The Queen Kapiolani is a great value option two blocks from the beach, on the quiet eastern edge of Waikiki. Some rooms offer superb views and, thanks to refurbishments in 2011, a bright, classic aesthetic. Rooms are decked out in hues of white, gold, and tan, and feature flat-screen TVs and free Wi-FI. The on-site restaurant has seen a similar overhaul, improving its décor and menu. While still not luxurious, the property's updates to rooms, the restaurant, pool, and outdoor areas have elevated it from its slightly sketchy past.