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
- 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
Great location close to beach at Waikiki. Bus is only one block away so everything is close. Check in and check out was fast. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely stay again when we go back to Honolulu.
Small but very functional room. Hotel staff was excellent. Excellent value considering how expensive everything can be in Hawaii. Breakfast was adequate, coffee very good. Popcorn and snack in the PM was a nice touch. We enjoyed our stay.
We stayed at the Coconut Waikiki, because I did the Start to park 10k and wanted to get a good sleep the night before. So we didn’t wanna go through the struggle of getting up early to drive down to Honolulu. However that might have been the better solution. The room design itself is ok, but we didn’t get any good sleep at all. We had a room facing the channel on the backside of the hotel on the 4th floor and the noise from the street down there just kept us awake all night. We would not recommend this Hotel unless they replace those windows, which might as well not exist at all. The lanai was under construction so we weren’t able to use that either. One can only hope they don’t just redo the lanai but also the windows.
Complimentary breakfast was included and ok, nothing special and not a lot to choose from, which however seems to be normal in the US. Scrambled eggs were made from powder instead of real eggs.
Check-in: Fast and uncomplicated; 24/7 service;
Room: Nice view over the Ala Wai canal but there was construction work, so we could not use the lanai; the bathroom has seen better times
Breakfast: decent variety but american continental style - plastic plates and cups, low quality, very little space for the number of guests
I stayed here for a long weekend in early December and it was great!
The front desk staff were all very helpful in finding stuff to do in the area, navigating the bus system, and helping me get around.
I wish my balcony was open, but I understand construction needs to happen sometime. I also wish the breakfast went a bit later, but I can only blame my laziness on missing that.
The location is quite nice; you are far enough from the action to avoid the noise, but close enough to get to the fun in 5 to 10 minutes.
It's a good pick for the bargain minded traveler who is looking to relax.