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Hawaiian Monarch Hotel
Ranked #83 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Reviewed 4 February 2012

I give this hotel an average rating because it truly is a "budget" hotel. You get what you pay for. If your vacation involves being out all day and only needing a place to crash at night, then this is the place for you. Very basic amenities. It's a bit old. Tub was dirty. Towels were worn and paper thin. Walls were thin too. Asked for a crib twice and it never came. Housekeeping is only available during the day. I was only there at night to sleep so those issues didn't bother me. Close enough to the beach and activities but far enough away that you avoided crowds. I would stay here again if I were going to stay in Honolulu for a couple of days. More than 3 nights would be pushing it.

AVOID THE PARKING GARAGE! It's $16 a night as a hotel guest. They only accept cash. You have to check into the hotel before you can park your car and there's no clear signage explaining that until you pull in and create a traffic jam! Once I parked I asked the attendant if I needed to pay $16 for both nights I was planning to be there. She said, "As long as you don't move your car, you are fine." I didn't move the car out of the garage for the two nights I was there. As I was leaving and after I checked out of the hotel, the attendant demanded another $16. I explained what I was told and he said, "You are the second person today who said that. That is not how it works."

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

A good value if you are there to see the sights and just use the hotel for sleeping.Not fancy but clean.BEWARE if you use the parking garage.Our rental car was broke into and a camera and handicap plackard was taken.They did nothing about.The parking garage is not owned by the hotel.The hotel staff was friendly.

Room Tip: rooms are quieter facing the canal
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Tammy j
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

While our initial sense of the place was very bad - they didn't want to honour their website's offer of a free shuttle bus from the airport - eventually everything worked out brilliantly. The staff were lovely once we arrived, allowing us to check in hours before the allotted time and sorting out a refund for the shuttle bus. Quiet rooms, lovely pool, extremely convenient location, overworked but friendly and helpful staff and fantastic price made it a great stay. In fact, two stays as we were there for one night before Christmas and two nights in early January.

Room Tip: We stayed in 2203 twice and loved the ocean view from the shower.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Barb W
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

I went hawaii in February 2011 and stayed in Hawaiian Monarch Hotel. The hotel location is convenient and peaceful from the crowd of beaches. The beach area is barely 800 meters from the hotel. the rooms are average but large.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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4  Thank naveenkr
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Reviewed 15 December 2011

The hotel is located close to a 24 hour 7/11, and the staff was amazing there. Papaya soap, and shampoo in the bathroom. Close to bus stops for 2, 13, and B busses taking you to Chinatown, or to the busy part of Waikiki and 4 bus to University of Hawaii of Manoa. Recommended to get a month pass for $60 at the 7/11. So you should go at the beginning of the month, and maximize the value, there's a 4 day pass for $25 for a shorter stay. Public transit is $2.50 each way. Laundry on the 5th floor, makes it easy, and hastle free. Change machine located next to the payphones in the lobby. And detergent and dryer sheets only 2 bucks from the front desk. I was in room 1813. Very nice view of the North side of Waikiki, and you can see the daily rainbow from the mountains. I'm not use to the heat, so the AC was amazing in the room. Definately recommend the late check out if your catching a late flight. Also for a cheap lunch, go to the University with your bus pass. $6.19 for a different daily special, and you can buy something for later too. And you have to go to a Rainbow Wahine Volleyball game if they're playing. Not too far from campus, and $25 for great seats.

Room Tip: North view was amazing, and there's no hot sunshine in your room.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Hawaiian Monarch Hotel

Address: 444 Niu St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1830
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #83 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Price Range: $146 - $338 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hawaiian Monarch Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel. Serving as the entrance into Waikiki, located conveniently along the Ala Wai Canal, just blocks to the sands of the mighty Pacific, the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel offers the perfect location to take advantage of all the attractions of Honolulu. Nestled in the heart of Honolulu, the Hawaiian Monarch is the ideal hotel for attending functions at the Hawaii Convention Center, shopping at the world-famous Ala Moana Center, and exploring the many boutique shops along Kalakaua Avenue. Shopping and dining can be found in any price range surrounding the hotel, not to mention picturesque Waikiki Beach, known as "the birthplace of surfing", and home to the most beautiful beaches in the world. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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