- Reviews: 434
Aqua Bamboo & Spa: Aqua Hotels & Resorts
Part of the Aqua Hotels & Resorts, I found the Aqua Bamboo & Spa quite charming, especially with its tropical Zen theme. Hal booked us the Studio Kitchenette with Partial City View, which had all the comforts of home, including a cutting board, which we actually took advantage of when slicing up star fruit, yum! However, most attractive about this hotel is its location, only a block or two away from all the sights and attractions of Waikiki Beach. Perhaps the only drawback to this property is its tiny underground parking lot. It held approximately 10 cars, and with the Dodge Charger we rented (we were upgraded for free), Hal found it challenging maneuvering the big car around in the tiny garage.
Description is of the room we stayed in, which was the Studio Kitchenette with Partial City View. The room features a balcony with partial view of Waikiki and the surrounding areas.
Studio kitchenette includes:
* Stove, microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, toaster, dinnerware for 2
* Free in-room high-speed internet access
* Free in-room safe (laptop compatible)
* Free local & toll-free calls
* 32" LCD TV
* Air-conditioner (perfect for tropical weather)
Hotel services and amenities include (this isn't a comprehensive list):
* Free continental breakfast (fruit, pastry, beverages) daily, served poolside
* Free WiFi internet access in the lobby and poolside
* Coin-operated laundry, washer ($1.25) and dryer ($1.50)
* Garage parking ($20/daily)
Note: Tip originally written on Oct. 20 for Oct. 2009 visit to Oahu.
- Reviews: 3497
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa: An Excellent Oceanview Hotel in Waikiki
We decided to stay at this hotel for it's close proximity to Waikiki beach and the fact we are Gold members of Marriott as well as the price, which was perfect for our needs.
The hotel is located at the far end of Kalakau Avenue near shops, places to eat and the famous Waikiki Beach.
We arrived a bit late from our flight from the mainland, but our check-in was great. The front desk greeted us by name and checked us in promptly. The room was located on an upper floor I believe the 14th floor with partial view overlooking Waikiki Beach and Kalakau Ave. The bed was a very comfy king bed, with a spacious area that included a large credenza with a flat screen tv, desk with chair and wi fi, and a very spacious bathroom.
The hotel has a nice lobby with good selection of shops and a few restaurants as well. We didn't check out the pool as when we are in Oahu we prefer the beach.
Our stay was excellent with the service, price and location being a major issue, we would definitely stay here again.
We enjoyed the nice comfy king bed with the balcony overlooking Waikiki Beach.
- Reviews: 26
Wakiki Prince Kuhio Hilton: Like Royalty!
We wanted to stay in bed all the time and we weren't even on our honeymoon! The rooms were gorgeous. The bed plush and comfy - the bathroom was stunning. One block from a fantastic beach.
All in all a great hotel!
- Reviews: 2098
Moana Surfrider: Downtown and on the Beach
This stately hotel is the oldest in Waikiki and still very appealing! The Moana Surfrider is located along Kalakaua Avenue, where souvenir stands blend with COACH handbags. It sits along the shore of the Pacific Ocean and is located in the middle of Waikiki's prime shopping area, which is loaded with restaurants.
There's been a great deal of preservation, while tweaking it with modern conveniences. We loved the hotel's courtyard--a relaxing area sheltered by huge trees and directly in line with ocean breezes. A long veranda contains another seating area.
My husband and I enjoyed a glass of white wine by candlelight and listened to the sound of the crashing waves. There are a few shops within the hotel complex and lovely winding halls with intimate seating areas.
- Reviews: 2098
Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort: Part 2--A winning combination
The Hilton Hawaiian Village offered the opportunity to hang ten with surf lessons. Our grandson regrets he didn't attempt lessons, but for $90 you'll receive a 1/2 hour of instruction from an expert and 1 1/2 hours on your board waiting for a decent wave.
I look for a shady spot when we visit a beach, so for $70 we rented one large umbrella, three lounges and one boogie board...in my estimation, worth every penny ( pic #2)!
REMINDER: Our guidebook alerted us to bring water shoes, because there are small rocks strewn about the ocean floor. Believe me, you needed them. I packed shoes for my husband and grandson and forgot my own--ouch!
- Reviews: 2098
Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort: A Perfect Combination!
Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort has everything to make one's visit to paradise memorable--a wide, sandy beach, casual eateries and finer restaurants, excellent shopping, Friday night hula demo and fireworks over the ocean. We spent a good deal of time here because it had everything we wanted!
When traveling with the family, it's the perfect location. Not only could you rent lounges, umbrellas, floats, inner tubes or boogie boards, you could also take surf lessons.
My husband, grandson and I spent all of one day at Kohana-moku beach where gentle waves lapped the shore and a coral reef divided the swimming area from the ocean. You'll find a generous beach with plenty of room to spread out with your lounges, towels and totebags. An added perk: Diamond Head was visible from the beach.
We returned several times to pick up special gifts for family back home. It was such a convenient site in every way. The location puts it steps away from the shopping district on Kalakaua Avenue, should you want to venture out for additional shopping or variety of dining choices.
If we were to travel here again, we would definitely want to stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Location--near the ocean and trendy shopping!
- Reviews: 2098
Hilton Prince Kuhio Hotel: Posh, but not Ocean front
Although a city block from the beach, the Hilton Prince Kuhio serviced us well. The rooms were bright and comfy; the balcony came with a mountain view and our breakfast was included.
The hotel had been recently renovated, so all of the touches had that fresh look to them, with updated decor and sleek bathroom--shower only. Elevators were operated using one's room key, which also gave entry to the breakfast area, fitness rooms and hotel pool.
Shampoos, conditioners, hair dryer, alarm clocks, quilted bathrobes, small fridge, security safe, built in dresser and adequate closet space were amenities we appreciated. I had requested extra pillows, which were generously brought to the room.
The lobby was spacious with many seating areas and concierge desk. A second level travel station was provided from which reservations could be made for various activities.
Hilton's Prince Kuhio was a pleasant home away from home, but if we were to do it over again we would definitely stay at the water's edge.
Outstanding service from hotel staff and valet staff
- Reviews: 361
Waikiki Circle Hotel: Affordable beach view Hotel
This is a nice little hotel with an affordable beach view. The location on Kalakaua Avenue (main tourist and shopping street ) is great. Everything is in walking distance (Restaurants, shops, zoo to name a few) The rooms are a bit on the small side but clean and comfortable. Bear in mind that it is located on the main road therefore it can be a bid noisy with open windows (there is quite a difference between the 3rd floor and the 11th as we recognized as we stayed there twice).
Price was 170 $ with tax for a nite for an ocean view room.
Staff is helpful. Only coffee included for breakfast but lots of possibilities close by. Free newspaper everyday and beach towels. Parking is limited and is 10 $ a nite. Whole Hotel is smoke free. Check in at 3:00 p.m. Check out at 12:00 p.m.
It is almost an art deco kind of hotel with special character. It was founded by a Chinese woman and was in family hands for a long time. Now it is part of the Resortquest group.
- Reviews: 308
Aloha Paradise Inn: Rent a condo
The Aloha Paradise Inn rents apartments by the week. While you don't have daily maid service or a hotel bar, the Inn is quiet and relaxing on the Windward side of the island, located in Kene'ohe. We comfortably fit 5 people into a 3 bedroom apartment for a week, for the fraction of what it would have cost us to get hotel rooms.
The owner of the Inn is friendly and even brought us fresh caught swordfish one day. Located on the lagoon, visitors can borrow kayaks to go exploring. Only a few miles from Kailua beach, there are also coolers and boogie boards to take along with you.
Rooms were clean and very spacious. Our apartment had 2 full bathrooms and a large kitchen with a washer/dryer for our use (cost $1 ). The owners welcome pets and the large layout makes it a great place to bring kids.
The view from the lanai is breathtaking. That alone makes the location wonderful.
- Reviews: 6
You will like the Hale Koa and they have very affordable parking there if you decide to get a rental car. I haven't been to the Hale Koa Luau, but I've heard it is pretty good. If you are going to be here on a Sunday, you really must make reservations for the Sunday morning Hale Koa brunch buffet. You won't need to eat for the rest of the day after pigging-out there! You can easily walk to the rest of Waikiki from there and you could also walk to the Ala Moana Center.
Go through the Hickam AFB outdoor recreation office for super discounted tickets for events and attractions. Or depending what branch of the military you are in you could use their outdoor recreation office. I don't know if the Hale Koa has a discounted ticket counter in the lobby or not.
- Reviews: 3
Turtle Bay Resort Estates: Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu is very nice.
If you are a golfer, it's got a great course to play.
We stayed in the estates NOT in the Resort/Hotel, and there's a little difference
Although the condos are very nice, you can't 'walk' to the beach, you have to drive your car.
But the reef protected area on one side of the Hotel was perfect for swimming
Close to the Bonzai pipeline to wach the surfers!
Not many places to eat unless you travel a few miles
- Reviews: 15
ResortQuest Waikiki Beach: Fantastic Beach Accommodations
Right from our arrival, I was in love with our hotel. We were there for our 2-year-late honeymoon and they were more than willing to give us an ocean front room, but there were only ones left on the 5th and 6th floor. Those floors had a blocked view from trees. So, they insisted that the ocean view room we had was much better. They were right, we loved our view. We were on the 23rd floor and could look down to the pool, the street and a fantastic view of the ocean and Waikiki Beach! They gave us champagne and glasses for our honeymoon. They give everyone mesh coolers that they encourage you to fill up with their complimentary breakfast in the morning. Hot and cold foods, excellent selection! It's actually called BOB (Breakfast on the Beach). They want you to be able to take your breakfast with you, whether that's out on the beach or back to your room. The pool was nice with seating all around. There was a bar/restaurant with outdoor and indoor seating right near the pool. You can also borrow beach towels from down by the pool. We exchanged ours every day and took them with us to the beach or when we went driving around the island. They had nice music every night. We barely had to venture from the hotel... although we did and you must! The room had nice comfortable beds, internet connection, nice bathrooms with hair dryers, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, safe in the room, refrigerator, flat panel TV, nice balcony with chairs and a table and chairs in the room.
Seriously, I have no complaints at all! I don't know what I would complain about if I had to find something.
Breakfast on the Beach with cooler, fantastic views, friendly people
- Reviews: 470
The Wyland Waikiki: The Hotel inspired by the artist Wyland
This "gem" of a hotel was inspired by the marine artist, Robert Wyland. When the shuttle left us at the entrance to the hotel, we walked up through a varied lot of sculpture which had us "ooing and aahing" at the start. As the double doors slid open we walked into the reception hall which was cool and sleek. Wyland's art is worked into many aspects of the decor, including a large flat screen monitor which shows beautiful underwater scenery. This fresh and trendy hotel has gone through a recent renovation although the "Spada Bar and Restaurant" along with the "Spa Pure" spa and fitness club are still under construction.
The hotel is located at the corner of Royal Hawaiian Blvd and Kuhio, is in a perfect spot for those who do not require a car. Most of the areas attractions are well within walking distance and in a relatively safe region of the city. With both of us being female we felt quite safe walking back to the hotel around 11:30pm but we did have our eyes and ears open to our surroundings. One thing our hotel was very conscientious about was safety. We had to have a worker come up to our room to fix our safe when he arrived he was accompanied by a security guard. We thought this was a good policy for both us and the hotel. They had a guard in the lobby of the hotel 24/7.
The hotel is just across the street from the "DSF" building and this was especially nice since I had booked our "trolley tickets" (see my transportation tips) and the depot was conveniently located to our hotel.
The best thing I can say about the Wyland is the staff. Not only were they friendly but they went out of their way to go the extra mile for the hotel guest. Everyone from the front desk, to housekeeping to the workers in the Kimo Bean coffee bar were accommodating, friendly and very professional. Extra kudos to these hard working people.
The rooms are beautiful, however I think the hotel needs to have some other bedding choices for their "higher" level rooms. We booked a "Kitchenette City view" room because it had twin beds. We had an automatic upgrade to the next level of rooms but this was a one bedroom suite which was lovely but it only had a King size bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room, the sofa bed was comfortable but it did not compare to a real bed so this was a bit of a detraction.
The room had a microwave, refrigerator, 4 cup coffee pot and an extra sink. We had a complimentary cup of coffee and a pastry at the Kimo Coffee bar downstairs and we choose to use it for our afternoon "coffee and tea time."
The pool area was beautiful with pool and spa, they even offer poolside massages which was excellent. 3 computers and free "Wi-fi" for personal use was located in the lobby of the hotel with complimentary printing of items such as boarding passes.
We definitely would choose this hotel again. A great value for the money.
- Reviews: 1821
Pacific Beach Hotel: 180 degree view of the Diamond Head and Waikiki
Our hotel's 180 degree view of the Diamond Head and the Waikiki Beach is absolutely spectacular. I wake up early in the morning to look outside the lanai of our hotel room and appreciate how beautiful the island is - the Diamond Head standing majestically still and surrounded by the Waikiki blue warm water!
The hotel service and staff are excellent. The hotel has a restaurant on the first floor that offers breakfast buffet before 10 am. It is called the Oceanaria. It has been voted many times as the best restaurant in Oahu! It has a huge aquarium that has three huge sting rays (manta rays?) and different tropical fishes including a huge blow fish. While we are enjoying our food, we also enjoy watching the fishes in the aquarium!
I was told again and again that I have to haul my family over there before 10 in the morning so we can really enjoy the wonderful array of breakfast food! My daughter Shelby always have continental breakfast - which is $10 cheaper than the hot breakfast. So, make sure that when you go eat over here, tell the wait staff what you like: Continental breakfast or hot breakfast. The hot breakfast includes everything on the tables! There is miso soup, Hawaiian-style fried rice, french toast, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, cereals, fresh fruit juice (pineapple, guava juice, orange juice). The choices of freshly-cut Hawaiian fruits are excellent. The papayas are ripe and delicious! There are watermelon, canteloupe, Dole pineapple, mandarin oranges, etc. There are also many choices of cereals and bread- wheat bread, English muffins, bagels and french toast! The continental breakfast is just for the cold breakfast - cereals and fruits! The servers are wonderful. They served us coffee (we are coffee drinkers like Seattlelites!) many times!
I highly recommend the hotel and the restaurant. By the way, we stayed at Room #3466!
The view at the hotel is magnificent-Diamond Head on the south and the Waikiki Beach on the east. I watched the sun rise every morning and just watch the lights of the hotels and the ships at night.
There is a spa at the hotel and a swimming pool. The swimming pool is very small. Why would I check this anyway when there are many beaches around the island? Of course, that's me. But, believe me, there are tourists who still prefer swimming in the pool!
The hotel's restaurant Oceanaria holds about 30000 gallons of water - it's about three story high of aquarium! There are giant sting rays in it magnificently and gracefully swimming! We missed the feeding time - usually, there are two divers who goes inside the aquirium and feed the fish!
The wait staff at the restaurant is excellent. They are service-oriented people! They are always outstanding in their service.
The hotel has a parking at the back and it is great for us.
- Reviews: 312
Waikiki Sand Villa: Adequate lodging
The hotel was all we could hope for at a decent budget travel price! It was not overly nice but it had all the amentities we needed. Everything was in walking distance.
We had quite a fine stay..
Keep in mind because parking is limited in the city, parking is $15 a night.
Lounge was open until 4am!
During happy hour, mixed drinks were only $3.oo(normal size glasses; not water down)
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