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Waikiki Prince a great place for one night
I generally agree with other reviewers as follows:
1. The hotel is a clean place to crash in the center of Waikiki.
2. Odie is helpful.
3. The price/value relationship is very good.
4. Unlike other cheap places I've stayed in Oahu, this is not a scary, icky place to stay.
1. You have to realize that the Waikiki Prince is very basic. Basic bed, small room, old furnishings.
2. We were on the top floor and even late at night it was fairly noisy.
3. The bathroom was clean, but small and the shower head height was about 5'5" height, with the ceiling in the shower not much higher.
4. Parking was $10/night, but quite tight, so don't get a full sized car if you want to park there.
5. The window mounted air conditioner was very noisy.
I would not recommend the Waikiki Prince for a long stay because of the above issues. That being said, if you are just looking for a place to crash one night before going somewhere else it is perfect.
Waikiki's Best-Kept Budget Hotel Secret!
My mother and I stayed a week at the Waikiki Prince Hotel in May of 2005. It was everything that we wished for in a budget accommodation and enhanced our stay in bustling Waikiki. Below are our thoughts:
WHAT WE LOVED ABOUT OUR STAY:
1) We felt like we got a lot of value out of the price we paid. We had a clean room with private bath, 2 beds, kitchenette, and a balcony. Although the decor wasn't going to be winning any design competitions in the near future, we were happy with it and used our room as an excellent base for our activities. Our balcony was also a fun place to hang out!
2) The proximity to the beach is amazing. It's off the main drags, so it was (relatively) quieter, but we never felt too far away from the action at all. In my opinion, this part of Waiki (eastern) is the place to be!
3) The service from the chek-in staff was amazing! The guy (I'm sorry I can't remember your name) was very helpful, and seemed genuinely concerned that we have a good stay. He told us that we could knock on his door after hours if we needed anything and we could borrow beach mats etc. for free. Initially, we were concerned that there would not be 24-hour front desk service, but the hotel was quiet and this never became a problem for us. Soem advice though, if you're going to be arriving later in the afternoon, please advise the hotel of this so that they can make sure to be there when you arrive. We arrived later then we had expected to but, because I called ahead, all was cool!
4) We always felt safe and secure.
In conclusion, if I ever find myself back in Waikiki, I will be sure to stay at the Waikiki Prince Hotel. It was awesome!
Whatever you decide, I hope that you have an awesome time in Waikiki! This was -- in my opinion -- a way better value and far more peaceful that staying at a hostel with comparable facilities (i.e. Hokondo, HI-Waikiki)
My husband and I, our two daughters (19 and 14)and son (14) stayed at the Waikiki Prince for 1 week in March 2006. You couldn't ask for a better location (less than a 2 minute walk to the beach)! The hotel IS old and not "stylish", but it was very clean and comfortable; plus Odie and his staff were all extremely helpful. Odie went out of his way coming in late to help out our 19 year old daughter to get her shuttle to the airport after the rest of the family went onto Maui; Thanks Odie !!!! We would definitely recommend the Waikiki Prince Hotel to anyone who wants to enjoy all that Honolulu can offer, and save money in the process by not pay huge costs for lodgings.
After reading the reviews and consulting a friend who had stayed at the Waikiki Prince, I booked my room for the week. I am typically used to staying at 4 star hotels, but as a frugal law student, I had to mind my budget. The room was small but impeccably clean. The outside noise can be a bit burdensome, however, after a long day of sightseeing, I was too tired to notice. The location is excellent--near shopping, the beach, restaurants, the Zoo, and a dozen ABC Stores. Odie is wonderful and extremely accomodating. My experience was fantastic and I plan to return to the Waikiki Prince in the future.
A real bargain with friendly staff
Just spent one week at the Waikiki Prince and found it great value for the money. Clean room, nice small balcony, kitchenette, excellent location close to the beach, and very friendly helpful staff - and all for $65 a night. I also stayed one night at the Sheraton Princess which cost $165 and provided far less value.
Everything you need for much less $
We stayed in the Waikiki Prince for 12 days in December. We had a standard room with a kitchenette, with a double and a single bed, private lanai, and brand new air conditioner. Three of us shared the room, making it an even better bargain (about $260-270 CDN/person). The rooms are small, and with one traveller returning from a year trip to Australia, the luggage between the three of us took up a lot of room.
Odie and his staff are very helpful. Be sure to ask him about most of your planned activities, because he had a lot of very good input for us. The office is only open 9am-6pm, which was a bit inconvenient considering the only phone in the building is in that very office (no phones in the rooms).
All amenities are very close by, like the Zoo, the International Marketplace, many restaurants, and of course the beach is about a minute away.
If you're looking for a clean, simple place to stay with friendly, helpful staff, at one of the lowest prices you'll find in Waikiki, this is for you.
We are, "regulars" ,at the Waikiki Prince but have never submitted a review of this fantastic little hotel so we felt it time as we had read a few reviews not giving full credit to its' location, value, and service.
First, the location!! WOW it's incredible to be so close to the beach, PLUS to have one's own balcony AND a view of the ocean...all these factors ALONE should make the visitor happy!
We both have travelled all over the world and let me tell you, this hotel in the a one star ranking is exceptional.
The price is modest, and we hope that it will remain the same (as far as possible!)
The SERVICE..ahh, now that IS the best; our room gets cleaned and the bed changed every four days(more than I would do at home...lol), the rooms are freshly painted practically every year , and new carpets and curtains have obviously just been installed.
Odie , as Manager, is the best. He is very friendly and obviously enjoys helping his guests and he has lots of good information and advise for activities during your stay; nothing is too much trouble or so it seems!
It's like visiting with friends during ones' stay here, which is why we will continue to go back as often as possible!
Wonderful Budget Hotel
My boyfriend and I stayed in an economy with kitchenette room. The room was very clean and only a minute walk to Waikiki Beach. Odie is super helpful and answered all our questions. I would definitely stay here again since the room was clean (most important) and is in a great location. It's a wonderful budget hotel. We paid approx. $ 65.00/night. I hope their rates will always stay the same!
Please don't stay here...gross...
People who give this hotel 4 or 5 stars must be under the influence of something. Hotel is dirty, rooms are small, even though it's not in a major thoroughfare, the noise at night is intolerable. I didn't sleep at all because of the noise outside. By the way, there are no phones in the room either and I paid $100 for this crap. People who rate this hotel as terrific must be the ones who are used to staying at no stars hotel (non-rated). Motel 6 is better than this hotel. If you are really strapped for cash, this is the place but if you want to flash your $100 down the drain, go for a better hotel. Oh, the surrounding area is like living in the projects. Gross!!!!
re : accomodation
Is there a hostel in HOnolulu or a hotel/motel/inn listing of affordable accomodation?
Re: re : accomodation
If you do a google search for hostels Waikiki you'll see there are several but I linked this one because of it's location.
The one on the left on Prince Edward Ave is a block away from where we have stayed a few times and is next door to the Waikiki Prince Hotel which is a budget hotel.
The Royal Grove Hotel is another budget stay with rooms starting around $45 a night w/o a/c and around $65 with a/c.
Re: re : accomodation
SueAnne I copied this from my hostel's tip .....Please check out the other tips that I have on places to stay ... : )
There are 5 hostels in Waikiki..
Here is the address and phone number to one of the 3 on Lemon Street which is close to the Zoo area... I don't know the info for the others..But the people at this hostel can tell you.....
808-922-1340... 2584 Lemon Street .... and the prices for one person ....dormitory style ranges from $25 to $105 depending on the time of year..
Unique Qualities: HOPEFULLY GOOD !!!! :0
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Prices: US$40-80 » Currency Converter
Address: 2584 LEMON STREET
Directions: ZOO AREA
Re: re : accomodation
Most hotels start at around $50 per night. Some motels and very few hotels are below this price. Here is an excelent link that you can use to sort the hotels in terms of price ranges - http://www.sharinghawaii.com/oahu/hotels
There may be some reviews from other users also who have stayed in these hotels.