John Pond Review: Moana Surfrider – Waikiki

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

MOANA SURFRIDER This hotel comes with a great deal of history

After a slightly over-long wait at the check-in desk (7 minutes) in which the reception staff did not seem to realize we existed, a smile or nod would have been appreciated, everything then went smoothly.

Our corner room overlooking Waikiki

Our corner room overlooking Waikiki

Our room, a corner one in the newer Tower Wing, with two balconies each with views of Diamond Head and the beach, could not have been more perfect.  The seemingly oversized room had more than adequate space.  The king size bed offered plenty of sleeping space.

The room was absolutely spotless and everything looked freshly painted with wonderful appointments, a truly first class room.  All the usual amenities and toiletries including a bar fridge that kept things really cold.  A welcome addition in the bathroom was the Japanese style Toto bidet seat, with a remote control offering all the bells and whistles.  The shower which was in the bath had what is missing in many hotels, a large handrail, which is greatly appreciated as one gets older.  There was literally nothing to fault in this wonderful room that I would certainly look forward to return to in the future.

The main balcony was very spacious with two comfortable chairs and a usable table.

DSC00465The historic banyan tree off the hotel’s main foyer was a great place for a drink or lunch.  The staff were extremely friendly.  My wife enjoyed a fish taco and I had a burger.  The hotel’s verandah fronting the street is lined with a number of wooden rocking chairs that are very popular with guests.  Being one of the original Hawaiian hotels, large verandahs abound and we enjoyed our complimentary cocktails, (a voucher was given to us on arrival) while listening to live music played under the banyan tree. There is a historic tour several days a week which I recommend.

For those wishing to soak up the ambience of old Hawaii with all the comforts of a luxury hotel, the Moana Surfrider is certainly a great choice.

There appear to be some rooms in the heritage section without balconies, so if a Diamond Head or beach front view is a must, make sure you request same on booking.

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About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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