The newly renovated Waikiki hotel wows with island charm
There are few hotels in Waikiki with the history and location of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel. It was built in 1967 and named after one of the Islands most beloved Queens, Kapiolani who ruled with her husband King Kalakaua from 1874 to 1891. Located on royal lands overlooking Kapiolani Park it has unparalleled views of Diamond Head and easy access to the favoured surfing spot on Waikiki Beach for the locals. Whether you are a local or a visitor to Honolulu the newly renovated Queen Kapiolani Hotel on Waikiki is the place to call home during your stay.
Having just recently reopened after an extensive renovation the Queen Kapiolani Hotel has lost none of Boutique Island charm. The main floor and lobby is open and includes the front desk/registration area along with Knots Coffee Roasters where you can enjoy fresh coffee, light snacks and even beer, wine and cocktails with Pupus in the evening. There are also communal sofas for gathering and a few shops where you can plan and book your island activities from.
When it comes to the newly renovated rooms you may wish for an ocean view but I prefer the city and Diamond Head view. If you can secure a corner room as I had you will be treated to amazing views all from the comfort of your bed. This is the view of Diamond Head I had as the sun began to set one evening. MAGICAL!
The rooms themselves are equipped and designed with a modern flair for the discerning traveller. As you can see in the video tour below the rooms come with everything needed including plenty of places to charge your phone, laptop, smartwatch and more ….
Being located on the western edge of Waikiki Beach there is plenty to do right out from of the hotels from door including visiting the Honolulu Zoo which is located within Kapiolani Park directly across from the hotel.
Of course, if you decide to chill and relax at the hotel for a morning, afternoon or day you can in the 3rd-floor outdoor living room complete with pool and the Deck restaurant. There is also a fitness center which includes a space for classes to take place. I took a Hot Hula class with instructor Nickie Manibusan that had been pre-booked and was a lot of fun. Did I mention it was quite the workout?
It is well worth a visit to the Deck for a meal or two. I was treated to an amazing breakfast experience that included tastes from the new menu. It includes Macadamia Nut Pancakes and the Deck Moko. Simply the best “loco moko” I’ve ever eaten.
It is hard for me to pick a favourite hotel as they all usually have something special to offer but the Queen Kapiolani is currently my #1 choice for places to stay at when I visit Waikiki. It was truly a taste of Hawaii and the location can’t be beaten.