We were looking forward to some peace and quiet after spending 5 hectic nights with a group of over 100 people. At check in I asked for an upgrade from our Ocean View room (hoping for a Deluxe Ocean View) and we were given a Junior Suite (Room 318) without any hassle at all. Our room was on the same level as an open air garden in the centre of the hotel. A real unexpected surprise when we came out of the lift.
During check in we were invited to the Manager's cocktail happy hour for Mai Tais and Pupus. The manager Jean-Pierre (JP) made us feel very welcome and the Mai Tais went down rather well. We unpacked and went straight out for dinner. On our return we noticed just how loud the A/C was and there was no way either one of us could sleep with that racket. Also quite a bit of loud talking and laughter was coming from the floor below. I thought it was from the bar but Reception said the bar was empty at that time.
We were offered another room on the 8th floor (Room 810) which was much quieter and had a wrap around balcony with views back to Waikiki and over to Diamond Head. We were both quite grumpy and tired after having to pack up and move but we had our best night's sleep in 5 days. There was a small entrance way with a luggage closet containing the room safe. The bathroom was a little odd. One room contained the toilet and a shower over a bath and the hand basin was outside the bathroom next to the wardrobe. There was a Queen size bed in one room separated by sliding doors from the lounge area with a desk, couch and TV cabinet with mini fridge underneath. The view from the wrap around balcony was absolutely awesome. We slept with the drapes pulled back so we could look down toward the lights of Waikiki.
The beach out front of the hotel is fantastic and was never crowded. It was quite shaded first thing in the morning but it didn't take long for the sun to come over the buildings. There are towels and sand mats available at the Bell desk. The entrance to the beach is just to the right before the bar and there is a tap at the top of the ramp to wash off the sand before going back into the hotel. You can not get back in the door at the top of the ramp and have to walk down the side a bit.
Breakfast was awesome under the Hau Tree. So relaxing that we could have stayed there all day. Not much else in the way of dining options. The dinner menu had quite an Asian influence and there was also a Japanese restaurant on the 2nd floor. There is a small convenience store attached to the hotel but we just wandered back into Waikiki for dinner.
I was a little nervous during our walk back from town as there are a lot of homeless and 'strange' people in the park. There would be no way I would walk there alone at night. My husband had to look twice when he saw his first gay couple kissing but he got used to it very quickly so it wasn't an issue. I had forgotten to tell him it had the reputation as the gay end of Waikiki. No big deal.
Overall our stay at the New Otani was everything I expected it to be in terms of peace and quiet (eventually). I would definitely go back tomorrow given the chance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Take advantage of its paradisiacal setting, The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel is a refreshing escape from the crowds of Waikiki. This boutique hotel sits right on one of Honolulu’s best white-sand beach, cradled next to the slopes of Diamond Head Crater, and located directly across from the 108 acre Kapiolani Park, perfect for those seeking a recreational or romantic. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
- New Otani Kaimana Beach Honolulu
- Kaimana Beach Hotel
- New Otani Hawaii
- The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu