When Steve and I stayed at the Trump International Waikiki for our first wedding anniversary in 2015 (well before Donald Trump announced his bid for president), I thought I had fallen into the actual lap of luxury. I’d never stayed at a hotel so beautiful, accommodating, or grand. And let me tell you, I got the same feelings the second time around. Despite the pandemic, mask mandates, and changing regulations around Hawaii, we had a relaxing, luxurious, perfect stay just steps from Waikiki Beach.
Note: This is not a sponsored post, and my husband and I did not receive any special benefits while we stayed here. Our experience is the same experience you would have. This is also not a politically-affiliated post.
The Trump International Waikiki Hotel is modern, yet warm. Everything about it is inviting, from the open-air common areas to the nods to Hawaiian life and culture. The dark wood accents contrast nicely with the bright, airy feel throughout the hotel, and every person we spoke to at the property was kind, helpful, and responded with a smile.
This is also one of the few hotels where we’ve stayed during the Pandemic that has brought back daily housekeeping. If you know about my affection for hotels, you already know that if I have to make my own bed, it’s not a vacation for me. I did not have to make my own bed.
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Because this hotel opened its doors in 2009, it’s safe to say that the beachfront on Waikiki had already all been claimed and accounted for! However, the Trump International Waikiki is as well-situated as it could possibly be, just steps from Waikiki Beach, shops, restaurants, and more.
Because it’s across the street from the beach instead of adjacent, it’s also surprisingly affordable compared with other properties. Would you believe a room at the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel is actually more expensive than this property? It’s true!
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Upon check-in we found out that our status with Hotels.com allowed us to receive a complimentary room upgrade to partial ocean view instead of the standard room we had originally booked. Also upon check-in, we were given the option for a late check-out of 4:00pm on the day we planned to leave. Because we had a red-eye flight, having the room for basically an entire extra day made for a stress-free end to our trip!
The room itself was light and bright, with comfortable bedding and plenty of storage. We were also impressed with the efficient and intelligent layout. It had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and more.
Our bathroom was bright, pristine, and beautiful. The marble adds such class, and the deep soaker tub was truly luxurious. The toiletries are some of the best in the hotel business, and Steve and I always appreciate a large counter top space wherever we travel. I’m also a sucker for their bathrobes. Best of all? The toilet seat is heated!
I don’t like to do any cooking when I travel (same as with making the beds–if I have to do my own cooking, it’s not a vacation!). However, I do like having a coffee maker, and I was surprised and overjoyed to find that the Trump International Waikiki offers its own blend from Kauai Coffee Company. I love when companies, especially large companies, take an extra few steps to offer something local.
In the kitchen we also had access to a microwave, mini-fridge (with a wood cabinet look), tea maker, travel mugs, plenty of dishes for all needs, and a deep sink with dish detergent and a scrubbing sponge (which housekeeping took care of for us). Also delightful were the two Hawaiian-made chocolate bars (dark chocolate and sea salt, as well as milk chocolate with Kona coffee and macadamia nuts), variety of fine teas, and two complimentary, reusable water bottles. I’m drinking from one now as I write this from home.
I will always take a balcony when offered, no matter what the view. But this one came with a view of the ocean! We ate more than one meal here on the provided table and chairs. We could even hear the ocean over the hubbub of Waikiki.
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Amenities are hit or miss in the days of COVID. Sometimes they’re available, and sometimes they’re not. But the Trump International Waikiki has gone to great lengths to ensure that guests can take advantage of as many amenities as possible. The only amenities available the first time around (our 2015 anniversary) that were not available this time were leis given at check-in and a beach bag to include towels, sunscreen, and bottles of water. Beach towels were available on their own. Only time will tell if these other amenities will return after the Pandemic.
In the meantime, let’s focus on the positives. There were so many wonderful amenities of which we did take advantage!
The infinity pool at the Trump International Waikiki is a stunner. I love the tile work, which gives it the same shades as the ocean, but it’s far more peaceful than Waikiki Beach! It’s well-situated with views of the sunset, but also nicely laid out. It’s part lap pool, part hot tub, part shallow walk-out. The loungers and poolside meal options make for an excellent way to spend a morning or afternoon!
The gym at the Trump International Waikiki is one of the most well-equipped hotel gyms I’ve ever used. Anyone can find something to workout with here! Whether you want cardio, weights, or space for a HIIT workout, you’ll find it here. My only criticism is that there’s no view, but that’s just a preference.
Library and Business Center
This was a bit of an unexpected find. We were looking for the spa when we saw a sign for the Library. I needed to check that out! It’s a nice little nook that doubles as the business center, with computers, a printer, comfortable seating and, or course, books!
Another benefit from my status with Hotels.com included 20% off spa services! But even before I realized that, I had booked a custom, full-body massage at the hotel spa. Signing up online was easy, and though I had to wear a mask the whole time due to Hawaii’s indoor mask mandate, I am so glad I took the time to get this massage.
Amber was my massage therapist, and she was wonderful. She listened to what I told her my body needed after a week of hiking on Kaua’i, and she even noted my slight sunburn and told me she’d use a little extra oil on me to help with that during the massage. I felt truly pampered, and I’m grateful this amenity was available!
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