Waikiki Beach, an international beach city destination, attracts visitors from around the globe. Whether you want to enjoy a signature cocktail at the Mai Tai Bar at the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel or hear elephants trumpet from your room at the Queen Kapiolani, Waikiki Beach is central to world-class beaches, scenery, shopping and people-watching.
The Queen Kapiolani Hotel
The Queen Kapiolani Hotel is considered an old-time kama'aina (Hawaiian for "long-time resident") property and is favored by locals who live on the Neighbor Islands. Large and well-located, the establishment faces Kapiolani Park on the east, with Diamond Head in the distance, and is adjacent to the Honolulu Zoo. Guests in the east-facing rooms might hear the sounds of elephants trumpeting as the sun sets over Waikiki. Some of the rooms, especially the corner suites on the 11th floor, offer outstanding, unblockable views of majestic Diamond Head.
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Easy to recognize by its iconic pink color and beachfront location, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, built in 1927, has a rich history and has been used for movie and TV sets for generations. One of the "grande dame" hotels on Waikiki Beach, the property's suites feature elegant, dark woods offset by pure white cotton bedding, and custom accent pillows. Private lanais offer sweeping views of the Pacific while allowing in tropical trades. Have a signature mai tai at the oceanfront Mai Tai Bar, a longstanding Waikiki visitor's tradition, then follow with a selection of Pacific Rim choices at the Azure Restaurant.
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
All oceanfront rooms at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki offer a convenient location near Ala Moana Beach Park and the internationally known Ala Moana Shopping Center, Aloha Tower Marketplace and Iolani Palace. All rooms have enormous picture windows that give visitors premier vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the glittering lights of the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. Free wireless Internet and bathrobes with slippers round out the amenities.
Another "grande dame" hotel, known for its beachfront location and iconic swimming pool, the Halekulani rests on one of the most beautiful sections of Waikiki Beach. Hosting visitors in one way or another for more than a century, Halekulani (which means "house befitting heaven" in Hawaiian) began life as a small cluster of five bungalows on the beach. Today, the expanded and refurbished hotel retains the graciousness of all of its years welcoming visitors to the islands with Aloha spirit. With views that embrace the best sights in Waikiki such as Diamond Head, the rooms feature glassed-in showers, marble vanities and twice-daily housekeeping service.
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