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Located along busy Ala Moana Boulevard and a 10-minute walk to the beach, this business-friendly option is a practical -- if unexciting -- choice.
Straddling Honolulu's leisure and business districts, the 19-story, 270-room Doubletree Alana is about a 10-minute walk in opposite directions from Waikiki Beach and the massive Hawaii Convention Center, though its landlocked, high-rise surroundings and low-key, Bluetooth-and-laptop-filled lobby tip the scales toward business travelers.
This is the only outpost of Hilton's mid-range, business-friendly brand in Hawaii. Indeed, one feels they could just as easily be in Cleveland or Tulsa as on a tropical island (don't expect a lot of local touches like you'll find at the nearby Aqua Palms). All the brand's trademark touches are here, though: a welcome cookie at check-in, Neutrogena bath products, a 24-hour business center, meeting rooms, and a fantastic, modern gym. The color scheme is inoffensive beige, though green hibiscus print carpets line the hallways (one of the only touches of local flavor). A breezy reading area filled with books and magazines, along with free Wi-Fi, makes the lobby a popular place to hang out.
The Alana was last renovated in 1992, but renovations in late 2010 made it feel modern and clean. The hotel isn't particularly exciting or exotic, but it's well designed and functional. There are certainly far more resorty places to stay, and there are cheaper options closer to the beach, like Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach or the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio, but for those desiring solid service and business amenities, or who just want to use some HHHonors points without breaking the bank at the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village, it works.
Friendly and attentive
Service here seems a touch more attentive than at the Aqua properties or the Hilton Hawaiian Village, perhaps due to the heavy business clientele.
On busy Ala Moana Boulevard, across the street from Fort DeRussy Beach Park
It's a 10-minute walk south of the Hawaii Convention Center via Kalakaua, about 10 minutes from a nice stretch of Waikiki Beach at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and a 20-minute walk from the enormous Ala Moana Shopping Center.
It's also a 20-minute walk from the heart of Waikiki's main drag, Kalakaua Avenue, a touristy, milelong stretch of shops, restaurants, and high-rise hotels that runs along Waikiki Beach on Oahu's southeast coast, with its curious blend of mainland creature comforts and local flavor. On the sidewalks, Japanese tourists intermingle with tanned locals, surfboards under their arms, on their way to the beach to catch a few waves after work. On both sides of the street, high-end retailers -- Tiffany, Cartier, and yes, even an Apple store -- are interspersed with indoor malls and streetside vendors hawking cheap seashell jewelry and T-shirts. Seemingly every mid-market chain restaurant can be found here -- Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Tony Roma's -- along with more than a handful of Starbucks and fast-food joints. And towering above it all: 40-story, thousand-room hotels dotting the landscape like pins in a cushion.
Across the street from one of the world's most famous beaches; Fort DeRussy Beach is the closest subsection.
Loosely speaking, the entire 1.5-mile stretch of sand alongside Kalakaua Avenue is known as Waikiki Beach. In reality, it's more like three separate beaches, the borders of which vary depending on whom you ask. The Doubletree is across the street from the Fort DeRussy section, which is far less crowded than its more famous neighbor to the southeast, Queen's Beach. The water is shallow, warm, and calm, making Fort DeRussy a decent place to swim, especially for kids. The hotel is also just a 10-minute walk from the public Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, another great spot for kids.
Clean, modern and larger than some competing properties
A 2010 renovation changed the Doubletree Alana's 315 rooms that weren't particularly exciting (beige walls, small showers) or stylish (old TVs, generic floral-print bedspreads). A fresh coat of paint, more modern bedding and flat screen TVs updated the once drab place. Rooms are extremely clean, and standards start at a decent 339 square feet. Though a few nearby hotels in this price category -- like the Ilikai and Hawaii Prince -- offer equally large rooms and superior views, the Doubletree's rooms are modern with solid amenities, serviced by an efficient staff. Ocean View rooms are a bit larger than standards -- 373 square feet -- with a marble entryway and a wet bar.
A solid line-up of features
Because the Doubletree caters to business travelers, it's no surprise that its best features are the gym and meeting rooms. But look elsewhere if you're a pool person; this one's of little use beyond a quick dip to cool off.
OK for families, though it's business-oriented
There's not a lot in the way of family-friendly amenities at the Doubletree, which is primarily geared to business travelers.
Clean, with a few minor issues
The rooms are clean and bright (the hotel underwent a renovation in mid 2011). A few housekeeping issues marred a perfect performance, however.
A mediocre, overpriced restaurant; many options nearby
The hotel serves two meals a day, but just barely. With so many options in the area, don't stick around here for the average, too-expensive-for-what-it-is fare.
A solid outpost of the Doubletree chain, located 10 minutes from both the convention center and the beach, this spot on busy Ala Moana doesn't have much local flavor, like the nearby Aqua Palms, or impressive features, like the Hilton Hawaiian Village, but it's a decent choice for business and the rooms were renovated in late 2010.