Monday, March 21, 2011

Ilikai Hotel + Waikiki = Sweet Aloha!

With immaculate and spacious rooms, legions of friendly staff, and a location right at one end of Waikiki Beach, the Ilikai Hotel and Suites is at the top of the list for families and honeymooners looking for a getaway on Oahu. The view above is of Ala Moana Park and downtown Honolulu; other rooms face Diamond Head and Waikiki.

The esplanade behind the hotel leads from Ala Wai Harbor to Duke's Lagoon at the Hilton—a two-minute walk to begin the hubub and glitz of Waikiki Beach and the designer shopping along Kalakaua Avenue. Buses and trolleys stop right in front of the hotel. Downtown Honolulu—with all its museums and Chinatown—is a quick drive or trolley ride the other way from the Ilikai. In short, you are right in the action, without being in the hassle.

Valet parking makes it easy, coming and going, and the hotel's location on Ala Moana avoids having to run the maze of streets in central Waikiki. A reasonably priced bar & grill (with happy hour) is on site, overlooking the water. For fancier faire, try Sarento's Restaurant—a glass fishbowl that sits atop the 26-story, three-winged tower. All rooms come with microwaves, coffee makers, and a small regriferator. The people a the Ilikai have thought of everything—and they got it right.