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Waikiki Shore 3.0

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu

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Pros

  • Oceanfront location along Waikiki Beach with fabulous Diamond Head views
  • Apartment-style units with full kitchens, balconies, washers, and dryers
  • No resort fees, unlike most Waikiki properties  
  • Views of weekly Friday night fireworks from most units 
  • A one-minute walk to Fort DeRussy U.S. Army Museum
  • Pool and gym access if booked through nearby Outrigger Resorts
  • Wi-Fi is free throughout

Cons

  • No free beach chairs or beach umbrellas
  • Each unit is individually owned, so quality and style vary
  • Beach and road noise audible from lower-floor rooms
  • No restaurant, gym, pool, or other full-service hotel amenities 

Bottom Line

Waikiki Shore is a mid-range condominium hotel along Waikiki’s gorgeous oceanfront. It’s 70 air-conditioned suites are a mix of studios, one-, and two-bedroom units with floor-to ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, kitchens or kitchenettes, and balconies (some with ocean views). However, the bright, beachy units are individually owned and some could use a refresh. The beach here is narrow, but has amazing Diamond Head views. Beach chairs aren't included in rates, but can be rented. Amenities are limited, but include an activity desk, parking (fee), a gift shop, salon, and sub shop. Reservations made through Outrigger resorts include off-site amenities like pool and gym access. For an oceanfront stay with a tranquil pool, multiple restaurants, a 24-hour gym, but no kitchens, check out the nearby Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort instead.

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Apartment-style hotel that feels slightly impersonal despite its fabulous beach location

Waikiki Shore opened in 2003 and in many ways, the 15-story condo-style hotel doesn’t feel like a hotel at all. While that may suit independent travelers looking to have a local experience, the property can be a bit impersonal. There’s no one to help unload luggage or even a public bathroom for guests. The hotel’s mirror-walled lobby is welcoming enough, with plush wicker couches, bamboo-accented furniture, and a beautifully carved surfboard and canoe paddle on the wall. However, services are few and each condominium is individually owned. Without a doubt, the beach is the hotel’s best feature and reached via a long hallway lined with mostly vacant storefronts. We assume they’ll become occupied eventually, but until then, it feels pretty desolate. Hotel guests are mostly from the United States and Australia, including many families.   

Location

Oceanfront location along a narrow -- but still beautiful -- section of Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Shore is located on Waikiki's west end, along one of the narrower sections of the beach. Directly next to the hotel -- and a one-minute walk from its front door -- is Fort DeRussy Park and Fort DeRussy U.S. Army Museum. The Hilton Hotel sets off their weekly fireworks show directly across the park, and many of Waikiki Shore's units have fabulous views of the spectacle. Restaurants serving Asian, sandwiches, barbecue, and American food are a three-minute stroll or less from the hotel. Ala Moana, Hawaii’s biggest mall (and the United States’ seventh biggest shopping center), is a six-minute drive away. Honolulu Zoo is a 10-minute car ride, and the Waikiki Aquarium is just a minute farther. Diamond Head State Monument, with its stunning Waikiki and Honolulu views, is a 15-minute drive away, with hikes to the top taking about 45 minutes. Downtown Honolulu, Chinatown, and the Iolani Palace (the former royal home) are a 15-minute drive away (depending on traffic). The Pearl Harbor Memorial is a 25-minute commute, though traffic is often quite bad along the way. Honolulu International Airport takes around 20 minutes to reach. 

Rooms

Bright, air-conditioned units with kitchens, washers, dryers, and balconies, though quality varies widely

With floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies (some with ocean views), Waikiki Shore’s air-conditioned studios, one-, and two-bedroom units are beachy and bright. They’re all individually owned, though, so the decor and maintenance are a mixed bag, especially in the bathrooms. Overall, expect pastel blues, greens, and lots of shell-inspired decor, though some units are tricked out in fresh, modern styles. They're definitely homey and the one- and two-bedroom units have airy living rooms with plush tan couches, bamboo armchairs, and glass-topped tables. Big flat-screen TVs with cable channels are standard in all room types. Arguably the hotel's biggest selling point are the full kitchens or kitchenettes. Expect granite, tile, or Corian counters and stainless-steel appliances (refrigerators, gas ranges, and ovens). The dish washers, rice makers, blenders, and coffeemakers are a nice plus and free coffee is included, too. Apartment bathrooms -- with either stall showers or shower/tub combos -- are the definite the wildcard. While mostly tolerable, some need a deep cleaning. All rooms also have stackable washers and driers (with free starter detergent), irons, ironing boards, and luggage stands. Cribs and rollaway beds are available for a fee. Free Wi-Fi is included. Daily housekeeping is provided.

Features

Gorgeous beachfront, activity desk, salon, gift shop, sub shop, grocery provisioning, and parking

As a condo-style hotel, Waikiki Shore’s amenities are limited. Its beachfront is definitely a top draw, but we wish beach chairs or umbrellas were included. They’re only available to rent from an outside vendor (for a fee). Near the beach are shops including a salon, gift shop, and a sub shop. The hotel’s independently-owned tour and activity desk can assist in excursions, car rentals, and other activities. Grocery provisioning is available for a fee. There’s also secure bike and surfboard storage. Wi-Fi is free and parking is available for a fee. There are no resort fees, which is rare in Waikiki. It's worth noting that while pricier, stays booked through Outrigger Waikiki Shore -- and not the hotel directly -- include access to a concierge, pool, and gym (all of which are off-site). 

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Address

2161 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815-1936, United States

Phone

(808) 922-3871

Also Known As

  • Castle Waikiki Shore

Room Types

  • One Bedroom Oceanfront Suite
  • One Bedroom Ocean View Suite
  • One Bedroom Park View Suite
  • Studio Ocean View Room
  • Two Bedroom One Bath Ocean View Suite
  • Two Bedroom Two Bath Oceanfront Suite
  • Two Bedroom Two Bath Ocean View Suite

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