Across from the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Ala Moana Boulevard, just as it curves toward Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue, the 12-story Aqua Palms completed a $15-million transformation into a "condotel" in 2005 and now offers studio and luxury one-bedroom-suite accommodations. The studios include kitchenettes while the suites have full kitchens; both have tiled entryways, private lanai, and in-room DVD players, and there are coin-operated laundry facilites on-site. One-bedroom
penthouse suites are elegant and spacious enough to make you want to move in. The hotel offers complimentary coffee and tea service in the lobby 24/7. The minimal cost difference between the studio and penthouse suite is well worth the splurge.