reviews for: listing #46566 - Waikiki, Hawaii Condo rental

Newly Renovated -- Breathtaking 19th Floor Ocean View!
  • bedrooms  1
  • pool  yes
  • type  Condo
  • baths  1
  • hot tub  yes
  • community  Waikiki Banyan
  • sleeps  5
  • pets allowed  no
  • rates (USD) $130 - $165 /nt
    $910 - $1,155 /wk

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Great condo for family vacation at Waikiki

Review submitted: March 7, 2013   Date of arrival: February 28, 2013

Our family just came back from a vacation at Oahu. We enjoyed very much the stay at Sonja's condo. Definitely love the beautiful ocean view. My toddlers loved watching the Disney DVDs and reading the books, which are provided at the condo. The beach chairs, umbrella and sand toys made our beach outing so easy.

Since the condo has so many window, we also enjoy the fresh beach air! This is something you never get from a hotel stay.

My daughters also enjoy the slides and play house on the roof of the 6th floor.

Overall, it is a great place for family vacation at Waikiki... definitely will stay at Sonja's place if we visit Oahu again. =)

Recommended for: families with young children, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Owners response: Our goal is to make each and every one of our guests' stay the most enjoyable experience possible while visiting the island. It's very nice to hear we accomplished our goal! We look forward to having you and your family as our guests again. Aloha to you all.

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Medford Oregon Family Vacation

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: September 3, 2011

Sonja,
Thank you for opening your condo up for our family! We had an amazing time here on Oahu. We spent our vacation paddle boarding in Kailhua Bay, snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, sunbathing on Waikiki Beach, enjoying a sunset dinner cruise and shopping on the main strip. We LOVED having the freedom of cooking our own meals & watching the sunset from your patio. :-) This is a beautiful home and we greatly appreciate all the amenities that have been provided.
Mahalo and hope to be back soon ---
Doug & Gina & kids

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California family vacation

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: August 14, 2011

"Thank you" Sonja for allowing our family to stay in your condo with such a beautiful view!

We had such an amazing time & are sad that the time went so fast. We really packed a lot inot our trip, but also had time for relaxing on the lanai & also in the hot tub.

We did some really amazing things while on Oahu, but our favorite seems to be the kayak trip in Kailua. Kayaking out to the beautiful island & spending the day over there was wonderful! Our children have a lot of great memories to take home with them.

Thank you so much,
Mahalo
Mark & Lori & family

p.s. Great snorkeling @ Shark's Cove too! We left some masks and snorkels for others to enjoy.

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Hawaii, we love you!......for Future Guests

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: August 4, 2011

For Future Guests ---
We have two boys, ages 10 & 13. Some things we enjoyed were:
1. The beach at sunset. Walk to the right a bit. The gap between the breakwall will suck you out! (free!)
2. Walking down by the shops at night. Lots of free (small donation) entertainment.
3. Going to watch the Hawaii University Warriors practice ($5 parking).
4. Hanauma Bay snorkeling. Get there EARLY, as soon as it opens. Take LOTS of sunscreen.
5. Swapmeet, in Aloha Stadium. Go early!
6. Rent a car for at least one day and go to the Historic Ciry Wainanae....beautiful sunset and great crowd. Free beach.
7. Iolani Palace.....for the adults. Loved it!

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Hawaii, we love you!

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: August 4, 2011

Sonja --- Thank you for such a wonderful stay. As "clean freaks", we were WOW-ed from the moment we walked in the door. Your place is well-cared for and it shows. We hope this is the first visit of more to come. We loved our time here. It was everything we expected and more!
Christine, Keith, Gavin & Buzz
from Texas

Hawaii, we love you!

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Family from Calgary, Alberta Canada...cont'd

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: July 21, 2011

We had a good time staying at your condo. We wish we could stay longer because the view made us happy and it was so beautiful. :-) We loved how everything was really close by (especially the ABC store! We don't have that in Canada!) We'll miss waking up to such a nice view! :-( Hawaii is amazing! Dream come true!
Mahalo!
from Cousin Michelle, Melannie, Peter & Nathanael.
ALOHA

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Family from Calgary, Alberta Canada

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: July 21, 2011

Aloha Sonja,
We enjoyed our stay. The view is amazing! This was our first trip visit to Hawaii. Location is excellent. Our 2 weeks went too quickly. I enjoyed every minute of our stay in your condo. There are a lot of things to do and by the end of the day we sit on the lanaii or in the bedroom and enjoy the view.
Sadly we have to say "till we meet again."
Mahalo for the enjoyable stay. Definitely we will come back again.
Mrs. Fay

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Family Summer Vacation Fun!

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: June 29, 2011

I'm so glad I found your place on VRBO! The view exceeds the photos, and it was the first thing I noticed! There's been plenty of room for a family of five, which is hard to find in regular hotels. The location, beach & weather have been perfect! We have had a fabulous time here, and I would recommend your place. Thank you.
The Goldstein family

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The Gap, Brisbane Australia family

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: July 20, 2011

Hi Sonja.......We had a great stay in your condo. Great views! Great pool! Would definitely stay again if we get the chance. The view of the beach was fantastic! The spas were a bit hot though. The beach was great and thanks for supplying the boogie boards and the sand toys. We had fun with them.
Many thanks,
the Marshall family
The Gap Brisane

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A short shore leave

Review submitted: June 13, 2012   Date of arrival: June 14, 2011

We all enjoyed our stay at your condo. This has been a great vacation for all of us. The beach was awesome! and the food was never better. Thank you! p.s. I learned to paddleboard!

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8 Days in Paradise

Review submitted: April 2, 2012   Date of arrival: May 12, 2011

Aloha Sonja,
We had a GREAT vacation at your condo. It was our home for 8 days in Paradise.
Mahalo,
Brian R., Maryland

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Loving it.....from Minneapolis, MN

Review submitted: April 2, 2012   Date of arrival: April 15, 2011

We had a great time in Honolulu. Thanks for letting us stay. The location is so close to everything! We recommend the Polynesian Cultural Center, Dole Plantation, Valor in the Pacific Monument (USS Arizona, USS Missouri, USS Bowfin), the North Shore, Iolani Plance, and of course.....days and days at Waikiki Beach!! Mahalo.
----- the B family, from Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Paradise enjoyed!

Review submitted: April 2, 2012   Date of arrival: April 3, 2011

Thank you so much for the lovely accommodations!! Our family enjoyed a relaxing stay and enjoyed many activities that were within walking distance. Thank you for a piece of paradise for a week! We enjoyed our vacation away from the snow and cold of Alaska.
------ From the H family of Alaska & Alabama. p.s. Our "Nana" and "Papa" enjoyed their first visit to Honolulu. :-)

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Family from Monroe, New Jersey

Review submitted: April 2, 2012   Date of arrival: April 26, 2011

Aloha Sonja.....Our 7 day stay in Oahu @ your condo by far is t-h-e best family vacation we have ever had. And no better people to give a thumbs up --- my 3 kids. Your place was our home on these 7 magical days. Beats Disney and all out other vacations in Europe. Mahalo for letting us stay/

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From Seattle, WA

Review submitted: April 2, 2012   Date of arrival: April 9, 2011

1st visit Oct/Nov 2010: Sonja's Pride! Yes! and it shows. Mahalo for sharing your home. It was a pleasure. You've thought of everything to make a guest comfortable and have a good time. We appreciated how well you have maintained your condo....comfortable beds, lots of great pillows, quality towels & beach towels, too, a security safe box, booklets on how to operate appliances, very few "dust collector items" (some condos have huge fake plants, etc) a fan, a quiet & efficient a/c, free internet, free long distance & local calls, DVD, etc, etc, etc. Most of all...cleanliness!! Hope we will be lucky to stay here again.
2nd visit Apr 2011: Mahalo, again for a grand time paradise. No Ka Oe!! Appreciated 6 beach towels! Also appreciated the extra bath towels. The portable fan is a nice addition to the a/c. Extra bed pillows always good to have. Thanks again for sharing your condo. Best, from us again, Seattle WA (Kaneohe)

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Great Family Get-Away

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: June 6, 2010

We spent 15 days here and could not ask for more. The location was very close to the beach and the view was wonderful. We could see the fireworks on Friday nights from the condo. It had everything we needed and also provided extras for our little one like a cot and stroller. The place was very clean and very easy to keep clean.

Prior to our stay Sonja was very helpful and prompt in answering questions. The free car parking was great and less of a worry for us. The laundry was down the hall on the same floor. The recreation area on level 6 was helpful, the playground was handy and the pool was nice.

We would recommend this rental to our friends and family and hope to visit some time soon.

Reception on the ground level was more than happy to answer any of our questions. We also recommend the cafe downstairs; they have great coffee and a chocolate cake that is divine!! If you have kids, they are also going to love the huge fish in the pond -- if you arelucky you might get to feed them.

If you are looking for any bad points, we would suggest that if you are a light sleeper the curtains in the bedroom do not block out the night lights so this might be something to consider. Also, if you are looking for a holiday and want someone else to do your cleaning/housekeeping then this is not the place for you. However, the place is very clean and small enough so it did not require much cleaning, just a bit of tidying up you own mess really.

Thanks for everything Sonja.

D & M, Melbourne Australia

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Awesome!

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: May 24, 2010

WOW!! What a perfect vacation. The location was perfect. It was close to a surfing beach, a lounging beach, and a boogie boarding beach. The condo was perfect. It was very clean and had all the things we needed for teenagers. There was plenty of space for the 6 of us. The extra things in the condo made the vacation much more enjoyable, too. I would go back to the same condo in a heart beat. In fact, we are planning on doing that. I would definitely recommend this unit to everyone I know. The only thing missing was a cookie sheet and a small crock pot. It really ahd everything. Thanks for the wonderful stay. Xylotech, Alpine Utah

Helpful votes: 5 / 5

 
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Wonderful!

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: April 17, 2010

Our stay in this condo was absolutely wonderful!! The condo was very nice and clean and was stocked with much needed items. The beds were very comfortable and the views from the windows were breathtaking! You are close to all amenities, shopping and the beach! Sometimes you could hear outside noise from the street, but you're usually so tired that you don't hear them when you go to sleep. Sonja, the owner was very nice and helpful. I would definitely recommend this condo. LandT, Winnipeg, MB Canada

Helpful votes: 4 / 4

 
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An Amazing Get-Away

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: April 1, 2010

I vacationed with my teenage daughter and her girlfrined. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Banyan. The location is perfect. The girls were able to go out and shop, eat and beach by themselves. It gave us great flexibility and I didn't have to drive them to do everything they wanted to do. The unit was extremely comfortable for the three of us. The parking situation was fabulous. First of all, parking rates at a hotel are very high and free, secure parking is worth alot. On top of that, we had very easy access to parking spots wnd were always close to an elevator. It made it extremely easy to get in and out. I also felt safe when we came back late at night. The unit itself was very clean and we loved the fact that it had pleny of towels. We had everything we needed for our stay. We were well taken care of as we had a late flight out and needed to have our bags stored after we checked out. There was no problem and I truly appreciate that. Overall, we thoroughly enojoyed our stay and would definitely choose to return to Sonja's unit when we go back..................Dorothy W, San Francisco

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NY Polynesians

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: March 21, 2010

The condo was just as pictured and promised. Great location, good value and lots of little extras that made it feel like home! We had a great stay and loved the view. It was easy contacting the owner and getting answers to all my silly questions. Have stayed in other condos in the building and this one was a winner! The free internet and parking are key! Near everything, great snack bar, good super market downstairs, fast elevators, always clean, bbqs work well, chairs at the pool plentiful. The 19th floor is just high enough to block out all the ciry sounds in the morning. Would stay here again without hesitation. Fast return of the deposit when returning as well. It's been a very relaxing stay! Fa'afetai and Mahalo!

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Great Direct Ocean View

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: January 6, 2010

I visit Hawaii 3 or 4 times a years, staying at the various hotels and vacation condos. I am very picky about having a dramatic, direct ocean view. This condo is an "02" in Tower 2. In my opinion, these locations offer by far the best views available at the Banyan. The 19th floor location offers direct panoramic ocean views + the ability to see the sand and surf. There is no need to be on a higher floor. The unit is clean (including the carpet), well maintained and well equipped. The owner is friendly, well organized, responsive and employs a local manager (very important) in case you have questions or problems. A++

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Until Next Time

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: December 22, 2009

We couldn't have wished for better! This unit is clean, comfortable, well equipped, very convenient, and has a great ocean view. We really enjoyed our barbecues in the picnic area. Sonja is great to deal with, and leaves the impression that she wants her guests to have a great vacation. When next I go to Hawaii, I won't even have to think about where I will stay.................Lucky One

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J & M from Northern California

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: December 3, 2009

Dear Sonja,
Just wanted to tell you we had a wonderful vacation staying at your lovely condo. Everything at the condo was perfect, and Steve helped us out with the tv. The view of the ocean and the sunsets were superb, and the location and weather were great. We would love to come back to your condo on our next trip to Oahu. J & M

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Perfect for Familes!

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: November 2, 2009

Our family of 2 adults and 3 children (our daughters are 12 yrs, 5 yrs, and 2 yrs of age) spent a fantastic week in Sonja's condo in November 2009. We travel from Australia to Waikiki for a vacation every year and have always stayed in hotel suites, which are generally very expensive and don't provide any kitchen amenities. Sonja guided us through the private rental process with great courtesy and after staying here we will never go back to Waikiki hotels again!

Great views, fantastic activities onsite for families - not to mention the beach being a very short walk away.

The condo is comfortably furnished with everything you need (and more) to make for a wonderful, relaxing vacation.

So, thank you Sonja - we will defintely be back next year!

Aussie Airline Family

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Perfect Accommodations

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: October 5, 2009

We called this condo home for two weeks in October 2009. I feel very fortunate to have found this one. Sonja was great to work with from the beginning and very helpful with directions, vehicles, etc. after we arrived at the airport. When we got to the condo, it was everything that it is advertised to be. Very clean, well stocked and an excellent location. Near everything. The management was very helpful when needed and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We visited the Polynesian Cultural Center, took a catamaran out snorkeling, but the most exciting was seeing my daughter marry the "man of her dreams" after 8 years at Turtle Bay Resort.

There are many great choices nearby to enjoy a meal if you don't want to cook or use the BBQ area. Since I had a lot of mouths to feed we found that Teddys Burgers (across from the zoo around the corner from the condo) was our #1 choice for an excellent burger at a super price.

I would recommend the condo to anyone looking for a great place to call home while on vacation in Waikiki.

Aloha, Lisa

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Very happy northerners

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 17, 2009

June - August 2009....My husband and I have just completed a six-week stay at the condo. The location is excellent and the view is breathtaking. We have already booked for the spring, and that has to be our best recommendation! The owner and management of the condo are very efficient and reliable. An example of this was when I requested a late check-out because of a midnight flight and both Sonja and Clint went the extra mile to make sure we were not stranded for hours at the airport. Thank you for the excellent customer service! The condo is well-equipped and many thoughtful extras have been added. The location allows you to have a quiet oasis in the midst of every convenience you may require. Perfect! I sought out a quieter beach near Diamond Head and enjoyed some of the best swimming of my life. I also walked the Diamond Head circle for exercise every day. Local bus transportation takes you almost everywhere, but it's fun to rent a convertible for a day to explore the island. I highly recommend the property for a relaxing beach vacation.

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San Diego natives

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 16, 2009

August 27, 2009

What a wonderful condo! Your condo is exactly as described and better!

The view is amazing and a wecoming sight when you walk through the front door. I enjoyed sitting on the lanai and watching the surfers

Our week went too quickly since we were here to settle our daughters in college at UH, Manoa. We will be back in May when our oldest daughter graduates. Hopefully your condo will be available.

I will definitely recommend your home to others. Thank you so much for yor comfortable home, information, parking pass, games, movie selections, and much more.

Mahalo,
San Diego natives

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from Syndey, Australia

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 16, 2009

June 22, 2009

Dear Sonja,

Boy are we glad that I happened to stumble across your property - when we were searching for a place to stay in Hawaii - on the internet.

You have been helpful and great to deal with from the word "go". Your apartment is everything you promised, and the location is great.

I could write pages here but given that it's now 12:30 and that we have to be up in 5 hours for our early departure, I'll limit my writing.

Thanks so much for renting us this wonderfuld home-away-from-home. It's been so comfortable and warm here that I don't want to leave.

There is so much to see and do on beautiful Oahu.

We've had a fabulous vacation and I will really miss being at the Waikiki Banyan and being in Hawaii.

We hope to return soon!! (Now back to Syndey winter!)

Aloha & Mahalo!
Carolyn, Phil & Isaac

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Retired in Burlingame, California

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 14, 2009

June 1-June 10, 2009

We have enjoyed every minute of our stay in your condo. The view from the deck is perfect. We appreciated all the extras included --- books, movies, etc. It is very comfortable and we hope to come back again!

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San Francisco family

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 13, 2009

May 27 to June 1, 2009
Our family had a great time in your condo. The view is awesome and is the perfect sight to greet you as you walk in the front door. We also had a great time watching "Shrek" as well (over and over again for the kids!)
Mahalo! Alex, Jeni & the kids.
P.S. We hope the the next time we visit Hawaii, the condo is available. :-)

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All of us from Salt Lake City, Utah

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 12, 2009

May 5 - May 11, 2009
Had a wonderful time. Condo was great. View was great. Close to everything, and well stocked. I am very much thinking of coming back. So much to see and do; so little time. Thank you Hawaii. Aloha/Mahalo...Brian, Jamie, Donna & Sandi

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Dad from BC, Canada

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 11, 2009

May 3, 2009
Very nice place to stay. There is a lot of things to do all around and at the end of the day it is great and relaxing to sit on the balcony and enjoy the view with a nice cold beer. Thanks, Mark

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Teen from BC, Canada

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 10, 2009

May 3, 2009
We had a great stay here in Waikiki. It was beautiful weather and the building and condo are great. Today we went snorkeling in Hanama Bay and saw tons of fish and a turtle. It was great vacationing. We would (or at least I would) come again for sure..................Eric, 14-years old

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Famiy with small children (2 & 1 years old)

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 9, 2009

May 2009
Perfect condo to stay while vacationing in Hawaii. Condo has everything you need when taking young kids on vacation, e.g. kitchen, cooler, boogie boards, etc. The view of the ocean as you walk in the front door is inspiring and relaxing. Sonja & her team provided excellent service & were responsive to our needs. I would definitely recommend to family & friends in the future and hope that the condo is available for us the next time we visit Waikiki.
TIPS: For first-timers coming to Hawaii, you can get cheaper luau prices or sunset cruises with the tourist sites (along Kalakaua street) sometimes they advertise luaus (Paradise Cove or Germaine's) as 2 for $40, which is cheaper than the $40-$75 that is advertised in the tourist maps/magazines. If you are going to the Polynesian Cultural Center and staying for the night show which lets out at 9p, make sure that you arrange for transportation to take you back to the condo. Otherwise you'll be driving a 1-hr road trip back in the dark along winding roads.....The Kwans

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We're from Maryland

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 8, 2009

April 12-April 18, 2009
Dear Sonja,
Your place is perfect --- great views, lots of homey accommodations and convenient location. We really enjoyed our stay. Thank you.

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Our family from Pleaston, California

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 7, 2009

March 16, 2009
Hi Sonja,
We really enjoyed staying in your condo. Before moving in, we had stayed in another condo which is a two-bedroom for 4 days. Your condo is surely the winner! The beach view is unbeatable. Also you have been very considerate in providing all sorts of suppies. Your furnitue is of higher quality and very comfortable. We had a great time in your home.
We will definitely recommend your vacation home to our friends. Xu Family
Stay here 3/13-3/17/09

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Our family from Pleaston, California

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 4, 2009

March 16, 2009
Hi Sonja,
We really enjoyed staying in your condo. Before moving in, we had stayed in another condo which is a two-bedroom for 4 days. Your condo is surely the winner! The beach view is unbeatable. Also you have been very considerate in providing all sorts of suppies. Your furnitue is of higher quality and very comfortable. We had a great time in your home.
We will definitely recommend your vacation home to our friends. Xu Family
Stay here 3/13-3/17/09

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Relaxing on Oahu

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 6, 2009

March 19, 2009...........Condo is everything it is advertised to be. Would highly recommend to anyone. We do not have little kids, but if we did I'd have been very happy to see the sand toys and stroller. The boogie boards are a real plus too! The picture from the condo looking out is exactly what you see, only closer. The location is great for everything, eating, shopping and anything else you want to do. We are going to miss it here. The condo is perfect; it feels like home. Thank you Sonja! It is truly paradise here.

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Aloha from Manitoba, Canada

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 5, 2009

February 24, 2009...........
Aloha Sonja,
We can't thank you enough for sharing your condo with us! We loved the location. Being so close to the beach was perfect for us. You have a fantastic view and we loved watching the surfers and boats from the lanai. We look forward to coming again soon! Mahalo! The Jackson family

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Escape from the cold and rain

Review submitted: September 4, 2010   Date of arrival: September 4, 2009

January 5, 2009
What a fantastic view --- so nice to sit on the lanai in warmth (from Seattle) and look out at the ocean and many surfers. This part of our trip was mainly for laying on the beach and that we did! Thanks for the home away from home. Mahalo!

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Review submitted: February 13, 2009   Date of arrival: February 13, 2009

Comments from Mikki & James.....Can't wait to go back! Thank you Sonja for your beautiful place. We loved the location and how everything was within walking distance. The view was amazing and we can't wait to go back! You were so wonderful to deal with and I would recommend your place to anyone who is heading to Waikiki. :) Thank you again.

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Review submitted: February 2, 2009   Date of arrival: February 2, 2009

Comments from Gale.....My daughter, myself and my 2-month old grandson had a wonderful week at your condo. Everything was as you described. This was my 3rd visit to Waikiki so I knew what to expect. I would say that the accommodations were comparable to staying at the Hyatt, which I had stayed at previously. In fact, I think they were more comfortable because we had the convenience of a kitchen and living room. All-in-all, I would definitely recommend this condo to anyone looking for a home away from home.

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Review submitted: February 2, 2009   Date of arrival: February 2, 2009

Comments from Jane & Cal, "First Timers"....Mahalo Sonja. Your condo is wonderful, loved the view of the ocean each morning and the sunset at night. The pictures you show were exactly what we saw. Everything was handled above our expectations.Your condo is within walking distance to everything, even the Zoo. The bus service is great. $1.00 for Seniors includes a 4 hour transfer; we used it a lot to go to the Ala Moana Mall. Love the free shuttle to Hilo Hattie's, a must-see for your chocolate covered Macadamia nuts, local products and clothing. The International Market is a must-see also, just down the road from the condo.Loved the amenities! Very clean and friendly staff. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.

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Review submitted: January 4, 2009   Date of arrival: January 4, 2009

Comments from Raj....Great place - minutes from the beach. Free Parking!This was our first visit to Hawaii, but we always rent vacation homes.I would rate Sonja's condo as excellent in all respects --- location, price, amenities, service, cleanliness and view. The unit is exactly as described and the photographs are totally accurate. I appreciated the photo of the view from the kitchen - the ocean view from the lanai is partially obstructed by the Marriott, but Sonja did not make any attempt to mask that! The view from the bedroom window is completely unobstructed.The free parking, free internet access and boogie boards, DVDs, etc are a bonus! Not to mention the wealth of information and a very helpful folder with her personal suggestions/advice.We'll definitely recommend this to our friends and will most certainly check it's availability for our next visit.For first timers looking for suggestions - Do not miss Hanauma Bay - after visiting several other snorkeling locations boht on Oahu and Maui, I would rate Hanauma Bay as my top pick for both the quality and variety of fishes. Not to mention the most of the action is in waist deep water! Besides that, the coastal drive on the northern side of the isalnd is spectacular, as is the Pali highway.

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Review submitted: December 25, 2008   Date of arrival: December 25, 2008

Comments from "Left my heart in Hawaii!"......Great condo w/free parking near everything! The condo was a great place to stay. My family enjoyed the amenities and extras (boogie boards, tourist resource books, etc) provided by the owner. Moreover, the free parking helped out tremendously. We enjoyed hiking Diamond Head, Manoa Falls and Makauupu, and visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore and Dole Plantation. Also, enjoyed eating at Tai Pan Dim Sum (Chinatown), Nico's Pier 38, and Uncle's Seafood (next door to Nico's) restaurants. We highly recommend this condo!!

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Review submitted: December 2, 2008   Date of arrival: December 2, 2008

Comments from Rainy Seattle Escapees.....We enjoyed our stay at your condo and would do it again. It was exactly as advertised, with a nice view, the public beach being around a five minute walk away, and the Catholic Church right next door. The wife was especially pleased with the amenities and the excellent shape of the unit. We were greeted promptly on our arrival. We we called, the owner responded promptly to answer the few questions we had. We were surprised there were boogie boards available, and made use of them. We have mentioned to our friends and family how we found the condo, and would definitely recommend ti to them.

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Review submitted: December 2, 2008   Date of arrival: December 2, 2008

Comments from Richard, a Frequent Waikiki Visitor......For those returning or are a first time visitor to Waikiki, I highly recommend Sonja's condo. Her condo is close to the beach. Beautiful view from lanaii and bedroom. FREE parking! Great benefit as most properties charge $20+ per day. She has Boogie Boards and Beach Chairs, too. Full kitchen is nice, even if you don't want to cook, the coffee maker and refrigerator great to have. I took my laptop and the internet connection was in the room and it worked very good. Bus is across the street, car rentals (inexpensive) nearby. Hanama Bay is only a 20 min. drive or take Bus 22. Unless you have free points to use at the Marriott across the street ($250 a nite), save your money and stay here. You won't be disappointed!

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Review submitted: November 20, 2008   Date of arrival: November 20, 2008

Comments from "Family Fun Seekers".....Our family had a great stay at the Waikiki Banyan. Withe the Bq's on the pool deck we were able to make meals while the kids continued to play in the pool, or at the fun center. Our suite had all the amenities a family could need, including body boards for the beach. The views are breathtaking. Thank you for the accommodation.

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Review submitted: October 25, 2008   Date of arrival: October 25, 2008

Comments from Dave and Jackie....We had a wonderful stay at your condo. The amenities were wonderful and the view was fantastic. We'd definitely recommend your stay to others. Thanks again and Mahalo...

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Review submitted: October 7, 2008   Date of arrival: October 7, 2008

Comments from Linda from Atlanta.....Paradise!! Thank you for a wonderful vacation in Paradise! Your condo is complete with all the amenities that anyone could want. Very convenient to public transportation for shopping, sightseeing, and dining. BEAUTIFUL Ocean View!!!! I would definitely recommend a stay here.

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Review submitted: October 7, 2008   Date of arrival: October 7, 2008

Comments from Wylie.....Great place to stay! Wonderful view! Thank you for recommending the Polynesian Cultural Center --- that is well worth the cost. Very nice of you to supply so much useful info --- love your notations in the resource materials. I'll be back again.

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