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Lausanne, Switzerland
Reviewed 23 August 2013

We stayed there for 12 days. The hotel isn't in a big building, which is pleasant, because kind of easier and faster to go out than big resort. It's a cosy place, with a nice yard with swimming pool. Although it's not beach front, it's pretty much in the center of Waikiki, that means a good location to go anywhere...

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha Lyochko, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience. We truly value your patronage and appreciate your comments. I am pleased to hear that you complimented on our good location, nice yard with swimming pool. You also mentioned our friendly team members at the reception. I will pass this message to them and acknowledge their efforts...

Reviewed 22 August 2013

This hotel had a pool - bonus The rooms had air conditioning - bonus There was no WI-FI - not great The rooms were a bit dated - depends if that bothers you. The staff were very nice, and very helpful. Good hotel in a good location.

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha Dandeireland, Thank you for posting your comments. It is always helpful to have this kind of feedback so that we can address our guests concerns as we strive to improve the quality of your stay at our property. I am glad to hear that you complimented on our hotel’s good location, air conditioning and pool. You also mentioned about...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 22 August 2013

We stayed here on our last night in HL, as a departure hotel. Had we known what it was like, we wouldn't have booked. Yes, it's "cheaper" for Waikiki in terms of rack rates, however if you were to walk into another better hotel or looked at last minute deals, you'd have got a far nicer room for a very...

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha halfie 02, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experiences with us on Tripadvisor. We at Aqua White Sands greatly value your feedback. I am so glad to hear that you complimented our service was fine, our pool was fine and the room was quiet. Your comments are very important to us and will be used...

Dallas, Texas
Reviewed 21 August 2013

This hotel surprised us as we have stayed at several more expensive hotels on Waikiki beach over the last 30 years, but had never stayed at a more budget friendly hotel like White Sands. We were very impressed in all areas, especially with the excellant staff members and affordability. The location is good and certainly walkable to all areas in...

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha Kimberly M, Thank you for taking the time to write about your wonderful experiences with us on Tripadvisor. We truly value your positive comments. It is helpful to have your feedback so that we continue to strive to improve the quality of your stay at our property. I am very glad to hear that you enjoyed our affordable rate...

Salem, Oregon
Reviewed 21 August 2013

We had a pleasant stay in August at this property. We chose it for the size, cost and location. We have been to Waikiki before so a beach view was not required. The location is perfect for not being on the beach. Visiting family required both a car and ease of getting through Waikiki to Pearl Harbor, and the access...

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha Btrtrvl, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experiences with us on your vacation to Hawaii. We at Aqua White Sands appreciate your comments. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your pleasant stay with us and you liked our location, pool view room with lanai. You also complimented on our pleasant staff who resolved...

Tamarac, Florida
Reviewed 16 August 2013

I found this place very nice, comfortable room,. The Manager Lendy and her assistant Cristina was very kind and friendly. The lady Angela that cleaned our room was very nice. it was one block to the International market and close to Waikiki beach. When we arrived the room was ready so we did not have to wait. The room had...

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha Yvonne S, Thank you for posting your feedback on Tripadvisor. We at Aqua White Sands greatly value your comments. I am very pleased to hear you complimented on our team members Cristina and Angela who were nice, kind and friendly. I will pass this message to them and acknowledge their efforts in providing you with wonderful memories. It is...

Honolulu, Hawaii
Reviewed 16 August 2013

Great location. Excellent service and all very friendly and helpful. Very clean and good value for your dollar and we really recommend a stay here for a nice quiet holiday and perfect for families. a big thank you to the staff on duty who gave us a room immediately on our early morning arrival after our long flight from Australia.

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha Dorothy R, Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experience at the Aqua White Sands. We at White Sands greatly value your comments. I am pleased to hear that you liked our location. You also mentioned our team members are very friendly and helpful. I will make sure to pass this message to them...

Melbourne Australia
Reviewed 15 August 2013

I stayed there for 3 days and its not too bad. You can walk to everywhere and there is a licensed general store just 3 doors down. The room was a bit mouldy in places like the bottom of the curtains but was generally clean. There is a pool that's fine for cooling off and the staff were friendly and...

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha Scro61, Thank you for taking the time to let us know of your experience at the Aqua White Sands. We at Aqua White Sands greatly value your feedback. I am glad you mentioned our friendly and helpful staff; I will pass this message to them and acknowledge their efforts. Situation about your room, it has been brought to our...

Gold Coast
Reviewed 15 August 2013

Just as the title suggests, this hotel was 'fine' - not GREAT, not TERRIBLE, just fine; and when you're paying about $120 a night I suppose you can't expect much more (not in Waikiki at least). The rooms were a little older but the pool was nice and the location is close enough to the main strip but not sooo...

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islandcolonyaqua, General Manager at White Sands Hotel, responded to this review

Aloha Steph0302, Thank you for taking the time to post the review on Tripadvisor. We greatly value your feedback. It is always helpful to have this kind of feedback so that we continue to strive to improve the quality of your stay at our property. When you plan on your next Hawaii vacation, please feel free to contact me, I...

Namur, Belgium
Reviewed 6 August 2013

We found this White Sands property in Waikiki after digging a bit in TripAdvisor. It had what we were looking for: close to the famous beach, a swimming pool and garden, reasonable prices and good ratings. When we arrived there for check-in, heavily loaded and with a baby, they changed our room on the 3d floor, street facing, to a...

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Aloha Raobert, Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience on your vacation. I appreciate you mentioned Aqua White Sands is an excellent affordable place near Waikiki. I am pleased to hear that you complimented on our courteous and understanding team members and I will pass this message to them and knowledge their efforts. I am also...

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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Internet
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  • Breakfast Available
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
This quaint low-rise hotel is your home away from home located just 1 1/2 blocks to Waikiki Beach, less than a block to shopping, dining and the best Waikiki activities. The lovely central courtyard features a swimming pool with sundeck and barbeque grill. All rooms offer lanai/balconies open to city or pool views and most rooms include kitchenette facilities with stove-top, microwave and refrigerator. With our daily convenience fee for all stays White Sands Hotel allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), Waikiki Shuttle (Complimentary Waikiki Shuttle Service), Daily Newspaper, In Room Coffee, In Room Safe, and Local & Toll-Free Calls. Come experience quintessential Hawaiian hospitality! ... more   less 

Additional Information about White Sands Hotel

Address: 431 Nohonani St., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2622 (Formerly Celebrity Resorts Waikiki)
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Price Range: $195 - $278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — White Sands Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 93
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White Sands Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii
Hotel Style:
#37 Business Hotel in Honolulu
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“If you can handle stairs, get the second floor on the corner.”
 of 5 bubbles OceanBoulevard, 16 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Pool view room is best”
 of 5 bubbles pally1070, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
“If you are a light Sleeper or Noise Sensitive DO NOT get room 236 or near entrance to building.”
 of 5 bubbles 527AnneB527, 2 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Rooms facing the courtyard and pool is probably best.”
  • Kitchennette, making Spam Omelette
  • the courtyard of the hotel
  • view from floor three room, top floor
  • looking up from balcony
  • Birds on your Lanai (balcony)
 of 5 bubbles Scourge-of-God, 18 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Pay the extra for a pool view and ask to be on the 3rd floor!”
  • a view from room 312
  • Spotted Dove shared a cup of morning Joe with me.
 of 5 bubbles LadyWanderLust, 18 Jun 2016 | Read review
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