I'm fortunate enough to spend a fairly good deal of time traveling for business and staying in hotels over much of the world - huge five stars in Asia, little 3 room B&Bs in the UK, small boutiques in Germany and I've come to a couple conclusions - what we Americans seem to create in our hotels is not an appealing space for real people to comfortably live while away from home but rather soulless lodging factories more suited for drones. The Hotel Renew is NOT that. This hotel is different - its a small-mid-size hotel that feels cool and modern but still an inviting place to come back to after a day of doing what you do. In one of the world's more touristy locations, that's really refreshing.
The hotel's layout and design don't follow the standard cookie cutter formulaic approach that the American chains take. The rooms, the lobby, the lounge/bfast room all have a modern and unique feel and the staff are friendly and helpful and pleasantly devoid of the parroty platitudes you get from the lodging factories. My room was kept in great shape by Tina and the valets did a great job handling my parking needs.
There is a decent little continental breakfast in the lounge included in the price to get the day started. In the evening, it becomes a cool little bar that's decently stocked and with great value cocktails. Behind the bar was Kasi, one of the best tenders around - great drinks, attentive, friendly, and cool conversation. Kasi is one of the touches that makes Renew unique and a cool place to stay.
To be clear, this is not a beach resort so if you're looking to have all of your entertainment, food, shopping, etc provided by the same people that provide your room, this may not be your place. But you dont need that on Oaho. Stay at Renew and with the extra few hundred per night saved over a resort, take a helicopter tour, rent a car and drive up to the north shore, watch or do some surfing, get some hot'n'spicy shrimp from Giovanni's truck and a shave ice from Matsumotos or Aokis, climb Diamond head, hike some incredible trails...then come back and hit Waikiki beach and Renew will provide you with some of the basic beach goodies like chairs, matts, and such and they are located a really short walk to the beach.
The beds are comfortable, the pillows perfect, toiletries nice, lighting cool, TV good. And the wifi is complimentary and fast. The only shortcoming worth mentioning (maybe) is the view from the city side rooms which is less than appealing. This is nowhere near a deal breaker for me but I know some people who weight a view very heavily - you'd probably want to pay the extra for a room on the beach side if that sounds like you.
All that said, what it boils down to is that I will stay at Renew again the next time I'm on Oahu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the center of it all, yet a world away from ordinary, Hotel Renew is an oasis of calm for savvy travelers seeking a more intimate Waikiki experience. This designer boutique hotel is a one-of-a-kind property offering sophisticated serenity throughout its 72 freshly designed rooms. Situated at the center of Waikiki's vibrant shopping and dining area, the hotel is a retreat that promotes wellness and rejuvenation with natural elements reflecting the beauty of Hawaii. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renew Hotel Honolulu
- Ocean Tower Hotel
- Hotel Renew Hawaii/Honolulu