Rated 2 out of 5 by jmac7 Hotel
While this historical hotel was lovely and full of charm in the 'public' spaces and the staff was friendly, our stay was very disappointing. Except for the very comfortable bedding, the room was nothing special at all and extremely noisy and in need of repair (cracked and dirty bathroom tiles). The room was not cleaned earlier than 2 pm until we finally asked housekeeping to clean it sooner so we could rest before dinner. During our week stay, we were not able to find a chair or lounge near the very small pool even one time (except during heavy rain).
We have had more enjoyable accommodations at 2- and 3-star hotels. The Moanna Surfrider certainly did not live up to expectations.
February 25, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Shawn39 Great Location
Right in the mix of all the action. Very clean hotel nice staff. The rooms are a little small but it is an older hotel.
February 25, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bellairman Going downhill fast
This hotel has gone downhill fast. My wife and I stayed there for our honeymoon four years ago and everything was fantastic. We went back last year and things were still pretty good, though we stayed in a city view room and it was incredibly loud. We went again this year (paying the extra for the ocean side Diamond Wing Room) and the hotel has gotten worse.
First the good stuff: The staff is super friendly and helpful, especially the pool and bar staff (Lee, Isaac, Gloria and Clayt were awesome). The location cannot be beat and the beach chairs are nice and well spaced (as long you are willing to shell out the $50+$10 reservation +tip). They can be hard to get on busy weeks and reservations are only one day in advance, but if you plan properly, not a problem. They are expensive for beach chairs, but this is an expensive property and for those who can afford the rooms, the cost is well worth it. The rooms are definitely nicer since the renovation and the bathrooms are a huge upgrade. Also the in room coffee is good and there is a power strip provided to charge three to four devices at once (helpful when have an ipad and phone each).
Now for the bad: We stay at the hotel because it is targeted towards higher end clientele and is supposed to be the nicest Starwood property in Waikiki, but it doesn't deliver to those standards anymore. My last two Starwood stays were at the W Scottsdale and W San Francisco. Similarly priced high end hotels, but those two properties delivered on expectations. The two thing I expect from a 4 star or better property are quality food and good maintenance.
1) The food at the hotel was terrible. We ordered room service twice and both times it was nearly inedible (except the fries which were very good). The tomato soup tasted like someone heated up a V-8 and the edamame were overcooked and mushy. The flat bread was cold but tasted like it was probably decent before the cheese congealed. The food at the Beach house (non-buffet breakfast) was equally subpar. The pork hash was burnt, the eggs tasted like they were from a carton, the yogurt was not as good as the Yoplait from the ABC market and there are pigeons that land on the tables and try to share your food. The only good item we had food wise was the Ahi Poke Nachos at the beach chairs. This wouldn't have been so bad, except that in prior years we have enjoyed the food at the hotel, particularly the beachhouse.
2) Maintenance/Cleanliness. I understand its an island and being on the beach makes maintenance hard, but this is a newly renovated room. The bed is "heavenly" but the pillows are terrible. They provide no support and they seemingly deflate when you lay on them. The diamond room is small, but it has a good view and room to sit and look at the water (the banyan City rooms are even smaller and two adults do not fit in it). Plus, how much time are you spending in room in hawaii anyways? The problem came with the cockroaches. First twenty minutes in the room we had a couple of small cockroaches. They came and sprayed and gave us a nice gift basket (weirdly the guy asked if i wanted "compensation" for the roaches after asking if i saved them so he could see them then seemed offended when i said I would accept it since he offered). Then the roaches came back, we didn't even bother to call after that and just killed the ones we saw. Also, the shower dripped and was sloped improperly so that the water pooled on one side of the shower. There was also little thought to where a two humans could put their toiletries as the shelves don't hold a normal toiletry bag. The shaving mirror is no where near the sink and it was coming off the wall. The air conditioner won't come on with the lanai door open (smart idea for conservation) but the sensors didn't work right so the air conditioner wouldn't come on the first few times we closed the door.
3) Lack of SPG info. On checking in with our SPG Gold we were not given any indication of the property specific benefits, and only learned by overhearing another couple that we were supposed to be getting a discount on our pool chairs. Also, free internet means nothing as a it is included in the resort fee (which has increased to include parking, at a different hotel no less, even though almost no one parks at the hotel. If you valet you have to pay for the parking. There was also no preferential room location (we were stuck on the lowest floor), though there was a faster check in line.
4) lack of thought process in operating/designing a hotel. I have some experience in developing hotels so I know that this is much easier than hotels make it out to be. When you have an ocean front hotel you expect that people will sleep with the doors open to hear the ocean. That means you do not roll carts past their windows every morning at 5 am on the stone paths, or if you have to roll the carts outside instead of through the hotel, get rubber wheels so they roll quietly instead of the loud rattling of hard plastic wheels. When you put a king bed and dresser in and the only place to put a room service cart is on the other side of the room, there should be enough room to get the cart through without picking up the cart. If you are going to have no ice machine on a floor signs would be nice (i had to ask housekeeping and maintenance and they had to go find it as they didn't even know that it was on a different floor).
5) beyond their control, but the surfider was the only hotel in Hawaii that was able to serve alcohol on the sand (at the aforementioned beach chairs). This past year the state refused to renew that permission and now the beach chairs lose some of their appeal. The bar is nearby and the bartenders are fun, but with little to no ocean view you now can't just sip a cocktail or beer while getting some sun. Huge loss in terms of the uniqueness of the property.
All in all, we are presented with a dilemma. We have a nostalgic attachment to the hotel, but unless it improves I don't see how we can go back there. The hotel is still marginally better than most in Waikiki, but it is far pricier. The high end appeal is just not there and if we are going to get a mediocre hotel experience then why pay top rates.
February 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Tarawa Pool chairs
The amount of chairs around the pool to sunbathe was very unsatisfactory.It seems apparent to have less chairs available so you would have to rent one for 50$ a day and increase even more revnue despite my over 300$ nightly rate. Having being told by a pool /towel attendant to have to show up at 650 am to get a towel for 7 am to reserve a chair is a bit over the top while on vacation.It took 4 days to actually get a chair by the pool since 9 am was to late to be able to work out and eat breakfast .Further more the method being used to hold chairs is not being enforced although I was refered on my 4 day of actually getting a chair.The Westin policy of reserving a chair.This was a major disapointment for me.On two occasions we went to Dukes for breakfast simply because it was very good and more affordable than the westin.The amount of pool chairs far out numbered the westin chairs by the pool and will be a major consideration next time im in Waikiki.Being a starwood prefered member was not enough to keep me satisfied with 300$a night and waite 4days to sunbathe with out paying 50$extra of lay on the sand with my back after back surgery.
February 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kalena28 Great Location, Great Staff!
I stayed at the Moana Surfrider for the first time in January. I arrived early (prior to standard check-in time) and to my surprise, the front desk agent was able to find an available room for me! She was very pleasant and efficient. The room was lovely, location perfect, and overall experience wonderful. The housekeeping ladies on the 2nd floor, restaurant servers, bell staff and Frank with the valet team, were all very welcoming, professional, courteous, and emulated the Aloha spirit. I will definitely come back to this timeless, historical hotel right on Waikiki Beach!
February 19, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Oahunurse26 Save your money
I had always wanted to stay at this hotel after living on Oahu and I can't believe how disappointed I am. The front desk staff were not personable at all and seemed irritated that I was checking in. I was so put off that I came back later to ask my questions to a different receptionist who was more approachable. There hasn't been a single mention of what the resort fee even covers and as far as I can tell it just covers parking. The worst part is the lack of soundproofing in the city view rooms. I get that it's an old hotel but it doesn't even seem like they tried to make it less noisy. We haven't slept since we checked in. It's almost like you're sleeping in the middle of kalakaua ave. At the price of this hotel I expected way better. At least the two star hotel I stayed at on Kuhio ave. provided guests ear plugs. Save your money and stay elsewhere.
February 4, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jerry2013 THe Best Place In Waikiki
My wife and I love the Moana, the people treat us great! Nancy at the Snack Bar and Gloria who takes care of us under the umbrellas. But Ma at the Bar is like a Ma to us all we all love her dearly.
Jerry and Jennifer Stacy
February 3, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Sunday25 Worst customer service in my life
Receptionist wasn't welcoming.
Duty manager Josh was rude and unwilling to talk.
Specially requested for quite room but get extremely loud room next to Duke's. Couldn't sleep until 4am.
My second visit after last year's my 10years wedding anniversary.
I visited 4 other hotels during this travel (3weeks period), this is the worst hotel.
The hotel crews need to take basic training for customer service. (Never use excuse me or thank you).Only bell desk and house keeping do it right . Contact to general manager is also extremely hard. Unbelievable hotel overall for this level.
January 29, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Haggis59 My wife's favorite hotel - worldwide
This is our third time to the Moana - we alway have had a great experience here.
We booked our stay and applied to use 7 nights from our Suite Award account. Around 5 days before arrival I received a message from Starwood; they were having trouble finding an available suite. Three days before we were told no suite was available.
We received a welcome email from Roxanne at the Moana - a nice personal touch. i decided to email back and was informed Starwood system is in control of the Suite Night reservations, but she would see what they had availabe during the check-in process.
Steve was at the desk when we were checking in - he made us feel very welcome. Steve researched the available rooms and went to discuss with his supervisor. He managed to find us an ocean view suite in the tower section. I know from previous experience these suites are classified as specialty suites and not under any Suite Night award program. Steve really treated us like Platinum members, and more.
I would like to note the maid service in the hotel is well trained and very observant. Each day as we left to have fun, our maid noticed us leaving and had our room cleaned prior to us returning. sometimes we were only gone for an hour. This showed us they prioritized the room cleaning when people were out so as not to disturb their stay - very thoughtful.
Having the Beach Club available for breakfast and evening snacks is wonderful. The staff were always very welcoming and personable. The location is great for people watching and for awesome sunset viewing.
Some complain regarding slow service - this is island time - relax and enjoy - that is why we get away from the mainland
I am convinced why this is my wife's favorite hotel - great job!!
January 25, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Martytime REFUND ME MY MONEY
I am completely disappointed in this hotel. When I booked it nobody told me there was a constriuction site right outside my balcony. Every morning of my honeymoon I was awoken at 5 AM from the beeping of the construction trucks. Furthermore the hotel allowed its guests to ride the elevators wet and with no shirts, completely nasty. The towels are so old the cut you when you dry out with them. The concierge only sends you to the tours and ectivities and that lady would give you attitude when you ask her too many questions . The waiters don't know the SPG rules in the bar and they don't apply the discounts offered. I had to go to the front desk and complain. The AC in my room didn't work propoerly and the inroom dining took more then 1 hour to deliver our food. The ondemand on the TV got stuck and I had to spend like 2 hours trying to figure it out. I mean I am paying $700 a night for this terrible service and old hotel. I had the worst honeymoon experience in this hotel, I am asking you to consider refunding a certain portion of it due to the terrible construction and the rest of my observations that I feel are worthy of a refund. Thanks,
January 10, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by ltCA This hotel did not operate honorably
Lying to the guest and did not honor the upgrade
January 3, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by SCY114 Moana has great housekeeping staff
My hotel housekeeping staff is excellent. I have been here about week and half and housekeeping staff Maria Alienda always has a smile and brightens my day. My room is smaller then most hotels but it is very clean and well kept. Mrs. Maria Alienda and her co workers like Josephine Gasmen makes great impression of how nice this hotel really is during the holidays. Maria, thank you for servicing my room all week.
December 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by 130coco Very relaxing and the staff most accommodating!
We are from the islands and found our weekend very relaxing by just rocking and watching Kalakaua Avenue and it's activities!
December 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JaredB Moana Lani Spa
I had one of the best full body massage sessions I've ever had at the Moana Lani Spa. Patti, my masseuse, was amazing and spent an hour working all the kinks and knots out of my back and neck especially. Using a Reiki technique passed down through generations, all the stress and tension melted away under Patti's expert hands. It was just what I needed and I would recommend the Spa with its incredible location (chillout rooms overlooking Waikiki) and especially Patti to anyone. Extremely relaxing and energising.
December 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Toppy The hotel needs improvement with staff dealing with Guests
The staff at both Guest Servieces & Restaurant were dreadful. They were rude & very unwelcoming.
The room we had was nice but the air condition made so much noise we hardly slept & we had already changed rooms.
We were treated so badly for our stay we will certainly be going back to the hotel we stayed at before our cruise.
December 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Peter1007 Totally Enjoyable Stay in Paradise
Room 1186 (Premium Ocean View with 2 queen rooms) consistent with type of rooms booked directly with Hotel. Requested a King Room at time of booking but not available at check-in. On Arrival, hotel accommodated an early (10 am) check-in. Offered an upgrade, but at an extra $300/night, thought this was a bit an unusual offer. Original booking promised a bottle of champagne to celebrate an anniversary - it never arrived. This was mentioned at check-in the night before departure and was promised it would be addressed - it never happened. Concierge asked about a local attraction (Royal Palace) and given incorrect information. Generally found this service did not have staff with good local knowledge - but still pleasant. Travel Desk very helpful (although sometimes had to wait up to 30 minutes to be seen). Very good breakfast and lunch - very good food and excellent service (recommend the chopped salad and grilled beef salads in particular for lunch). Good historical display on level 2. Hotel overall very well maintained and kept spotlessly clean. In the evening, you hear the Beach Club entertainment in the room (even with the door closed) but not unnecessarily loud to cause disturbance). Fascinated by the almost continual procession of wedding parties in the lobby and grounds. The ginger and pineapple refresher drink available near the check-in was quite enjoyable. Recommend sitting in the rocking chairs and watching the world go by. Also, go to the beachfront to watch sunset. Overall a totally enjoyable 9 night stay in paradise.
December 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by susan20132013 excellent service from Moana staff
the hotel is quite lovely. these front desk staff were very helpful and provided outstanding assistance: manager Joshua Smith, Sam and Steve. the concierge - Cherie - was of great help. the staff of the beach club who provided excellent service were: the outstanding Johnson, Lorqeul [great job], the manager Daniel Texeira, Anne and Erika. there were 2 other ladies who were very helpful too but i didn't get their names. my room was good.
December 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 70birthday I just love this Hotel.
I first stayed at this Hotel 20 years ago and just returned for my birthday. I am pleased to say it is as wonderful at I remembered it.I felt a 'buzz' walking in the front door. I stayed for a few days before and after a cruise. The accommodation was luxurious and the staff were so pleasant and efficient. I was sorry I could not stay longer. I will look forward to returning to the hotel in the future....I will not wait 20 years next time.
November 30, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by smtravel Got off to a bad start
I reserved a room with a balcony & partial ocean view via SPG points. Upon arrival I was checked in by a cold & unhelpful woman at the front desk who put my girlfriend & I in a tiny room the size of my closet with no balcony & no view in the back of the hotel on the street side. After complaining & having to put up a fight they switched me to the proper room so what started off to be a very bad first day got sorted out in the end but should have been avoided in the first place.
November 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by that90sdude Fun in the sun
Overall it was a great stay the beds are very comfortable I would definitely return here again.
November 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by History28 A Jewel in Honolulu
I always wanted to stay at this hotel ever since my wife and I enjoyed Afternoon Tea here earlier this year. There is so much wonderful history about the Moana Surfrider which was also a draw. I was only here for one night as a layover on my way to Hong Kong, but I wish I could have stayed longer.
Arriving at 8 PM, I did not expect that I would receive an upgrade, yet to my surprise, I had a wonderful room overlooking the beach. I also received access to the lounge which offers breakfast and evening snacks.
Check-in and check-out experiences were perfect. Thanks for an outstanding stay and for the managements's efforts to recognize platinum guests.
November 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by weddingbride good service
Whenever I needed some assistance I received a good customer service from your staff.
November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SydneyHRK The best hotel I have ever stayed!
I have stayed in several 5 star hotels in some countries. But I think this is the best hotel experience I have ever had. Everything was so great: the atmosphere, service and restaurants etc. It was such a loveable hotel!
November 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cabelly Love the Moana
we have stayed at this hotel annually for the past 10 years and have always had an excellent time.
The facility is great and the people better. One of our favorite things about the Moana is that they treat you like family. The same people we met checking in or working the pool or the restaurant 10 years ago are the same great people we saw last week.
In a word the Moana is TERRIFIC
October 31, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mazza52 Great Hotel
The Hotel was all we expected. Greetings when we arrived and received a lei was an unexpected pleasure. Thank you for a great stay
October 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by STUDmariner Best Hotel in Honolulu
Have been to Hawaii every year for the past 5 years.
The moana surf rider van highly recommended.
Well......the fact is it was everything and more.
What an experience...The best of everything...A great vibe from a very sophisticated establishment from the very classy Hawaiian building to the great service from the entire staff team
This is a world class establishment..and the location is nothing short of breathtaking.
I can't speak highly enough about our 2 week stay..
I was very sad to leave....but buoyed by the knowledge that i will be back next year
Mahalo Surfrider Team
October 20, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Ikeloa A hotel we loved to be in
As German it is not so easy to write in English, so we try to say it in a simple way.
Even the room was to the city it was calm from 10 pm. Fantastic the cleanness. Near to the beach was great.
As jazzmusician we loved the music in the lobby
Most amazing was the woman in duty on the frontdesk in the morningtime10/8 to 10/10 (we apologize for forgetting her name) : she met us every morning with a warm smile and helped us so wonderful in a friendly courtesy way that we nearly would say: next time we only shall come to meet her again. We appreciate if you pass this review to her.
Not satisfying was the long waitingtime for breakfast.
Wonderful architecture outside and inetrior create a comford feeling.
Thank you that Your hotel exist
October 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MariYogi This hotel is beautiful
In classical, I have to cherish the beautiful hotel.
October 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by surfer14 hawaii stay
Great views of the Ocean. Can't beat this motel for ocean views, location and great beds.
October 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLGr Relaxing Romantic Getaway
This getaway was in celebration of our 20 year anniversary. I called the concierge to see if they would do anything special for the occasion and she stated that she would take care of it. Upon arrival, after being up for almost 24 hours straight, the staff at check-in recognized our need for sleep and were efficient at getting us checked in. We were pleasantly surprised to see a welcome note, chocolates, and a bottle of sparkling wine waiting for us. The staff is wonderful and the new lounge available to platinum members saved us a ton of money on breakfasts and snacks. All of the staff members were attentive, professional, and very friendly.
On the down side, our original room had some sort of bugs/beetles, but we were upgraded before they really became an issue. Our new room did not have any issues. We came to Oahu to relax...and that is what we did. The beach is really not that large and was pretty crowded. Be prepared to pay for covered seating and rental chairs if you prefer that type of beach hangout. We are used to all inclusives so this was a major shocker for us. The local stores have mats available for a reasonable price, so we just decided to go that route.
We ate at the hotel restaurant one evening...OMG was it good. I could have made a meal out of my clams/mussels appetizer. The food was out of this world and the service was excellent.
I would definitely go back to Moana Surfrider.
October 6, 2014