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Hostelling International Waikiki
Los Angeles, CA
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Here's some tips on Hosteling in Hawaii”
Reviewed 21 March 2012

I booked this hostel online. From Honolulu Airport take the speedi shuttle or roberts shuttle about $14 to the Hostel.All the staff is great and helpful, Anjel-Nikki-Melissa-Cory, but their main job is to check you in and out. In the lobby are free beach chairs and snorkel gear or maybe it was a dollar to rent I never used it. The kitchen is big and there is a table and lots of pots and pans and two fridges. You have to mark your food with a tag and it is best to keep it in a plastic bag. There are also some shelves with leftovers and such like salt and pepper and oil. The rooms are fine and showers clean. You can book tours from the advertisements in the lobby. They don't really run any of their own vans or tours. There is no smoking or drinking of alcohol on premises, other hostels allow that. I go into the kitchen after dinner there are always some people hanging out, don't be afraid to say hello, most everyone likes to go out and have a drink. Waikiki Beach is two blocks, rent surfboards there or take a lesson or just chill. There is a rental car and motorcycle rental shop 100 feet out the front door for day usage and not badly priced. If you get 4-5 people together you can get a car for under $10 a day. There are restaurants and liquor stores that have anything you need within 2 blocks.Overall it is quiet and well kept.There are three other hostels in waikiki, one by the college, and the two on lemon street about 5 blocks south are larger but all are about $20-$25. Most only allow a 1 week stay so on long vacations most people just jump around back and forth. You can catch a bus about two blocks going south or north for $2.50 US$ or maybe it was $4 all day. Hawaii busses go everywhere but sometimes do not run late at night. Don't miss out on North Shore or East Coast. Most bars have happy hours check the board in the lobby.Some free stuff to do locally, honestly you can have alot of fun for under $50 a day. Rooms are not coed. Guys are in rooms 3-5 on 2nd floor girls in 6-8?. I was in #3. If you are a light sleeper get a semi private room or ask for a room not by the entrance door or main walkway, windows are kept open to keep cool. Parking is $5 a day. Lost keys are $10, yes I lost mine.No overnight guests.

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Manager_HI_Waikiki, Manager at Hostelling International Waikiki, responded to this review, 2 April 2012
Thanks for taking the time to describe our place! Sometimes guests seem to forget why they came to a hostel instead of a hotel in the first place- to meet other travelers from around the world and explore the island together searching for adventure!! And all you have to do is say HI! Our staff works one at a time, so it can get busy for us sometimes, but we have made folders with daily events, great happy hours, free activities, and of course if you want to do any tours, we have all the best ones, many at a discount. The beach stuff is all for free!
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Clean, basic, usually quiet, ridiculous price in excellent location, just 2 blocks from central sea shore. We booked a private room for 2 for just 56$ and are completely satisfied. It seems that they may be short in parking, just 7-8 lots in the ground floor, so better to verify. Booking of dorms is online and simple, and they are also good. Booking rooms is only by phone.

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

My girlfriend and I shared a private room with its own bathroom. Room was very clean. Not a party hostel, which is great if you like to sleep soundly. Location can't be beat in Waikiki. One block to major bus routes, grocery store, and the beach. Kitchen facilities were well kept. If you are planning a trip to Waikiki and don't mind staying in a hostel, this is the perfect place!

  • Stayed February 2012
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Although not as modern as some hostels I've stayed in, HI Waikiki was clean, spacious and with great facilities. Wifi, laundry, kitchen, beach mat/chair rental, activities board. The staff were nice and you can't beat the location close to restaurants, the beach, supermarket, bus transport. Stairs, no lift, but easily accessible. Would stay again.

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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Stayed off and on at the Waikiki International Hostel over my 2 weeks tour of the Islands. It's centrally located so busy during high season (so book ahead and be aware there is a 7 night minimum over a 3 month period). Airy, spacious rooms, kept very clean by a hard-working and friendly staff. Near all the bus lines, restaurants, good grocery store. The staff has put together a daily listing of free or cheap activities. They can also help you plan excursions - some at discounted costs. They also the chance to leave your bags for the day and then come back and use the showers if you have a late night flight for only $5! What hotel offers that deal!

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Property: Hostelling International Waikiki
Address: 2417 Prince Edward St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3229
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Honolulu
Price range (per night): $45 - $135
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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