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Hotels in Honolulu

Halekulani

2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI, 96815
(808) 923-2311
www.halekulani.com

What once began as a five-bungalow respite is now one of the largest and most sought-after hotels on Oahu. The “house befitting heaven” was immortalized in the Charlie Chan story “House Without a Key” (an on-property bar is named after the short story), and still has a 100-year-old kiawe tree on the grounds. The open-air lobby sports elegant, museum-worthy decorations, while the freshwater pool overlooking Waikiki beach is bedazzled with 1.2 million South African glass tiles fashioned to look like an unfurled orchid. For the thirsty, a triad of options: the aforementioned House Without a Key, the well-regarded and bartenders’ training ground Lewers Lounge, and L’Apertif. Restaurants La Mer and Orchids, helmed by local star Chef Vikram Garg, offer both fine-dining and casual dining venues.


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The Modern Hotel

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI, 96815
(808) 943-5800
www.themodernhonolulu.com
$299

The hustle and bustle of downtown Waikiki can be a distraction for those seeking Hawaii’s fabled tranquility. But The Modern, wedged against the yacht harbor on the eastern edge of Waikiki, is an escape from congestion and condescension in other parts of Honolulu. As the hotel says: “Stilettos are welcome. And so are flip-flops.” From the upscale club atmosphere of The Study bar and the refined Japanese dishes of Morimoto to the casual poolside dining and no-frills rooms, The Modern is a professional, all-points-covered resort. The 330 rooms are sleekly furnished (the hotel is called The Modern, after all) and offer views and easy access to Waikiki beaches and the sparkling Honolulu skyline.


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Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

100 Holomoana Street
Honolulu, HI, 96815
(808) 944-4494
www.princeresortshawaii.com/hawaii-prince-hotel-waikiki/index.php
$189

Affordability and Honolulu are often at odds. But at the Prince Hotel, conveniently located and inconspicuously priced, the two are symbiotic. Long the hotel of choice for many visiting Japanese tourists, the Prince has expanded its pull with its all-oceanfront rooms and floor-to-ceiling windows. Also included for guests is what some consider to be one of the better buffets on the island, Prince Court, as well as the sushi-centric Hakone. The hotel has a working arrangement with the Hawaii Prince Gold Club, which manages a 27-hole course on Oahu’s Ewa Plain, making Prince Hotel an excellent business traveler’s option.