The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach has been a family favorite for many years. The refreshed rooms and central location make this a location worth considering and my favorite Hyatt property in Honolulu.
During my trip to Hawaii last month I had the chance to spend a few nights here. Today I’ll review a standard partial ocean view room and later provide a separate review on the family suite that World of Hyatt Globalist members can upgrade into.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Service
This is a large hotel. 1,230 rooms to be exact. That’s why I want to start with the service. You might think that service would lack in a hotel of this size, but other than the somewhat chaotic check-in (during busy late morning and afternoon periods), the hotel never feels very crowded. People prefer to go to the beach across the street instead of the pool and this area of Honolulu is littered with restaurants and bars. In that sense, sometimes the hotel even feels a bit lonely. But I appreciate that because it allows for more personalized service. The staff, especially the Regency Club staff, are very nice. I appreciate the warm greetings I receive even when walking down the hall.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Guest Room
I’m usually offered an upgrade to an ocean view as a Globalist member, but I far prefer a partial ocean / partial city view. It’s nice to see the water, Diamond Head, and the bustling city of Honolulu.
High floors rooms offer excellent views and every guest room has room to move around in and a balcony. I could do without the towel art, but the bed is comfortable, bedding soft, and colors bright.
I appreciate the room has plenty of power ports, including six on the desk!
The restroom is on the small side, with the vanity adjoined to the main room (divided by a walled partition) and a separate bathroom with toilet and shower/tub combo. Best of all, and I do mean best of all, is the Toto heated toilet seat (and bidet).
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Regency Club
If you’re looking to maximize value, you can theoretically eat dinner and breakfast in the Regency Club. The breakfast includes a continental spread of bread, pastries, cereals, and fruit with coffee, tea, and juice. Throughout the day, cookies and granola bars are available. In the evening, the spread includes a salad station, vegetables and dip (pita bread too), soup, and even a hot item, such as chicken skewers. There is dessert too. While I would not eat in the lounge very single night when there are so many excellent restaurants around, if you do not feel like going out or spending money there is enough here.
As I mentioned above, the staff are tremendous in the lounge.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Shopping + Dining
The hotel complex includes about 60 boutiques and a few restaurants. The breakfast buffet and dining room overlook the beach in a restaurant called SHOR. In the evening a full buffet is also offered but the venue is called “The Buffet at Hyatt” instead.
Just as an aside, Globalist members do not have access to SHOR for breakfast. The Globalist breakfast benefit is available exclusively in the Regency Club.
SWIM, located near the pool, is the only restaurant open for lunch. Room service is also available. Japengo, the hotel’s Hawaiian restaurant, has closed.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Fitness Center + Spa
A 24/7 fitness center offers LifeFitness equipment and was rarely crowded.
I did not use Na Ho’ola Spa, but the facilities look nice (too many people to take pictures discreetly) and a full menu of treatments are available.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Fitness Pool
Although you have a nice pool at the hotel, the beach is right across the street. That probably explains why the pool often looks like this, even when the weather is better:
As I said, the beach is across the street:
Although I far prefer the Kahala, this hotel represents a more affordable choice with nice amenities in the heart of Waikiki. I recommend and think it is worth the small premium over the nearby Hyatt Centric.