Arrival Experience: Marking a prime location along Waikiki Beach, the Waikiki Parc is set back from the beach, but still within excellent eyeshot. Rooms either face the oceanfront, the city, or mountains, but the furnished balconies give them a boost. The covered entrance leads to a long, neon-hued entrance way where guests are immediately cooled with pleasant air conditioning. The lobby is intimate with a friendly reception desk and guest lounge on the other side. There, guests will find a knowledgeable concierge, coffee and water stations, and candy and light snacks for the taking. As a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, this tall resort has a lot already going for it. Its audience, like much of Waikiki, skews heavily international, and the staff speaks multiple languages to assist.
Dining: Breakfast is served in a light-filled space with an expansive buffet of cooked-to-order specialties, tropical fruit, and fresh pastries. It is priced lower than other resort buffets adding to the appeal. A Denny’s is just around the corner if you’re saving cash for surfing or paddle boarding lessons. Each Friday evening, a cocktail reception is hosted by the manager offering wine and cheese to kick off the weekend. In-room dining runs nonstop if guests prefer not to head to sisterhotel Halekulani next door. If they do walk over, they will discover a variety of tasty options including world-famous Nobu where guests can nosh on Japanese haute cuisine. This branch of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is especially known for its special focus on Hawaiian elements in its cooking and presentations. All rooms come with refrigerators in which guests can store leftovers or for other culinary needs.
Rooms: Guest rooms are restrained in color so that the focus is purely on the island views. White comforters cover low beds with thick pillows and nightstands with alarm clocks and speaker phones. Flat-screen cable TVs sit atop a dresser, which also houses a coffeemaker stocked with Hawaiian blend beans. A desk, often positioned to capture the views while one is working, sports a cushioned chair and free wireless Internet. Ample closet space swings open revealing robes, and closes again to show off a full-length mirror. Louvered shutters cover the balcony door adding tropical flair in place of curtains. Air conditioning is strong, and housekeeping is impeccable in their care for guest rooms and public areas. Bright bathrooms sport Essential Elements toiletries on the vanity and feature strong water pressure in the combination tubs.
Amenities: An outdoor pool and sun terrace is found on the eighth floor, which adds to the views of the water and surrounding cityscape from this high perch. A fitness room is located nearby, but most guests choose to burn calories playing on the beach or swimming in the ocean. Free yoga classes, power walking, or core strengthening classes are complimentary for guests. Art lovers will find this hotel to be perfect as the room key not only opens guest room doors, but also those of several nearby galleries. Guests simply show their card for free access to places like the Honolulu Museum of Art. This is a trendy, but relaxed, beach gem with rates that are more subdued than others along this famous stretch of sand. Its affiliation with Preferred Hotels and the neighboring Halekulani bring it additional prestige, but this fine hotel can stand on its own as one of Waikiki’s artsier boutique options.