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Suite-style guest rooms and a full free breakfast make this hotel a hit.
Throngs of families and fun-seeking couples return again and again to this Waikiki hotel, which houses 369 suites, all one- and two-bedroom units with thoughtful features like full-size pullout couches, multiple flat-screen TVs, and both minibars and microwaves.
Guests may be drawn here by the extra large suites -- a two-bedroom fits six, which makes the place great for families -- but it may be the free food that keeps them coming back. The hotel offers a free daily breakfast (which features both hot and cold items, and the omelet station always has a long line) as well as the evening cocktail reception with pupus (that's Hawaiian for appetizers or snacks), plus the booze is even the good stuff. Though the fitness center and business center aren't much to write home about, a great pool deck and stellar location -- just a block from Waikiki beach, on the quieter western end of the main drag, and amid the shops and restaurants of the newly developed Waikiki Beach Walk, the double-decker outdoor shopping strip -- make this midpriced property stand out.
No one seems to mind that the hotel exudes a modern and bland business utilitarian aesthetic (the lobby has an odd feeling of being in an indoor parking lot), or that staffers hand out welcome drinks with little verve. The Embassy Suites is still a great value -- on par with the Outrigger Reef on the Beach across the street.
Staffers take good care of guests, but it's nothing memorable.
The hotel offers room service, valet parking, even a welcome drink at check-in and turndown service with a chocolate, but these perks are often presented by staffers who seem to be simply checking a task off the corporate to-do list. Still, the level service is a notch above many other midpriced properties in Waikiki.
Great all-suite style rooms (one or two bedrooms) are the real draw at this hotel.
All guests get to live the suite life at this hotel. Decorated with tropical and palm tree prints, the one- and two-bedroom suites are generic and utilitarian, but also modern, with flat-screen TVs in both the bedroom and living room, plenty of electrical outlets for the gear guests bring, and a free wired Internet connection.
Freebies and extras galore make this hotel a standout.
The Embassy Suites certainly delivers when it comes to notable features, even though much of what's offered has a generic feel. With a great pool patio, a more than sufficient fitness center and business center, a free breakfast and evening reception every day, and free wired Internet in every room, guests get a lot of bang for the buck.
Near the beach and among great shops and restaurants at Waikiki Beach Walk.
The Embassy Suites is part of Waikiki Beach Walk, a swank dining, shopping and lodging complex covering several downtown blocks.
One long block away, Kalakaua Avenue, a touristy, milelong stretch of shops, restaurants, and high-rise hotels that runs along Waikiki Beach on Oahu's southeast coast, offers a 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 street-side vendors hawking cheap seashell jewelry and T-shirts. Seemingly every midmarket 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.
A block 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 Embassy Suites is located a block 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 freebies and extra-large suites make this hotel an outstanding value for families.
With a free all-you-can-eat breakfast, a great pool deck, and spacious one- and two-bedroom suites that allow kids to go to sleep early while parents stay up (or vice versa), it's little surprise that this hotel is popular with families.
This well-trafficked hotel doesn't have any wear and tear. Neat freaks should be plenty pleased.
Food is plentiful at the Embassy Suites. Guests flock to the freebies: a full breakfast and evening cocktails and snacks, both served on the Grand Lanai, a nice, all-purpose deck that serves as the hotel's center of activity. A great meal is within arm's reach, since the newly opened double-decker Waikiki Beach Walk mall (the complex covering a few city blocks that Embassy Suites is part of) has more than 10 restaurants. From a tower of onion rings and a cold local brew at the Yard House to fine Hawaiian fusion fare at Roy's and American eats at Cheeseburger Beachwalk, guests have plenty of low- and moderately priced choices at mealtime.
With its all-suite guest rooms (one and two bedrooms), this Embassy Suites is a favorite among travelers looking for extra wiggle room and easy access to the beach. With a festive kid-friendly pool, free daily breakfast, and late afternoon reception with an open bar, this property stands out as one of the better values in Waikiki.