Hotel Review: Hyatt Place Waikiki
We prefer to use points when visiting Hawaii since hotels are so expensive, but didn't want to splurge on one of the more luxurious properties on the first night since we were arriving in the evening. We decided to stay at the Hyatt Place Waikiki which seemed like a great value.
Check-In: The Hyatt Place is located just around the corner from the Marriott and is still pretty close to the main drag of Wakiki. Our friends dropped us up front and a front-desk employee asked us if we were checking in as we were walking up the stairs. The agent was really friendly, and exchanged pleasantries with us. She mentioned that breakfast was included in all rates and would be served by the pool. Lastly, she asked if we needed any help with our luggage which we declined. After all of 2 minutes we were on our way up to our room.
The Room: Everything felt pretty functional about the room. The colors were slightly drab, but it was spacious and had all the essentials of a decent room - couch, TV, desk, closet and a decent shower.
There was a balcony which had nice views of diamond head along with the building next door.
The air conditioning only turns on when you are in the room so upon entering it feels quite humid and warm. That bathroom had a walk-in shower without a bathtub and was on the smaller side. The sink area was located outside the bathroom.
The Property: While the structure of the building makes it seem more like a "business" hotel, it was filled with tourists and satisfied all of our needs. There is a gym, laundry facility and a small pool all located on the 7th floor. The gym is had a few aerobic machines, a small section with weights and a few benches. The size and amenities of the gym were great, but they gotta change the red carpet.
The pool is on a big concrete deck right next to where they serve breakfast and doesn't look particularly inviting. We didn't see anyone in there during our stay.
The Service: Though we didn't interact with the staff that much, they were very friendly and always available. When we checked-in they thanked us for being World of Hyatt members even though we don't have status and even called us once we got in our room to make sure everything was okay. It also seemed like the staff liked working at the hotel, and we saw them having casual conversations with multiple guests which definitely creates a warmer atmosphere.
Breakfast itself is free, and is one of the best free breakfasts at a mid-range hotel I've ever experienced. They had miso soup with rice, kimchi and other fixing, eggs, bacon, french toast, pancakes, cereal, milk, almond milk, yogurt, bread, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea on offer, with slight variations each day. Everything was re-stocked and always available, and the staff did a great job of keeping the place tidy.
Tsunami Says: We used 12,000 Hyatt points, mostly transferred from my Chase Ultimate Rewards account to pay for the stay and we found it a great value. The nice SPGs on Waikiki start at around 20,000 SPG points, which The Points Guy values higher than Ultimate Reward points. Instead of burning those points for a day we'd spend mostly traveling, this was a great budget option for a night or two in paradise. Breakfast was a nice perk, the room was spacious and it's only a 2 minute walk to Waikiki Beach.