The jewel of the crown of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach hosts millions of visitors every year, stretching along the gold coast between the working harbor area and Diamond Head. Whether you want to enjoy unblocked views of the iconic crater, shop the posh streets mixing a variation of surf shops with tony designers, take in some surf lessons or lounge on the beach, Waikiki will not disappoint even the most seasoned traveler.
The Queen Kapiolani Hotel
The Queen Kapiolani Hotel is an older, stately hotel that offers kitchenettes in some studio suites. Cook dinner in after a day at the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium or day at Waikiki Beach. Located near the corner of oceanfront Kalakaua Avenue and Kapahulu Avenues, the hotel offers old-fashioned hospitality, a third floor pool deck, cafe and some sweeping unblockable views over Kapiolani Park to Diamond Head from the higher, east-facing rooms.
Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki
At the Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki, near Kapiolani Park, Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu Zoo, you can get a studio with a kitchenette to make cooking meals in your room more convenient. All studios are come complete with a two-burner hot plate, coffee maker, microwave, toaster, small fridge, pots/pans, dishware and utensils. Private lanais and two swimming pools and a sun deck round out the list of amenities.
Aqua Waikiki Pearl
Two blocks from Waikiki Beach, the Aqua Waikiki Pearl offers one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens. Sporting a boutique-style, upscale ambiance, the recently remodeled hotel broadcasts free wi-fi in its hip lobby while accommodating pets if you are a Hawaii resident perhaps visiting from another island. The swimming pool area, framed by lush landscaping and tropical gardens, creates a peaceful retreat in the heart of a busy city.
Outrigger Luana Waikiki
The Luana offers a relaxing setting in a prime Waikiki location. Near the park-like grounds of Fort DeRussy (which abuts the beach at Waikiki), the hotel invokes the feeling of old Hawaii with its intimate vibe and gracious, local-style hospitality. Completely remodeled in 2004, the Luana features a pool, sundeck, barbeque area and free wi-fi throughout. The City/Park View studio suite comes complete with kitchenette, including a two-burner stovetop, toaster, cookware and tableware, convection/microwave oven and executive-sized fridge.
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