This slim high-rise with 538 oceanfront rooms including 57 luxury suites fronts Ala Wai Yacht Harbor at the ewa (western) edge of Waikiki. It's close to Honolulu's downtown business district, the Hawaii Convention Center, and the world-class shopping at Ala Moana Center. There's no beach here, but Ala Moana Beach Park is a 10-minute stroll along the harbor, and the hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service around Waikiki and its surrounding beaches. It's the only resort in Waikiki with a golf course—the 27-hole Arnold Palmer–designed Hawaii Prince Golf Club course is in Ewa Beach, about a 45-minute drive from the hotel. The sleek, modern Prince looks to Asia both in its high-style decor and such pampering touches as the traditional oshiburi (chilled hand towel) for refreshment upon check-in. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the harbor—ideal for sunsets—make up for the lack of lanai.
There is a resort fee at this hotel, but booking directly gives guests a waived resort fee, free Wi-Fi, daily self-parking, guaranteed bed type, and more.
The newly redesigned guest rooms at the Prince Waikiki feature sleek design in large rooms that make use of light woods and beach inspired hues. This location also boasts something no other Honolulu hotel can as all rooms have oceanfront views of the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and/ or Ala Moana Beach and Park. Floor to ceiling windows in rooms open so guests can enjoy the sweet hawaiian breeze. Sheer and blackout remote control blinds are also included. Hand-painted Nai‘o flowers on room walls provide a peaceful and tranquil setting. Other comforts include coffee makers, mini fridges, robes, and modern convenient data ports.
For a more inclusive experience, splurge with Club Rooms, which are even more luxurious, but also offer access to the Prince Waikiki Club Lounge that includes free breakfast, afternoon snacks, beer and wine, and evening pupus.
The spacious marble bathrooms feature separate shower and tub and come stocked with signature, locally sourced amenities made by Kauai-based Malie Organics. Toilet seats are heated for added comfort.
The ultra modern and artful lobby stands below a signature art installation titled Hulali i ka lā, from renowned local artist Kaili Chun. Prince Ambassadors are on hand to take care of check-in and any other needs. Should guests need to wait, they can relax in comfortable and modern furniture, grab a cup of coffee from Honolua Coffee or browse one of two gift shops. Once en route to the rooms, guest will enjoy a spectacular views from the glass elevator.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though this hotel offers some lovely harbor views, it is a bit far from the beach. If a beachfront vacation is what you’re looking for, this may not be the right hotel for you.
Two luxurious salt water pools are on site, including an infinity pool with an amazing harbor view. Wooden decking and chic white details make for a calming atmosphere amid the modern chaise lounge chairs. Poolside cabanas can be reserved for a fee.
At Naio Bliss, enjoy a relaxing massage or facial in the comfort of the luxurious treatment room or in the hotel’s exclusive oceanfront cabana.
The 24-hour fitness center is small but bright and inviting. It includes modern equipment like treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, strength machines, free weights, towels and water. In addition to the gym, guests can arrange for a tee time at the 27-hole Hawaii Prince Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. Three interchangeable nines create a variety of playing conditions for all skill levels. Shuttles to the one-of-a-kind course is free however, there is a course rate.
Distinctive island cuisine is offered at numerous restaurant locales at Prince Waikiki. At 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar guests can watch the sun sink into the sea while sipping on a beverage, enjoying small savory plates of island cuisine, or indulge in their expansive, signature buffet. There’s also a coffee shop in the lobby, the first U.S. location of the famous Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo on site. If you prefer in room dining, room service is available 24 hours a day.
Happy hour happens daily at 100 Sails from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m., with live music on Thursday through Sunday. At Hinana Bar, located on the deck of the infinity pool, guest can lounge on fun, funky furniture while enjoying pupus and drinks (including a fun mocktail menu), with live music performances on select Fridays.
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.
Booking directly gives guests the added perk of free self parking, and there’s also a free shuttle to Ala Moana Center.
One of Chinatown’s standout spots is trendy The Pig and the Lady (14-min drive), a Vietnamese/Asian fusion restaurant with creative dishes that appeal to a variety of palates. They are even able to modify many of their menu items to meet the dietary needs of vegetarians. Their dessert menu is quite stunning, featuring island flavors and a rotating soft serve program, as is their cocktail menu full of quirky drink names and ingredients.
If you’re in or around the Ala Moana Center, the Hawaiian take on the gastropub is not to be missed. At The Brilliant Ox (9-min drive), guests will find an all day menu with incredible shared bites, lunch specials that include amazing ingredients on a bun, and a vibrant brunch menu. Late night hours on the weekend make it a great spot to linger and enjoy their handcrafted cocktails and beer menu while grazing through their menu.
Even if you’re not staying at The Modern, you’ll want to sneak behind the bookcases in their lobby to grab a drink at The Study (2-min walk). It may look small from the outside, but this bar with yummy cocktails, incredible live music that gives way to a DJ, and diverse crowd is large and inviting. Alas, you will definitely not get any studying done.
House Without a Key (6-min drive) inside Halekulani Hotel provides some true upscale island ambiance along with its dinner and cocktails. The restaurant has a dedicated portion of its service area for those looking to enjoy a drink and an appetizer along with their nightly music and hula performances. Their signature drink is the mai tai but take our advice and try the off-menu “Lost Passion,” a tequila/passionfruit/champagne concoction that will get you in the island spirit.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Though located 10 minutes from the beach, the hotel’s welcoming modern design and personal touches make it a good value for the cost. The chic luxury, options for golfing, abundance of dining options, and fantastic pool area make for a lovely stay. Other extras at the highly revered hotel include a baked treat upon arrival, chocolates in the evening, complimentary shuttles, and much more.