The Hyatt Centric Waikiki is a new Category 5 Hyatt Hotel that takes up the 8th – 22nd floors in the Waikiki Trade Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. This recently opened Hyatt is quite lovely, and is adorned with multiple Christmas trees to help set the mood for spending the holidays in Hawaii. Unfortunately I had to cancel my Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf Executive Suite reservations for early 2017, but was lucky enough to use the leftovers to book one night here at the Centric Waikiki. Upon arrival, I was notified I had been upgraded to an “Ocean View King Suite” on the Penthouse 21st floor. I couldn’t have been more excited! The staff was lovely, and noticeably excited to be showing off their newly opened hotel facilities. One of the manager’s even brought me over a “welcome” pineapple juice drink. I was so dazzled, I completely forgot to ask about the diamond status breakfast amenity and whether I would be still be receiving the welcome points in addition to the welcome drink. Oh well. It takes quite superior service to make me forgot about equity, so thats a good thing! The property was still mostly vacant with the soft opening only occurring this past month.
On the downside, this hotel does charge $32.00 for self-parking daily at the Waikiki Trade Center, and an additional $25.00 as a resort fee. The reason I mention this is that I wasn’t entirely sure what exactly at the hotel made it a resort. The pool was especially tiny, designed for aesthetics and not actual swimming–it couldn’t have been more than 20 feet by 20 feet. The property is also more than a few blocks away from the beach as you will see in my room photos. With that being said, the stay was short and lovely. Undoubtedly the nicest Hyatt property in Honolulu and a treat for any of those guests who arrive before the grand opening in January 2018.
As you can see, the Hyatt Centric Waikiki pool leaves a lot to be desired. The Waikiki Trade Center was not designed as a “resort” so there really was not a great deal of room to squeeze in amenities. There is also a fitness room which I forgot to check out. I am not sure if these amenities justify a $25.00 resort fee. I can understand larger properties like the Grand Hyatt Kauai instituting a fee to maintain its massive pool footprint. But I suppose if the Hyatt Regency Waikiki’s miniature pool can charge a “resort” fee, then so can the Hyatt Centric Waikiki. Visitors are in Hawaii, they should be at the beach anyway.
I was lucky enough to be placed in a one-bedroom ocean view suite at checkin. The room’s fixtures were pretty darn new with no wear-and-tear. If only all hotel visits could be this lovely!–nothing like stains on a sofa from the last thousand guests… I have been monitoring the Hyatt Andaz Wailea which is also a gorgeous property, but many bloggers are posting that the property is having wear-and-tear issues. I look forward to reporting back next month on that property where I used a diamond suite upgrade to elevate my reservation to a Partial Ocean View Andaz Suite.
On that note, the Hyatt Centric Waikiki’s Ocean View King Suite is more like a junior suite than an actual suite. There is one larger bedroom with a sofa and desk, with an oversized bathroom. There was also a curious dead space by the door which made the room feel larger–kind of like a mini-foyer. There probably could have been a table there?–I don’t know, suggestions? The view was lovely, especially at sunset with buildings and the massive Pacific ocean as the backdrop. The bed looks messy in one of the photographs because I jumped on it to get the other picture from the bed’s point of view. Oops!
Overall, a job-well-done by Hyatt turning the dilapidated Waikiki Trade Center into Honolulu’s latest modernized chic hotel. The beach is a good 15 minute walk away so this hotel’s central location may be better suited to those who enjoy shopping and Waikiki’s nightlife. That being said, the entirety of Waikiki is easily walkable so don’t be afraid to give this new hotel a shot!
Last modified: January 27, 2017