235 Saratoga Rd, Waikiki
This tiny, family-run resort was showing its age on our recent visit, and without a locking gate to access one-bedroom units on the second floor, you may want to avoid those as there may be some security concerns on this property. (First floor one-bedrooms and third floor studios have a security gate.) The furnishings are old—perhaps the originals in many cases—but with newer slipcovers. You get the feeling it hasn’t changed much since it was built—they even have stove-top coffee percolators in rooms. But, hey, you ain’t paying for the Halekulani.
The trolley to get around Waikiki stops right out front. It’s hard to find lodging much cheaper this close to the beach, but rooms are priced about what they are worth. The one bedrooms have A/C only in the bedrooms. Wi-Fi is only available on the second floor sun deck, but it’s free. Only the studios have private lanais. The front office will store your valuables in their safe and print boarding passes for you. If you want less street noise, ask for a unit at the back of the building, but trucks delivering to the Trump Towers can be noisy in the mornings. Parking is at Fort DeRussy Park across the street, and prices vary depending on your length of stay.
Studios with kitchenettes and two twin beds (approx. 220 sq. ft.) are $105, 1/1s (approx. 420 sq. ft.) are $115–$180 (depending on the number of people in your party up to five). 2-night minimum.