Price From $99
'Hood The center of Waikiki, a beachfront neighborhood. The hotel is within two blocks of Waikiki Beach and Kuhio Beach (an excellent spot for beginner surfers), and four miles from downtown Honolulu.
The Gist A stylish gem among the many plain-Jane high-rise hotels along the Waikiki strip. The 93-room Aqua Bamboo projects an air of laid-back calm thanks to a warm staff, a pool area with a waterfall and cabanas, and a spa. The contemporary rooms are spruced up with persimmon accent pillows and fresh bamboo. Every Thursday, guests are invited to sip Bamboozles, the hotel's signature cocktail of coconut rum and fruit juice, at the manager's reception. Above all else, online reviewers give the hotel high marks for its easy beach access and spot-on service.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa.
Details Doubles from $99 per night, doubles with kitchenettes from $129, one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes from $199, one-bedroom suites with full kitchens from $279.
Thanks for Sharing This hotel gets praise from reader JM Hilde, who says, "The Aqua Bamboo is small and affordable, a nice upgrade of an old building in a fun location."