- Small pool
- Limited amenities
After renovations in 2012 (which introduced stylish decor and flat-screen TVs), the Park Shore is considered one of Waikiki's best values. The hotel's best feature -- its location on Waikiki's eastern edge, facing the beach with prime views of both the ocean and Diamond Head -- is a significant advantage over similarly-priced hotels in Waikiki.
The open-air lobby, renovated in 2013, of the 18-story, 226-room high-rise is a nice spot for surfing the free Wi-Fi and relaxing in between trips to the beach. Hawaiian music plays softly, while tropical leaf fans whir overhead; a mix of elderly couples, twentysomethings, and little kids chill out here at various points throughout the day.
The building's ground floor also includes a Starbucks, an ABC convenience store, and the Japanese restaurant Yoshitsune (not affiliated with the hotel). Stairs at the back of the lobby lead to another hallway and the beachfront restaurant Lulu's, which is a popular local hangout.
A quiet location on Waikiki's eastern end, with a great beach across the street
The hotel is the last building along the eastern end of the Waikiki strip, on the corner of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Avenues facing Kuhio Beach. The Honolulu Zoo and Kapiolani Park are across Kapahulu. With no buildings in the way, the Park Shore has stunning views of Diamond Head crater.
The central section of Kalakaua Avenue is a 10- to 15-minute walk away. Kalakaua, 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 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.
All rooms renovated in 2013 feature stylish decor and amazing views.
The Park Shore offers six room types across its 226 rooms, all of which have received new carpets, fresh paint, custom-designed bedding, new furniture with more drawer space, and a 42-inch flat-screen TV as part of the 2013 renovations. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.
Across the street from one of the world's most famous beaches; Kuhio Beach, aka "the wall," 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 Park Shore Waikiki is located across the street from the Kuhio section, known to some as "the wall," for the 50-yard concrete pier that juts out from the sand at the corner of Kapahulu Avenue. (The kids who jump off the pier are known affectionately as "wall rats.")
Kuhio Beach is broader and far less crowded than its more famous neighbor to the northwest, Queen's Beach. The water is shallow and warm, and because the wall creates an artificial cove of sorts, it's also calm, making Kuhio the best place for kids to swim, according to the lifeguards there. On the other hand, the ocean bottom is a bit rocky, so tread gingerly.
There just aren't many on-site features to recommend this dated high-rise -- sister hotel Aqua Bamboo has a much nicer pool, and Aqua Palms has a small spa and fitness room. But then again, neither of those is a stone's throw from the beach.
Not much for kids
With not particularly large rooms and no dedicated kids program, the Park Shore is not that great for families, though some may like the proximity to a calm beach, the nearby zoo, and Kapiolani Park.
Two decent on-site restaurants
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