On the Ground on O’ahu!

Need to get out of the snow? How about heading over to Waikiki? Get inspired with these insider tips from WIT Agent Nancy, who visited the island most recently in September 2013. Call her for more info at 503-224-0180!

During a visit to O’ahu in September with my daughter, we experienced 4 different hotels during the week’s stay. Yep, that’s what a dedicated travel agent does on vacation! Each was in a different part of Waikiki, which allowed us to learn the nuances of each ‘hood: traffic noise, entertainment and food within walking distance, how long is the walk to the beach, and more.

coconut

The fun began at the Coconut Waikiki. This charming hotel packs in a lot of value for how small it is (81 rooms). Recently updated, it is a blend of colorful contemporary Waikiki style and art deco-inspired design. This budget hotel (under $200 per night) is perfect for couples, friends and families with 1-2 small children. What to expect: valet parking, some traffic noise (Ala Wai & Lewers both busy streets), 15 minute stroll to Waikiki Beach, affordable dining choices within a few minutes’ walk. Wind up: fantastic value, welcoming and helpful staff, wonderful beds, nice location to a variety of Waikiki.

prince

Next, we moved to the Hawaii Prince Hotel, on the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor at the entrance to Waikiki. All rooms are oceanfront with floor-to-ceiling windows that feature views of the ocean and yacht harbor. Rooms and bathrooms are huge and very quiet. Perfect for those wanting to avoid the core density of Waikiki but still have it in easy reach.

aston waikiki

Switching to the opposite end of Waikiki, the Aston Waikiki Sunset was our third stop. This is a condo property (one of the few in Waikiki), about 5 minutes’ walk to Prince Kuhio Beach and Kapiolani Park. Lots of value here including swimming pool, tennis courts, sundry store, parking next door, and super helpful staff. Well-appointed kitchen, large bathrooms, comfortable beds and no resort fees!

hyatt

We finished with one night at the Hyatt Regency, one of my favorite deluxe resorts in Waikiki. The rooms feature lots of space, lanais, large bathrooms, and top end bedding. The newly redesigned Regency Club is well worth the upcharge, with generous continental breakfast, snacks and drinks, free Wi-Fi and the ocean view. This hotel is a great choice for weddings and honeymoons, celebrations, escape from reality.

Visitors sometimes have the perception that Waikiki is for “tourists” and her neighbor islands are for “travelers” seeking the “real” Hawaii. I disagree. Look who is next to you as you visit the many wonderful places to experience: locals!

Been thinking of going, or hoping to return? Call us! Tourism is booming in Hawaii and air seats sell out quickly. Aloha and Mahalo!

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