Kai Aloha Hotel
235 Saratoga Rd.
18 rooms and free local calls, no room safes, free Wi-Fi possible from signals nearby and a computer in the office you may use when it is available. A 3-story (no elevator) 1950s building with no non-smoking rooms. This tiny, family-run resort was looking about its age on our recent visit, and without a locking gate to access 1 bedroom units on second floor, you may want to avoid those as there may be some security concerns on this property compared to its neighbors. (First floor 1-bedrooms and third floor studios have a security gate.) The furnishings are old—perhaps the originals in many cases, but with newer slipcovers. You get the feeling it hasn’t changed much since it was built—they even have stove-top coffee percolators in rooms. But, hey, you ain’t paying for the Halekulani. Parking is $48 for a 3-day pass at Fort DeRussy Park across the street. Studios with kitchenettes and two twin beds (approx. 220 sq. ft.) are $95–$100, 1/1s (approx. 420 sq. ft.) are $105–$160 (depending on the number of people in your party). If you want less street noise, ask for a unit at the back of the building, but trucks delivering to the Trump Towers can be noisy in the mornings. About 2 blocks to the beach. 2-night minimum.