Fodor's Expert Review Ewa Hotel

2555 Cartwright Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, United States See on Map

This affordable hotel located one block from the beach in Waikiki finds itself somewhere just above budget hotels by making efforts to give an older building a bit of a facelift. A partial update of the property by new owners Aqua-Aston Hospitality (it’s part of their LITE line) sees trendy décor and newish furnishings throughout that help to elevate an aging building and hide the rust and wear.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is a $15 amenity fee per day, though that’s basically for your coffee and in-room Wi-Fi since this hotel doesn’t have too many amenities.


For those just looking for a place to rest their head, the Moderate room is small and includes a mini fridge. For those looking for more space there are studio, one-, and two-bedroom options with kitchenettes, and even a three-bedroom penthouse. Some of the rooms also have lanais. Decor is simple, with light tans and whites to evoke a bit of a beach feel.

Though it’s great having a small kitchenette to help defray food costs, there is an extra charge to have a microwave in your room. To skip that charge, reheat your leftovers on the small electric range (one large pot is provided).


Bathrooms are pretty tiny, with an outer chamber with sink and small vanity that share space with a tiny kitchenette. Bathtub/shower combos allow for a simple bath if needed. The bathrooms are where you’ll find the most aging, with rust and hard water stains, but the bathrooms are otherwise very clean.


The lobby is bright and airy, somewhat chic and modern with a touch of traditional Hawaiian found with in the Hawaiian quilt hanging on the wall.


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. There is also a nearby shuttle that goes to Ala Moana Center.


Eggs n Things (9-min drive) will help satisfy those island breakfast cravings, with a large omelet menu, along with pancakes, crepes, and waffles, served with different fruits and towering dollops of whipped cream. You’ll have a hard time choosing between the daily specials and the classic menu, but you can’t really go wrong, either way. This popular eatery has been serving locals and visitors since 1974.

If you’re looking for some hearty Korean BBQ or stews, Sorabol (12-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 am during the week and all night on the weekend.


Visit the oldest sports pub in the entire state at Legends Sports Pub (6-min drive) for great deals (especially on their Mai Tais), a variety of screens, and a chance to watch NFL games at 7 am!

If you’re in the mood for a bit of Irish aloha, Irish Rose Saloon (9-min drive) has nightly live music and that great pub feel that you’re looking for. It’s a true favorite among locals and visitors.


Though it doesn’t have many amenities, the price and location at the quieter end of Waikiki Beach (and a quick walk to the beach) make it a great option for those just looking for a place to lay their heads. It’s near plenty of restaurants, activities, and sundry stores. It’s also pet-friendly (additional deposit and $35 fee per night)! A relatively late noon check-out also allows for a quick shower on the last morning at the beach.



Phones: 8089221677

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