Sunday, December 9, 2012

Waikiki: Hotel rooms with a view

While not exactly your little grass shack (which you could still find on Waikiki a century ago) many glittering high-rise hotels offer peace and quiet just flip-flop footsteps away from the beach. Vacations at Waikiki save money, since the cheapest flights go directly to Honolulu, and you really don't need a rental car. There's much within walking distance, and trolleys and buses serve Oahu's major tourist attractions. See No Worries Hawaii and Oahu Trailblazer for other choices, including those for the budget minded. Our recommendations for your stay near Waikiki and Honolulu, Hawaii:

Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki from $189 100 Holomoana Street, Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808) 956-1111 away from noisy crowds, good value, ask for upper floors

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa from $199 extends true Aloha spirit 2552 Kalakaua Avenue, Oahu Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808) 922-6611 Ask for a room on the 30th floor with view of Diamond Head

The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach from $299 front and center on Waikiki Beach 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808) 923-0711 The Outrigger's flagship hotel. Walking distance to everything. Get a room on the 11th floor.

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel from $193 2570 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 922-2511
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Ilikai Hotel & Suites from $199 1777 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu Oahu, HI 96815 Phone: (808) 949-3811 situated next-door to the Hilton Hawaiian Village with much better rates. very clean, great staff.

The Royal Hawaiian from $365 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815 Phone: (808) 923-7311 The "pink palace of the Pacific", luxurious, historic, totally grand