Hotel at a Glance: Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki Beach has become a top vacation destination for travelers from all over the world, thanks to its soft sandy shores and tranquil seas. The Ambassador Hotel Waikiki is located on the south shore, just a short stroll from the beach.
- Go for a swim in the outdoor pool.
- Room with a view: Guest rooms come with balconies overlooking the city or the ocean.
- In-room amenities: WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable; kitchens in select units
- Within walking distance: Waikiki restaurants, nightlife, and shops
- Hang ten: Sign up for a surfing lesson at a beachside surf shop.
- Nearby attractions: Waikiki Aquarium, the World War II monument at Pearl Harbor, and the Honolulu Zoo
- Games and activities: Ambassador’s Fun Club game room has big-screen TVs, video games, interactive games, and more. Twenty-five bikes are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Waikiki, Honolulu: White-Sand Beaches, World-Class Surfing, and Luxury Entertainment
In 1911, local Waikiki kid Duke Kahanamoku beat the world record for the 100-meter freestyle swim by 4.6 seconds at an amateur swim meet—a feat so unimaginable that athletic officials refused to recognize it. But when he won an Olympic gold medal the following year, Duke became an international sensation despite them. Photogenic and frequently in the press, he was rarely seen without his surfboard, popularizing that local pastime in the press. This publicity helped turn Waikiki from a private playground for Hawaii’s ruling class into a travel hot spot as people came from all over to take surfing lessons from a celebrity athlete. Today, you can see Duke’s likeness immortalized in a bronze statue on Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach.
When they’re not surfing or sunbathing on the beach, most travelers explore the area’s busy avenues lined with everything from upscale boutiques and nightclubs to craft booths and street performers. Other attractions include the Honolulu Zoo, which houses exotic and endangered species such as sumatran tigers and white-handed gibbons, and the Waikiki Aquarium, where more than 3,500 creatures of the Pacific glide throughout glassed-in galleries.
Also nearby is one of Hawaii’s most recognizable natural landmarks, Diamond Head State Monument—a 300,000-year-old saucer formed by a single explosive eruption. Hikers can walk along a trail where molten lava once smoldered to ascend to the crater’s 560-foot-tall lip.