This is a decent and reasonable lodging option in Waikiki for those who wish to be close to the beach but, are on a budget and/or seeking a convenient base to operate from while sightseeing around Oahu. I have stayed at this hotel twice (1993 & 2011) - each time for a week. The hotel is located on Kalakaua Avenue directly across the street from Kuhio Beach – it is a 30-second walk from the lobby to the beach. Kuhio Beach is the eastern portion of the Waikiki shoreline close to Kapiolani Park and proffers protected swimming areas because of the breakwater. Though not the newest structure, it is a modern hotel with several rooms having excellent views over the waters of Waikiki and Mamala Bay. The hotel itself is a modest edifice comprising 14 stories but, at the same time, it has a rather distinctive appearance because of its round shape. The guest rooms are adequate in size, sensibly furnished and decorated in a tropical theme but, the bathrooms are small. The rooms are clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. The hotel recently completed a major renovation of all rooms. There are eight rooms per floor and all are virtually identical in layout and furnishings including the balconies. However, there is one BIG variation amongst the rooms – the outside view/scenery aspect. As I suggested earlier, this aspect is also one the hotels greatest attributes because the views from some rooms are among the best to be found in Waikiki – bar none. Of course, the room rates are governed by this fact. If a view is important to you, then I highly recommend that you select the “Ocean Front” category and, specifically, any of the room numbers ending with either –04 or –05. The higher the floor, the better, with the two best rooms being 1404 & 1405! Sitting on the balcony, sipping a beverage and watching the sunset is a gratifying experience. If a view is not important then choose the “city” or “partial ocean” view categories but be forewarned that your view will be that of an adjacent building/hotel. Speaking of prices, I suggest you visit the hotel’s own website and check out the various specials and deals before booking reservations through any other source. The room rates and various promotional packages they offer are worth the money and some give you a great bang for your buck! The guest amenities proffered by the hotel are rather basic and few. The hotel provides beach towels, boogie boards, daily newspapers, internet service (for fee) and parking ($15.00/day). However, parking space is limited and be forewarned that they may not have parking stalls for all guests on site if too many bring cars (though they offer an off-site lot as an alternative). The best thing to do may be to not use your car more than necessary once you've arrived and leave it parked (until you depart). There is also a tourist excursion/activities desk in the lobby. Though the hotel itself does not offer many amenities, there are plenty of options and opportunities for dining, shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities nearby. Adjacent to the hotel are a McDonalds restaurant, Haagen Daaz ice cream store, creperie and ABC souvenir store/mini-mart (incl. liquor section). Moreover, a short walk in almost any direction will elicit a multitude of options too numerous to mention here. The famous Duke’s Canoe Club restaurant and the International Market Place are each about a 7 – 10 minute walk from the hotel. After all this positive commentary I must observe that there are a couple of negative items to mention but they are minor and may be inconsequential for some. One issue is the noise emanating from outside which can be heard within some rooms - particularly if there is a lot of traffic, loud passersby and/or noisy crowds outside (which is often noticeable in the evening). This may prove problematic for sleeping. Requesting either a high floor or a room away from the street may remedy this concern. Secondly, the low-level, ambient hum from the air conditioner may be bothersome for some. For light sleepers and people from other time zones, these various noises can make sleeping difficult and the room environment less relaxing. Thirdly, if you prefer or are used to a firm mattress, then the beds in this hotel may prove disappointing because I feel they are soft and lack support. In fact the bed may be uncomfortable for two people sleeping together in the same bed because their combined weight creates a depression/valley in the mattress. Finally, I wish the hotel offered a few rooms furnished with just one queen or king bed per room instead of two double beds so that couples could experience a more romantic setting during their stay. Doing so would also make those rooms appear to be more spacious. Getting to/from the airport is fairly easy. If ground transportation has not been pre-arranged, and you are not renting a car, then I recommend one of the several shuttle or van services that exist and charge between $7.50 - $11.00 each way (with better pricing if you commit to the roundtrip). If you have little or no luggage, then the public bus is an option and it costs only $2.50. Use Bus Route Nos. 19 or 20 headed east with Waikiki as the final destination. The buses stop outside both the international and inter-island terminals on the departure level service road. You can go online to pre-book ground transportation or simply do it upon arrival. Some of the shuttle companies have representatives in the baggage claim areas promoting their services. I recommend this hotel because of its location, simplicity and great views. It is not upscale and lacks the accoutrements, pretentiousness and sophistification of such establishments. But, for what it offers - which is relative comfort, cleanliness, convenience and value - this is a great hotel!
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