If you don't mind crowds, this could be the place for you: towering over its neighbors on the prow of Waikiki's famous sands, the enormous Sheraton sits right at center stage on the beach. Designed for the convention crowd, it's big and busy; the ballroom, one of Oahu's largest, hosts convention expos, concerts, and weddings. Many rooms—80%, according to the hotel—have spectacular views of Waikiki. Dining options are plentiful: Kai Market showcases fresh, locally grown products in its daily buffet; RumFire is a favorite watering hole with a local-style tapas menu and stellar cocktails; the Edge Bar is a scenic and relaxing place to watch the sunset; and Ingredients is Honolulu's latest innovation in casual dining, catering to guests on the go. The resort's best beach is on its Diamond Head side, fronting the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Lanai afford views of the ocean, Waikiki, or the mountains. The hotel's Helumoa Playground, with two swimming pools and a long waterslide, is a kid magnet, while the Edge of Waikiki pool is a more elegant and subdued, adults-only swimming and lounging destination. The advantage here is that you have at your vacation fingertips a variety of amenities, venues, and programs, as well as a location smack-dab in the middle of Waikiki.