This place could use a good cleaning from top to bottom. The carpets in the hallways looked disgusting.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Nice staff but room needed painting and updating.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Close to the beach, and shopping"
Great hotel great staff, close to shopping, and the beach will definitely be back to this hotel, great prices alsoGenuine Expedia guest review
"My stay was great eventhough the place was a DUMP"
Pros: Great front desk staff, location was blocks from the beach, shops and restaurants, pool was super clean and did not have a lot of chlorine or chemicals, grounds/landscaping was tropical with a koi pond and other interesting features that other small hotels do not have, room was clean equipped with a kitchen (utencils, cleaning towels, bowls, a […] lot of stuff needed to feel comfortable), our patio was private and had a small table with two chairs. CONS: there is a dirt bag bar with low life junkies handing out that made me feel very uncomfortable having to walk by on my way to the beach. The street the the hotel is located on is rough looking and almost abandoned by the city. In the two days that I was at the hotel, someone had throw out a industrial sink on the side walk and a small beaten up refridgerator. No one, not even the city cared to remove those two items. I came to this hotel because of the special rate I got on the web and the photos on the website made the hotel look great but if you dont mind a sketchy area, then you will enjoy yourself in Waikiki. I normally stay in 4-5 star hotels and spend a night but on this specific occasion of island hoping (from Maui to Oahu) I just wanted to do a cheap get-away. I would not come back again Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Okay, close to the international market place"
The hotel is okay, nothing fancy. I got a bigger single room w/ a small kitchen and dining area. The closet is in the bathroom. Everything was functioning, no issues with the AC, TV, blow dryer. The staff was okay and the maid was able to make-up the room everyday. Parking was a hassle, since the slots were close to one another and costs $25/day. They […] have a small pool and I think lemon water. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Poor housekeeping and not very helpful. Won't stay there again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"No Family Hotel"
if I was single and ready to party, then this is the hotel, but for a family, is a little uncomfortable, trash on the sidewalk shady people hanging up front the hotel ...Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Friendly hotel with low rates"
We chose the White Sands based on its location and low price. We were pleasantly surprised by the nice courtyard with waterfall and pool of fish, big palm trees and excellent swimming pool. Its a small three story place surrounded by taller apartment buildings, but it is quiet and relaxing. The staff is extremely friendly and laid back, they don't bug […] you about anything. We made friends with other guests from the US and Europe, its that kind of place. There are three mini-marts and a friendly local pub within half a block, we made friends there, too. There is a city bus stop half a block away on Kuhio St., making it easy to get anywhere in Honolulu, including the airport. The hotel building probably dates from the sixties, but it is well maintained and spotlessly clean. No central air but the window AC worked well and wasn't too noisy. Don't stay here if you are used to staying at the Ritzy Glitzy, but if you want a comfortable and inexpensive hotel in a great location, you wont be disappointed Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"clean and close to the beach"
If you are looking for a basic hotel, cheap and central; this is the place. Staff very friendly only bad thing is the parking they will charge $25 per day, and bad because they didnot tell you since day 1. Surprise the very last day they will charge on your credit card. Let me suggest go across the street and pay $15 per day.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Warning: no elevator"
If you can't handle stairs, you need to get a handicapped room. However, they will haul your bags up & down the stairs. I give this hotel 4 stars not for the high quality of the hotel (it isn't *that* nice), but rather for its value.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nothing fancy but good for longer stay"
The room was dated and furniture old, but it was clean. Would be great for a longer stay as it has a full size fridge, small stove, and kitchen sink. It is located in a convenient place for shopping, restaurants, and Waikiki Beach. They charged a lot for parking in their lot each day ($25/day). Nice pool area. They also provide a grill by the pool/sitting […] area if you want to grill out. Not a bad place to stay if you are not into fancy rooms. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Convenient, no frills, good deal"
The hotel rooms and hallway need renovation. However, the pool and pool area are nice, the location is convenient to the conference center and Waikiki, and the mini-kitchen had what we needed.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
I liked that this hotel had a grill, however, I was on my honeymoon and needed bed sheets changed daily ( if you know what I mean). I noticed that they weren't, so I kept asking the cleaning staff if I can grab bed sheets and I changed it on my own almost daily. When I arrived back home, I noticed a nasty big white head on my back and it hurt. I don't […] know if that was the hotel, or maybe one of the chairs sitting in one of the restaurants - I was definitely grossed out. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"squeaking toilette fixture"
My room was located on the ground floor in front of vending machines and ice maker machines and the front desk was just around the corner of my room. The room was also facing the public pool. If I opened the curtain, my room would be completely exposed to strangers. Simply put, it was noisy. On top of it, the dingy bathroom has an excruciatingly irritating […] flushing system malfunction. The toilette fixture was apparently out of order, every 5 minutes or so, it makes automatically flushing action. At the end of automatic flushing, it made a long squeaking noise as if some punk were slowly scratching a chalk board. I closed the bath room door at night, but I was still hearing it. There is no wireless service inside the room. They changed me usage fee of Ethernet modem. The complementary coffee was given on the first night. On the second day forward, the maid service did not leave a coffee package. I stayed there for a week. When I opened the bathroom mirror cabinet door, I am afraid that they have not cleaned up the inside of the cabinet at all for months. I saw a pile of dust here and there. I did not feel safe to put my personal hygienic items inside. Also, I think that they have not cleaned grouts inside the shower room for a while. Neither did they the tile of the bathroom floor in general. They gave me a set of clean bath towels and others. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A charming find tucked away in the city."
We loved White Sands Hotel! It's a bit like stepping back in time with its style and location. We felt like it was tucked away and the city had just built itself around it. Our room opened up onto a quaint little deck right off the pool. A fun stay for a night or two in Waikiki!Genuine Expedia guest review
Hotel isn't by any means the royal Hawaiian, but we didnt want to pay for that. Initially they charged more for the room, but we added a night and the rate dropped to $85- this hotel isn't worth more than $100 a night so that was good. Only issue was we had to stay in a room with two twin beds..on our honeymoon. They offered to let us move rooms the […] second night but that's a hassle. Otherwise it was just an ok stay- beds weren't comfortable. Cleaning staff was really nice. Room was clean- had full kitchenette and balcony to pool- and pool was refreshing! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Cheap says it all. Low budget option but it has a nice little pool.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This is a shabby but fairly clean room if you don't look too closely. There is a lovely pool area that has rooms facing that are probably nicer than the room I had. My main complaint is that this hotel has only 14 parking spaces and the hotel does nothing to mitigate this inconvenience. We paid up to $35 at parking garages and never once got to use […] the hotel parking. On weekends parking is even more difficult. If you think the price of this hotel is too good to be true, remember to tack on an average of $25 for parking each day and nothing is free. We couldn't even print our return flight itinerary without handing over a credit card. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great choice for a budget hotel that is central!"
The staff made it worth the stay! They kept my bags while I went snorkeling even though I had checked out. I used their facilities after snorkeling (outside shower) wireless! My room was noisy because of proximity of neighbors with kids and loud TV but quietened after 10 pm. I felt safe in the hotel!Genuine Expedia guest review
"perfect for family vacation"
good location, comfortable room. The 1 bedroom with kitchen was perfect for us. Our kids had their own room with television. It was cozy .Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A Hidden Little Gem"
initially when we arrived I thought this was a dump because when we went to the 2nd floor where our room was located, the carpet on the hall was very dirty, but once you go into the room you're pleasantly surprised. The room was very clean, comfortable, roomy and quiet. Our room came with a double bed with a pool view. You have to pay $2 a day if you […] want to use the safe but I think is well worth it. The small kitchen gave us the ability to cook daily breakfast and the ocassional meal, keep food items and beer cold and/or save leftovers for the next day, and our coffe maker was always replenished. There is an ice-maker by the pool and free newspaper in the lobby. This hotel is very closed to the beach, right on downtown so you don't have to travel far for anything unless, obviously, if you're going on a special event. We opted not to rent a car because of this and because of the availability of bus service. Besides, the hotel only has about 12 to 15 stalls and charges $25 a night. Although there's a public parking right across the street. Like I said, we found the hotel to be very quiet for being so closed to the center of activity. My only advised to management is to keep the cold lemon water out every day. The last couple of days they removed it, maybe because it was Monday and Tuesday,but at least I had no hidden charges after checking out. I'd definitively go back or recommend it to friends and family. A total hidden gem! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
They would not let my friends come in the room because they were not registered.. I did not understand why I couldn't have visitors.Genuine Expedia guest review
overall, staff were friendly and accomodating, they always are!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A fun relaxing motel by the beach"
It's was great the hotel staff was caring, funny & helpful. I wish they had an elevator and a hot tubGenuine Expedia guest review
"The most convenient HOTEL that I have ever stayed"
We were very comfortable in our room right beside the pool. Such a short walk to the main sights and beaches of Honolulu. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. We are looking forward to our next stay at the White Sands Hotel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel and Staff"
My experience was not what I expected but at the same time it could have been worse. The staff was excellent, however, the rooms and hotel were very dated. I do have to give the an "A" for cleanliness but this is not a place for everyone. I stayed on the third floor and the hotel does not have an elevator and that was my biggest issue. The staff was […] very friendly and accommodating. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The staff was the best overall cant put into words except AWSOME loved itGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"White Sands Accommodations"
Stayed at White Sands for 4 nights and have no complaints about the accommodations. Room was clean with balcony view of city side, however parking was a challenge. Parking was not available when we checked in, but was able to park across the street in a Pay Parking lot ($15 for 24 hours) , however that was a hit and miss also. Suggest that hotel give […] options for other parking locations or be put on hotel parking waiting list when people check out. Hotel is very close to shopping and restaurants, that's a huge plus. Definitely, will be staying here again in the near future. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Friendly service, embodied the spirit of "Aloha"."
Enjoyed the staff very much.Very friendly service, embodied the spirit of Aloha.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A Gem in the Rough"
We REALLY wanted to like this hotel - because we are always on the lookout for well maintained vintage hotels (or restaurants). It's as the title says, a gem of a place but still quite raw. As we understand it, they are trying to make some improvements while also going thru some changes in management. All the front desk staff were friendly - that's […] one in their favor. Here are some of the issues we encountered: fone message system was not working yet we were not advised at check-in - causing misunderstanding between us and our local friends who called and left us messages at room 308 repeatedly. Their own rules about not placing laundry etc on railings from room lanai are not enforced (while it may be hard to crack down on a group of 32 European students, a word with their group leader should do the trick). Aside from the need of general maintenance of the hotel to bring it up to par, the cleanliness of the kitchen area of our room was not well attended to. We expect to clean up after ourselves when in rooms with kitchenette, however, we do not expect to clean up after the previous occupants! Each day we ended up by using the wash cloth to wipe down a part of the stove, walls, ice-box etc. We believe we left the room cleaner than when we first checked in! All we can say is that we wish this would have become our hotel of choice when in HNL (we're kamaainas), but for now it is not. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Good spot just a little on the older side and parking is a minimum..... if theres no stalls available then you have to find your own.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Hard good stay but parking was a problem. Everything you would need(food, clothing store, convientent stores, beach) is within easy walking distance.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great for students and singles"
Two stars hotel with a five stars staff. If you are into luxury and amenities, this hotel is not for you. However, if you are comfortable with a clean bed and bathroom, and a great location, you might consider this hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"No Frills and Great Location"
Nothing fancy about this hotel - it's a great location and the staff are very friendly and accommodating. White Sands is now on my list of places to stay in Waikiki.Genuine Expedia guest review
Great value in Waikiki! Clean rooms, friendly staff, convenient location for beach, food and shopping!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location, nice little hotel with a friendly staff. $25 per night parking is steep as compared with other hotels in the area. Be careful and read the signs if parking on the street.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great location - convenient for beach, shops and f"
The decor in the rooms and hotel has not been recently updated. We had a couple of nights where our neighbors in the pool area were noisy. However, these were the only down side as far as we were concerned. The adjoining rooms we got for our family of 4 were ideal. We ended up with 2 bathrooms, kitchenettes, fridges and TVs for less than the price of […] a double room in the hotels on the beach. The location is ideal for the International Market, restaurants, shops and the beach is less than 10 minutes walt away. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Quiet and very friendly"
Quiet and very friendly staff... Some things were wrong but they sent someone immediately to correct it... very good staff!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Were really dissapointed on the place they need to meet the expectations of there patron.Genuine Expedia guest review
I found the hotel very accomodating. The staff was very freindly and helpful even though I was having a stressfull trip. I really appreciated their understanding and help. The room was clean and quiet. Good place to stay downtown.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very good price"
Some furniture and equipment could be renewed, but overall it is a very good catch. Low price, very friendly staff and central of Waikiki.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Just so so"
Good price, good location But the room condition is disappointing.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Not new but clean and comfortable"
The facility is old but well maintained... staff is friendly and helpful. I was quite comfortable at White Sands and would stay there again in the future.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Right in the Heart of Waikiki"
We really enjoyed staying at the White Sands. It was walking distance to Waikiki Beach, the International Food Court,all transportation, and a 24 Hour Fitness gym. This is not a new resort, so if you are expecing a Marriott or a Westin, this is not it. The room was clean with a cute kitchenette, a nice balcony, comfortable beds, and a big bathroom. […] The resort had a great pool with plenty of lounge chairs and tables and chairs for eating poolside. The staff was friendly and helpful. There is no elevator, all handicapped rooms are on the first floor. We would stay there again. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great ServiceGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Staff friendly. The room had the "city view", which meant it looked out onto the next door hotel rooms. The door to the bathroom would not close due to the hinge screws coming out of the door frame. The room was furnishing consisted of two twin beds and a lamp in between. No couch as was advertised. Basicly, if you want a place to sleep, it was fine. […] Pretty much a "low cost" dump close to the action of wakiki. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"low cost hotel in the middle of Waikkiki"
Great location but the hotel is quite run down. Never used pool once we were there. Jacuzzi was closed down per city order. First had upper level back side room. It was noisy and old and noisy. They moved us to a room opening onto the pool and it was better. For the price right in the middle of the main area it was good.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Only if you can get it cheap."
The staff is very nice but this place needs to be knocked down and a new hotel built in its place. I stayed here 30 years ago on my first trip to Hawaii and it hasn't been upgraded much since. In fact, the hot tub has been removed so there are fewer amenities than 1983.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Functional hotel in the center of Waikiki."
The hotel room is good from a purely functional standpoint, but if you need more than a place to sleep and shower, you might do better looking elsewhere. The staff did go above and beyond expectations, though.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very old hotel but worth the stay"
As long as you book your room knowing this is an older hotel you will be fine. The location could not be better, the young men that were on duty during our stay did everything they could to make our visit enjoyable. The area around the swimming pool was inviting. We will go back but might upgrade to a larger unit and facing the pool.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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