Rated 4 out of 5 by Waikiki77 First experience at the First Lady
Stunning location, great experience, did not want to leave! This hotel has a lovely ambience and wonderful history. I found the lobby to be very hectic. Customer service (not all) was not to the standard I expected for an establishment of this calibre. Fast elevators! Make sure you do high tea on the Veranda - great way to see the afternoon pass by! Room seemed to lack the usual detailed compendium.
June 7, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Dajdmasta Great Hotel, Disappointing amenities.
The Moana Surfrider is a very comfortable hotel. The amenities were disappointing though. There was no free gift for SPG Gold members as promised. The beach charged $50 for a chair which seemed outrageous. Upon checking in the staff demanded we show a state I.D. for our Kamaaina rate. We are military and don't need a state I.D. to be stationed here. They basically assume all military are dishonest and demand a state I.D. to be shown. The SPG Gold and Platinum line seemed useless. The line for everyone else was constantly being pulled from and left 8 people waiting in the SPG line while one desk clerk serviced them. For such as nice hotel, this staff needs to step up there work, and outrageous charges need to be dropped for simple amenities. Stay at the Royal Hawaiian instead. Everything mentioned here was never an issue at the Royal Hawaiian. They actually lived up to there reputation.
August 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ckirk Beautiful hotel, incredibly comfortable room and bed.
This hotel is absolutely perfect if you are looking to stay in Waikiki. It is right in the middle of Waikiki, so a perfect location and right on the main walking area.
The rooms are beautiful (we stayed in a deluxe tower city view room). The bed was so comfortable we didn't want to leave the room. We dragged ourselves out of bed to enjoy the complimentary glass of wine you are given at the wine bar in the hotel and enjoyed it while sitting on the rocking chairs in the front of the hotel and people watching the crowds stroll along Waikiki. It was such a magical scene that fit this Plantation-themed hotel perfectly.
Would absolutely stay here again! Only downsides: the pool is not huge (no Waikiki hotel has a big pool though) and the late night room service food is terrible. The drinks & breakfast we had at the Veranda by the beach was fantastic though, so likely just a room service thing.
November 4, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Anne466 Wonderful history - sub standard service
1 - No assistance whatsoever offered with bags both on arrival or departure from bellboys - quite unbelievable.
Check-in extremely slow, and clearly insufficient staff to handle the volume of guest arriving.
2 - No shower cap in bathroom
3 - Every plate in dining room for breakfast was filthy..... dishwasher either needs replacing or staff need to take some care.
4 - Food at dinner was delicious.
September 20, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Peckerson Slightly Disappointed
My expectations of my stay at the Moana Surfrider were somewhat disappointing for a SPG property. Not sure why there are an exorbitance amount of fees above the daily fees already charged for things like a beach chair. Especially when the resort reserves the "free" ones at the pool so that there are none available. The other issue was noise from street at night. Need to put soundproof windows in.
January 3, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by G2KT Not up to SPG standards
Did not recognize SPG Platinum membership as they do not waive resort fee (hotel policy) . Didn't deliver newspaper any of our 5 days, where others received their paper on our floor. When we inquired with the front desk, they told us that they do not deliver papers but we could pick one up at the reception desk.
On two separate occasions, the concierge employees could not give us the local bus routes we requested. But the Tour Concierge was great when booking local tours and airport connections.
No real Happy Hour as all drinks were very expensive, where you could get the same Mai Tai next door for 1/2 the price.
There was no option to take points for environmental Green Program on daily room maintenance.
There was no Aloha Spirit or feeling of welcome that we experianced on our trip at the Moana, which we received at the Sheraton in Maui, the Westin in Princeville, or the Sheraton in Kona.
October 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by CathyDaveandthePack First time, and not the last !
We were traveling with 7 people(my wife, myself and 5 adult children). We recieved an SPG upgrade and had 3 rooms next to each other on the 20th floor. Everyone loved the rooms, the beds, the views, the hotel staff, the beach, the bar, the location. What a beautiful, historic hotel. This was our first trip to Hawaii and we will be back. We had a wonderful time.
Cathy, Dave and the Pack
June 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by buzk49 Beauitiful location,
We have only just returned from travelling in the USA, we stayed on 4 different occassions, all were wonderful except for night of 25th July, 2012, our room was so small, our cases had to be placed at the entry door, bed was a double we did ask to be changed but nothing could be done, on our last visit 7th August we were given a lovely room on SPG floor which was greatly appreciated. Thankyou
August 14, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by B212 Experience Enhanced by Staff Member
Overall, the experience was wonderful. We finally had a fantastic room with ocean views (definitely recommend) after several tries. I have to say that the individual that assisted us at the front desk, Steve, went above and beyond to accomodate us. His excellent customer service skills without a doubt enhanced my experience during my stay. One of the best Starwood employees I've encountered.
December 7, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beverly1971 Beautiful !
This property is a beautiful historic hotel. Staying in the historical wing is exceptional. Sitting in the rocking chairs on the front porch was a very relaxing experience. Also we saw several wedding parties daily. They were all beautiful brides ( and they bring back wonderful memories as we have been married for 42 years! ) I highly recommend this property especially the historical wing.
February 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by travelover Could have stayed longer
Overall, we had a delightful time and our #1 priority, the mattress, exceeded our expectations. Stayed the banyan suite, so two bathrooms, but toilet area in both was very cramped and counter space quote small. Amenities very nice. Towels thick and large. Pool a bit chilly, but service prompt. Beach Bar fabulous, food as well. Veranda restaurant a bit pricey, but ok for vacation splurging.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beachguru Bliss on Waikiki beach
Pool was small but had an oceanfront location which cannot be beat.
Beach: great for kids and adults alike, although there was not a lot of shade. Westin had a private beach area where shade could be found in the afternoon
Rooms: Huge balcony with tremendous ocean view thanks to SPG gold upgrade!
Service: impeccable. True Westin quality
Location: best spot to enjoy the lively Waikiki area.
January 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Johnny7 Staff and Computer System
Overall, a good stay. A couple of items, a couple of staff members could have been more helpful. It felt like I was bothering them. And the computer system at the front desk was having problems. Twice I had to come to the front desk to have my credit card scanned, and each time it did not work. And when I checked out the system was down and was unable to see my bill at the time.
December 27, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by riggs I was dissapointed
For a Starwwod property, this one misses the mark. For a SPG gold member I had hoped for an upgrade and was given a room with a view of a balcony full of painting supplies and leaves. The room was extremely small and the bath walls and floor were dirty. The carpet needed vacuuming and actually could have stood to be replaced. Definatley not the quality I have come to expect from Starwood.
June 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Fairyqueent Terrible for honeymoon
We have stayed at this hotel several times, as we frequently visit Oahu. Each visit has been just ok, but we decided to give it another shot. For this trip, we got married in Oahu and checked into the Moana to start our honeymoon. What a mistake. Of course there was no upgrade given how busy the hotel always is, which is fine. However, room 1 we were given had a bunch of ants in the bathroom. They tried to spray and clean it up, but the ant problem persisted. After talking to the front desk the next day, we wasted almost the whole day waiting for another room to be ready for us. Room 2 - same problem, a bunch of ants in the bathroom. By now we gave up since we were only staying 2 nights.
I think this hotel has gotten so busy and popular that they don't really care about customer service anymore. Especially for a very loyal SPGer, I had expected a bit more. We will not be returning to this hotel.
June 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Joseph22 Good location
We had 2 rooms located in the old building with the beds against the windows along the main street.we could hear all the noise from the street all night.the windows were thin and not at all private.terrible nights of sleep unless you go to bed at 2am.
The size of pool in this hotel is smaller than the one I have at home.hundreds of rooms with this pool and few chairs around it,what gives.
August 27, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by TravelGirl12 Diamond Wing Rooms Need Updating
This hotel looks GREAT from the outside, has a beautiful lobby, right on the beach, and has a fantastic courtyard, yet the room was very disappointing. The room where we stayed in the Diamond Wing seemed old, the bathroom was small, and the tub was dingy. With all of the great features that most people can see, it was disappointing that the rooms were not more like the rest of the hotel.
June 13, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by MoanaRuinedOurHoliday The Pool was Closed to Guests
The location on Waikiki is great if you want to wade through throngs of tourists... not very nice if you want a peaceful and relaxing time. There are 20-30 weddings a day according to the staff so they are more profit oriented than the legendary hotel of old, they seem to have strayed from their core mission. During our stay, they closed the pool area from noon to 3pm for a "photoshoot" and did not offer us anything in return for the inconvenience. Do you know what?!?!? The photoshoot never happened!! Amazing lack of service and self awareness on the part of the hotel. On top of this, I asked the concierge to have the manager call me (the manager was busy at the time) and guess what again!?!?! They NEVER called me back. Poor hotel experience. There are better hotels for the price point in Honolulu or, even better, don't stay in Oahu for holiday, go to another island for a true Hawaiian experience.
May 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Larry750 Excellent Stay
The front desk personnel were excellent! Our room was ready upon arrival! It was very nice. Every evening we watched the sunset from the beach and enjoyed cocktails and meals under the banyan tree while watching live Hawaiian music and a Hula dancer. Every morning we had Kona coffee at the Honolulu Coffee Company, located at the hotel. The location was perfect. We will definitely return.
January 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BakkFam Love this hotel
Another wonderful experience at the Moana Surfrider.
Gloria, out at the beach, is an exceptional person - always making sure our stay is top knotch, always friendly, happy, kind - Thank you Gloria! One of the many reasons we will be back.
April 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beaversosu Always a great experience
The Moana Surfrider is one of our favorite resort hotels when we want to get away for 5-days form the mainland. As an Elite SPG Gold member we requested an upgrade, but the best they could do is put our two rooms closer to one another. The food is excellent and the staff members are all mostly long-term employees that recognize us each visit. I'd highly recommend this hotel.
September 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Rosemary5 Our New Favorite Waikiki Hotel
Can't beat the beautiful setting. The staff was gracious, especially the front desk staff. Breakfast room service was terrific. Beach House restaurant an exceptional experience.
Carpet was badly stained in our room. Guest room looked like it needed sprucing up.
What's with all those trash receptacles in public areas? They are a distraction to beautiful architecture and decor.
December 26, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by sfthomas Additional Charge for Sun Protection
I love Starwood and Westin in particular. What was to be a treat on our last night turned into a big disappointment. It's right on the beach - what a good thing. You have to pay $60 for an umbrella and chairs - what a bad thing. Umbrellas at the pool - good thing. Getting to pool at 7 AM to nab a chair that you have to guard all day - bad thing. Ice water - good. $4 club soda - BAD. Upgrade to tower room - good. One bed on 2 bed reservation - BAD. Why pay a "resort fee" and then charge for things like umbrellas? MANDATORY resort fee is full of stuff nobody needs except parking - seeing that I dont have kids, take my own photos, have a cell phone, and dont call intl. Way overpriced but thats Waikiki - a total rip off in general - felt like I was on Vegas strip. Better idea - get a condo on the north side of the island - you have beaches all to yourself without the hassles, commercialization, and tourist prices.
September 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by fortguy Great service
The staff here are great, chambermaid knew my husband was ill, brought him oranges and extra water, restaurant staff very attentive, bellman helped weigh my luggage so I didn't have a problem at airport, provided extra help with it because my husband was not able to, waited with us for shuttle,.. warm welcome on arrival, high service quotient makes you feel a valued guest..
December 15, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 Room did not meet the quality of hotel name
The beach and housekeeping staff were the only elements of the Moana that met the hotel's longstanding name for quality in Waikiki. The room was a huge disappointment. We have family in Honolulu and travel regularly; we'll not return to the hotel.
March 29, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by keith88 room cleaning skipped
Overall, the hotel was excellent in location and facilities. However, the room cleaning was not done on one of the days, which is not acceptable nor excusable, putting a big negative impression on the hotel's management.
Waiting long (15min+) in the line for checking in was also extremely bothersome with the family after a long flight.
Providing Umbrella was very nice.
April 1, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by rik333 Poor review
I was very dissatisfied with the service at the front desk. I waited almost 45 minutes to check in. I requested two beds but instead got a single king. When I called to change it took over an hour for someone to get back with me. The room was very small not at all what I expected. The wait for valet was very long. I do not think I will recommend or return to this hotel.
September 4, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jenn13 Waikiki trip
The hotel is beautiful and the staff extremely friendly but our room smelled musty and the shower was clogged. They were able to fix the shower but did not do anything about the smell. It's also loud in the room due to the street noise and the music which is played in the lobby. They provide a noise machine which can help.
Also, they do not have a hot tub on premise.
June 2, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by 11313 1.12.13
Very bad experience. We requested an early check in. We arrived at the anticipated early check in time of 2pm to find of 20 person deep line in queue. After waiting, I was advised that our room was not ready; my cell phone number was taken but staff did not call. Spa had the wrong reservation. Restaurant had lost my reservation. Every single step was poorly executed.
January 14, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by kamaainak A venerable destination and historical place....but
My husband and I celebrated our 34th anniversary here. The in room wi-fi didn't connect using the password and username we were given. Not a big deal, except that the hotel charges a $30/day resort fee which includes the WI-FI, (supposedly free). So, I wasn't happy about paying for the service and not getting it. I'd like to go back to the "unbundled" fee approach.
May 27, 2013