Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Forty-four stories of outdated, but dirt-cheap rooms
The lobby is small, but open and airy with a small gift store and adorned in mix of simple stone work, tropical prints, and aging furniture. There's also an outdoor shaded terrace surrounded by greenery. With some of the lowest rates in Waikiki, the Maile Sky Court is slim on perks, but there are the bare necessities on hand.
Off the beach on one of Waikiki’s main streets
A bit removed from central Waikiki, on Kuhio Avenue, it’s still walking distance to the beach, shopping convention centers and lots of dining. The touristy Kalakaua Avenue -- a busy stretch of shops, restaurants, and high-rise hotels -- is a five-minute walk away. Diamond Head, Ala Wai golf course, and the Honolulu Zoo are all short drives (15 minutes or less), with Honolulu International Airport just a 20- to 25-minute cab ride away.
Clean, but small and outdated
Higher-floor rooms are a must to avoid street sounds, especially in the morning, but thin walls can still make for audible hallway noise. Rooms on the top floors have views of the ocean over the shorter buildings, but none of the rooms here have balconies. The kitsch Hawaiian furnishings have some old-fashioned charm, but even the TVs are outdated (some are large tube models from another era). Mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and radio alarm clocks come standard, while kitchenettes are available for studios and suites.
Small pool, on-site restaurant, bar, and beauty salon
The fifth-floor sundeck and pool get crowded fast, and though there is plenty of extra space for lounging on the side of the building, it might feel a bit like sunbathing on a parking structure. There is a small, but functional beauty salon and a coin-operated laundry room. The on-site restaurant, Vit’s Hawaiian Steakhouse, offers affordable if underwhelming meals and the bar serves all the obligatory Hawaiian umbrella drinks.
Budget travelers who don’t mind a short walk to attractions can find a good deal here. Higher floors have views of the ocean over the tops of other buildings. The decor is dated as are the amenities, but the bare basics are there, including a small pool. Those looking for a few more amenities while keeping to a similar price point might consider checking hotels down the street, such as the Ohana Waikiki West or the Aqua Waikiki Pearl.