by Maxwell Barna
Consistently ranked the number one hotel in Honolulu, Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk offers families far more than an ordinary night’s stay.
This luxury hotel, part of the Waikiki Beach Walk development, offers guests premiere access to some of the best stretches of beach on the island, along with an array of onsite entertainment and shopping, mixed with world-class dining. Guests love the onsite infinity pool, located on the sixth floor, along with the 24-hour fitness center, onsite spa, complimentary resort-wide Wi-Fi Internet access and other exclusive amenities.
Each of the hotel’s 460 rooms come in a variety of arrangements, from simple studios to three-bedroom, 2,000-square-foot oceanfront suites, each of which offer contemporary designs and decor mixed tastefully with authentic Hawaiian influence. At a bare minimum, rooms include one king bed, a fully equipped kitchen, Italian marble full baths with deep soaking tubs, a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV with DVD player, complimentary bathrobes and slippers, an alarm clock with iPod docking station, and a complimentary in-room electronic safe.
The hotel is perfect for children. Aside from being feet from the beach, kids are offered plenty of exclusive services, activities and amenities, including board games and books, in-suite children’s movie channel, plush children’s robes, a map of the city (complete with “must see” spots), a welcome gift upon check-in and complimentary use of beach bags, which are filled with things like towels, sunscreen and fruit.
Onsite dining options include WAI’OLU Ocean View Lounge, which serves a diverse collection of International favorites mixed with traditional local flare. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day. There’s also BLT Steak, which brings its famous French technique and culinary style to beautiful Waikiki Beach; think classic American steakhouse with French style and Hawaiian finesse. Open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Guests are also welcome to check out the onsite In-Yo Cafe and order from the 24-hour in-room dining menu.
Our Editor Loves
- Excellent location right on the beach
- Luxurious accommodations
- Plenty of amenities and activities for children
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
I'm looking at buying a vacation rental on O'ahu. Unfortunately, O'ahu recently passed an ordinance limiting the neighborhoods where short term rentals are allowed: Waikīkī, Ko Olina (leeward side) and the North Shore. The prices in Ko Olina are higher vs what I want to spend (more than $1 million), and North Shore is far. So I focused my efforts on condotels in Waikīkī. Trump was fairly new, and in my price range: I gave it a test drive.
Pros: Excellent customer service. Brent checked us in and the bags were up to our room before we arrived (we stopped by to check out the gym); Max 5 min walk to the beach; Good size room (500 sf) w/ large shower/tub space and dual sinks; Kitchenette w/ two burner stove, small fridge & micro; Toto washlet to keep you fresh; Spa and fancy restaurant on site; Nice gym; Close to Ala Moana Mall, Foodland, Zippys, and the strip (Kalakāuā); Close to plenty of reasonably priced restaurants; Close to public transportation;
Cons: Bed is too soft for my liking; Infinity pool is small, and so is the lounge area by the pool; Famed mai tais are okay. I prefer the mai tais at the Moana or Royal better; No washer/dryer in room; The table next to the TV, and the dresser were pilau. The maid didn't dust the furniture; At this price point I would expect mouthwash;
In summary, the pros far outweigh the cons. I'm doing to math to see if a unit can generate sufficient cash flow for me. Nonetheless, at $610/night (Nov), Trump is a very nice place to stay in luxury.
We stayed at Trump for 9 nights to celebrate our anniversary and my birthday and it was the most perfect stay. We travelled with our 12 months old baby, and they so graciously allowed us to check in early. The room was perfect in every way, spacious, immaculately clean and even though we had a city view room it was still a beautiful view and we could enjoy watching the Hilton fireworks display.
What stood out the most was how friendly and polite every staff member that we came across was, from check in staff to housekeeping, concierge and pool staff, everyone was friendly and so welcoming.
This hotel is a mark above the rest, and worth every cent. We’ve been to Hawaii 3 times and have stayed at other high end hotels but this was by far the best.
Thank you so much for making it such a pleasurable stay for us!