(800) 688-7444 or (808) 923-0711
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki
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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 new 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.

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 330 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 (330–421 sq. ft.) are $509–$849. Suites (555–685 sq. ft.) are $1,159–$1,439. Lots of packages reduce these prices.