I have stayed at the Miramar Hotel, Ohana West Waikiki, Ohana Islander Waikiki and the Ohana Beachcomber Waikiki.
The first time I travelled to Oahu I stayed at the Mirimar Hotel. It is located next to the international market place and Denny’s Restaurant. I found this hotel to be pleasant however quite basic as well. The price that you pay per room is a little high when compared to other hotels in the surrounding area. If you decide to stay at this hotel it wouldn’t be the end of the world but there are others out there for a similar price with more facilities and benefits. See the hotel website for further information. http://www.miramarwaikiki.com/
Ohana Waikiki West
This hotel was very basic. I stayed in a standard room. I would recommend if staying at this property to pay for a kitchenette room at a minimum. The standard rooms are very small. With a few suitcases and two people staying in the one room it gets a little crowded. It has a pool, laundry (which is really handy), Chili’s Restaurant downstairs and a tour desk in the reception area. The location is quite good. It is opposite the international market place and there is a Starbucks about 15m down the road. If you stay at this hotel you can use your hotel card to access the pink trolley which will take you around the city area for free. It’s like a hop on hop off bus service. Very useful for carting all your shopping bags back from Ala Moana Shopping Centre. See the hotel website for more information. http://www.ohanahotels.com/hotels-resorts/hawaiian-islands/oahu-waikiki/ohana-waikiki-west
Ohana Islander Waikiki
This hotel is in a great location. It is currently under renovation but I would definitely recommend it purely because it is located on beach walk where all the restaurants are including a very big Quick Silver store which is under the hotel. It has a swimming pool, laundry and tour desk in the reception area. Most rooms have a balcony which is great if you are staying on the beach walk side of the hotel. I would stay at this hotel again. Like all Ohana properties you can use your room card to access the pink trolley.
Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber (formally Ohana Beachcomber)
I have stayed at this hotel for the last four times. Previously is was known as the Ohana Beachcomber but has recently been bought out by the Holiday Inn. The location is fantastic and I would recommend this hotel as my favourite based on location and surrounding shops etc. It is located above Macy’s department store, opposite the Outrigger Waikiki and the Cheesecake Factory. Most rooms have an ocean view and you literally walk across the road (between the cheesecake factory and Outrigger Waikiki) and you are at the beach. It takes about 1minute to get to the beach. The rooms have been refurbished so they are nice and new including a new pool area and reception area. There is free wi-fi in the lobby, a laundry, pool area and a few shops in the lobby area. The hotel also has a tour desk and a magic show theatre. This hotel would have to be my best pick out of the four I have stayed at. I would rather pay less money to be one building back from the beach than to pay to be right on the beach as the savings are quite substantial. Having said that, if you can afford to stay on the beach at the Outrigger Waikiki, The Moana Surfrider or the Royal Hawaiian Hotel then go for it. Otherwise take my advice, stay at the Ohana Beachcomber. I have recommended this hotel to several friends and they have been more than happy with it. See webiste for more information. http://www.holidayinn.com
Outrigger Regency Beach Walk
I will be staying at this hotel in August 2010. I will edit this page once I can provide further advice on what this hotel is like. It looks great on their website and I know the exact location. It is in a great location when taking into account the beach, the walk to Ala Moana Shopping Mall and the International Market Place. It is very central to these 3 attractions. More comments coming soon…. see: http://www.outrigger.com.au/hotels-resorts/hawaiian-islands/oahu-waikiki/outrigger-regency-on-beachwalk
I stayed at the Aqua Wave in October 2013 I have to say it’s not the best hotel I have stayed in whilst holidaying in Hawaii. The daily room service to make up your room was always completed really late in the day so we would normally be back at the hotel after being out all day to then have the housekeeper come in whilst we were trying to relax. Rooms are very basic, no swimming pool or laundry basically you get what you pay for. If you are looking for somewhere to stay at the lower end of the price range this may suit you
Warning: The first 2 weeks of June is our equivalent to ‘schoolies’ at the Gold Coast. I would not recommend staying in Waikiki at this time. I have been there and done that and it is very busy (even when compared to Xmas time) and loud. It takes away the relaxing quiet time you spend at the hotel and the beach.