Overlooking the Ala Wai Canal, this reasonably priced boutique hotel is more residential than a typical resort, with a cobblestone driveway, a lobby with rattan living room–style furnishings, a wall of French doors that open up to a gazebo garden, and a tiny swimming pool tucked in a backyard. All guest rooms and suites are bright and inviting. Now operated by Joie de Vivre, this hotel offer playful ammenities such as free coconut M&Ms, sunscreen and aloe in each
room, and Hawaiian music playing in the lobby. The hotel even has a fully equipped two-bedroom penthouse. Accommodations—either hotel rooms or studios with kitchenettes—are compact but functional with tile flooring instead of carpets. Views from your lanai include the canal and its paddlers by day and the lights of Honolulu's skyline by night. Complimentary Continental breakfast is served in the lobby overlooking the hotel garden. It's a three-block walk to the beach.