WOW! what a place.... right on the beach, clean and comfy.... not too expensive $74 a night for the whole cabin which can be shared by 4 people.... self catering with a good kitchen and fridge, microwave and pots and pans etc.... everything for 6 people...
This one had two bedrooms, a double and two single beds, with room for more on the couch.
The accomodation was basic but clean, TV and phone... naturally we took the laptop to connect with VT and the calls were unlimited but it cost 50c to connect.
It's really for army people, but I was lucky enough to have a sponsor...
The beach was 20 metres away??? you woke up each morning to this wonderful view and the prospect of a sparkling day...
That Saturday we left there was a surfing competition which was fun to watch from the balcony...
We always stay at the Kai Aloha when we go to Honolulu because, for us, it's the next best thing to home. It's simple, clean, and comfortable.
"Our" apartment has one double bedroom and one bath, with twin beds in the living room that double as couches during the day. It's especially good for families with children, because it has a kitchenette where you can prepare meals (thus saving money), and there's daily maid service and use of the washer and dryer on the ground floor. There's air conditioning, but we didn't always need it -- you can open the windows and let the trade winds blow through.
Smaller apartments are also available for couples. Please note that the price below is per person for a family of four.
The Kai Aloha is centrally located in Waikiki, half a block from the beach and the post office, and within walking distance of the International Marketplace. The Bus runs right past the door. If there's anything you need or have questions about, Miss En Chang in the front office is very accommodating and a wealth of information.
My first morning in Hawaii, I woke and came out on the balcony, and right there before my eyes, the famous Rainbow... I stood watching too long, and almost missed getting a photo. It looked much better than this pic shows.
I did not stay at the HI-AYH HAWAII: but this information may come in handy for someone looking for budget accommodation..
Kitchen, patio, TV room, laundry facilities, linen rental, on-site parking (fee), small lockers (bring lock), tours and activities.
The Polynesian Hostel Beach Club is one of the premiere hostels on the island and caters to a wide assortment of world travellers.
It is located in the heart of Waikiki only minutes away from the world famous Waikiki Beach. It's close to banks, 24 hr shops, restaurants, movie theaters, nightlife, zoo, aquarium and Diamond Head Crater..
Open 24 hrs, no curfew
Single and double private rooms
Bathrooms in all rooms
Only 4-6 in our shared rooms
Large communal kitchen area
Outdoor eating & BBQ area
Cable TV lounge..
This was me and my husband's first time in Honolulu, and we made our reservations through West Jet Vacations as part of a package with the flight and car rental. We chose the Best Western Coconut because we like a hotel that is not too expensive and a little different on the inside, rather than your average hotel with a nice lobby but rooms that look like they're out of the 70s. The hotel was recently taken over by Best Western and renovated in a modern, minimal style in hues of green. I was pleased to see that the rooms kept up with this theme. We had a City View King room, which has a small fridge and a sink in the main area, as well as a microwave (which I really liked for heating up leftovers) and dishes and cutlery. I did find the bathroom to be too small and the light was rather dim. I usually used the mirror in the bedroom area to do my makeup since there was more light in there. The bed was too hard for my personal taste, the sheets and blanket were kind of scratchy, and the pillows were too thick. There is free wireless internet in the room, which I always like, but it was a little bit slow at times. There is a little balcony with two chairs on it.
The front desk staff were pleasant, but I wouldn't say they were ever extremely friendly. I did overhear them helping out some other guests with directions and activities and they seemed to be giving thorough and helpful information. There is parking at the hotel, but it is valet only. The cars are parked in a private lot right under the hotel, which is nice for peace of mind, knowing it's not being parked in some above ground lot blocks away. Plus, whenever you request your car it is there right away. It is, however, $22 US per day. There is a managers reception every Thursday between 5-6pm featuring Wii (which nobody played when we were there) and free cocktails they call the Cocotini.
Continental breakfast is complimentary, but it is not exactly adequate. There is cereal, hard boiled eggs, fruit, toast and oatmeal. We ate there most days, but it was never enough and I usually had to eat about an hour later. It's not very good if you plan on spending the morning on a hike or at the beach where food might not be available.
The location of the Coconut is quite good. Waikiki Beach is only about a 5 minute walk, and if you stay on Lewers Street you walk through the Waikiki Beach Walk. The hotel has free beach towels available for guests to borrow. There is also a small pool at the hotel, but I never ended up using it and never saw anyone in it. There are also a couple of computers in the lobby with internet and printers.
This is truly a top of the line hotel in the Marriott chain. The service was exceptional at all levels. I was actually a bit surprised at how nice it was. Being a Marriott Platinum Rewards member and traveling all the time at their "normal" properties, you get used to a certain expectation. This hotel FAR exceeded any preset expectation I might have had. The hotel is isolated from any commercial areas, so you really depended on the resort quite a bit for things such as food - - and they don't disappoint. There are three restaurants on the grounds not counting pool bar area. All of them were exceptionally good with Azul, the AAA 4 Diamond award winner, being outstanding. Our room was on the top floor with a beautiful view of west and of course the sunset everyday. The balcony was spacious with a lounge chair, two regular chairs and a table. Also, there was a complete wall between the next rooms so you were very much private. The bathroom was equal to any in which I have ever stayed. Separate room for toilet, two sinks, bathtub, and two person standup glassed in shower stall.
The hotel sits on a man made lagoon which is wonderful. It allows fresh seawater in but is built in such a way, you really don't have to be on the look out for sharks and such. When we would go wading or swimming, you definitely would always see some sort of fish swimming in there with you although they were of the peaceful variety. There is also a very nice pool area. The hotel is connected via sidewalks with more Marriott properties and it is nice to walk the length of the pathways which total about 2 miles roundtrip. They also offer a spa across the street. It has an additional pool, tennis courts, and a basketball court. There is a golf course as well. This whole resort is behind a gated community and it is very very nice. When we were checking out, the NFL football players were checking in for there appearance in the Pro Bowl.
This is a great hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. It has some 90 stores, 20 restaurants and lounges, a few swimming pools, even penguins and turtles... The hotel has guided tours, beach activities,
It has six main towers with rooms, and most of the rooms have an ocean view in one direction or another. Rooms in the towers away from the water start at a reasonable $200 but go on up to $1500 a night or more for suites on the water. In total there are some 3,400 rooms, making this a massive hotel, but the design and the natural beauty certainly make it feel smaller.
It is within a 10-20 minute walk of Honolulu's main tourist area along Waikiki Beach.
Actually, I cannot remember too much about either of the hotels that we had booked for our trips. However, they both certainly met our needs and were well situated along the coast in Honolulu. One thing that did blow my mind on the first trip was when we were watching a TV program in our room to keep the kids happy (I always blame them!). We had been in PNG for 2 years by then, and there was no broadcast TV in the country. So, my first TV program in 2 years - and what comes on on? A re-run that I had seen in some distant past life. I had a really good laugh at what that says about Western civilization! However, we did have a great Easter weekend with the children in our hotel room!
There are 5 hostels in Waikiki..
Here is the address and phone number to one of the 3 on Lemon Street which is close to the Zoo area... I don't know the info for the others..But the people at this hostel can tell you.....
808-922-1340... 2584 Lemon Street .... and the prices for one person ....dormitory style ranges from $25 to $105 depending on the time of year..
HOPEFULLY GOOD !!!! :0
Zagat Survey names top Hawaii resorts
The Zagat Survey, a consumer survey published by Tim and Nina Zagat, has ranked four Hawaii resorts among its 2005 Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts & Spas Guide.
The Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island was ranked at No. 1 among resorts with 100-plus rooms, followed by the Four Seasons at Wailea in Maui at No. 2, and Lodge at Koele in Lanai at No. 6.
The Princeville Resort on Kauai was No. 5 on the top-rated newcomers list.
The average hotel room rate is up about 1.48 percent, according to the survey, with one-third of travelers reporting that their personal travel spending has gone up in the past year.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, domestic travel has gone up, while foreign travel has gone down, according to Zagat's.
Among other findings in the annual survey, which is culled from more than 250,000 voters worldwide:
Online travel planning has taken off. Sixty-nine percent of travelers said they now book their travel plans on the Web instead of using a travel agent.
Of the travelers surveyed, poor service was the greatest irritant, irking 59 percent, while 17 percent cited dirty rooms and 12 percent cited noisy guests.
The amenity that travelers placed at the top of their list were fitness centers, followed by daily newspaper delivery, frequent guest programs and wireless Internet connections.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa once again received four-diamond ratings for the property and its Swan Court restaurant.
The rating from AAA is based on quality, amenities and hospitality offered at hotels. This is the 16th year the Swan Court got the rating and 10th year for the resort.
"This year less than 3 percent of AAA rated lodgings and 4 percent of rated restaurants received the Four Diamond," said Frank Lavey, the property's general manager. "The resort is honored to be recognized in both categories."
A four-diamond rating typically goes to upscale properties with stylish accommodations and attention to detail. In the restaurant category, fine-dining establishments with menus that offer a degree of creativity and elaborate presentations are considered for the rating.
January 11, 2005
AAA releases Four Diamond listings
Fourteen local hotels and 11 restaurants have been designated as 2005 AAA Four Diamond winners, AAA Hawaii said Tuesday.
The announcement came a day after the Halekulani announced that its restaurant La Mer had won an even rarer Five Diamonds once again.
"The AAA Four Diamond designation demonstrates a hotel or restaurant's ability to perform grand and small gestures with superior service and high quality," said Jeff Goldsmith, AAA Hawaii district manager.
Local Four Diamond restaurants (and years on the list):
Pahuia, Four Seasons Hualalai Hotel (5 years).
The Grill, Fairmont Orchid (first year).
Swan Court, Lahaina (16 years).
Sarento's on the Beach, Kihei (second year).
The Banyan Tree, Kapalua (third year).
Spago, Wailea (third year).
Bali by The Sea, Honolulu (16 years).
Orchids, Halekulani (10 years).
Chef Mavro, Honolulu (5 years).
Hoku's, Kahala Mandarin Hotel (third year).
Azul, Kapolei (9 years).
In Waikiki we stayed at the Polynesian Hostel on Lemon Rd.- righ across the road from the Honolulu Zoo. It was cheap- about $38 USD for a private room with two beds. John, the manager who takes care of the place was extremely helpful and so nice. The rooms are basic with beds, shared shower in the rooms. The hammocks on the first floor are great to lounge around and read a book- eventhough the view is parked cars and a concrete wall. The location is on the west end of Waikiki Beach- more toward Diamond Head. It's 1 block from the beach and in walking distance from all the great restaurants and bigger, high-price hotels. Since we weren't planning to spend most of our time inside the room anyway, this place was great because it gave us the basics- bed, clean sheets, shower.
Internet. Parking. Shared lounge with cable TV and VCR.
The Big Surf Condo and Apartmens.
$45-50/night. $4/day parking.
Oceanview or mountain view rooms; kitchenettes, lanais, secure building.
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