A Week From Beach to Beach – Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel Review

Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe via email below to never miss out on a deal!  Help support the site and sign up for the best credit card deals at the Credit Card Deals page.Thanks for your support!
Planning – Booking Award Tickets
Planning – Booking Hotel Stays
Outrigger Maui Eldorado
Exploring Maui
Maui Budget Tips and Eats
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel
American Airlines HNL-LAX First Class
 

After our hour delayed flight from Go! Airlines(or no-go! Airlines) from OGG-HNL, we arrived to the busy Honolulu airport. We took Robert’s Hawaii shuttle, which cost $23 round trip per person to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel. Our shuttle driver met us at the baggage claim and we got onto our shuttle quickly. I think a taxi cost about $30-$35, so this was a little cheaper. In about 30 minutes, we arrived at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel Review

The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel has two 40-story buildings and is across the street from the beach. It is quite a large hotel, popular among the Japanese tourists. This was my first Hyatt stay after I did not requalify for Hyatt Diamond status.

To book this hotel I used the following:

  • 1 free suite night from Chase Hyatt credit card – I still had one free night left over after spending the first one at Park Hyatt Vendome Paris. I had to use it here before it expired.
  • 36,000 Hyatt points – I transfered 36,000 Ultimate Rewards points to Hyatt for 2 extra nights

At check-in I was offered 3 nights in a Deluxe Ocean View Room with access to the Regency Club as a Hyatt Platinum.  I was hoping that I would get a suite for all 3 days somehow.  Realistically, I think I could have gotten one suite night and two regular nights, but we didn’t really want to switch rooms. 

We also asked if our friend could come visit and park in the parking lot temporarily.  The hotel clerk was very nice and gave us a key for free parking for our whole stay.  We didn’t rent a car, but we had some guests that could visit us during our stay! 

After receiving our room keys, we went up the dated shaky elevator to the 36th floor to our Deluxe Ocean View Room.  Upon entering, our initial impression was that the room was quite spacious.  We checked the bathroom and it was nice and updated.  It even had a Japanese Toto toilet!

20130418-202932.jpg

20130418-203028.jpg

20130418-203056.jpg

We walked over and opened the curtain… and had an amazing view of Waikiki beach!  It was probably one of the best views I’ve ever had.  We even watched the sunset from our room! 

20130418-203113.jpg

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel Regency Club

The Regency Club was open daily from 6:30am to 8:30PM.  The breakfast was your typical continental Hyatt breakfast with breads, pastries, yogurt, fruit, coffee, juice, etc.  There was a different hot item each day and also Japanese miso soup each day.  The fruit was particular tasty at this Hyatt, maybe because the pineapple is local. 

The Regency Club is on the 3rd floor of the hotel and you can see Waikiki beach from the patio.  Quite a relaxing place for breakfast.  The only problem is you have to guard your breakfast from the birds…

During the day, you could get resfreshments whenever you wanted.  Sometimes they had cookies during the day.  At night, there were appetizers and desserts, which exceeded my expectations.  The eggrolls were great and the cheesecake and tiramisu bites were delicious as well. 

20130418-203139.jpg 

20130418-203205.jpg

20130418-203228.jpg

20130418-203253.jpg

20130418-203300.jpg

Conclusion

I would say that using 18,000 Hyatt points a night at this hotel is not amazing value, but we lucked out and got an awesome room and service at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel.  Our view definitely made up for not having a suite.  We loved relaxing in our room and sitting out on the balcony after a long day out exploring Oahu.  The hotel is quite crowded at times, but once we got to our room it was very peaceful. 

20130418-203330.jpg

Sunset View from our room at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel

10 comments for “A Week From Beach to Beach – Hyatt Regency Waikiki Hotel Review

  1. Maury
    April 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    By the looks of it you got the same exact room as we did. I really did not like this hotel. I much prefer the Hilton Waikiki. The only thing I liked about this hotel other than it was free, the club lounge and the proximity to Diamond Head.

    • April 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      How did you not like the hotel with the nice view? Hilton is nice I heard but not worth 80K points a night…

  2. Maury
    April 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I used the Hilton Reserve Card free nights for the Hilton Waikiki. After being in the Hilton Waikiki with an incredible ocean view balcony room, it made the Hyatt look less in quality. Also I was with my 3 and 9 year olds and The Hilton is more family friendly.

    • April 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      I see, makes sense I heard they have lots of kid friendly pools. I would use two Hilton free nights internationally but sometimes it’s hard to plan for it. Glad you had fun!

  3. Maury
    April 19, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you!

  4. Grant
    April 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I stayed at the Hilton Waikiki Beach (Axon 4 nights) in March and walked by this Hyatt Regency a few times. It looked like a nice place to stay and the view was amazing.

    • April 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Great! I’m sure they are both great hotels. Hilton seems better for kids though. Don’t got those yet!

      • Grant
        April 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        Me neither, just my brother and i on spring break 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *