Prince Waikiki, Oahu Hotel Review by The Hawaii Admirer.
When an invitation to experience Prince Waikiki popped up in my inbox, I was excited, to say the least! I’d been curiously following the progress of the hotel’s US$55 million dollar renovation and had been super impressed with what I’d seen so far.
Formerly the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club, the property sits at the “gateway” to Waikiki. It’s one of the first hotels you see as you enter Waikiki from Ala Moana Boulevard.
In a nutshell, the hotel made these major changes:
- It’s been completely redesigned and rebranded from top to bottom.
- 560+ rooms and suites were lavishly upgraded, and feature floor-to-ceiling ocean views.
- New dining options opened (100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo and Honolulu Coffee Co.).
- The large lobby was beautifully modernised.
- Indoor and outdoor gathering spaces have been incorporated throughout.
- A new infinity pool and Prince Waikiki Club Lounge were created.
And it’s not only about a physical transformation; the hotel has shifted its focus to provide more personalised guest services and a “modern artful experience” for travellers.
From check-in until check-out I loved the overall feeling of this high-end hotel, it has a personal warmth that’s brought on by the beautiful interior design combined with the hotel’s friendly staff.
I noticed a lot of small touches that added up, like the almond-scented cold towel given on arrival, complimentary citrus iced water always available in the lobby and access to screens where you can check-in to flights, and print boarding passes.
There are great meal options in the hotel, and also within easy walking distance. And the big bonus is the proximity of the hotel to Ala Moana Center, providing guests with plenty of shopping and dining options barely 5-minutes walk away.
10 Things I Loved About Prince Waikiki:
01. Floor-To-Ceiling Ocean Views
02. The Infinity Pool
03. Prince Waikiki Club
04. Dinner Buffet
05. Ala Moana Beach Park
06. Free Shuttle Service
07. Chill Zones
08. Separate Bath, Shower and Toilet
09. Malie Amenities
10. Honolulu Coffee Company
The rooms and suites at Prince Waikiki don’t have a balcony (called a lanai in Hawaii), I hardly thought twice about this because they have stunning floor-to-ceiling ocean views! Once you open the double glass windows, it adds a fantastic feel to the room and brings the outside inside. The views over Ala Wai Boat Harbor, especially at sunset, are extraordinary.
The Ocean Front Rooms have gorgeous modern decor! It’s fresh and sets a very calm and serene tone. A comfortable corner couch made the room feel much bigger than a typical hotel room.
For business travellers, a small desk is available. It’s lucky your back is turned away from the view otherwise you’d never get any work done!
With an infinity pool overlooking Ala Wai Boat Harbor, it doesn’t get much better than this on holidays!
I only planned to take a short dip but couldn’t bring myself to get out of the water for a good couple of hours 🙂 Can you blame me?
The infinity pool isn’t the only pool on property. A gorgeous keyhole-shaped pool sits beside it, surrounded by the Hinana Bar, ample deck chairs and cabanas available for hire.
You can even book a romantic sunset cabana dinner featuring a personalised menu by the chef de cuisine!
If I was to describe the Prince Waikiki Club in two words, VIP service.
It’s for guests wanting to treat themselves to a little bit of extra-fancy! Book a Prince Waikiki Club Room and get access to a raft of exclusive VIP experiences within the hotel.
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In my opinion, the top two features are a guaranteed high floor in the hotel (remember those unobstructed ocean views and mesmerising sunsets from earlier) and unlimited Club Lounge access.
The Club Lounge is perfectly positioned to overlook both pools on the deck.
It’s a super relaxed and laid back place, and easy to work from too!
The Club Lounge offers complimentary all-day beer and wine on tap, breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres.
You’ll also be privy to expedited check-in and check-out arrangements and have personal concierge services at your fingertips.
100 Sails Restaurant & Bar is the “hero” restaurant on-site at Prince Waikiki and its smorgasbord is fast gaining notoriety!
It’s the newest buffet on the Waikiki block, and my taste buds were tantalised. The New American-Pacific Rim cuisine is top-notch and great value for US$58 adult, US$29 children (ages 6-12 years) + tax and gratuity.
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Head to the restaurant on an empty stomach and just before sunset to make the most of the beautiful setting!
Staying at the Prince Waikiki means you are equal distance to get to Waikiki Beach or Ala Moana Beach Park, a more “locals” beach experience.
It’s at Ala Moana Beach Park where you’ll find Magic Island and a small, pristine, and often empty, lagoon. Wade in these waters on a Friday night at 7:45pm for a splendid view of the free fireworks show!
The red icon above outlines the location of Prince Waikiki, it is:
- 5-minutes walk to Ala Moana Center.
- 10-minutes walk to the Duke Kahanamoku Beach, the start of the Waikiki Beach sand strip.
- 15-minutes walk to Magic Island Lagoon at Ala Moana Beach Park.
- 30-minutes walk to the Duke Kahanamoku Statue, halfway along Waikiki Beach.
Prince Waikiki is on the quieter west end of town, so whenever you need a central Waikiki fix simply board the complimentary shuttle from/to the hotel. It makes three key stops at Ala Moana Center, T Galleria by DFS and Duke’s Statue.
For those keen to tee off, there’s also a golf shuttle to Hawaii Prince Golf Club.
You’ll find welcoming sitting areas virtually everywhere you go within the hotel. These “chill zones”, as I like to call them, are made up of comfortable couches and funky armchairs. Like these pair of beauties, available for guests to sink into while waiting for a taxi. Cool, very cool.
The bathrooms are enormous and luxurious. There is a beautiful tub tempting you to take a bath night after night. The shower and toilet (it has a great bidet by the way) are in separate areas with privacy doors. Love, love, love.
No expense is spared with the amenities. Malie is my all-time favourite Hawaii beauty range; I’m obsessed with the original Koke’e scent. I was thrilled to see Maile at Prince Waikiki; they are a very indulgent choice of product.
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Honolulu Coffee Company is a popular Hawaii coffee chain focused on a “farm-to-cup” philosophy. Their coffee beans are grown on their prized Kona coffee farm, on the slopes of Mauna Loa volcano on Hawaii Island.
To have Honolulu Coffee Company in the Prince Waikiki lobby is super convenient and a major score for caffeine lovers!
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