This hotel’s location on the beach is fantastic, though the building design means that only a small percentage of rooms are right over the beach. They’re near the center of action in Waikiki, and their restaurants—especially Duke’s Canoe Club—are winners. The last renovation included soundproofing to the walls between rooms. (Wish other resorts would think of this.) In previous editions this resort was a Real Gem, and it’s unprecedented that we like a place less after a renovation, but there’s always a first time. The color scheme feels dated and dark. And other aspects seem out of place in modern Waikiki. We’re afraid they missed the mark this time. The V47 Club rooms are similar in décor and since they are newer, we thought they might go for a more updated look, but you do get continental breakfast or evening cocktails with pupus with your room rate.
On the up side, services are nice here—such as a sit-down check-in—and the staff is very good. The deluxe oceanfront categories have separate showers and double Jacuzzi bathtubs, but square footage is slightly smaller at 307 sq. ft. Connecting rooms are available. Some of the “ocean view” rooms get pretty marginal the farther back you go on the Diamond Head side. But overall, this is a resort with a good attitude and a great location. There are lots of beach activities and Hawaiian cultural programs available. They even do complimentary wedding vow renewals twice a week.
Rooms are 307–421 sq. ft. V47 Club rooms are 360–555 sq. ft., club suites are 555–803 sq. ft. Lots of packages available.