Hotel Spotlight

Trade Frills for Views on Waikiki Beach

by Jeralyn Gerba
All photos courtesy of Park Shore Waikiki.

Park Shore Waikiki
Honolulu, Hawaii
Modern Minimalism, $$

What do you want out of a Hawaiian vacation? A personal butler? Buzzing pool scene? Lobby full of influencers with selfie sticks? For some, all those bells and whistles might feel a bit ... garish. Maybe a vacation, instead, can be about getting back to basics and letting the location do the talking. If that's sounds appealing, you might like the hotel equivalent of a clean slate: Park Shore Waikiki, a modern, minimal, tidy, and affordable hotel across the street from iconic Waikiki Beach. Diamond Head and ocean views are front and center — no wild color schemes, no cutesy design motifs, no larger-than-life lifestyle branding. At starting rates under $150 a night, it's just the bang-for-your-buck hotel pick your bank account — and pared down persona — will appreciate.

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At a Glance

The Vibe: Comfortable beach basics.

Standout Detail: Unobstructed views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach.

This Place Is Perfect For: Folks who want the million dollar views but don't necessarily have the big bucks (like groups going splitsies.)

Rooms: Anti-design, minimal, no frills pool-view, partial ocean-view, and full ocean-view rooms and suites (with wet bars and terraces) accommodate up to four guests at a time. The best ones have private balconies or lanais with expansive views of the water.

On Site: Pool, fitness center, meeting rooms, and dining options that are all ADA compliant.

Food + Drink: American comfort foods with a Hawaiian spin at Lulu's Island (coconut shrimp salad, burgers topped with pineapple and pork). Healthy, Aussie-inflected picnic lunches from Tucker & Bevy. Japanese and sushi in a subdued setting at Yoshitune.

What's Nearby

An alternative to the Waikiki Beach hubbub can be found at Kaimana Beach (with a protected cove for kids and a cute hotel bar for drinks) and Kapiolani Park (great for morning yoga). Hawaii is expensive, so cheap and delicious eats reign supreme. Support mom-n-pop shops like Over Easy (for breakfast), Mitsu-Ken (for an old-school Japanese deli experience), Helena's (for traditional Hawaiian), and Maguro Brothers (for excellent poke). 

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