If you are here on business and don't care about the beach, this might work for you. If you are a family, don't consider it. The closest beach is Ala Moana Beach Park and it's not family-friendly. If you feel like giving your kid a crash course in why people are homeless, or why some people yell at their kids incessantly threatening to smack them, that's your beach. The adjacent bus stop that takes you to Waikiki is usually taken up by homeless people sleeping on the benches. There are strip clubs right behind the hotel. I understand Honolulu has a homeless problem and I totally empathize as I don't know the right solution, but it's not where I want to take my family on vacation. If you just want to come and shop at the adjacent Ala Moana mall, the location is perfect.
Regarding the hotel, it's a cattle car. They try to cram as many people in as possible. They don't have enough elevators nor do they have enough parking. People park illegally all over the parking garage as there aren't enough spaces because the hotel crams guests in like a cattle car. The hotel hosted a ton of military for RIMPAC and there was no additional security. It felt very vulnerable. Housekeeping was mostly fine but didn't replace sugar or Sweet & Low for coffee for 3 days. Only 1 pack of coffee for 2 adult guests per day. Laundry facilities are ancient and they don't have nearly enough considering how many long term guests they have. Rooms are comfortable and have fridge and microwave, but sheets are not always clean. One pair seemed to have a mud stain that never came out in wash. There are other options. Check Hotwire and Priceline and you'll get a better hotel at the same rate.
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- Also Known As:
- Ala Moana Hotel By Mantra Hawaii/Honolulu
- Hotel Ala Moana
- Ala Moana Honolulu