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Families and business travelers choose this mid-range hotel for its location.
The Ala Moana Hotel caters to families and business travelers, as its location puts it within walking distance of a major shopping center, the Honolulu Convention Center, and the beach. It rarely feels overly crowded, but the three on-site restaurants, the lobby, and other common spaces are often bustling with guests and owners of the on-site condo units. While it does not have an upscale vibe, the hotel feels modern -- from the sleek fitness center to the rooms, with large, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and beach-y decor.
Attached to the Ala Moana Shopping Center
The Ala Moana Hotel is ideal for shoppers and business travelers, as it's adjacent to the world's largest open-air shopping mall and just a five-minute walk to the convention center. The surrounding area is packed with restaurants, shops, and, yes, strip clubs and massage parlors. A 20-minute walk takes guests to the heart of Waikiki. While the hotel is located in what looks like a concrete jungle, the 100-acre Ala Moana Beach Park, five minutes away, is a great spot for running, tennis, and swimming, with calm surf due to an offshore reef; on weekends it is a hot spot for local families.
The airport is a 25-minute drive away.
Beach-y, up-to-date rooms
Rooms at the Ala Moana Hotel are not particularly upscale, but they are up-to-date and cheery, with lots of light wood furniture, tropical bedspreads, sand-colored carpets, and big windows. Most rooms have private balconies, and all come with safes, irons and ironing boards, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms in one-bedroom apartments are large; others are small but perfectly adequate.
Numerous dining options, as well as a modern fitness center and pool
The Ala Moana Hotel offers plenty of entertainment options, from the Rumors nightclub to the bar with live music to the four restaurants, which include a steakhouse, a Chinese restaurant, a sushi joint, and the family-friendly Plantation Cafe. The fitness center includes a sauna and steam room, and there is a large whirlpool on the pool deck (although the pool is small considering the size of the property). The Ala Moana also has a wide assortment of meeting and special events rooms for all occasions, but no on-site spa or room service. An on-site laundry room is a helpful money saver.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
The Ala Moana Hotel consists of 1,100 rooms, but many are privately owned condominiums; all are up-to-date with large flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and simple, beach-y decor. Part of the Ala Moana complex, which is home to the largest open-air shopping mall in the world, the hotel is also within walking distance of the Honolulu Convention Center and the beach. It's location is both a perk and a downside, however, as it sits on a traffic-congested street. The Ala Moana has three restaurants, a pool, a nightclub, and nine meeting rooms, and therefore attracts both business travelers and families who don't mind not being right on the beach.