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
My wife and I stayed here for a few days and the staff was great. They were very welcoming and made us feel like we were on vacation. The hotel is old but it was in the process of being updated The location was great. We could walk to everything we needed. The breakfast area is a little small and you may have to wait for a table but we never had to wait more than a minute or two. Since the hotel is small, they only offer Valet parking, but never had an issue getting the car.
Staff are amazing, so friendly, always ready to help with any questions even offered other suggestions to me which was wonderful. Motel is great and in a really good location, breakfast is good. This motel is not the Ritz, I think it is better because the staff are so wonderful, always smiling and friendly. Loved our stay thank you!
This hotel was excellent and had everything you need. The staff were very friendly and informative, including a chalkboard in reception which showed the daily weather forecast etc. The local hawaiin man which manned the tour desk was so so helpful and gave us the absolute best tips on where to see for an authentic experience. This allowed us to find a secluded beach, in peak season. So magical. Although the hotel isn't on the beach side, it has river views which are just as nice, and it is only a very short walk to the beach and main shops/restaurants.