450 Lewers St, Waikiki
The new lobby and motto is warm, comfy and fun. It sports long tables for guests to enjoy their free full breakfast with other guests. That morning meal is quite popular with hot items, muffins, pastries and fresh fruit, as well as traditional items like corn flakes and Fruit Loops (why is it always Fruit Loops?). There is a cozy living room area with games like Sorry, Kerplunk and Candyland that bring back memories before cell phones and Playstations. You won’t get much of a tan by the tiny pool that’s shaded most of the time by neighboring buildings, but the patio is large and breezy with a BBQ and many tables.
The rooms are small, but they make good use of the space. Only the city view rooms do not have a fridge (a necessity, in our opinion) or microwave. Note also that most rooms have showers only, so if you want a tub, you’ll have to opt for a suite.
It’s a long walk to the beach from here. Best views are of the Ala Wai Canal. If you book direct through the hotel’s website, they will wave the resort fee. The staff here is very accommodating and professional. That, combined with the below pricing, make this an easy Solid Gold Value.
Rooms (250–350 sq. ft.) are $119–$189, suites (600 sq. ft.) are $179–$299. Penthouse (1,100 sq. ft. and a 2-night minimum) is $560–$760.