The “Living Room,” a breezy central hub for breakfast, lounging and socializing
Every room has views of either spectacular Koolau Mountain or the Pacific Ocean
Hotel lends chairs, towels and boogie boards for the beach
What To Know
There’s no pool or restaurant, but the beach is an easy five-minute walk and continental breakfast is served daily
The standard Cosmopolitan room is snug at 220 square feet; upgrade to a spacious Lifestyle Junior Suite for more wiggle room
Parking on site
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Design-forward budget boutique stay within strolling distance of Waikiki’s famed beaches
This funky 121-room Oahu boutique hotel offers a youthful, laid-back take on Hawaiian style, with vibrant colors and riotous textures galore in streamlined, light-filled spaces designed for mingling. The guestrooms are stylishly decorated but snug (visitors requiring more space should upgrade to a Junior Suite, or the swanky 22nd-floor penthouse). Sink into a curvaceous Midcentury Modern–inspired chair in the “Living Room,” where guests congregate for pastries and fresh fruit in the mornings, then hang out between excursions in the afternoon, indulging in the other kind of surfing.
In the Area
Sign up for a surf lesson with Uncle Bryan’s Sunset Suratt Surf Academy on Oahu’s awe-inspiring North Shore; the outfitter also provides standup-paddleboard lessons, as does the popular Waikiki Beach Services. Refuel at laid-back Uncle Bo’s, a restaurant/bar on Kapahulu Avenue where the dynamite shrimp with chili garlic aioli is bound to bring a tear to your eye. Fancy something a bit fancier? Head to Nobu Waikiki, the island outpost of the star chef’s ever-expanding empire, where you can sample the legendary black miso cod in an opulent David Rockwell–designed space.