New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel

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(800) 356-8264 or (808) 923-1555
2863 Kalakaua Ave.

Two 1964 buildings of 9 and 3 stories (the latter Diamond Head wing has no elevator). Their oceanfront category rooms are extremely intimate with the beach—look straight down onto the sand—and since the tallest room is 9 stories up, you’ll never feel completely detached. Room renovations done in 2014 were lovely, clean and modern with bathroom upgrades like hand-held showerheads. It’s on lovely Sans Souci Beach. This is the reason for the Gem. Though still expensive, you won’t get rooms like that for this kind of price in more centrally located Waikiki resorts. And there’s the reason for the lower prices—it’s a fairly long walk to the heart of Waikiki, and many will opt to drive and pay to park. But you’re also away from the buzz of Waikiki. This is a smaller, quieter resort than others you’ll find on the beach. Rooms ending in 17 have wrap-around lanais and grand views of the entire Waikiki coastline. We’re told those book out for 4th of July and new year’s fireworks shows. They have some nice touches like an orchid with your turn-down service, and many of the excellent staff have been around for years. The Diamond Head wing is less desirable (and older room furnishings), but they do have kitchenettes. Their Hau Tree Lanai restaurant is a great (though pricey) place to have your breakfast on the beach. Valet-only parking is $30. There is a mandatory $12 resort fee that covers Wi-Fi, local and toll-free calls, room safe and a few other items. Rooms (202–440 sq. ft.) are $185–$470, Diamond Head wing rooms (330–550 sq. ft.) are $230–$390, suites (420–1,043 sq. ft.) are $600–$1,500. Most rooms are discounted.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 125 rooms
  • 2 restaurants
  • Lounge
  • Conference room
  • Wi-Fi in rooms & lobby
  • Valet-only parking
  • Fitness room
  • Room safe (some are laptop-sized)
  • Coffee maker
  • Room service

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  • San Souci Beach
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