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Oahu/Waikiki North - Doubletree Alana Waikiki 3*

unicornsong
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August 13th, 2002, 6:28 pm #1

Stayed here the second week of August 2002 on a $60 bid.

The hotel is located about 1 block away from the entrance to the HHV and straight across the street from a very pleasant park. PL places it in the "East Zone" of Waikiki, but it is actually located on the west end of Waikiki about 2-3 blocks from the beach.

My first impression of the exterior of the hotel was "I hope that's not my hotel!" It was very generic looking and somewhat worn. After walking around Waikiki and seeing the other hotels, I would rate the exterior of the DoubleTree as a 2*. There is simply nothing special about it. The entrance to the hotel is VERY cramped, too, which doesn't make it at all inviting. They have valet parking only ($11/day), and it is a challenge to turn your car into the VERY narrow and short entryway without having to stop and back up your first time in.

The checkin area was also somewhat small (hey, it's a small hotel!), but it was clean and pleasant, and the staff was very friendly. My checkin person mentioned that the visit was prepaid via PL, and then promptly checked me in to a non-smoking room on the 8th floor and gave me one of the DoubleTree cookies. My HHonors Gold status didn't result in an upgraded room, breakfast coupons, or any other benefits, but he gladly punched in my HHonors number "for incidentals only".

The room itself was average-sized, clean, and pleasant. It came with a balcony which primarily had a view of the adjacent hotels (70% of the view), but I could also see the park that was across the street from the hotel. There were 2 full-sized beds, a desk with 2 chairs, and a big armoire (why they put a small, 19" TV inside a huge armoire is beyond me - it screams "cheap" - but I wasn't there to watch TV). The room also came with a sliding-door closet (ironing board and iron inside) and a 5'-long counter area with a sink, safe, and storage space built in to it. The bathroom was very nice with marble all around. The bathtub was half as long as a normal tub - it's more a shower than anything else. I liked it, but you can forget about it if you like taking baths. Overall, I'd rate the room as a 3* room.

The hotel swimming pool was about the size of an average backyard pool. It looked clean and was uncrowded - only 3 people were, 1 swimming - when I stopped by at noon. I didn't jump in to see how deep or warm the water was.

Overall, I would NOT try to get the DoubleTree Alana Waikiki in the future. I was pleased with the people and the service at the hotel, but it has too much of a cramped and ordinary feeling compared to the West Zone 3* hotels I've seen come up on this board (Waikiki Beachcomber, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani). The next time around I would try to get one of those hotels if $50-60/nt was all I could afford.

Having said that, next time I would actually bid the extra $15-30 or so it would take to have a bid accepted at the 4* Hawaii Prince (that hotel has "WOW" written all over it!) or one of the other 4* or Resort hotels.
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October 7th, 2002, 3:13 am #2

I stayed here in March, also for $60. My impressions are much the same as the other post. Very friendly and convenient. If you want to avoid the valet parking fee, you can go across the street and down to the next light behind the Renaissance to self-park closer to the water. Be careful to go to the right lot, where permits are not required. It's about a five-minute walk back to the Doubletree. For the money, it's more than adequate, though verging on a soft three-star. There are no surprises, nothing special, but it has everything you need.
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October 23rd, 2002, 5:02 pm #3

Stayed here the second week of October on a $60 bid, also. My impressions and experience are almost identical to unicornsong's.

We were put in a room on the 7th floor, with a view to the south of other hotels and the park, which was fine (I wasn't expecting an incredible view for the money). The only requests I made were to ask for non-smoking (granted) and a king or queen bed (not granted). The very pleasant clerk told us that we had been upgraded, and I believe him because when he showed me the only king bed available it was in the standard room which was much smaller than the room we were in. The room itself was nice-sized, clean, but with a run down quality (sliding door broken, thermostat loose & cockeyed on wall). It came with a balcony, 2 full-sized beds, a desk with 2 chairs, and 5'-long counter area with a sink, safe, and storage space built in to it. The bathroom was nice, but as unicornsong said, the bathtub was half as long as a normal tub. I would rate the room a 2 1/2* room.

Overall I again agree with unicornsong's assessment that I would NOT try to get the DoubleTree Alana Waikiki in the future. I was pleased with the people and the service at the hotel, but the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani seemed much more appealing both as a hotel, and for it's location.
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September 26th, 2003, 5:08 pm #4

Overall our impression was slightly different than the above posts. While on this trip, we stayed 9 nights in the Doubletree at $49 per night (in 2 rooms) prior to our cruise and a total of 6 nights in the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. While the Sheraton lobby may be nicer (i.e. larger), the Doubletree was the much better deal in our opinion (all four in the group agreed). Being a sister property you have the full use of the Hilton Hawaiian village facilites one block away. That was much nicer than anything we saw at any of the Sheraton's while staying at the Sheraton PK.

The Doubletree room was a bit worn, but looked brand new compared to the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani room. There were signs in the lobby announcing a complete renovation to the Doubletree rooms with drawings and swatches. It appears the rooms will be very nice after renovation (which probably will mean higher rates ) While the bathtub is oddly small, overall the bathroom had more room that the Sheraton and the sleeping portion of the room was quite a bit larger than Sheraton. The pool at the Doubletree was very small and nothing special, but I did not come to Hawaii to sit by a pool. The staff was friendly and we had no complaints with our stay. On our next trip, no one would be disappointed in getting this hotel again. We all preferred it over Sheraton PK.
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January 21st, 2004, 2:49 pm #5

Wow! What a wonderful hotel. Even though it does look a bit old on the outside, all hotels in this area seem to have that look. That is, except for the high priced Hilton!

We arrived in the evening, and upon check-in, we were told that we had received a free upgrade. A standard room, but with an ocean view! Ocean view was a bit of a stretch, but it was as close as the ocean can get to this hotel. We also received their famous Chocolate Chip Cookies!

The room was very nice. The hotel had been renovated recently and you could tell everything was brand new. Not even a stain on the carpet! The room was rather large. It did have a small tub in the bathroom though.

The room included a refridge, 25" TV in Armoire, work desk with lamp, sliding glass door with deck, a queen sized bed, a safe, and a rather large closet with sliding door. The bahroom included a hair dryer, shampoo and conditioner, bath and hand soap, and lotion.

The pool was rather small, but nicely kept. However, I didn't come to Hawaii to sit at the pool. Although, as guests at the Doubletree, we did get to use the Hilton's facilities free of charge. They also had excercise equipment outside under an overhang so you could watch your kids in the pool while you excercised.

The restaurant in the hotel was very nice. However, it was also pretty expensive. A wine bar was also located upstairs, it was expensive as well. The hotel also had a little convienience store on the pool level, which was great if you needed something to drink, read, or needed some medicine.

Housekeeping and all staff was absolutely wonderful! Everyone said hello and greeted us with a smile.

A great experience, great time in Hawaii!
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June 1st, 2004, 5:49 pm #6

Posted by netsirkx2 on 5/31/04:

We only bid once at $52 and received the Doubletree Alana Hotel. It was good for the price. It just went thru a renovation so the rooms were fairly new. The bath tub was wierd -only fit one person at a time it was all tiled and very deep high sides kind of hard to get in and out of. Plus it was plugged up the first day. The engineers fixed it but it was still a little slow, also there was a sink in the bathroom and also in the room the one in the room was slow too. there was a fridge for beers from the ABC store right across the block. We could use the Hilton Hawaiian privledges but we didnt. We had breakfast at The WAILANA coffe house on the corener everyday it was great!. The bedding was a little "sKetchy" BUT THOSE ARE things you have to overlook when you are staying in Waikiki for 52$ a night! It was fantasic!
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January 30th, 2005, 8:51 am #7

Hello all!

I just got back from a 5 night stay at the Alana Doubletree.

I paid $70.00 per night for my stay and must say I'm happy for what I received.

Checkin was a breeze...There was no mention of Priceline. I was upgraded to a City/Mountain View Suite which was located on the 6th floor directly over the pool. When you walk into the room, there is a small wetbar area with a mini-fridge, sink, cupboards etc... then if you walk on, there is the bedroom with two queen beds as well as a armour with a 25" TV. After that you turn right and you have a small living room area with a desk, I'd say a 20" TV, sofa and end table. Take a right from there and that leads into the bathroom. The bathroom was large with a large bathtub and a moveable showerhead. Overallall the room was very nice. There was central airconditioning so you can control the temperature in the room. The furniture was a little dated but for $70.00, I wasn't disappointed.

The lobby of the hotel was very nice and the staff was great...Also, because I was staying at the Hilton Doubletree, I took advantage of the Hilton Hiwaiian Village Resort which is about 1 1/2 blocks away... That place is unbelievable....

A couple of tips I would like to pass along are...

1. If your staying on Waikiki, you probably don't need a car... It costs around $24.00 from the airport to the hotels downtown. If you get a coupon book at a hotel, it only costs $8.00 back to the airport.

2. Everyone seems to rent a scooter to get around... I had a scooter for $40.00 for 24 hours and it seemed to be the going price... The best thing about the scooter is that you can park them almost everywere... Just look for a bike rack...

3. If you want an awsome tour of the island, check out E NOA TOURS at 808-591-2561. I took two of the tour and the driver gave such a great history of the Island.

Have fun, Aloha!
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September 20th, 2005, 4:28 pm #8

I agree with previous posters regarding the exterior of this hotel and the very awkward and cramped entry space. Also the lobby area was strangly shaped and small. There is a "Reading Room" on the second floor (usefully for killing some time after checkout and before those evening flights back to the mainland) but it only has two comfie chairs, one (uncomfortable) bench and isn't air conditioned, which made it very sweaty on my recent stay.

Ths room however, made up for everything else! Without asking, I was upgraded to a two room suite on the 17th floor with lanai and (partial) ocean view. Although the bathroom was small...or maybe just "normal" size and suffered from the comparison to the spacious other rooms) the other rooms were large.

The bedroom had a soft chair, large closet, two night stands, king bed and TV/clothes armoir. The living room had desk and chair, couch, coffee table, several lamps, and end tables, second TV, wet bar, frig and counter.

All rooms looked, smelled and felt "fresh". I was given a complimentary late check out until 2:00 p.m. and complimentary Sunday newspaper.

The staff were friendly and helpful. For a bid of $65, this was a treasure.
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October 26th, 2009, 9:54 pm #9

Just got back from a night here. I'll start with the positives: Very comfortable bed, plenty of pillows, Pod coffeemaker with good coffee and half & half, nice TV.They let me check-in early
The negatives:Priceline room view: Parking lot. handicap bathroom read on their website about the tubs, Hotel under renovation, this wasn't posted on the website until the day before I arrived. Was like a maze to get to the pool. Kinda noisy. Expensive parking.
The location is so-so, I was here for a meeting, convenient to the bus lines. wanted to walk around Waikiki at night its a few blocks away from the action, so I didn't stay out as late as I wanted to (solo woman traveller).
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