Check it Out! “Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach” Explicit Review

I chose "Moana Surfrider A Westin Resort & Spa" because I once ate at a restaurant in this hotel and I wanted to stay at this hotel next time. When I first came to Hawaii with my friend, I was brought to this popular dessert buffet. And it stood out like a castle based on white, and had a strong admiration in the history and style height different from the surrounding hotels. We also decided that we would stay at this hotel because it is in a good location facing the Waikiki Beach, it is near the downtown area, and the trolley stop is nearby so transportation is convenient.

What is the appearance of the hotel? Check the entrance and reception

The exterior is a castle-like building based on white.

The lights are beautiful at night.

State before the entrance. As I went up the stairs, there was a rocking chair space on both sides.

The entrance is tropical and open, and the scent of Westin’s unique sweet flowers was nice. There are also women’s yearnings for Moana surf riders, and wedding photography being done and it was surrounded by a happy atmosphere.

The lobby.

Front desk.

Front floor elevator hall.

Inside of the elevator.

Elevator floor number button panel.

Guest room elevator hall.

Guest room floor corridor.

What is the Banyan Wing like?

Guest room entrance door.

There was a light switch and an air conditioning adjustment panel by the door.

The Banyan Wing was the first building in history, and it was retro-style like an old castle. The room was spacious and there was still enough space even with the suitcases opened up.

Even though it was retro, it didn’t feel old. I was disappointed that there was np veranda, but I was glad to be able to stay in such a nice room.

The bed was very comfortable to sleep on. The fluffy pillows that were prepared helped me sleep deeply.

There was a TV opposite the bed.

There was also a desk and a chair.

There was a sofa next to the desk and by the window.

There was a chair on the left wall in the room.

There were two windows in the room.

The view from the room.

Bathroom

The bathroom was at the end of the room.

There was also a bathtub in the bathroom. The bathroom was spacious and very comfortable to use.

Bathtub.

The water pressure of the shower was just right. The temperature control was also good. However, the place to put the shower head was too high and it was a little inconvenient. There was also a rain shower, but I personally disliked the foam splashing and did not use it.

The toilet had a washlet.

Wash basin.

There were towels, tissue, spare toilet paper, and a hair dryer in the shelves under the wash basin.

The amenities included Westin’s own refreshing and sweet floral scented body lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body soap and a mouthwash. I was happy to be able to sleep with the nice smell coming form my body. Amenities were replenished every day. Unfortunately, there was no toothpaste, tooth brush or comb.

Hair dryer.

Closet and safe

There was a closet next to the TV. The closet contained 12 hangers, an ironing board an iron, extra pillows, bathrobes and a safe.

The safe was a common type of setting a security code.

The height was less than 15 cm and the side was a small size of less than 25 cm.

Mini bar and cafe

There was a cafe corner on the desk. At the cafe corner, coffee makers and tea bags were prepared.

There was an electric kettle, an ice bucket, bottled water, glasses and etc on the storage rack under the TV.

There was a refrigerator in the storage rack below the TV.

Temperature control of the refrigerator could not be done. There was nothing in the fridge and there was no mini bar.

Restaurants in the hotel

There was the “Beach Bar” right next to the beach.

An oceanfront bar where you can enjoy elegant moments while enjoying the views of Waikiki.

The “Beach Bar” at night

The hotel had the “Honolulu Coffee Company.”

Inside of the restaurant.

It is useful to stop by when you are hungry.

Shops in the hotel

There were several souvenir shops and coffee shops in the hotel. Souvenirs are expensive, so I thought it would be better to buy them at the nearby “Hawaiian Casual,” “ABC mart,” and “Walmart.” However, because I can only buy Festin’s original fragrance and mist here, I bought it immediately.

“Accents.”

“Accents” has food, drinks, daily necessities, magazines and etc in addition to souvenirs.

“Moana By Design” is the official logo shop of the hotel.

“Royal Hawaiian Quilt” has Hawaiian quilt products and Hawaiian jewelry.

“Martin & McArthur” with Gifts made in Hawaii.

Inside of the “Martin & MacArthur.”

Suitcase brand “Rimowa.”

Facilities in the hotel

The hotel had an outdoor pool for hotel guests only. If you show your room key, you will be able to rent a towel, so there is no need to take a towel from your room.

Chairs are located by the pool and you can sit for free wherever you like. As you can swim in the pool from 7 o’clock in the morning, there were many people who came earlier and saved seats. For chairs with canopy, you will need to book it and pay money.

You can swim until 18:00 at night. After that, it will be lit up and it is a romantic atmosphere. There is also a beach bar next to the pool so you can drink while looking at the lighted pool. There is also a private beach for sunset, so you can watch the sunset without feeling crowded. I did not make a reservation, but there was also a tour to see the sunset on a  boat, so I want to try it out next time.

Hotel’s private beach.

Corals, shells and stones have been removed.

Towels that can be rented by the pool at the beach.You can rent more if it gets dirty or wet.

You also need a reservation and money if you use beach umbrellas lined up on a private beach. It is recommended to make a reservation immediately after arrival at the hotel. If you can not make a reservation, it is recommended that you go to the reception desk from around 6:30, as the pool will be open from 7 o’clock.

Private beach.

There was also a fitness center on the second floor of the Tower Wing. It is open for 24 hours.

Towels and water are also provided in the fitness centre.

There was also the “Moana Lani Spa” on the second floor of the hotel. You can get a spa treatment with a wonderful view of the oceanfront.

There was a business center on the first floor. There were two Apple PCs and a printer.

Enter the entrance and walk through the lobby to the beach bar with banyan trees. A rocking chair is placed on this side as well as on the entrance side.

There are stairs.

On the wall of the stairs, a picture showing old Waikiki was displayed.

There are also many rocking chairs on the 2nd floor entrance. The view is of the town, but it is recommended as there are not many people, so you can spend a leisurely time!

Environment around the hotel

In the area around the hotel, there are many famous shops such as the popular tan “Snoopy shop,” “Honolulu Cookie,” and “Cheese Cake Factory.” In addition, since there is a shop that further enhances the convenience store called Hawaiian casual, it is very convenient because it is abundantly stocked when you want to buy souvenirs or get hungry. The location is very good, so I can play with satisfaction in the surrounding area alone, and I am satisfied with the trekking of the Diamond Head and the access such as the outlet.

“Hawaiian casual.”

A view from the top of Diamond Head.

Hawaii “Izumo Shrine.”

Moanalua Garden.

Staff and customer base

Correspondence of hotel staff was good. When I checked out , I was concerned about the weight of the suitcase and asked a scale and they brought one out for me right away.

There were many honeymooners and families.

Access

From the airport, I was transferred to the Royal Hawaiian Center by the trolley of the travel agency. We arrived in about 30 minutes. Because the hotel is in the downtown area, you can usually walk to famous spots in Waikiki. The city is bright even at night, so I think security is very good unless you get into the alley. I moved around the city in a trolly most of the time. The trolly stop is at the shopping mall called Royal Hawaiian Center, but it is only about 5 minute walk from the hotel and it was very accessible.

Summary

I had a nice stay at this hotel. The hotel was jus as I imagined. It was very convenient because I could read a book on the Waikiki Beach, swim in a floating ring, and get back to my room immediately even if it became dirty with salt water and sand. Also, because there are many rocking chairs, it was full of people who were work while enjoying the breeze. I recommend the rocking chair located on the veranda on the second floor of the Banyan Wing. I would love to stay in a room that allows me to use the lounge the next time I stay here.

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