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 Waikiki is center stage on Waikiki Beach. Designed for the convention crowd, it's big and busy; the ballroom, one of Oahu's largest, hosts convention expos, concerts, and weddings. All rooms were renovated in 2011 and many—80 percent, 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 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.