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Halekulani, Honolulu 

2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu , Hawaii
Tel: 800 367 2343 (toll-free)
Tel: 808 923 2311
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Since opening in 1917 on this prime Waikiki beachfront spot, the Halekulani has grown to 454 rooms—but it still manages to feel like the most intimate, peaceful hotel on the island. There's a special Vera Wang–designed honeymoon suite and an excellent spa offering lavender-orchid body wraps and hibiscus-infused scalp massages. Even the basic amenities are pretty lavish: For instance, all Halekulani guests have VIP access to some of Honolulu's top cultural attractions, such as the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and Shangri La, the Doris Duke estate. Guests also have equal access to the small slice of beach, the superb, mosaic-tiled swimming pool, and the attentive staff. (Ask the concierge for dinner reservations at Nobu, which is located in the Halekulani's sister hotel, the Waikiki Parc). The rooms, all outfitted in soothing blue and cream tones, have large lanais, and all except the Garden Courtyard rooms have ocean views. (For the best views, book a Diamond Head room.) For a souvenir of your stay, pick up one of the wonderful Halekulani-brand body products scented with maile, a fragrant Hawaiian vine, at the on-site spa boutique.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Most rooms at this Waikiki hotel, whose name translates as "house befitting heaven," ook onto Gray's Beach and Diamond Head—"the views are fantastic"—and all come with soaking tubs, marble basins, and private terraces. The plantation-style main building has a hipped roof to catch the cooling breeze. La Mer's forte is French cuisine in a "white tablecloth setting." Staff "were very helpful, escorting us to our room by flashlight when the power went out on the island."

(453 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.3
  • Activities: 84.0
  • Design: 91.6
  • Food: 91.6
  • Location: 95.3
  • Rooms: 87.5
  • Service: 92.0

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Water sports

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Perfect Location

We stayed at this hotel for a few nights and loved the location and rooms, though they were on the small side, but par for the course in Waikiki. The bathroom was... more