The Aloha Tower was built in 1926 to welcome steamships carrying passengers to the Hawaiian Islands. Before the age of air travel, this was the only way to visit Hawaii and for the most part the domain of the rich and famous. Today the Aloha Tower Marketplace welcomes cruise ships that make their way from island to island, or that stop by on their way across the Pacific. Most hotel choices are in Waikiki, but there are a few that are a bit closer to the cruise ship port.
Executive Centre Hotel – An Aston Property
Gaze out of your floor to ceiling picture windows at the Honolulu lights, the expanse of the Pacific Ocean or the sculptured Waianae mountains. Offering Business Suites and One-Bedroom Executive Suites, the Executive Centre Hotel is the only all suite hotel in Honolulu’s downtown core and only four blocks from the Aloha Tower. All suites offer in-room jetted tubs and the one-bedrooms include kitchenettes and an in-suite washer/dryer. Enjoy continental breakfast, included in the room rate, in the executive lounge, located on the 40th floor. Have a meal in nearby Chinatown, at any of the Aloha Marketplace restaurants, or take advantage of the grocery delivery service and dine in.
Pagoda Hotel & Restaurant
Heading towards Waikiki, just over two miles from the Aloha Tower, you will find a tranquil surprise in the middle of Honolulu’s cityscape. The Pagoda Hotel sits in the middle of a meticulously landscaped Japanese Garden. Mottled orange, white and black koi fish add color to a waterfall kissed pond. Pathways lead past bonsai trees and tropical flowers, over gently arching red bridges and to the Pagoda Floating Restaurant. Enjoy Asian cuisine or a relaxing cup of tea surrounded by a saltwater pond and more island greenery. The rooms are pure Hawaiian, with brightly flowered bedspreads and rattan and bamboo furnishings. Studios, one and two-bedroom units include kitchenettes. The Ala Moana Center shopping mall is four blocks away.
Ala Moana Hotel- An Outrigger Property
Sitting on the edge of the Ala Moana shopping mall and not quite within the borders of Waikiki, the Ala Moana Hotel is less than three miles from the Aloha Tower. Offering an assortment of hotel rooms and suites in two towers, this is the choice for people who want to be within walking distance of Waikiki but be in quieter surroundings. Ala Moana Beach Park is less than two blocks away, as is the Hawaii Convention Center. Make this your pre- or post-cruise overnight hotel and shop until you drop at the mall, take a dip in the third-story swimming pool or wander into Waikiki for some serious partying.
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Floor to ceiling glass walls face the Pacific in the two sleek lined towers of the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki. Every hotel room and suite has an oceanfront view and the higher up your room in the 28 story towers, the more impressive that view is. Located at the gateway to Waikiki and less than three miles from the Aloha Tower, this sophisticated property offers 521 rooms and 57 suites, all luxuriously appointed. Go for a swim or work on your tan at the fifth floor oceanfront pool. Have a quick meal at the casual Marina Front Café or sample sushi at Hakone. Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki offers a free shuttle service into Waikiki, the Hawaii Prince Golf Club and to Ala Moana Beach Park.
- Aloha Tower Marketplace: The Heart of Honolulu: The History of Aloha Tower
- Resort Quest Hawaii/Aston Hotels & Resorts: Resort Quest at the Executive Centre Hotel
- Pagoda Hotel & Restaurant: Aloha & Welcome
- Outrigger Hotels/Resorts: Ala Moana Hotel: Celebrating 40 Years of Aloha
- Prince Resorts Hawaii: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
- Aloha Tower Marketplace: The Heart of Honolulu
- The Island of Oahu: The Heart of Hawaii
- Resort Quest at the Executive Centre: Rates and Reservations
- Pagoda Hotel & Restaurant: Contact Information
- Outrigger Hotels/Resorts: Ala Moana Hotel: Contact Us
- Prince Resorts Hawaii: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki: Fact and Contact Sheet
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