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Waikiki room rates aren’t cheap, but since I’m cheap (yes, people keep telling me that – should I be worried?) I was looking for points options.
One of the best options right now is 12,000 points for the Hyatt Place Waikiki. The room rate was $189 at the time of booking, so not a crazy-good value per point, but still you save yourself fees and taxes (which aren’t small in Hawaii). So I transferred points from my Ultimate Rewards account and booked two nights.
Hyatt Gold Passport currently runs a promotion that gives cardholders of the Chase Hyatt credit card a 20% rebate on all redemptions – the effective rate per night was therefore just 9,600 points.
The hotel opened in 2012 and is a recent addition to the eastern side of Waikiki (which I prefer). It is really close to the Hilton Waikiki (read my review), which I stayed at last year.
I arrived a bit early at noon and the agent looked up my reservation, found my Platinum status (from the Chase credit card) and gave me a room key right away. The room had a city view (that’s what standard rooms book into), but also overlooked the rather busy Kuhio Ave.
The room was huge (it must have been a slight upgrade). There was a separate sofa and work area. The bathroom, however, was tiny, with the toilet and the shower clustered in an area that was way too small for both.
The bed was too soft – but oh, well, I have that issue too often. The AC was somehow really loud – it huffed and puffed all the time, but it worked well. I shut it off anyway, since it wasn’t a hot week in Hawaii.
The WiFi was really fast and the login was easy enough to do.
The hotel has a pool on the 3rd floor. It’s tiny and basically a wind tunnel, so don’t expect to spend any quality time there.
The same area is also used as a breakfast area, where a couple of breakfast items are served. I just took pictures – I did not expect much and so I wasn’t shocked. Don’t eat there!
The location of this hotel is awesome,though – one block to the beach and 4 blocks to the Waikiki foodie ghetto (see my future guide about the top 15 things to do in Waikiki).
Like other hotels in Waikiki, the hotel will provide a complimentary room for you to take a shower before your red-eye flight. This is an awesome treat for getting back to the mainland late.
In summary, I would go back – the hotel is well-managed, has brand new hardware and few flaws. Great value for 12,000 points (or less if you use the current 20% rebate promotion) and the location!
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