Hotel at a Glance: Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach is perhaps Honolulu’s most beloved attraction, a white-sand beauty that was named one of Hawaii’s best beaches by Travel Channel. Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach is only a three-minute walk from its namesake, putting guests in a prime position to not only explore the coast, but also all the attractions that Waikiki has to offer, including Honolulu Zoo, which is just down the street.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms boast 42-inch HDTVs, a sofa bed, and a separate workspace.
- Room with a view: Accommodations overlook Diamond Head, the city, or the beach.
- Stay connected with the free WiFI.
- Free breakfast goes beyond the usual continental fare, offering skillets, breakfast sandwiches, fresh baked breads, and fruits, as well as an entire station devoted to Asian fare.
- Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool.
- Nearby attractions: Diamond Head State Monument, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Aquarium.
- Recent accolade: A 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
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.