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Recently my family and I took an extended family vacation to Hawaii. We stayed about a week in Maui and then flew over to Oahu, staying 4 nights at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach. There were 7 of us staying, so we booked two rooms at the hotel, and I asked specifically to have connecting rooms. The manager I was emailing with said she could not guarantee it but would put in a request. We were able to get the connecting rooms, so I thought I would give a Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel review to share my experience with the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach connecting rooms.
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach location
The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is located in the Waikiki region of Honolulu. It is at 175 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, which is about 2 blocks from the ocean. It’s right in the middle of the urban core, so there is just about anything you would want within a decent walk.
It has a large lobby
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach cost
Cash prices at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach are pretty expensive. Even in the offseason, I was not able to find rates under $200, and many daily rates (even for the basic / non-oceanfront) rooms were over $400 in the peak season.
And keep in mind that even your $247 rate is nearly $100 more after all the taxes and fees are added.
The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is a Category 3 Hyatt hotel, which means that (at least in theory) it costs 12,000 World of Hyatt points per night. So even for a “cheap” cash rate you are getting nearly 3 cents per point (2.76) and as the cash price goes up, the value of booking with points increases. I say “in theory” because the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is known for playing games with inventory, making it difficult to find dates where they are even OFFERING award stays. One strategy I found that worked okay is to search for a long stay with cash, and then use “Pay My Way” to change cash dates to points, the same way you do if you want to combine a free night certificate and points on the same reservation.
(SEE ALSO: Can You Combine A Hyatt Free Night Certificate and Points On The Same Reservation?)
You can then possibly reach out to Hyatt on Twitter to cancel any “extra” / cash dates that you had to book.
You can check prices for your nights at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach at HotelsCombined or Hotels.com
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach review – parking
As is the case with most urban hotels, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach charges for parking.
It’s $50 / night (plus tax) with even more for large vehicles. There is only valet parking – no self-parking available. We opted to park diagonally across the street at the Waikiki Banyan, which charges $30 / night. You can potentially find some cheap / free street parking in the area depending on how much work / time you want to put in.
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach resort fee
The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach does annoying charge a resort fee. However, Hyatt does not charge resort fees on award stays (and if you’re a Globalist member, you aren’t charged resort fees even on cash stays). But because the Hyatt Place Honolulu Waikiki Beach is such a good deal on points, consider this an extra good reason to book on points.
If you’re interested, here is what the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach resort fee covers:
Most of these “amenities” are garbage of course. The “free appetizer” is at a restaurant 2 blocks away and you have to buy a main dish too. The water bottles were nice, but the one amenity that was most useful was the $5 daily food and beverage credit at the Gallery Kitchen on the main floor.
They have several desserts and items conveniently priced at $5, so your credit covers them. We had 2 rooms, so we got 2 $5 credits, and it was nice to go down and pick up a chocolate chip cookie each night (we didn’t tell the kids about this credit 😀 )
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach review – connecting rooms
The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach does connecting / adjoining rooms a little differently than many other hotels.
(SEE ALSO: Why are adjoining hotel rooms so hard to get?)
Instead of having two rooms connected by an interior door, they have a room with a mini-lobby.
We were in rooms 531 and 532 and had 2 keys for each room. Either key worked this exterior door, and then each room could be independently closed and opened with the individual key. So we would normally shut and lock the main door and leave the 2 room doors open (cracked). But this is a nice way to do connecting or adjoining rooms because if you DON’T want adjoining rooms, you don’t have to deal with the added noise or security concerns of having an extra interior door in your room.
Room 531 was a 1 king suite
The bathroom had a shower and a sink out in the main area.
Room 532 had 2 double beds.
Both rooms had sofa beds and desks. Room 532 had a bathtub (531 only had a shower).
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach WiFi and amenities
Wifi is complimentary in the lobby and in the guest rooms for World of Hyatt members. The speed doesn’t register as anything amazing but I never had a problem getting anything done while using it.
The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach has conference room space on the 2nd floor and a fairly nice fitness center on the 3rd floor, with a variety of machines and free weights.
The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach pool is outside and also located on the 3rd floor. Our rooms actually overlooked the pool, which only went to a depth of 5 feet.
There is Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach on the 3rd floor, and a load costs $4.
The Business Center is located on the main floor in the lobby.
One other thing to mention briefly is that the elevators seemed underwhelming for the amount of use they needed. Several times we would be waiting forevvvvvver for an elevator before finally just giving up and taking the stairs. Thankfully we were only on the 5th floor.
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel review – food
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach breakfast is complimentary for all guests, and is located in the pool area on the 3rd floor. Interestingly, it is all outside, which I would imagine might make things interesting if it rained during breakfast time.
There were a variety of different items that rotated each day. One day there were eggs, Portuguese sausage and french toast.
Another day there were 3 varieties of breakfast sandwiches.
They also had Asian cuisine each day.
And a selection of yogurt and fresh fruit.
The Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach also has a small bar area on the main floor. where you can order food and drinks.
There is also a Domino’s Pizza that is on the ground floor. It’s a separate business but is connected to the hotel lobby. We used that several times during our stay here at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach.
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach hotel review – the bottom line
Overall this was a good stay if you need to stay in the Waikiki area. I would mostly recommend it on points but if you can pick it up on a cheap cash rate it’s super convenient to most things in the Waikiki Beach area of Honolulu. I would definitely recommend either parking across the street or booking this as a Globalist member (so you get free parking). Don’t forget to get your “free” cookie each night from the Gallery Kitchen!
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Nice review. My wife and I have stayed at this hotel twice on points and enjoyed it and agree it is a good use of points. The breakfast is really good and the local pineapple is delicious. The biggest downside in the valet parking is very expensive.
Yeah – I had to gulp quite a bit when I saw that a) they had no self-park; just valet parking and b) how expensive it was! I had talked with a fellow traveler and he suggested you could park on the street and/or at the zoo parking lot, but you would have to move your car regularly and that seemed like more hassle than I was interested in.
But I found the Waikiki Banyan parking garage that is diagonally across from the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach to be quite reasonable. It’s $30 / 24 hour period and you have full in/out privileges. And since it’s so close to the Hyatt Place, it didn’t seem like it was any slower to access your car than it would be to wait for the valets to bring your car around.
We once stayed at the Hilton down the street –what a zoo never again…