After braving the 7 miles of traffic to Waikiki in about 30 minutes, we made it to our hotel, the Wyndham Waikiki Beachwalk right in the heart of downtown.
Background as to why we’re staying here. My parents are Wyndham Vacation Resorts timeshare owners (bleh). They try to travel different places to use their points every year but sometimes they need help. So we stepped up and took the hit ;).
I originally booked a stay at the Hyatt Place Waikiki, but after checking my parents’ point balance, I decided to help them burn a little more.
This would be our third or fourth time staying here so we were used to the check-in process. Drive around the block to the entrance of the parking deck and have the car valeted. Head one level up to the front desk.
Check in was easy and the front desk agent was really friendly. I think we got mistaken for locals, which happens often here when you’re Filipino. I wish we were locals!
After checking in came the worst part of staying at a timeshare: the welcome pitch. The Welcome Desk gave us a welcome amenity kit and explained that we could do the timeshare presentation for a gift of $150. Tempting.
We’ve done them before and it’s easy enough to say no, but is it worth our time? With only 3 days on Oahu, probably not.
For the most part, I view the location of the Beachwalk as a net positive. Yes, it is in the heart of Waikiki. That means it’s very busy and can get very noisy. We got lucky this time and even though we have a 2nd floor room, it’s not that noisy when we go to sleep. Not as busy here as it was the last time we visited in September.
The beach is 2 blocks away. There are some great restaurants within walking distance. I’ll probably have a separate post just detailing all the awesome food we’ve eaten on this trip.
Overall, I like this as the home base for our Oahu operation. If you time it right, you can avoid Waikiki traffic. If you feel like hanging around and not driving, there is plenty to see and do within a few blocks.
We were able to book a 1 Bedroom Deluxe and, because of my parents’ timeshare status, upgrade it to a 2 Bedroom Deluxe for free. Completely unnecessary for just Joann and me, but free is free.
No flashy Park Hyatt suites or fancy welcome amenities waiting in the room. Just a nicely appointed, clean suite. More than adequate for our short stay.
I’d say the best part about the room is the full kitchen & dining area. Earlier today, we were able to grab some food from Rainbow Drive-In and bring it back to the room to eat.
It’s nice to keep the food smell out of your sleeping area and the kitchen has a microwave that will come in handy when I reheat this leftover chili!