2885 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
A hotel separated from the ocean by other buildings. Most of the rooms have good Diamond Head views. Ocean views (if you have one) are not as striking. The ambiance is minimalist Asian. The rooms are large and comfortable, most with shower-only bathrooms. They serve free coffee in the mornings in the lobby (there’s also an Illy coffee maker in your room), and wine is served in the late afternoons. If you book direct, a continental breakfast is included.
The rack rates feel really high to us for a resort that’s not on the beach, has no pool and is far from the heart of Waikiki. Luckily there is a free shuttle that runs every 30 minutes or so and stops at points around Waikiki and as far as Ala Moana Shopping Center. There is no fitness room, but they do have daily yoga classes and bikes for guest use. Try for a fifth floor or higher room, if possible. The third floor rooms are level with the garage roof—not a very attractive view. Connecting rooms available. Rooms (approx. 380 sq. ft.) are $450–$580, penthouse suite (1,701 sq. ft. and is a walk-up from 12th floor) is $2,500. Hope you did much better.