Maile Sky Court Rating: 2.5 Pearls
Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu

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Pros

  • Super cheap rates
  • Clean pool
  • Free Wi-Fi in newly refurbished lobby
  • A slight distance from Waikiki's frenzy

Cons

  • Dated rooms lack charm
  • No balconies
  • A slight distance from Waikiki's action
  • Pool deck is run-down
  • No fitness center

Bottom Line

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.

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 Scene

This huge budget property doesn't have a lot to offer by way of extras -- and it's a hike from central Waikiki.

Free Wi-Fi in the lobby is one of the few perks
Free Wi-Fi in the lobby is one of the few perks

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.

Guests looking to keep their spending down but still get a bang for their buck should consider more updated properties like the Aqua Waikiki Pearl and the Park Shore Waikiki.

 Rooms

Very basic and very out of date

The Studio Partial Ocean View
The Studio Partial Ocean View

Though mostly clean, rooms have outdated decor and amenties.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.

  • Rooms are on the small side; range in size from 194 square feet to 390 square feet
  • All rooms have either one queen or two twin beds.
  • No balconies
  • Mini-fridge and coffeemaker
  • Studios include a kitchenette with two-burner stove, cookware and utensils
  • All rooms have a full shower/tub
  • Most rooms equipped with old tube TVs with pay-per-view movies
  • Fees apply for wired Internet
  • In-room safe is charged per day

 Features

Free speedy Wi-Fi in the lobby is the only extra of note.

Even a small crowd fills the pool and jacuzzi
Even a small crowd fills the pool and jacuzzi

For notable extra features, spend a little extra dough for a room at the Best Western Waikiki or the Aqua Waikiki Pearl.

  • Run-down pool deck with Jacuzzi and pool so small it could be mistaken for a Jacuzzi
  • Self parking in the multilevel garage is charged per day
  • Business center is just a few overpriced computer kiosks in the lobby.
  • On-site laundry facility
  • No fitness center
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby

 Location

Removed from Waikiki's main action and famous beaches

Located on Kuhio Avenue, the main street that runs parallel to Kalakaua Avenue, the Maile Sky Court is just under 10 minutes from central Waikiki and about three and a half blocks from the beach. Though it's in a safe area, close to several bus stops, the hotel can feel far removed from the action of Waikiki. Guests will find just enough eateries (like [Keo's Thai Cuisine http://www.keosthaicuisine.com/] and Tony Roma's, both a block away) and convenience stores (like ABC) in the area, but not an excess of restaurant and retail choices.

A five-minute walk brings guests to the main strip, Kalakaua Avenue, a touristy, milelong stretch of shops, restaurants, and high-rise hotels that runs along Waikiki Beach on Oahu's 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 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 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.

  • Wide variety of shopping, dining, and drinking -- all about 10 minutes away by foot
  • Kapiolani Park, an oasis of (relative) calm for people-watching and local flavor, is approximately 25 minutes by foot.
  • Honolulu Zoo is about 15 minutes by car.
  • Cheap and easy to get around Waikiki via "The Bus"
  • Honolulu International Airport is a 15-minute cab ride.

 Beach

Four blocks to 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 Maile Sky Court is located four blocks 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.

  • Public beach
  • Ocean bottom is rocky, unlike neighboring Queen's Beach.
  • Lifeguards monitor the beach throughout the day.
  • Free towels, provided by the hotel
  • Umbrellas and lounge chairs must be rented from one of the many Star Beach Boys stands
  • Water-sports equipment like surfboards and boogie boards available for rental at the Star Beach Boys stands

 Cleanliness

Clean enough for the price

This budget hotel gets fairly high marks for cleanliness.

 Family

Familes on a tight budget will appreciate the more or less clean rooms -- and little else.

Family making the most out of the small pool
Family making the most out of the small pool

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.

  • Cribs are free.
  • Rollaway beds are charged per night.
  • Rooms with kitchenette have only a microwave, no stovetop.
  • Kids' menu available at Vit's Hawaiian Steakhouse.
  • Small park across the street, though there's no playground

 Food

Restaurant offers a good breakfast; plenty of food options a five- to 10-minute walk away.

Breakfast at Vit's Hawaiian Steakhouse
Breakfast at Vit's Hawaiian Steakhouse

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.

  • Vit's Hawaiian Steakhouse Restaurant on-site serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is open all day. The extensive breakfast menu is the most popular.
  • [Keo's Thai Cuisine http://www.keosthaicuisine.com/] is just a block away.
  • Tony Roma's is a also a block away.
  • The center of Waikiki -- with its overabundance of mealtime choices -- is less than 10 minutes away by foot.
  • An ABC conveinence store is directy across the street.

 Bottom Line

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.

Things You Should Know About Maile Sky Court

Address

  • 2058 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Castle Maile Sky Court Honolulu
  • Castle Maile Sky Court Hotel
  • Ohana Maile Sky Court

Room Types

  • City View With Kitchenette
  • Ocean View Room
  • Ocean View With Kitchenette
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Standard City View
  • Standard Partial Ocean View
  • Studio Partial Ocean View

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Pool: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Waikiki, Honolulu
Address: 2058 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815, US
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