Staff Picks hotel review: Waikiki Parc Hotel
If you’ve been hanging to hang ten in Hawaii (and let’s get real – aren’t we all?), but don’t know where to stay and play, have we got the hook-up in Honolulu for you. Exclusive to Student Flights, our awesome Staff Picks hotels come pre-approved by our travel consultants who have checked out the accommodation before you check in so you know you’re getting the real deal and the best deal on the ground. Student Flights Albert Street Assistant Manager Tiarna McCormack gives us the lowdown on the Waikiki Parc Hotel.
This was my first time to Hawaii and I could not have had a better first-time experience. The Hawaiian people are so friendly, the beaches are beautiful and the shopping is out of this world! I stayed at the Waikiki Parc Hotel, which is in a fantastic location – literally seconds from Waikiki Beach - and with breathtaking views.
The Parc is a beautiful, modern hotel with a boutique feel about it, which made the experience all that much better, plus the staff are super friendly. The vibe is very relaxing, vibrant, modern and warm – perfect for young travellers and couples on holiday. It’s peaceful but still near all the action. There are public buses at the front of the hotel that will take you straight to the shopping outlets and you’re in walking distance of the beach, bars, clubs and shopping.
I stayed in an Ocean View Room and the views are visible when you walk in. My air-conditioned room came with free wi-fi (really strong connections!), a free bottle of red or white wine in the room and a free buffet breakfast (heaps to choose from) as part of my Staff Picks package. There was also a bathroom, two huge double beds, a flatscreen TV, robes, a mini bar and a coffee machine with signature Hawaiian coffee.
Within the hotel, the awesome outdoor pool had views of the ocean, a common area to have lunch and beautiful deck cushions and lounges to sunbake on. There’s also the celeb chef NOBU Waikiki bar and restaurant downstairs, an ice machine and daily yoga and exercise classes onsite, and free wi-fi throughout the hotel.
I was in Waikiki for five days and there were so many highlights! I had surfing lessons at Hans Hedemann Surf School, right on Waikiki Beach; and I checked out the Paradise Cove Luau where I took in a local dancing show and did traditional Hawaiian activities, including henna tattoos and making flower necklaces, as well as having a traditional dinner with delicious food. If you are staying at the Waikiki Parc Hotel, my top tips are to head down to Waikiki Beach for a swim (keep an eye out for the turtles!), have dessert at The Cheesecake Factory, have dinner and cocktails at Duke’s Waikiki, and go shopping!
I would definitely stay at the Waikiki Parc Hotel again, only next time I’ll stay much longer! There’s not much I didn’t enjoy about my Hawaii trip – it was too hard to fault. The people were super friendly, the weather was amazing, and the food was awesome and by the tonne!