clebert

Courtyard Waikiki - review

Discussion created by clebert on Nov 3, 2015
Latest reply on Nov 9, 2015 by carat

I'm at the Courtyard Waikiki and thought I'd post a few comments for the Hawaii-bound looking for a hotel.  The hotel is on a very busy street crammed in among many tall buildings in the heart of Waikiki.  There is very little parking, and I tried to find a ramp to self-park but gave up and used the valet service which is $37/night.  Ouch!  But parking in Honolulu is scarce and expensive, so no surprises.  The hotel, like most in Waikiki, is older and nothing to look at from the outside.  It's undergoing a renovation right now, so there's scaffolding up all over, and you can't use the balconies in the rooms as they are locked during renovations.  I don't care that much but I can see that it would be annoying to some.  I'm in room 1710 which is newly remodeled, so very fresh and clean.  I was upgraded to a larger room with a microwave, mini-fridge, sink and 4-cup coffeemaker.  So those amenities are very nice and much appreciated.  The room has one full-size bed so not a place for a family of 4!  But fine for me as a solo business traveler.  No view unless you count a glimpse of the mountains between the big, ugly, white-ish 60s era concrete behemoths that make up the city of Honolulu.  I can see into a bunch of people's apartments, basically.  Location is near many Wakiki shops and restaurants and a short 10 minute walk to the beach.  So if you are wanting to save money but be close to the beach, this is a good option if you can get a reasonable rate.  I paid $152/night which is very good for this area, although it's November so probably not high season for Waikiki.  I'm here for a conference at the Sheraton which was $298/night at the conference rate, but I elected to stay here as I wanted more MR points and nights toward elite status.  Plus, it cost half as much and I was able to "sell' this trip to my firm's management due to the reasonable costs.  For some reason, they get weird about business trips to Hawaii as it's generally assumed that the person going will screw around and vacation instead of tending to business.  So, this hotel is just fine for a business trip or someone wanting to stick to a budget.  The pool area is very small so definitely not a resort type atmosphere.  There's a small bar in the lobby.  This place would be good for a couple on a budget who wants an urban experience or for the business traveler.  It's just fine for my purposes and a good value so no complaints.  When I return with the family we'll go to the MVCI at Ko Olina or perhaps try Maui, Kauai or the Big Island of Hawaii.

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