Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Places to Stay

Here's a list of hotels that are in or near Waikiki.  We are thinking about reserving rooms at the Ala Moana Hotel and getting a more affordable rate.  If you want to throw affordable out the window here are some hotels:

Kahala Hotel and Resort $$$$, right next to the Waialae Country Club.  Very nice and in a semi-secluded place, plus you can swim with the dolphins.
Turtle Bay Resort $$$$, located on the northern tip of the island.  Secluded and very nice.
Ko Olina/Ihilani Resort $$$$, isolated on the west end of the island.  Very far from Waikiki, about 45 minutes in traffic, but good if you want to stay at hotel and enjoy the resort, spa, pool, beach, and golf.  Has several restaurants featuring different cuisines.
Halekulani Hotel $$$$, in heart of Waikiki right on the beach, very busy, not private resort and lots of people, best sunday brunch, known for good service.
Moana Surfrider Beautiful hotel, historic building, on beach, very busy with many people in the heart of Waikiki.
The Royal Hawaiian Famous pink hotel in the heart of Waikiki, right by the beach and very busy with many people.

If you suffering from sticker shock, here's something more affordable:
Ala Moana Hotel $$, away from the beach and located next the Ala Moana Shopping Center, very urban.
Queen Kapiolani $$, good deals on hotel rooms, at the edge of Waikiki, by Kapiolani Park and Honolulu Zoo.
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki $$, service ok, away from the beach, noisy, but in heart of Waikiki.
Ohana Waikiki West $$, just checked Expedia and they have a great low price!!
Hale Koa $$, need to be on active duty, retired military, or have a military sponsor, and private beach.

If you are interested in staying longer or not staying in a hotel, check out Home Away for several vacation home rentals.  Costco is on the island if you want to stock up your rental with supplies!

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