Top Reasons to Stay at Pacific Beach Hotel
- This oceanfront hotel sits on Oahu’s legendary Waikiki Beach—the island’s top swimming-and-surfing spot.
- The hotel is located along Waikiki’s main thoroughfare, which is lined with luxury boutiques, art galleries, and award-winning restaurants.
- The three-story oceanarium on site supports a marine reef and more than 400 fish. For the best viewing experience, stop by during one of the scheduled feeding times or have a meal of your own at the Oceanarium Restaurant.
- Spacious guest rooms have flat-screen TVs and private balconies with gorgeous views of the ocean.
- You can lounge by the outdoor pool, play a game of tennis on the onsite courts, or indulge in a hot-stone massage at the full-service Laule'a Spa.
- Daily continental breakfast for two at the Aloha Center Café. The café offers fresh pastries and coffee each morning and snacks and sandwiches for meals on the go.
With the amenity fee, guests have access to the following: wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, local and toll-free telephone calls, and 60 minutes of long-distance calls within the U.S. and Canada; use of beach towels, an in-room safe, and tennis courts and golf cages; free meals for children 4 years old or younger at the oceanarium with a paying adult; eco-friendly water bottles refillable at stations throughout the hotel, access to a 24-hour in-house fitness center, and a discount pass to a 24-hour Fitness Super Sport Club.
Honolulu’s Waikiki: 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 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 solid-koa-wood board, popularizing the local pastime of surfing. 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 with a celebrity athlete. Today, you can see Duke’s likeness—complete with a board—immortalized in a bronze statue on Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach.
With the influx of visitors came a number of hotels and businesses, so Waikiki now has the look and feel of an urban resort area. When not sprawled on the white-sand beaches, most travelers explore the sunny avenues lined with everything from upscale boutiques and nightclubs to craft booths and street performers. Cultural attractions include the Honolulu Zoo, an expansive habitat that’s home to exotic and endangered species such as sumatran tigers and white-handed gibbons. Steps away, the Waikiki Aquarium is stationed alongside a living reef. Within the marine museum, more than 3,500 creatures of the tropical Pacific Ocean glide throughout glassed-in galleries.
It’s worth making the trek to Diamond Head State Monument, a 300,000-year-old saucer formed by a single explosive eruption and arguably Hawaii’s most recognizable landmark. Hikers can walk down a 0.8-mile trail where molten lava once smoldered to ascend to the crater’s 560-foot-tall lip.