"Lovely tropical, warm, inviting place."
Staying at the White Sands Hotel has always been very satisfying and a very pleasant stay. The staff has always been more than ready to " go the extra mile" for the guest, they all have become like Ohana. The hotel staff Christine, Cchristann(front desk), Blake, Rogue and Jason, they all are extremely accomadating. I am a local disabled woman who travels […] back and forth from the Big Island for my Dr.'s appointments and I travel with my service dog Zenji, they have always made us feel special and I thank god that your hotel allows pets as they are only a few on the island and not charging me for his stay has been just a god send as I live on a very fixed income. Your hotel staff has always treated us just like family and I feel very safe also. Please acknowledge your outstanding employees they make my stay so stress free and relaxing, I will continue to return over and over. I have and will continue to recommend your hotel to all my family and friends. Thank you for making my trip a very very pleasing time. Mahalo, Roxanne Highland Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"close to baech"
good locationGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Especially impressed with hotel staff"
The White Sands is an older hotel -- a little "outdated," if you care about that sort of thing. As a result, the cost to stay here is lower than you'd pay at a newer hotel. But you don't sacrifice service, comfort, or cleanliness. My wife brought my parents here as part of a 50th anniversary celebration on Oahu and the Big Island. We were all impressed […] with the staff. The folks at the reception desk made every effort to be pleasant and to help us with requests. The room was very clean. The a/c was a little noisy, because it was positioned directly above the bed. But that's picking nits, when the stay was so nice. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not too convenient for seniors (over age 80) climb"
The Hotel rate was okay. However, we had a hard time getting our suitcases up/down the stairs, as we are seniors (over 80). A first floor would have been better. Had we known we probably would have gone somewhere else. It was convenient as we had reservations at Royal Kuhio, which was just a block away. The furnitures/bed had seen better days. Definitely […] should have been replaced. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pay for what you get comfortable not luxery"
small store for sodas and snacks located next to hotel . walking distance to places to eat. not far from Dukes INTL MARKET.if you forget to buy a gift.Genuine Expedia guest review
Attending a conference at a much more expensive hotel, so we decided to save some money and try the White Sands. We're so glad we did! We walked everywhere, and learned our way around the neighborhood quite easily, which we wouldn't have been able to do if we'd stayed at the conference hotel. We met and hung out with locals at the Honolulu Tavern (almost […] next door) and slipped out the back way early mornings to get Starbucks on the next corner. Be sure to try the Korean restaurant between the back entrance and Starbucks; it was my first, and it was delicious! Very interesting decor, as well. Anyway, you know you're in the right place when your wake-up call comes from a real person and you hear, "Here's your wake-up call, Sunshine! Have a good day!" I'd stay there again in a heartbeat. It's not a resort hotel - it's a local hotel with a local feel. Truly an enjoyable experience. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location... close enough to walk the few blocks to the beach or more of the strip but far enough from all the people... they do not have enough parking so we had to park across the street in a sister hotel but it wasn't bad.... it is cheaper than surrounding hotels which was nice. There was nothing spectacular... but there is a decent size kitchen.... […] we spent very little time in the room since we went out and walked, sight seeing, it was good enough for us! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great price for a good hotel with a great location"
I chose this hotel mostly based on the price and once we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. The room was much larger than I thought and had a little kitchenette with dishes, silverware, and cooking utensils. The upper 2 floors have a balcony attached. The only downfall was they did not have an elevator but by the end of the week we were used to doing […] the 3 flights of stairs. Each member of staff we encountered was very friendly and helpful. The hotel is within walking distance to a mini flea market (a block away), the zoo (approx 6-7 blocks) and Waikiki beach (4 blocks). There is also many restaurants nearby as well. I will definitely be staying here again next time I visit Hawaii. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
This hotel must have been one of the firsts in the Waikiki Beach Area. It is quaint and needs updating. However it is only 2 blocks from the beach. Although stuffy when we arrived the trade winds and large sliding doors allowed fresh air in as well as the surf when the street traffic finally died down. Good for one night, but I would not do an extended […] stay. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We had a wonderful time at the Wwite Sands in HonoluluGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great location. Friendly staff."
Our second time staying here... right in the heart of Waikiki. Easy walk to shops, good coffee cafes, restaurants, clubs, and the beach! (just 2 blocks) It's not the Ritz but it's clean, affordable, friendly, good maid service, a self-serve laundry room, sunny pool area, Internet, a hot tub under the palm trees, parking, a koi pond, lots of greenery […] and terrific front desk staff. The water pressure could be a little better in the shower but other than that- we love the place. Feels a bit "old school Waikiki" and we like that. No waiting for elevators. All easily accessible. Tucked off the street a half block from Kuhio Ave. Really-- this is wonderful. Mahalo White sands! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"secluded yet near the beach and shopping"
I loved the kitchen, quietness at night, and the people at the front desk were so friendly.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel however the staff is disorganized"
I had a great time with my family on this vacation, however the hotel I stayed at was just a room. Because of the lack of service and friendliness I was glad to check out at the end. Hotel itself is clean and nice and is worth the price I paid.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A good choice for the budget conscious"
The place is a bit run down, no elevator, but only three floors. The pool area is nice, and if you get a room facing the pool it is quiet. Staff very friendly and free WiFi within the pool area.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"nice hotel location"
easy place to find restaurants,fedex-usps shipping service across the street at back exit.Quiet place friendly employees & helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cool it man"
Was cool place easy access to restaurants near by & post office/fedex office across street at back entrance!Had fun there workers real nice helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Walking distance to everything with a kitchenette"
The hotel is off the main strip but still accessible to everything. While an ocean view would have been nice it was still great to have a balcony. The staff was very helpful and friendly. It was nice having the mini fridge and kitchen sink in the room. Saved us on eating out every meal.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Don't stay here"
Stained carpets, cracked shower floors and a mattress made of cardboard. Need I say more? This is not a hotel, but a motel and a cheap one at that. Take the time to shop around and save your money for an actual hotel stay.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Decent hotel. Needs renovations and sprucing up."
First time in Waikiki and got this hotel through expedia. Place is pretty run down and could use new beds. I saw hotel grounds keeper toss garbage over fence to neighboring hotel. Close to beach, though.Genuine Expedia guest review
Great location. A little noisy between roomsGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"It did it for me"
Jason at the front desk as always has been the best at providing the best service when ever I stay at the white sands and will definitely be back again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Older hotel in need of major rehab."
Don't believe all of the reiviews. We would never return to this hotel. The staff was very nice, but the condition of the hotel left a lot to be desired.Genuine Expedia guest review
Three twin beds instead of one queen staff did help us work it out rooms were outdated and some areas had a funny smellGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"The pictures are super misleading."
I can forgive them the fact that they didn't notify us of the construction in the front lobby. It wasn't that inconvenient. But the hallway smelled way better than our room. We ended up having to buy an air freshener to spray all over the room. It was funky, the carpet felt tacky. Among other things, we couldn't figure out how to get the air conditioner […] to turn off, so it was blowing, loudly, all night. The mattress was worse than one would find at a summer camp. We also bought some benadryl to keep us knocked out long enough to get some rest. It was, overall, a fairly terrible experience. We were on the island for a memorial service, so emotions were already running a little high, but when we saw our room, it was so disappointing that I shed a few extra tears. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"This place is in need of HELP!"
Stayed three nights and found the place to be a dump. Bad linens, parking is cheaper across the street and couldn't even provide a coffee packet after day one.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice affordable place near Waikiki"
The staff is really friendly. They did an outstanding job of knowing who we were throughout our stay. The facility shows some age. However, it is nicely located only a couple blocks from the beach.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great location at a fair price."
Hotel was renovating lobby, so one of the stairwell was closed and had to walk all the way around. Parking was inconvient. The parking lot across the street, had all kinds of suspicious activity. And was afraid to park there. I stayed here before and had the same thing happen, because I had denied maid service for 3 days. I was asked to leave my room […] so that the maids could clean it. I don't want anyone in my room when I'm not there. I think they should change the policy. Ask visitors if they would prefer no maids service I thought the do not disturb signs that we hang on the door knob was stating. Clean the room after I check out. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
The front desk and other people here are super friendly! The only negative thing is there hotel is a little bit old, not really fancy. But, I am not a big fan for fancy rooms and hotels. People get the price they paid for.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel for a good price, good location"
Although the rooms are a bit worn out, we really liked the White Sands Hotel. The location is great and the staff extremely friendly. Our rooms were big and comfortable, and the hotel has all the amenities needed for a nice stay in Waikiki! The only downside is that there is not enough parking stalls and you have to pay a daily fee for them. Also, even […] though the wireless internet is free, it only works around the reception and pool area and is not at all fast! We went to Starbucks for a better wifi connection! Still, if you´re looking for a cheap hotel in Waikiki with large rooms and a good location, I would recommend White Sands. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Hotel is very old. Room is not clean. It was a hol"
Hotel is very old. Room is not clean. it is like a motel. It is one of the cheapest hotels in Honolulu, but it was a holiday season, so it wasn't not so cheap ($150/niight).If you pay +$10 /night then you will get nicer hotels.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel for the price."
I really liked the white sands hotel. Most of the hotel staff had great attitudes and were very helpful and made me feel welcome. I did encounter 1 front desk clerk that was very rude to me, and actually upset me to the point of seeking managements attention. But after all that, I still would return to stay at the white sands. Great price and value […] . Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"near fort derussy park"
Staff was full of aloha.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Centrally located to shops and restaurants. Beach within 2 blocks. On city transit system.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Fine for a place to sleep"
Definitely a dated hotel that could use some upgrades- but is clean and works if you're looking for a cheap place to sleep in the center of Waikiki. I'm 5'9" and the showerhead was chin level, so obviously designed with shorter people in mind. Parking is an extra charge and is first come first serve- so if you're looking at another hotel that includes […] parking and is slightly more, chances are you should go with that one instead. Staff is friendly! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Motel NOT recomended"
Staff was very rude. Bed was very uncomfortable, view was Ok, Room was fairly clean, Mirror was damaged when we came in. Over all this was a very cheap motel. I was very disappointed in it !Genuine Expedia guest review
Staff excellent especially. Christieann will stay there again in 2014Genuine Expedia guest review
"Convenient, Hawaiian experience"
I travel to Hawaii about every two months on business and prefer to stay at the White Sands. I have been coming here for over 20 years. The White Sands is conveniently located for my business and makes it easy to go out to restaurants and shopping as it sits in mid-Waikiki. The pool and spa area are comfortable and relaxing. The rooms are clean and […] the customer service is friendly and outgoing. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Honolulu: No day at the beach!"
Third trip to the Hawaiian Islands, first to Honolulu. Not too may reasonably priced places to stay on Oahu outside of Honolulu. After reading many reviews decided on White Sands. Made the reservations months in advanced and asked for a ground floor room as there is no elevator. Upon arrival we found to parking lot to be quite small (less than 10 spaces) […] with small spaces to park. We were told to park across the street in the parking garage of another hotel as it has the same daily rate of $25. We were given a 3rd floor room despite our request which was granted some months earlier. A staff member carried our bags to the 3rd floor. The staff was very nice and accomodating. Our room was nice and clean with a comfy bed and extra pillows. The place was quite so sleeping was good. Location is a short walk to the beach, shops and eateries. Knowing what I know now I would park on the street (free from 6 PM to 7AM) as we were generally gone on a tour of somewhere else on Oahu by 7 AM and not back much before 6 PM in which case you can feed the meter for 2 hours at a time. This would have saved around $25/day. There are many bus tours of the island which alleviates the cost and hassel of parking however a car can save you quite a bit of money with do it yourself tours and transportation to and from the airport which can be quite expensive. My two day car rental from Thirffy cost less than $100.00 including gas and we drove the entire island. Oahu, not Honolulu is great. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Decent for essentials"
If you're just looking for a hotel that gives you shelter, a bed and a hot shower then White Sands is it! It's not the newest building with updated features but it gives you the necessities. Only gripes about the place is the thin walls, key cards that don't work, and the stained towels that could use some bleach while washing. I also should mention […] that parking is horrendous around Waikiki area.. probably best if you rented a car only WHEN you actually need it since there's not much parking available. AND, should be noted that the stairways to the upper floors are OUTSIDE the hotel so if it's raining, you'll get soaking wet before entering the hallway into your room. Other than that, the stay was fine, we were out most of the day and just came back to rest or shower. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice Hotel Good Location"
Great hotel. I enjoyed my stay. I give it 5 stars. The rooms are great and the staff is friendly. The waikiki beach is a 5 min walk from hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Feels like home."
Excellent location and service. The room at the end of the hall was a bit noisy with traffic headed up and down the stairs, you can hear the door slam every time. Otherwise completely satisfied. Would stay here again and again! The price is right. Loved all of our hosts at the desk: helpful and treated us like family.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Housekeeping consisted of making the bed. Removed the towels but did not replace. We asked and recd more towels later. Had coffee in room first day; want coffee second day you have to pay. But they have free newspapers! Room we had was a 'pool' view room. To see the pool you had to go outside look past the maintenance equipment and mops and such. Chairs […] and seats all had stains; shower has no place but the floor to put soap etc. Would not go back. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Just not for me"
Most of the other guest were older and they seem to be very comfortable and satisfied. This was not me experience; the pillows were filthy and the towels were stained, the balcony seemed to be adjacent to someones apartment. The air conditioner was actually, just a fan. For what they charged for the room and parking - I think not! The staff, by the […] way, were exceptional. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Inexpensive motel centrally located."
This motel is not for the guest requiring poolside bars or cabanas. It is only a few short blocks to the beach and close to franchised restaurants. There are some nice local restaurants and bars near by also. We never felt unsafe.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Walking distance to the beach"
The hotel is a little old but kept in good shape. The jacuzzi didn't work but the pool was in proper working order and cleaned every morning. Our rooms were very large and had a full size refrigerator,stove, coffee pot, microwave, sink and pots and pans, ect. House keeping came in every afternoon and mopped and vacuumed, replaced towels, but never changed […] the sheets in the 8 days we were there. We were three blocks from the beach and walking distance to down town. My only complant was parking. They had about 15 parking spots for about 60 rooms. Parking cost $25.00 per day and the spots were very close together making it very hard to get in and out. Over all for the cost I would come back cause I only use the room to sleep in. I would much reather spend my money on other activites Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent, near to the beaches and others atractio"
The most important experience was, the facilities to take the city buses, walking to the atractions activities and so many others things.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good hotel, close to everything."
In general, my stay was very nice. My only point of concern had to do with the absence of cleaning or replacing used utensils each day, i.e. coffee cup, glass and wine glass. These were left by me on the counter in the bathroom, but none were cleaned or replaced on a daily basis.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Small hotels are grand"
I loved my stay at the hotel. The staff was very accomodating. The front desk was great from the time i checked in with jason till at the very last minute i decided to stay a extra nite christieann. They provided excellent customer service. I recommend this hotel affordable and friendly staffGenuine Expedia guest review
"great place for a great price"
Perfect for our needsGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"From Horrible to Royal"
Upon check-in we were treated horribly by the front desk person initial "J". We were put in an awful room with 3-twin sized beds and told this was all he could do. By the next day we were treated like royalty by a different front desk person named "C" and she changed our room to a very nice room and treated us wonderful the remainder of our stay. We […] thank God for "C"! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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