White Sands Hotel

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(866) 940-2782 or (808) 924-7263
431 Nohonani St, Waikiki
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NOTE: This property was renovated. Will we be back to re-review it soon! 

This property has three low-rise, walk-up buildings built in 1965 that surround a courtyard and pool. It’s similar in style to its next door neighbor, the Hawaiian King. This property targets budget travelers (but without budget pricing).

The kitchenettes simply add two burners to the microwave, coffee maker and fridge in rooms. Lanais either face the pool (preferable) or face the city (noisy). Rooms are pretty small and feel dated and very overpriced for what you get (though discounts can be easily had). The best features of the hotel are the friendly staff and pool courtyard, which is quite pretty and full of native plants. Bathrooms have showers only—no tubs. It’s two long blocks to the beach. This property was scheduled for room upgrades at press time.

Rooms (316 sq. ft.) are $245, rooms with kitchenettes (316 sq. ft.) are $250–$280, 1/1s (480 sq. ft.) are $480. Hope you got a much better deal than that.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 95 rooms
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Wired internet access in rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Walk-up only
  • ADA accessibility
  • Lanais
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Coin-op laundry
  • Room safe
  • Full kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Empty fridge
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker in room
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • In-room game console
  • Self-parking is $25 first come, first served
  • All non-smoking resort
  • Mandatory resort fee is $15
  • Cribs available
  • Free area shuttle
  • Dog and cat friendly

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What Readers Have to Say

“We used your book for most of our activities and dining and were not disappointed. If we had used a book such as Frommer’s we would have missed out on so much; they simply do not do your kind of research. We knew what to see and do, and what to avoid. This kind of advance information is absolutely priceless when you go to a place for the first time; otherwise you waste a lot of your time simply looking for the best activities and dining.”

- T. Clarenbach