We stayed here for 9 nights in March 2012. Our corner two bedroom on the 4th floor (401) was rented from Chris, a vacation owner. Our booking went through smoothly and I will use Chris again.
The only gripe I had was that when we arrived very early in the morning (730am), our room was not ready. I had requested this in an email as well. With 3 young children (4yo twins and 9yo), we were told to wait till 4pm. We ended up walking around Waikiki to kill time. With jetlag and lack of sleep, we were quite exhausted by 4pm and couldn't wait to check in.
That aside, our rooms were of a decent size and clean. Our corner unit had a master bedroom with a large ensuite, own balcony and tv. The second bedroom had 2 double beds, a balcony and tv as well. There is a bathroom/toilet off the hallway. The kitchen is in an open plan room with the living room and 2 balconies. Our view was of the pool and the multi storey car park. After a few days, we forgot the car park was there, when we sat out there to use their wi-fi (better reception). There was a table and 2 chairs on the balcony - great for having breakfast on. The living room gave the children space to play and room for all 5 of us to chill out. There is a washing machine and dryer in the apartment. I also brought along a pegless clothesline. There was a small pool but enough for little kids.
The time share staff asked us twice to go to their presentation but we told them 'no' nicely and they did not push any further. The hotel lobby was under refurbishment when we were there. The staff was friendly and even accepted a parcel on my behalf prior to my arrival. There were daily planned activities at Wyndham such as movie nights, ice shaves, lei making, etc. However we never made it to them as we were always out at those times. Our only housekeeping service resulted in the staff accidentally taking my daughter's bedtime doll with the bed linen. The staff immediately attempted to locate the doll and returned it to us promptly the next night. Thankfully the night before we left!
Wyndham is in a great location. Our young children were able to walk to 3 different beaches, within 5-30mins walk from the hotel. The beaches were Fort De Russy park beach (5-10 mins), Waikiki Beach (10-15mins via Sheraton Hotel) and Kuhio Beach (20-30mins via Kalakaua Ave). Kuhio beach (near the Duke statue) was being dredged to make the beach bigger and we were not allowed on it till after 12pm. Our kids enjoyed Kuhio beach as it is a sea bath pool and protected from the waves. It has a great view of Waikiki beach.
There are many restaurants within walking distance from this hotel. Our favourite ones were Kaiwa (Japanese restaurant across from hotel on the Beachwalk), PF Changs (chinese), Marukame (on Kuhio Ave -make their own udon noodles), Matsugen (Saratoga Rd - make their own soba noodles), and downstairs Sushi To Go place makes fresh sushi to order.
Our children has allergies to dairy, eggs and nuts so Japanese food were quite risk free for them. We enjoyed the Japanese food at Waikiki and found them to be very authentic and fresh. Another fun restaurant was Gyu Kaku Yakiniku restaurant on Lewers St. It is a Korean BBQ place where my kids could grill their own meat and marshmallows. It was hard to get into restaurants at times and we had to eat early 530-6pm. We did have to wait to get into PF Changs but it was only a short 10-15 mins wait.
The shops were within walking distance and open till 11pm every night. It's great to walk around after dinner and we liked going to the International Marketplace and Dukes Lane for the market stalls and souvenirs. There are always lots of people walking around late at night. We stock up on snacks and breakfast from the ABC stores (like 7-11 stores but more stock), at nearly every corner. They are great for beach stuff and souvenirs too. We also borrowed some beach toys from the concierge at Wyndham.
My kids enjoyed going on the trolley bus to Ala Moana Shopping Center and sightseeing. We found that it was easier to get on the trolley bus at the DFS Galleria if you wanted a seat.
With regards to shopping, my tip is to get an empty suitcase if you intend to shop at Waikele outlet. It's worth it. The prices are definitely 50-80% cheaper than in the retail shop. We went to Waikele Outlet by booking the pickup from PG Plover ($5/way). The nearest pickup was Trump Tower and Sheraton. The journey was about 1.5hrs one way, due to the hotel stops and traffic along the way. One thing I found when shopping, was to check your shopping receipts prior to leaving the store as staff can accidentally scan the same item more than once. This happened a few times to me.
We took the kids up the Diamond Head volcano and the view was worth the 2hr return walk/trek! We took the taxi there and back - about 15-20mins ride one way. Make sure you note the local taxi number and ring to book the ride back to town as the taxi queue is quite long at the volcano.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see the north part of the island as I tried to hire a car the last 4 days we were there and was told by 2 car rental companies that their cars were all booked out and they didn't know why either. I think the Pipeline comp was on at that time. I would hire a car as soon as we reach Waikiki next time.
My kids enjoyed the Polynesian shows at the Royal Hawaiian Center and Ala Moana Shopping Center. They are usually on around 12-1pm. It was a good introduction to their culture. We walked along the beach to The Hilton Hawaiian Village for their 7pm hula show and fireworks on friday night. It was great! This is on every Friday.
Our driver, Mark, from 'Hawaii23 Transportation' (recommended on Tripadvisor ) was very prompt and helpful. Mark gave us the best tip when he took us to the airport for our return flight. He told us to use the 'porter' (men dressed in Hawaiian shirt) to check in. The 'porter' took us straight pass the long queue and checked us in immediately. For his efforts, we were told to give him a small tip ($1 a bag). At 5:30 in the morning and with 3 still sleepy children, it was a blessing and well worth the extra $$ we paid. Also bring some breakfast as the shops were still closed and only opened from 6-630am.
Regarding the weather, it was cloudy and there were rain at times. There were quite a few sun showers (a few mins). It is still warm (mid 20s) and if we are at the beach, we will stay as it will pass. You do need a cardigan for night time.
A tip for travellers flying via Sydney to Hawaii, you will have to change from domestic terminal to the international terminal. It will cost $5/person on the bus. We took the taxi and with 5 of us it was about $20-25 to the international terminal. The cost was similar but with the ease of having your bags in the trunk of the taxi and not having to wait for the bus. I would suggest you mention your destination once you have settled into the cab and not before as Sydney taxi drivers were not too happy with the short ride.
Overall we enjoyed Waikiki and staying at Wyndham. We do recommend Wyndham for families.
I didn't get to check out the other suites but was told the corner unit has larger living room/s...
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