Park Shore Waikiki
Efficient, $ ($149)
After a year of lockdown living, people are asking themselves what they really want when they travel again. A personal butler? A buzzing pool scene? A lobby full of influencers with selfie sticks? For some, all those bells and whistles might feel a bit ... garish. Maybe a vacation, instead, will 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.
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.
Covid Notes: Travelers need a confirmed negative COVID-19 test from an approved trusted testing and travel partner within 72 hours of the final leg of their trip to the Hawaiian Islands as an alternative to the state's mandatory 10-day quarantine. Read more about the hotel's current Covid-related policies here.
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. Homegrown businesses are enjoying extra attention these days. 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). For a socially distanced splurge, order from Senia — prefix meals prepared by two Per Se alums are beautifully boxed for curbside pickup.