With its shiny black surfaces and gray-on-gray color scheme, this sleek little hotel set back on a busy Waikiki corner would be at home in any major city. Only here, the front desk clerk cheerfully hands out beach towels and boogie boards. Despite the $25 per day mandatory “amenity fee,” Hotel Renew, with its location one block from the beach, is still one of the better deals in town. Rooms are spiffy, the Wi-Fi is speedy, and a daily breakfast is included in the rate. There’s no pool or fitness center on the property, but guests can use the gym, pools, and hot tub at the Marriott across the street. Nice extras include Face Stockholm toiletries and in-room DVD players and PlayStations (the front desk keeps a library of movies and games). Many guests are business travelers, and sure enough, the hotel is a fine choice for visitors who need a crash pad and not much more.
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Hotel Renew sits on the eastern edge of Waikiki, near Kuhio Beach Park, where a rock wall forms a saltwater pool that’s a favorite swimming spot for kids. A number of beginner surf schools also run their lessons on or close to Kuhio.
Need to Know
Rooms: 72 rooms. From $156. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: There’s no restaurant on the property, but a few tables in the small lobby provide a spot where guests crowd around for a simple breakfast (fruit, pastries, coffee). Spa and gym details: No spa, but Hotel Renew guests can use the Marriott’s fitness center across the street.
Who's it for: Couples or solo travelers (rooms are small), budget-conscious travelers, and road warriors. Our favorite rooms: Premier rooms on the higher floors are quieter and have the best ocean views. Note that rooms with balconies are smaller than those without. Pay to park: The parking at the hotel is extremely limited, and it’s near impossible to avoid paying to valet park (from $17 to $25 a day).