Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii has an endless list of luxury hotels and resorts sprawled across the coastline and along the beach. With tourists flocking to Hawaii for the summer, prices for hotels in Waikiki beach, understandably was sky-rocketing. For my trip to Hawaii, I decided to stay in one of the newer hotels along the beach - The Hyatt Centric Waikiki.
Launching in 2017, Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach contains over 230 guest rooms situated less than 2 blocks from Waikiki Beach. It's important to note that while the hotel is very close to Waikiki beach, it is certainly not on the beach. It's located 2-3 blocks inland but still convenient enough to get to where you need to go in Waikiki. Presumably because of its location, the price was more reasonable than some of the other hotels in the area.
The hotels boasts a beautiful lobby with a pool connected to it. Though to be fair, it can hardly be called a pool. The water is less than 2 feet deep and it's mainly there for people to lounge on the seats rather than having people actually "swim" in the pool. Along the side of the pool were cabanas that were mostly empty during my stay there but that can be reserved for $50/day if you want!
While I booked a King deluxe room, I was really hoping to be upgraded to a standard suite (given by Hyatt Globalist status). Unfortunately, due to high occupancy, the hotel did not have any standard suites left. But I was able to upgrade to the Ocean-view suite at a steal (less than $30/night extra on top of my already-paid room rate).
The suite boasted over 500 square feet of room with a dedicated living room area with a sleeper sofa and TV. The bathroom was luxurious and had a beautiful separate bath tub in addition to the shower. The view from the room was okay. You can definitely see Waikiki beach and the ocean but since the hotel wasn't immediately at the boardwalk, there were other taller hotel buildings obstructing the view.
All in all, the room was a fantastic deal and was really spacious! The hotel is slightly positioned away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki beach but is still less than 10 minutes away from just about any location you want to walk to around Waikiki.
For those of you traveling to Oahu, don't forget to consider the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach!