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This huge budget property doesn't have a lot to offer by way of extras -- and it's a hike from central Waikiki.
With room rates that rank among the lowest in Waikiki, the 596-room Maile Sky Court attracts guests in search of an affordable place to rest their heads. What they find is a 44-floor tower two blocks from Fort DeRussy Park, three and a half blocks from the beach, and less than 10 minutes by foot to the center of Waikiki, with a newly refurbished lobby with free Wi-Fi, and a clean pool.
But at the Maile Sky Court, high-value amenties stop there. The "business center" is just a few pricey computer kiosks in the lobby, and there's no fitness center. Though guest rooms are fairly clean, they are small. The rooms' aloha-style decor -- tropical-flower-print bedspreads, framed prints of Hawaiian shirts -- looks dated, and their old tube TVs and wired Internet connection are unreliable.
The hotel's affordable restaurant, Vit's Hawaiian Steakhouse, is mostly empty during dinner, though it draws customers at breakfast, when the servers eagerly try to peddle the all-you-can-eat pancake special.
Very basic and very out of date
Though mostly clean, rooms have outdated decor and amenties. Plus, none have balconies, which is a rarity in Waikiki. For much better budget digs, try the Aqua Waikiki Pearl or the Waikiki Parc Hotel.
Free speedy Wi-Fi in the lobby is the only extra of note.
Removed from Waikiki's main action and famous beaches
A five-minute walk brings guests to the main strip,, a touristy, milelong stretch of shops, restaurants, and high-rise hotels that runs along on southeast coast. Kalakaua 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 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 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.
Four blocks to the world's most famous beaches;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 Maile Sky Court is located four blocks from the 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.
Clean enough for the price
This budget hotel gets fairly high marks for cleanliness.
Familes on a tight budget will appreciate the more or less clean rooms -- and little else.
Even among low-frills budget hotels, the Maile Sky Court is not a good family option. The rooms, small by Waikiki standards, will feel especially cramped with the addition of a rollaway bed or crib. Kids will surely be disappointed by the tiny pool. Plus, the center of Waikiki is 10 minutes away by foot. Both the Park Shore Hotel and Ohana East are closer to the beach and local attractions.
When it comes to hosting families, the only thing the Maile Sky Court has going for it is that it's close to the beach in front of the super-kid-friendly Hilton Hawaiian Village. On that section of Waikiki Beach, families will find both calm ocean waters and a man-made lagoon that's great for water sports.
Restaurant offers a good breakfast; plenty of food options a five- to 10-minute walk away.
The hotel's sole restaurant, Vit's Hawaiian Steakhouse Restaurant, is not the greatest Hawaiian cuilinary adventure, but it serves a decent, inexpensive breakfast. Guests at the Maile Sky Court are slightly removed from Waikiki's copious food choices, but not so far away that they can't get there.
This budget hotel feels far from the action of Waikiki, as well as the beach. Though the lobby is pleasant, the dated rooms lack the details guests expect (like high-quality TVs and modern decor). There's no fitness center, and the pool deck is run-down. For a bottom-of-the-barrel price, you get what you pay for.