Coconut Waikiki Hotel
What We Love
- Free continental breakfast
- A block away from the bustle of Waikiki, the Coconut is a great alternative to beach resorts
- Free coffee and tea, WiFi, beach towels and newspapers
- The BBQs on the ground-floor pool deck are key for impromptu grill sessions
What To Know
- Guestrooms start at 195 square feet
- Be sure to tap the knowledgeable concierge for intel on Waikiki’s happenings
- There’s no restaurant on-site, but there are plenty of options nearby
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
On a corner of a quiet, canal-view side street, this ode to Midcentury Modern design carries through from the outside in. The Coconut was acquired in 2012 by Joie de Vivre hotels, who spruced up the space but kept retro details intact. The lobby’s slingback lounge chairs and lime-green color scheme hark back to days of Don Ho and the original Hawaii Five-0. In the guestrooms, lines and patterns create a look similar to that of the common spaces, with repeating squares in the carpet and “tiny bubbles” in the headboard.
Bed and Bath
The color scheme of lime-green and azure is well balanced with deep red lamps and other accents, such as lively colored piping on cushions and pillows. The flat-screen TVs are new, as is the high-speed WiFi. In fact, everything in the rooms — other than the ceilings, the sliding door (to a small but lovely lanai), the Lather amenities and the bathroom floor — feels new.
On the ground floor you’ll find a small but clean pool (with grills for guests’ use), a small workout facility and lobby computers for those traveling without. There’s no on-site restaurant, but coffee and tea, newspapers and WiFi (throughout) are all included — a nice touch often overlooked at the big name resorts.
In the Area
A short walk across the canal takes you to Ala Wai Golf Course, and just beyond, the multiple “local” dining opportunities on Kapahulu Avenue (Side Street Inn and Irifune are favorites). You can stroll just as easily to the Saturday morning farmers market at KCC or the plated lunch at Diamond Head Market as you could to the bustle (and beach, shops and dining) in Waikiki.
How to Get There
We were told upon check-in that our room was being swapped for a room far from the construction noise since we were told construction was being done exclusively on the top floors. However, we were woken up early in the morning the 2nd day to incessant drilling sounds from seemingly right above our ceiling. The construction continued the entire morning only breaking for lunch. We asked the front desk about the construction situation above our room and were told that construction was actually happening on our entire side of the building and that no other rooms were available for us to switch to. I mentioned that we were told upon check-in by a different associate that we were supposed to be nowhere near the construction but the associate we were speaking with simply said that assertion was inaccurate and was not at all apologetic about our situation. The associate that originally checked us in and told us we'd get a quiet room also never turned to look at us during this entire conversation. As such, we felt that we were simply set up to stay in the middle of all the construction.
The hotel was just right and close to Shops and Waikiki beach. When in Hawaii go for the long walks along the beach, Diamond Head and other areas with amazing scenery. Try locally prepared food and snacks.
We really enjoyed our short stay at the Coconut Waikiki. We were upgraded to a king room with a mountain view and the room was comfortable, had a great view (see photo) and had everything you needed (safe, iron, free bottled water, excellent wifi). The staff were great and we enjoyed the free 2487 coffee facilities and the free, fresh popcorn in the afternoon. The hotel pool was small, but good for a cooling dip after a day out. The hotel is about 10 minutes walk to the beach and one block from the main bus routes and has lots of nearby bars and restaurants. The buffet breakfast didn't have a lot of variety, but was a good start to the day. Definitely recommended as a value for money Honolulu/Waikiki base.