Sheraton Waikiki Review
We recently visited Oahu back in May of this year during our 10 day trip to Hawaii. Honolulu is the largest city and is the resort capital of Hawaii. Since we love Starwood Hotels and had points to use, we decided to stay at the Sheraton Waikiki. Situated right on Waikiki Beach, this huge hotel is right in the center of all the action. In our Sheraton Waikiki review, we’ll break down why we loved our stay at this resort.
Starwood has many resorts on Oahu so there isn’t really a shortage of availability. The Sheraton Waikiki is a category 6 hotel and will run you 20k points per night. For the 20k points per night, you have the option of choosing a Mountain View King or Mountain View Double Bed room. If you’re short on points, you can also opt for the SPG Cash and Points option, which will cost you only have the amount of points and $180.
SPG members with Platinum status also have the ability to upgrade their room, depending on availability, upon arrival. As Platinum members, we had a ton of Suite Night Awards available and wanted to have a better chance of being upgraded to a suite. One thing to note about SPG’s Suite Night Awards is that it is also subject to availability. If you plan on using a Suite Night Award, you most likely won’t get final confirmation of being upgraded until a week or two before your stay. We got our Suite Night confirmation five days before our trip.
Check-in and Lobby
The Hyatt Regency Maui is located in the heart of Honolulu, on Waikiki Beach. It’s a 30 minute drive from the airport. For our trip, we rented a car and made the short drive. Honolulu is known for it’s notoriously bad traffic but we only encountered this during peak rush hour times. To say that the Sheraton Waikiki is huge is an understatement. It is massive! The Sheraton Waikiki is right next to one of Starwood’s other resort, the Royal Hawaiian. They even share the same drive up entrance.
The Sheraton Waikiki offers both self parking and valet parking at $35 and $45 respectively. From our research, many people have said that the self parking garage tends to fill up quickly. On our visit, we decided that the convenience of not having to look for parking was worth the extra $10. The valet was quick and efficient and we rarely had to wait for long for our car.
The lobby, like the rest of the hotel, is also large. There were lines for both the SPG Gold and Platinum members and regular guests. Checking-in was easy once we got up to the desk. As a Platinum member, you are given a small bag to fill up in their gift shop…for free! There are snacks, alcoholic drinks, and souvenirs in the gift shop and we made sure to fill our bag to the very top.
A cool thing about this Sheraton is that your room is not a typical card key. We were given water resistant silicone wrist bands as our room keys. One of the most annoying things at beach resorts is having to carry around a card room key. Most swim trunks don’t even have pockets so it was a pain in the butt to keep track of the key. We’re glad that the Sheraton is ahead of the game here.
Since our Suite Night Award was confirmed, we were upgrade to an ocean front Malia suite with a view of Diamond Head. The suite is pretty large at 875 sq feet. Our suite had a large living room, two balconies, and a separate bedroom. The size of the suite was great and was more than enough for just the two of us. The suite was also nicely appointed although it was a bit dated. It was not very luxurious and could certainly use an update. The bathroom, while large, had a lot of wasted space and reminded us of something out of the 1980’s. The best thing about our room was the incredible view!
We even had a chance to check out a regular double bed room during our stay. It had the same design, though definitely not as large as our suite.
The Sheraton Waikiki is one large building. The first level features many different clothing little shops, a Baskin Robbins, Rumfire Grill, and even a ukulele shop. There are plenty of areas to relax around the lobby and there are even two billiards tables next to the business center. The resort, like most resorts in Hawaii, has an open air feel to it.
There are two pools on the resort, a kid’s pool and an awesome adults only infinity pool. The infinity pool is probably the best pool on Waikiki Beach! The resort connects directly to Waikiki Beach so you can go tan on the beach when you get tired of the amazing view from the pool.
The Sheraton Waikiki has a club lounge located on the top floor of the building. We love hotels with club lounges as it helps us save money on food. The lounge has the same amazing view of Diamond Head like our room, but also has a great view from the opposite side of the resort. The lounge has food for breakfast and happy hour and light snacks are available throughout the day. The happy hour has an amazing Maui onion dip that can’t be missed.
At the infinity pool, SPG Platinum members can reserve umbrellas and chairs free of charge. The chairs are in front of the infinity pool and gives you the best view of the beach. There are limited chairs for Platinum members and they use a reservation system. We highly recommend that you contact the Sheraton before your stay to book these chairs! We had issues trying to reserve these chairs when we arrived. The pool is operated by an independent company, hired by the Sheraton, and they somehow overbooked these chairs and we ended up sitting in someone else’s reserved chairs. It was a terrible experience dealing with this pool company so be prepared!
While there are many places to stay in Oahu, we would highly recommend the Sheraton Waikiki. The location of the resort on Waikiki is perfect. It is hard to beat this resort for 20k points a night. The rooms, while dated, are comfortable. The Sheraton staff is excellent. And did we mention the pool?? We will be coming back soon to the Sheraton Waikiki.