surfrider.
2. Juli 2012