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Where Diamond Head Meets Waikiki, The Queen Kapiolani Hotel

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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.

View of Diamond Head from the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

View of Diamond Head from the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

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.

Inside the first floor of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel including the Knots Coffee Roasters

Inside the first floor of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel including the Knots Coffee Roasters

A place to gather with friends at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

A place to gather with friends at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

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!

Diamond Head as seen from my room at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel Waikiki

Diamond Head as seen from my room at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel Waikiki

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?

Roof top pool and restaurant level at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

Rooftop pool and restaurant level at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

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.

Macadamia Nut Pancakes at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

Macadamia Nut Pancakes at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

The Deck Moko aka Loco Moko at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

The Deck Moko aka Loco Moko at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

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.

Waikiki Beach in front of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

Waikiki Beach in front of the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

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Disclosure: General

Thanks to the Oahu Visitors Bureau and the Queen Kapiolani Hotel for hosting my stay. All views and opinions are 100% my own.


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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