Vive Hotel Waikiki
What We Love
- Free continental breakfast and WiFi
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We stayed at Vive Hotel in a junior suite for over a week and enjoyed our experience there. Sirens were loud at night, but we had no other noise issues. It was easy to walk anywhere around Waikiki and there were bus options nearby (both city and hop on/hop off). All staff members we interacted with were great - breakfast staff, front desk, valet, housekeeping. While breakfast was good, it quickly felt monotonous and lacked variety. The fruit and croissants were tasty, but the hard boiled eggs and occasional sausage were only okay. Adding some sautéed veggies and scrambled eggs would have been great. However, we always enjoyed having something quick at the hotel for breakfast. If you're looking for a hotel in Waikiki, I'd highly recommend Vive.
This is the second time I've stayed at the VIVE Waikiki. It's a great value, and only two blocks to the beach. It's not perfect, but the staff always makes a concerted effort to correct problems and make you happy. This time, when I checked in, I noticed that the carpet to the side of the bed was wet, apparently due to a leak in the wall and floor between the shower and bed area. The staff was quick to change my room. I appreciated the quick response and customer service. Another plus is that the hotel provides you with beach towels, chairs, mats and umbrellas, all at no extra charge. That's a great bonus.
Generally, the hotel is very nice, in both guest rooms and in the lobby and breakfast area. However, this is not a new building, and portions of the hallways where the guest rooms are located are open to the outdoors. As a result, weather has effected the carpets, walls, and hallway decor more than you would see in a more traditional hotel where all the hallwyas are internal. It's just harder to maintain, and some of it looks a little shabby.
The only other complaint I have is about their breakfast. There's a nice display of fruits and melons, and attempts to provide a nice selection of breads and pastries. However, there are no signs telling you what type of bread and pastries are being served that morning. For example, some pastries have meat inside (surprise!), some have fruit, and you never know what you're getting until you bite into them. Similarly, they often serve bread that looks like it has raisins, but turns out to be dotted with blueberries. Simple signs labeling the food items would be helpful. Also, there is a distinct shortage of hot items providing protein. And, the kitchen is often understaffed in key morning hours..
In spite of those shortcomings, I enjoy the hotel, and consider it to be of great value and excellent location. I will stay there again.
The hotel was very clean and very accommodating. We read reviews about many hotels out there are very small so we opted for the junior suite. It was worth it! The staff was very friendly and very helpful. Didn’t have a pool, indoor bar or restaurant but they did have a kitchen and offered room service and an excellent breakfast spread every morning! I won’t hesitate to book here the next time we head to Waikiki!