a traveler from Travelocity.com
on October 15, 2012
My husband, 3 year old son, and I stayed at the Ohana West for 10 nights. Last time we were in Waikiki we stayed in a luxury hotel right on the beach, so comparatively speaking the places were apples and oranges. However, we found the hotel staff welcoming, the housekeeper was a sweetheart and very thorough with her cleaning, and the accomodations were perfect for what we wanted for this vacation: A place where we could rest our heads at night, and feel safe. Pros: Located right across the street from Food Pantry (local grocery store), approximately a 2 1/2 block walk to the beach, they lend out beach towels, we had a kitchenette room which saved us a bunch of money on eating out in Waikiki but if you don't get a kitchenette, there are plenty of eateries nearby, the pool was never overcrowded, and we got an AWESOME rate for what I would consider to be central Waikiki. Cons: LONG wait for the elevators almost at all times (there are only three elevators for the whole hotel), the in room tv has a limited amount of channels so if you are going to this hotel to be a couch potato probably not the best place for you(unless you speak Japanese as they have 3 or 4 Japanese channels on the tv in addition to the 6 or so regular channels), the poolside bar while convenient has a very limited menu, and finally there are a few unsavory people that you will encounter on Kuhio street, however, if you have ever been in Waikiki before you know that there are panhandlers all over Waikiki. Overall a great little vacation hotel, and definitely a prospect for future vacations!
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