Tucked away on a residential side street near Waikiki's Ala Wai Canal, this locally owned 17-story condominium-style hotel is a gem. The glass-wall lobby with koa-wood furnishings, original Hawaiian artwork and friendly staff create a Hawaiian home-away-from-home. Rates are decent for the spacious studios and the one- and two-bedroom suites, all with full kitchens, cable TV, and spacious lanai. It's a two-block walk to Waikiki Beach, shopping, and Kalakaua Avenue restaurants.
The parking is free but limited. When the spots are full, you can park on the street. Every Friday morning the Ilima Ohana Chorus performs in the lobby and guests are invited to sing along.