Despite an explosion of high-rise construction all around it, the Breakers continues to transport guests back to 1960s-era Hawaii in this small, low-rise complex a mere half-block from Waikiki Beach. The Breakers' six two-story, ranch-style buildings surround its pool and overlook gardens filled with tropical flowers. Guest rooms have Japanese-style shoji doors that open to the lanai, kitchenettes, and bathrooms with showers only. The Breakers enjoys enviable proximity to the Waikiki Beach Walk entertainment, dining, and retail complex and is very popular thanks to its reasonable prices and great location. Wasabi Bistro, a popular Japanese restaurant is located poolside.
The Breakers has great rates and lots of return guests, so rooms can book up quickly. Be sure to book plenty in advance if you’re interested in this hotel.
Each of the 63 rooms is decorated in either Hawaiian, American, or Japanese decor, most of which is a bit outdated, with kitchenettes and air conditioning. Some of the rooms and suites have garden or pool view options, and rates vary based on room size and number of beds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Because there are no high level rooms, street noise may be difficult for light sleepers to deal with.
Bathrooms are small, with a wall mounted sink, toilet, and single-person shower stalls.
The small lobby is open and inviting, with a small half-oval reception desk, a bird cage, and a hotel cat waiting for guests’ arrival.
In the middle of the six two-story buildings sits a medium-sized, rectangular pool surrounded by a small courtyard. The hotel’s free Wi-Fi can be used here.
The Japanese food at Wasabi Bistro is a favorite among locals, and is situated in a cozy spot next to the hotel pool. They’re open for lunch (weekdays only) and dinner with an array of sushi, signature dishes, and fresh catch specials.
The bar at Wasabi Bistro is a bit limited, with a few choices for wine, beer, and cocktails.
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.
If you’re looking for some hearty Korean BBQ or stews, Sorabol (10-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.
You may find the staple Hawaiian food poi cooked many different ways during your travels, but you’ll rarely find it in as intriguing and utterly satisfying a form as in the donuts at Liliha Bakery ( 16-min drive). Sadly, once you try them, you’ll regret every morning that you don’t wake up to these chewy, sweet purple treats. If you’re in the mood for something besides donuts for some reason, find some incredible offerings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at their coffee shops. Pro tip: Grab a dozen poi donuts to take home--one of the locations is between Waikiki and the airport.
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 a.m.!
While Tiki’s Grill and Bar (6-min walk) 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.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Opened in 1954, this hotel give the feel of old Hawaii, with decent rates. The very unique check-in time (whenever you like, if you arrive particularly early, just let them know ahead of time) is definitely`a nice perk.