- Reviews: 7
Waikiki Beachside Hostel: A couple of blocks from the beach!
This was probably my best find when I was travelling, I never expeceted to get anywhere close to a beach on my budget in Hawaii!!
This hostel is on Lemon Street (another bonus as it's easy to spell, say and remember!) and is less than 5 minutes from the beach.
The shared rooms I was in were split in 2 so you have 2 bunks in the front part where there was also a fridge, stove and table and then another room with 2 more bunks in as well as the room having a bathroom. The only downside was if there were people in the seperate bedroom those staying in the front part didn't have access to the Balcony as you got to this through that room.
The staff were all amazing (in 2008) and were so helpful with anything that you needed.
- Reviews: 177
Castle Hokele Suites Waikiki: A Family Friendly Hotel
I say a family friendly Hotel because my family are welcome in this hotel. The staffs are very informative and adviced us the interesting places of interests. They also helped in organizing tours.
Hotel with restaurant and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also 24-hour reception.
We occupied room provided with kitchen including all kitchen facilities like microwave, coffee maker refrigerator etc. We have DSL internet connection too but we have to pay extra, In our room was air conditioned, Tv, Telephone, Radio with alarm, Toilet with shower. No animals are allowed but it is a very children- friendly hotel.
I chose this Hotel beacuse it is in the center of Honolulu. Some famous sightseeing places are just a walking distance from the Hotel like International Market Place, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Beach and the Hawaii Zoo.
Just 20 meter away from the Hotel is a 24h open small supermarket where you can buy anything you need too.
If we didn´t go somewhere we just refresh ourselves downstairs on the pool and enjoy sitting on the restaurant. Just 10 minutes away from the Hotel are the Beachparks. My family and i were really satisfied with the service and we enjoyed our stay here. It is recommendable.
- Reviews: 5
Miramar: Location & Value
it was a decaent hotel at a very good price. The rooms are a little dated but for less than $100/ night in Waikiki we were very happy. It is located a block from the beach and right beside the International Marketplace. We never ate at the on site restaurant. We elected to eat at a few off site locations. Several times we bought pastries from the bakery down the street and made coffe in our room while we got ready for the day. Every morning I would get up and go for a run along the beach. Great way to start a day in Hawaii. Would recommend if you are looking for value.
- Reviews: 2
westin maui: westin maui
my family and i had two connecting rooms with a mountin view, the staff was excellent. but we like our privacy and wanted larger rooms. so after speaking with the front desk they upgraded us free of charge the there top suite that had 4 balconies, a living room, dining room, kitchen, an amazing walk in shower that could fit at least 20 people, jacuzzi tub. complete stereo system with complimentary cd's. they also stocked the fridge with water bottles and fresh pineapple daily. and the view was unbelievable, the room was on the top floor, and we could wacth the sun rise and set from any room. the main entrance leads you to a lagoon with waterfalls, fish and flamingos. there's three pools, jacuzzi, water slides, and a massage area at the top of it all overlooking the ocean. the beach was a 30 second walk from the hotel, and it is also next to a little shopping mall where they gave nightly shows of Hawaiian dancers. luckily when i went a store was closing at the mall and i was able to buy pearl jewelry at 90% off. and sold most of it when i came back. i spent 200$ and made 4,000$ pretty good deal. it was definitely the best hotel i've ever stayed in.
- Reviews: 1
Patey's Place: Great Hostel on the Big Island
This was my first time in a hostel and i met so many people from all over. Drinking excessivley with Peter from Finland, watching four Danish girls walk around in the underwear in the dorm, or just laying out and reading a book on their hammocks this is a great place.
Short walk to beaches, kona brewing company, bus stops.
- Reviews: 41
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Royal Hawaiian Hotel, also known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific, is a hotel located at 2259 Kalâkaua Avenue in Honolulu, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. One of the first hotels established in Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is considered one of the flagship hotels in Hawaii tourism. It opened its doors to guests on 1 February 1927 with a black tie gala attended by over 1,200 guests. The hotel quickly became an icon of Hawaii's glory days. It was the Hawaii residence or Western White House of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and boasts the bar that invented the Shirley Temple cocktail (as does Chasen's restaurant).
With the success of the early efforts by Matson Navigation Company to provide steamer travel to America's wealthiest families en route to Hawaii, Captain William Matson proposed the development of a hotel in Honolulu for his passengers. This was in hope of profiting from what Matson believed could be the most lucrative endeavor his company could enter into. Matson purchased the Moana mansion, fronting the Ainahau royal estate. Christening it the Moana Hotel, it opened in 1901 as the first hotel in Waikiki. With its overwhelming success, Matson planned and built the Royal Hawaiian Hotel which opened in 1927.
During World War II, the Royal was closed to tourists and instead served as a place of rest and relaxation for U.S. submariners. While the Royal Hawaiian's lush tropical garden was (and still is) tranquil and poetic, on the beaches fronting the Pink Palace (sometimes referred to as the Pink Lady) one saw reminders of the war with rolls and rolls of barbed wire planted in the sand. President Franklin D. Roosevelt at times conducted Presidential business from the Royal Hawaiian, and it was the first facility to be dubbed the "Western White House".
The hotel was sold, along with the rest of Matson's hotels in Hawaii, to the Sheraton Corporation in 1959.
The Royal Hawaiian closed on 1 June 2008 for a complete renovation. The property reopened on 20 January 2009 as a member of The Luxury Collection division of Starwood Hotels.
- Reviews: 2
The Cottages at Kaneohe Bay: Do the Cottages
Its a real cottage. Ours was an 'A' frame house with a loft. No frills, check in get a key drive to the cottage. Would recommend it a hundred times over....
US military only. Nice little cottage on the rocks on Kaneohe Bay. Wonderful for a couple or small family beach within steps. Nothing fancy but absolutly wonderful.
- Reviews: 4
The Mauian: Great Little Gem in West Maui
Located just north of Kaanapali and Lahaina in Napili. This is a great choice for accomodations on Maui's West side of the island. Conveniently close to busy Lahaina but still away from the crowds. Upon arriving it should be noted that there are a couple of the rooms that they are renovating and remodeling. Facility doesn't look to be the best from the outside but the rooms were totally redesigned and remodeled similar to a fancy boutique hotel that one would fine sprucing up around their own downtown area.
Many of the rooms had half kitchen areas, full walk-out patios, brand new furniture and bedding, and all rooms are just feet away from the Napili Beach where one can find some good body boarding and snorkeling. Breakfast was also provided in the mornings. Don't expect all the bells & whistles here that you would find at your five star hotel. Do expect warm hospitality, brand new rooms that will make your jaw drop at what a steal it was on a per night basis.
Hotel gave you free breakfast from 7:30am to 9:00am. Beach towels were provided as well as key to access beach chairs to lay out. Bathrooms were amazingly clean and brand new, excellent location as you are literally only 15 minutes away from Lahaina. Much quieter part of town instead of the high volume and highly priced hotels you will find in Lahaina. Also about 50 yards from the hotel is a nice little convenience store and also Snorkel Bob's which has amazing snorkel rental equipment and deals, and takes excellent care of each person that walks thru their doors.
- Reviews: 3
Hale Kona Kai Condo Rental: Fall Asleep and Wake up to the sound of the waves
If you are about exploring local living in Kona and not about luxury accommodation – this may just be the place. Convenient, well priced, great location, amazing views.
A friend and I stayed in unit #403. It is an ocean front 4th floor unit.
The decor was cheesy and the units are old and small. But that did not matter what so ever. We dragged the living room stuffy chairs into the Lanai and all the time spent in the apartment was in the Lanai.
I booked the room via property Management Company and the service was extremely courteous and reliable. When we arrived, we were welcomed by a friendly receptionist and were given some great tips on great beaches, restaurants and attraction.
The view was awesome. Looking down we saw the waves hit the rocks and create beautiful splashes of water. We even saw some sea turtles. Straight ahead - the endless Horizon. We could see ships sail into town.
The best of all - the sun sets aren't a myth but an amazing striking reality.
Never turned on the TV or radio even once. The Master Bedroom window was facing ocean front and you just fell asleep to the sound of the waves.
What also makes Hale Kona Kai attractive is its proximity to town. It is the closest condo to the town center, still having its quite ocean front charm. Every morning when I woke up, I took a lovely walk into Hugo's Cafe - a quaint and hip coffee in the day/bar at night ocean front place with friendly bar tenders.
Great for young at heart, adventurous, and romantic getaway.
- Reviews: 1
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Oahu: Waikiki hotel without the madness
Great location. Great service. Great view. We stayed at this hotel during the last full week of 2008, including Christmas, for 4 nights while visiting family on Oahu. I tried to research hotels with limited time and settled on this hotel primarily because of location, cost and room size.
The hotel is right next to the Pacific Ocean. In fact all of the rooms have view of the ocean. No garden view, mountain view, parking lot view here. When you come out of the elevator on your way to guest rooms, all the rooms are on one side of the hallway. The other side of the hallway is large windows through which you can view the mountain side of Honolulu. It was nice not having to walk through a dark hallway to get to the room. I really think this layout is a major plus of the hotel.
If you book a cheaper room, you will get a room between 5th through 10th floor. Even these all face the ocean although your view of the ocean is blocked somewhat by the small boat marina. Also all rooms face the ocean so you don't have to worry about someone looking into your room through the window.
Because of an issue at the 1st room (6th floor) we were in, after 2nd night we asked and were given a new room on the 18th floor. My wife and kids were having major allergy issues in the first room. The allergy symptoms went away when we were out of the room visiting family. It was either caused by trees/bush right outside of our window or cat hair from past guests. My guess is the cat. Anyhow we asked for and the front desk gave us a new room on 18th floor. Basically the issue wasn't the hotel's fault but they responded in a positive way immediately.
When we got to the 18th floor, the view of the ocean got much better.
We had breakfast buffet in Prince Court Restaurant in the hotel one morning and it was pretty good. The restaurant is on 5th floor btw. When we went it wasn't too crowded and were seated right next to the window. There's the usual breakfast stuff plus menu catering to Japanese/Asian tourists. Kids enjoyed fresh fruit.
I discovered Marina Front Cafe on the last morning we were there. You can pick up something quick to eat or coffee. If you are in a hurry to go on a tour that leaves early in the morning Marina Front Cafe would be a good choice. There is a Starbucks and McDonalds across the street from the hotel also. While in Hawaii, you should try McDonalds for some of the items that are available only in Hawaii.
We didn't try it this this time but a few years ago I was in Hawaii, we tried shave ice in Prince Court Restaurant and it was awesome. It was a bit pricey for 'shave ice' but it was beautifully presented and the ice was very smooth, which according to my wife is a key part of a good shave ice.
We didn't get the suite but the room is still pretty good sized. I think its rooms are larger than other Waikiki hotels. About 420 sq ft. And the Bathroom has separate tub, shower, and enclosed toilet area with a separate glass door. Pretty useful when you have kids. Because of the tub I'd recommend this hotel for families with little kids that need to be bathed by parents.
We valeted our car for $22 (?) a day. Self-parking is $15/day I believe. They had different rates for visitors without room reservations. But in case you have visitors coming to the hotel in own car for some reason, they can use metered parking facing the boat marina.
-Furnitures are dated. I think the TVs are about 10 yrs old. They probably won't replace the TVs with wide aspect LCDs any time soon as the Entertainment Stand doesn't have the room.
-Not much to do at the hotel itself. At Hilton Hawaiian Village you can just walk out of the building and see tropical gardens, fish ponds, sandy beach, penguins etc etc which are good enough to entertain little kids and maybe even adults for awhile. But at this hotel, there is the nice airy lobby and view from the hotel and that's about it. You could walk over to the Hilton Hawaiian Village by following the sidewalk which takes you through the Hilton Lagoon and than the grounds of Hilton Hawaiian Village. It's about 5 min of walk to get there.
Lastly, we were there when the entire island of Oahu lost power for 12 - 24 hrs. All elevators were out of service when we pulled in 30 minutes after the blackout started. We were bracing ourselves for the walk up to our room on the 18th floor but thankfully they got one elevator working in both of the 2 towers in time. I heard the next morning that Hyatt had no running water during the blackout. Not our hotel.
All rooms have view of the ocean. If your floor is low enough, most of the view is taken up by the small boat marina.
Not in the middle of Waikiki but near enough that it's quiet. Within walking distance of the Ala Moana Mall.
- Reviews: 14
The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls: Hilo's waterfall bed & breakfast
Can't decide where you want to stay in Hilo? Consider Kulaniapia Falls. Located above Hilo, across from Boiling Pots. Many years ago I lived and worked in Hilo as a helicopter tour pilot. I met the owner of The Inn on a hike through the volcano. From that time I must have flown over those falls thousands of times. I directed my passengers to aerial views of the waterfalls from 2000 feet above. The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls sits above and on the north side (Hamakua side) of the waterfalls. This waterfall is on the Waiau River, one of many tributaries that descend from Mauna Kea. A little tricky to get to, but once at Kulaniapia you will be happy you drove the extra 15 minutes. Slow down, watch out for the feral pigs (pua'a), they are easily spooked, they keep the groundskeepers busy. There are several rooms to choose from, please visit their website. The Inn is located on land that was once sugar cane, now 2000 acres of macademia nut trees. You may take a walk to the waterfalls below via a trail or visit the bamboo forest. Stream water levels rise without warning associated with an increase in rainfall, so beware. The rooms are cozy and comfortable but remember it is not the Four Seasons. There is a spa with hot tub. Coffee at 7 AM, breakfast at 8. Liz, our Inn Keeper made eggs, waffles... could I have another waffle? The morning gathering affords an opportunity to meet other guests and share travel stories and itineraries.
Quiet getaway, relaxing, romantic, out of the way, and cooler than downtown Hilo. Enjoy the drive through the macademia nut farms and old sugar cane fields. The trails to the falls and bamboo forest are an easy excursion from the room.
- Reviews: 3
Aqua Bamboo: Great personal Hotel
This is a great hotel, it isnt one of those huge hotels that you get lost in, it has 12 floors and it is a block away from the Waikiki Beach. The smaller size makes it perfect in the fact that everytime you come back to the hotel they know you and greet you. The rooms are actually really cool. I had the "moderate" room, which is the nice way of saying cheap room, but I was really surprised, nice flat screen, it has a nice kitchenette equipped with everything you need. (stove, microwave, plates, forks, knives, spoons, coffee maker, pots, pans, etc) it is very new with nice modern expresso colored wood. It isn't a normal looking room at all, and it has a nice big balcony.
Downstairs in the lobby is really nice looking, they have a breakfast every morning, but it could have more stuff, it has just small muffins, and coffee. I wanted some bagels or cereal. The pool is really nice, and the rates for massage are really good, I payed $65 for a full body massage and foot bath (they just placed my feet in a bowl and dried them off, took about 12 seconds, but nice thought) Wifi worked good in the lobby, but couldnt get my laptop to work in the room, and they didnt offer help.
Joy is a nice fresh personality who seems to enjoy taking care of the guests, she went out of her way to make sure people were comfortable. I watched her throw out 4 locals who snuck into the pool and still took care of his bloody leg. ( i wold have just kicked them out), she was really nice.
Also (i believe his name is) Anthony took really good care of us, good with suggestions on what to do, and was nice to talk to, very friendly.
Actually there was only one shift (2 people) who were not friendly, on my last day I was there, I broke my ankle and tore my ligaments and had to go to the hospital, I hopped into the hotel and asked if they had a ice pak or bag of ice. Knowing I was hurt she said "no, but theres ice on the 8th floor, and you have to find a bag somewhere" I thought that was a little rude, I know joy would have probably carried me up there and helped me out. I also asked for something to do and they didnt offer any suggestions, just said there was a book in the room, and magazines all over the streets, but I like finding out from the locals what to do, not ads that people pay to be in. I didnt get the bad shifts name, but they worked on the evening of Dec. 17th.....
I had a really good time at this hotel, it is definately worth the money and was taken care of, and they made it a good time. they have a nice pool with a waterfall, although I did notice surfboards along the side of the pool, I dont know if they were for us to use, I wasnt told (i could have saved money renting one), but either way..... this is one hotel I will definately use time and time again.
Oh yeah, about the location..... unless you want to be at one of those beachfront hotels, this is the perfect location, it is RIGHT in the middle of the fun of Waikiki beach, all the shopping is outside the doors, all the designer shops are right there (gucci, louie vatton, prada, all those stores), the beach is a block away, theres no better location for a hotel then this one (again, unless you can afford one of the beachfront hotels).
Location, staff, views, pool w/ waterfall, rates..... everything!
- Reviews: 1818
Hilton Hawaiian Village: Hilton Hawaiian Village
Hilton Hawaiian Village is one of the many chain hotels in the United States. The hotel is a four-star hotel located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Since the hotel is located a few blocks away from the Waikiki Beach, the hotel is quieter than the usual buzz at the main busy street close to the beach. It has a beautiful garden and has more space than the usual hotels in Honolulu.
In the website of the Hilton's Hawaiian Village, it says: Located on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa is nestled on 22 oceanfront acres offering the perfect mix of exceptional hotel accommodations and classic Hawaiian hospitality. Imagine lush tropical gardens, waterfalls, exotic wildlife and priceless artwork. As Waikiki's only true resort, we offer you the Village Experience; a perfect blend of luxurious accommodations, over 20 restaurants and lounges, shopping, recreational and cultural activities, nightly entertainment and more!
Has beautiful tropical gardens, waterfalls, exotic wildlife. It is a very spacious hotel.
Note: Since the space on directions below is not enough, I am putting it here:
From Honolulu International Airport, take H-1 Freeway East, to Honolulu. Once on the freeway, look for Waikiki directional signs and stay in the right lane. You will exit onto Nimitz Highway. Stay on Nimitz Highway, which will change into Ala Moana Blvd., for about 15 minutes. You will pass Ala Moana Shopping Center on your left, Ala Moana Beach Park on your right, go over a short bridge, then watch for the Hilton Hawaiian Village sign on your right in about 2 blocks. Stay in the right lane. Turn right on Kalia Road (right after the sign - you'll see 3 bronze statues to your right as you round the corner). Go 200 feet, then turn right into our driveway.
The address is:Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Tel: (808) 949-4321
Fax: (808) 951-5458
- Reviews: 10
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
This resort is very nice. Our kids had SO much fun, we all did. There is a saltwater lagoon between the resort & the beach, a lazy river, a few swimming areas & a waterslide! The kids took hula lessons & painted coconuts at the resort. This was a great spot for a family vacation. We had a beautiful veach view. The resort is at Shipwreck Beach, just north of Poipu Beach.
- Reviews: 52
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa: Waikiki's Heaven on Earth
The name says it all -- it is truly a resort all in itself. If you wanted to be a lazy fuddy-duddy, you could just stay within the grounds and think you were in a tropical paradise. From shopping to restaurants to cafes to pools to spas to ponds to tropical gardens, even a penguin pond (with the daily feeding for entertainment. From check in to check out, I couldn't have felt more pampered, and with the beach RIGHT there, what more could you ask for? Oh, I know, there are the native shows pool side, moving out to the beach ending with fireworks over the water. Expensive? You bet, but play it smart and go through Beach Destinations. We got airfare roundtrip AND four nights in a beautiful room with a gorgeous view of the gardens (may not have been a beach view, but heck, it was breathtaking) for $550 TOTAL -- airfare AND hotel!
The grounds are done up like a tropical paradise, with koi pools, gorgeous garden paths throughout, absolutely peaceful surroundings.*
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