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431 Nohonani St., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2622
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 01/04/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#21 of 94 hotels in Honolulu
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We’re taking you back to a golden bygone era cloaked in hazy memories. Here, at the last of the vintage walk-up hotels, you can connect with your own visions of Hawaii right in the middle of Waikiki. So, come and tap into the Kuhio Avenue “Heyday” culture of the early 70s. Kick back with swaying palms, mai tais around the pool, and remodeled rooms with lanais and cool island colors. Rinse your sandy feet off in our outdoor shower. As you fall into the rhythm of the island, you’ll feel the tropical fever that captivated the world. The newly renovated White Sands Hotel joins understated elegance with vibrant Hawaiian style, so you can experience the essence of old Waikiki without sacrificing the comfort and convenience of modern times.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Public wifi
Pool
Bar / lounge
Patio
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Parking
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Microwave
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
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shannong562 wrote a review 7 Aug
Long Beach, California9 contributions17 helpful votes
Ehhhhhh… really disappointed. We traveled in a group of 9 people with 3 rooms. All of the rooms were far apart. So to walk back and forth between rooms means u has to trudge up 3 flights of stairs each time as there are no elevators. Poolside view overlooked stairway and entrance to parking garage - even saying it was a poolside view was a stretch. Can’t sit near pool in the evenings unless u are on a lounger, tables and seat areas are reserved for those ordering dinner. Parking - that could take an entire review. Just a word of warning do more research than believing nice Instagram pics. I travel to Hawaii every year. I would not stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: No elevators. No parking. Pool View doesn’t mean you will see the pool. Limited pool seating...
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Carolyn K wrote a review Jun 2022
San Juan Capistrano, California10 contributions1 helpful vote
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I booked a 3-night stay via a discount travel website. Took a chance, based on the cute photos. Turns out, they do not do this place justice. It's a sweet oasis in the middle of all the action of Honolulu. The decor is mid-century, a tiki vibe with lots of unique little touches. But the White Sands lacks nothing where modern conveniences are concerned. Each day you can check out beach chairst, boogie boards, etc., and take a short walk straight over to the beach. Super easy. We did that and after a day of fun and sun, with all the people crowding the beach, it was fantastic to enter the friendly confines of this oasis of a hotel. Soft Hawaiian music, and occasional jazz fills the background. There's a restaurant (Hey Day) and a bar with craft cocktails and yummy food. Bartendars were professional and knew how to make a good drink. Everything about this place made us want to come back even before we left. Little things, like the awesome hot tub tucked away in a lava stone cove, away from the pool area. The koi pond. The tiki torches and ambient lighting. Somehow, they managed to make the atmosphere at the pool suitable for families ( couple with babies) and singles, couples, all at the same time. Just an excellent, chill, mellow vibe all around.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: Room 108. Poolside double. Sit ouside our sliding door/patio and enjoy a drink or coffee while...
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Responded 11 Jun 2022
Aloha 179carolynk, Mahalo for staying at the White Sands Hotel and giving us a great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback on our hidden gem! We love to hear that your stay went great! We constantly strive to provide guests with a wonderful experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything else that we can improve on. Your comments have been shared to our team and we hope to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa, White Sands Hotel Guest Services
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Jenny H wrote a review Jul 2022
Carrollton6 contributions2 helpful votes
From the moment we arrived for our two-week stay, we were enthralled with the decor and music and vibe of the place! We were greeted with Aloha by the staff who made sure that we were given first floor accommodations, due to our numerous gift items brought for the RIMPAC event. This trip was mostly business, but we managed to fit in several trips to the North Shore. The square tasseled designer umbrellas and the chaise lounges made of wood contributed to the cool factor at the hotel. We did not get to sample the fare at the Hey Day, but did manage to fit in a musical note or two at the circular bar. The lanai plants were very lush and well take care of at the propertyl
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Aloha Jenny H, Mahalo for staying at the White Sands Hotel and giving us a great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear that your interactions with the staff was filled with much Aloha! We constantly strive to provide guests with a wonderful experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything else that we can improve on. Your comments have been shared to our team and we hope to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa, White Sands Hotel Guest Services
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jordan23junkee wrote a review Jul 2022
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Place was in the heart of Waikiki near restaurants , shops and a 10 min walk to the beach......parking was a bit tough because of the limited slots but we eventually had a spot...the only concern was the a strange odor coming from the refrigerator...
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Aloha Jordan23junkee, Mahalo for staying at the White Sands Hotel and giving us a great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback! We constantly strive to provide guests with a wonderful experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything else that we can improve on. Your comments have been shared to our team and we hope to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa, White Sands Hotel Guest Services
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Erika W wrote a review Jul 2022
New York City, New York1 contribution
This hotel is about 10 minutes by car away from the airport! The hotel is old style Hawaiian and beautiful! There is a beautiful garden area to relax around the pool or on lanai. Additionally,there are shops,entertainment,restaurants and the beach within walking distance! I will definitely make White Sands my go to place when I return!🌴
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Aloha Erika W, Mahalo for staying at the White Sands Hotel and giving us a great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback! We constantly strive to provide guests with a wonderful experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything else that we can improve on. Your comments have been shared to our team and we hope to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa, White Sands Hotel Guest Services
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Destination552287 wrote a review Jul 2022
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We had a very enjoyable stay. Live music in the evenings were delightful. Even though we didn’t have a coffee pot in the room coffee was available at the front desk. The food was very good. Hotel beds were comfortable and room was very clean. Showers were small but it wasn’t a big deal! Overall great stay!!
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Aloha Destination 552287, Mahalo for staying at the White Sands Hotel and giving us a great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback! We constantly strive to provide guests with a wonderful experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything else that we can improve on. Your comments have been shared to our team and we hope to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa, White Sands Hotel Guest Services
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CharIriz wrote a review Jul 2022
Austin, Texas1 contribution1 helpful vote
highly recommend this hotel!! It is a Fun, Comfortable, Clean and Trendy Hotel Right in the heart of Waikiki. Walking distance to beach, restaurants, ABC Stores, shopping. Service from the hotel and restaurant/pool side was amazing, the restaurant was delicious and affordable. Pool is clean and had floats to use, they did a pool party on Sunday which was SO FUN. The room was very comfortable and trendy however there was construction and constant noise going on in the garage next to our room so sleep quality was poor.
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Aloha Charlriz, Mahalo for staying at the White Sands Hotel and giving us a great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback! We constantly strive to provide guests with a wonderful experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything else that we can improve on. Your comments have been shared to our team and we hope to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa, White Sands Hotel Guest Services
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uf5gb44rto wrote a review Jul 2022
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This hotel is small, yet it has a nice pool with a bar and nightly entertainment, which ends at a reasonable time so if you’re close to the pool, you can sleep without too much noise. And the staff if tops!
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Aloha uf5gb44rto, Mahalo for staying at the White Sands Hotel and giving us a great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback! We constantly strive to provide guests with a wonderful experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything else that we can improve on. Your comments have been shared to our team and we hope to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa, White Sands Hotel Guest Services
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shellxu93 wrote a review Jul 2022
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Please make sure to review final invoices as it tend to be extra hidden charges that don’t match the total amount. The itemized bill is also very confusing as it breaks down differently as the original reservation confirmation.
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Phillip F wrote a review Jul 2022
Vienna, Austria14 contributions9 helpful votes
Nice little boutique hotel in the heart of Waikiki. Top restaurants and the beach just around the corner. The pool and its bar are amazing and we look forward to coming back. Also check out the live music they have playing every evening
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Aloha 215phillipf, Mahalo for staying at the White Sands Hotel and giving us a great review! We greatly appreciate your feedback. We constantly strive to provide guests with a wonderful experience, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if there is anything else that we can improve on. Your comments have been shared to our team and we hope to see you again soon! Mahalo nui loa, White Sands Hotel Guest Services
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PRICE RANGE
US$234 - US$336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Celebrity Resorts Waikiki
LOCATION
United StatesHawaiiOahuHonoluluWaikiki
NUMBER OF ROOMS
94
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Frequently Asked Questions about White Sands Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to White Sands Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Waikiki Sunset Cruise with Live DJ (0.4 km), Rock-A-Hula (0.4 km), and Waikiki Beach Walk (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at White Sands Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at White Sands Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at White Sands Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at White Sands Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to White Sands Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include STRIPSTEAK Waikiki, Island Vintage Shave Ice, and Paia Fish Market.
Are there opportunities to exercise at White Sands Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at White Sands Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to White Sands Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Experience Nutridge (4.0 km), Iolani Palace (4.5 km), and Shangri La (4.1 km).
Does White Sands Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.