Trump International Hotel Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii – Review

The view from the author's room

By Jonathan Spira on 20 February 2018
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Visiting, Honolulu in Hawaii sometimes gets short shrift. Honolulu isn’t as exotic or quiet as Maui or Kona and it is a big city. But Waikiki is a vibrant beach resort and the area has some of the best restaurants in the Pacific and the feeling of aloha, a Hawaiian word that means love, affection, and peace, is contagious.

Located adjacent to the city’s best stores and one block from the beach, the Trump International Hotel Waikiki welcomes guests in its sixth-floor lobby, affording guests magnificent ocean views while checking in and out.

Following United’s celebratory final Boeing 747 flight, which recreated United’s original 747 flight from San Francisco to Honolulu, I pulled up to the main entrance in my rented Mercedes-Benz SLC300 cabrio – the perfect car for exploring the islands – and was warmly welcomed and escorted to the reception area by a doorman. Check-in formalities were brief and I was shown to my room, a one-bedroom suite, although I made a note to return to the lobby level, where an expansive open-air lanai would be the perfect place to watch the sun set over the Pacific.

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THE ROOM

My one-bedroom suite was decadently spacious   The entry foyer led to a living room done in neutral earth tones with a private terrace that provided a serene ocean view. To the left was a well-equipped kitchen that included a Sub-Zero refrigerator and wine refrigerator, to the right, a work area and an additional sofa. The bedroom was equally expansive, also done in earth tones and with yet another private terrace.

The supremely comfortable pillow-top mattress ensured a good night’s sleep and I awoke each morning fully recharged. The walk-in closet was roughly the size of a studio apartment in Chelsea and it had its own washer and dryer.

The Italian marble bathrooms featured dual sinks with ample counter space for a family of four let alone a single occupant. A large open walk-in shower was next to a generously sized soaking tub. The commode was behind a door for additional privacy.

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