Hubby and I requested a room on a high level and got one on level 13 which was great. You can see a bit of the ocean and. The room we had (1327) had a huge deck whereas most of the other rooms only have a small balcony. The room is really small but clean. Couple of stains on the carpet. Nice bathroom but no fan in it so we just kept the door open during baths and showers. Staff was very helpful and friendly! Great location, minutes away from Waikiki beach, Starbucks, the shopping strip etc. A cab ride from the airport to the hotel is about $45. The food at the restaurant "Cha Cha Cha" downstairs is really good.
There is an enterprise rent a car up the street. If you want a Mustang, you better try to reserve one before you get here because they always sell out fast! We had to wait for ours for 2 days. In the meantime, we rented a Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep and the Mustang both go for $150 a day at enterprise. I definitely recommend renting a car to get to the really nice beaches. Waikiki is not bad but it's not my favorite.
The hotel charges $24 a day for valet parking. A way better option is to park in the underground parking lot of the Marine Surf Waikiki which is right beside Shoreline for $5 a day. Get in there after 5pm and buy a ticket ($5 bill only, no change at machine) which will say it's good until 2am. It is actually good until about 11am. It just needs to be purchased at or after 5pm and not earlier. Very important, park in a stall that says ``Pay parking``, you will get towed from the other ones. We parked there for a week and it worked out great and saved us a lot of money. If you ever forget to buy your ticket, you will get a warning in form of a green sticker first before they tow you the next time.
Definitely go to Kailua/Lanikai beach! My favorite beach! Get a map or google where it is. 35 min drive from the hotel. We just used our IPhone map to get around everywhere. You will first hit Kailua beach which is beautiful and if you keep driving for a minute or two, you will get to Lanikai. Both beaches are super nice! Grab lunch or dinner at Buzz's Original Steakhouse right by Kaliua beach, great food!
Hanauma Bay is awesome for snorkeling! You can rent fins, masks and snorkels there, $12 for the set for a day. Admission to Hanauma Bay is $7.50 a person. If the parking lot is full, park down the street by the gas station and take a cab up.
The North Shore is beautiful too, we went cage diving with sharks with North Shore Shark Adventures which was amazing!!
Definitely enjoyed our stay at this hotel and would come back for sure.
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October 21, 2013
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Thank you for taking the time to rate us on TripAdvisor! I enjoyed reading your comments. You had some excellent recommendations. The views from the higher floors certainly are amazing. I have just a couple more points I would like to add regarding car rental & parking. Some travelers find it more affordable to rent a car at the airport rather than the city locations. However, if you only require the rental car for the day, it is certainly more convenient to rent at one of the many locations in Waikiki. The Shoreline does have very limited valet parking available for $26. Due to the limited space, we have an arrangement with the garage across the street to accommodate our guests overnight for $24. It sounds like you found an even more economical option - kudos to you!
I must say out of all the beaches on Ohau, I too am a big fan of Lanikai! This is absolutely a must see if you plan to get out and explore the windward side of the island. You really did touch on many of the great experiences outside of Waikiki. Some other suggestions would be to check out the Pearl Harbor Memorial and USS Arizona. Also, if you are looking for more of an adventure, I would recommend one of the many hiking trails. One of my personal favorites is Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.
Come back again soon! There's so much more to see!
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