The hotel got new management at the end of 2020 and poured money into the place to give it a new beachier boho look. This hotel consists of two buildings: an oceanfront high rise and their Park wing (3-story walk-up). Their oceanfront category rooms are extremely intimate with the beach—they look straight down onto the sand—and since the tallest room is nine stories up, you’ll never feel completely detached.
Rooms in the high rise are clean and modern vibe. The bathrooms have hand-held showerheads, which come in handy to clean your sandy feet because it’s on lovely Sans Souci Beach. The beach is the reason for the Real Gem rating. Though still expensive, you won’t get rooms like that for this price in more centrally located Waikiki resorts. And there’s the reason for the lower prices—it’s a fairly long walk to the heart of Waikiki, and many will opt to drive and pay to park. But you’re also away from the buzz of Waikiki. This is a smaller, quieter resort than others you’ll find on the beach. Rooms ending in -17 have wrap-around lanais and grand views of the entire Waikiki coastline. We’re told those book out for 4th of July and New Year’s fireworks shows. They have some (higher category) rooms with nice touches like turn-down service. The Park wing is less desirable (and has older room furnishings), but they do have kitchenettes. Many of the excellent staff have been around for years. Their Hau Tree Lanai restaurant is a great (though pricey) place to have your breakfast on the beach.
Rooms are 202–440 sq. ft., Park wing rooms are 330–550 sq. ft., suites are 420–1,043 sq. ft.