Fodor's Expert Review Castle Waikiki Shore

2161 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, USA See on Map

Nestled between Fort DeRussy Beach Park and the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, this is the only condo hotel directly on Waikiki Beach. Units include studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, each with private lanai and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. All 168 suites have washers and dryers and many have full kitchens, but some only have kitchenettes, so be sure to inquire when booking. Families love this place for its spaciousness, while others love it for its quiet location on the western end of Waikiki. At this throw-back to old Waikiki, don't be surprised to think you hear someone yell, "Book 'em, Danno!" while sipping your mai tai and watching the sunset from your lanai.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Units are individually owned, which means you could end up with one that is outdated and hasn’t been upgraded. When booking, it’s best to call the hotel directly and communicate your needs and wishes to ensure that you receive a nicer room (if that’s important to you).


Bedrooms range from studio to two-bedroom suites, with ocean and park views. Each has a private lanai, in-room washer/dryer, and kitchenette in the suites and full kitchen in the larger suites.

Ask for a higher floor room for better views and quieter nights.


Many bathrooms are spacious and bright, with double vanities and tubs with handheld showers.


The hotel lobby is small and unassuming, with a few brochures in stands at a small standing check-in desk.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Parking is a little pricey at $35 per night, but you do get a dedicated, secure spot, which is not typical.


Getting Around

Waikiki and surrounding areas are easily reachable from the airport by cab or rideshare. There is plenty to do in these areas without ever leaving (walking, biking, taking the bus, or hailing a car), so a rental car is only necessary if you want to explore other parts of the island.


Without exaggeration, you will likely have the best omelet of your life at The Original Pancake House (18-min drive). Fluffy, huge, and stuffed with some unique items, they’re nothing if not memorable--and so is the décor. This strip mall offering sees Europe meet the Pacific at this German-styled restaurant with Portland roots and Hawaiian favorites like Spam and eggs and macadamia nut pancakes on the menu. They also brew up a damn fine cup of coffee.

If you’re looking for some hearty Korean BBQ or stews, Sorabol (9-min drive) is a great option for classic Korean food, along with an extensive sushi menu. They’re especially great night for some late-night indulging, as they stay open until 1 a.m. during the week and all night on the weekend.


While Tiki’s Grill and Bar (6-min drive) has a pretty delicious Pacific Rim menu, you don’t need to go much further than the bar to have a good time. The drink menu is full of fun, tropical cocktails, including the memorable Son of an Itch. This tasty treat comes in your choice of glasses to take home, is served with a bamboo backscratcher, and the best part – it has dry ice in it, so it’s as playful as it is yummy. Live music helps make this popular place even more fun.

Visit the oldest sports pub in the entire state at Legends Sports Pub (7-min drive) for great deals (especially on their Mai Tais), a variety of screens, and a chance to watch NFL games at 7 a.m.!


Though Waikiki Shore lacks many standard amenities like a pool or restaurant, it does have some that many hotels don’t, like a nail salon and apparel shop. It’s also the only condo hotel in Oahu that is directly on the beach!


On the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: 808-952–4500;800-367–5004

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