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Ewa Hotel 2.0

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu

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  • Solid value option located a five-minute walk to Waikiki Beach
  • Pretty, pleasant rooftop sundeck with partial ocean views
  • On a relatively quiet street near the zoo, shopping, and attractions
  • Bright, modest rooms with flat-screen TVs, and some with kitchenettes
  • Cheap covered parking
  • Coin laundry on-site


  • Dated decor
  • Some rooms very small
  • Fee for Wi-Fi
  • Walls may be thin
  • Some problems with insects reported in past
  • No pool on-site

Bottom Line

This seven-story, 92-room budget hotel, located at one end of the Waikiki tourist strip, is small in comparison to many of the nearby high-rise properties. It is also very low on the frills typically offered by surrounding hotels; there is a daily fee for Wi-Fi, no pool, and no on-site restaurant or bar. However, the rooms, some of which have been renovated, are clean and bright (if basic), and the hotel is within walking distance of many downtown attractions of Waikiki, including the beach.

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Modest but clean budget hotel

A reinforced concrete exterior underscores the 70s-era decor on the inside of this plain but quaintly charming hotel at the end of the Waikiki tourist strip. Guests have noted that the street is quieter than many on which other, pricier Waikiki hotels are located. A small lobby and scuffed floors anchor a seven-story building housing 92 rooms and suites, which are relatively modest compared to many others in the area. Budget travelers (both couples and families) come here for rooms ranging in size from tiny rooms suitable for a single person to two-bedroom suites with kitchenettes.


At the southern end of the Waikiki tourist strip, a five-minute walk to the beach

Ewa Hotel is strategically located in downtown Waikiki, a five-minute walk to the beach and 10-minute walk to the commercial offerings of Kalakaua Boulevard. The hotel is on a shorter street than many other properties in Waikiki; guests have commented that this contributes to the relative calm of the location. City buses run from the airport to within a couple of blocks of the hotel; driving from the airport will take about 20 minutes.


Small, modest rooms with wicker furniture (some with kitchenettes)

The rooms and suites range from very small to modest in size, and feature rattan furniture, checkered blue and tan carpet, and stucco ceilings. While the decor seems a bit dated, some rooms have been renovated and beds are reportedly comfortable. Larger rooms have lanais, all rooms have coffeemakers, and rooms larger than the basic size have fridges. There have been a few reports of insects in the past, and others have said that sound insulation is not what it could be. Guests have commented that while the kitchenettes are handy, they are limited in size and that ambitious cooking projects are not recommended.


A rooftop sundeck, covered parking for a fee, and use of bike racks

While features are not this hotel’s strong suit, there are a few amenities. Parking is cheaper than at some of the larger hotel lots, and there is a small rooftop deck with lounge chair where guests have remarked watching the sunset with a homemade cocktail is particularly enjoyable.

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2555 Cartwright Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815-3727, United States

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