Ala Moana Hotel

When you want to be close to Waikiki, but still far enough away to avoid some of the crowds, then the Ala Moana Hotel might just be the Honolulu hotel for you. The Ala Moana in Honolulu recently underwent a multimillion dollar renovation, and the individually owned condo-style units boast a fresh and contemporary appeal that is bound to please. They also include a good amount of amenities, so your stay should be both comfortable and convenient. The Outrigger brand of hotels oversees operations at the Ala Moana Hotel, which means that you can expect a certain level of quality and a lot for your money.

There are 1,152 guest units at the Ala Moana in Honolulu, so chances are good that you will be able to secure a room here. Honolulu vacations are a popular thing, however, so booking ahead is still recommended. The rooms at the Ala Moana vary in price because of differences in size, so you can save some money on rates if you don't need added space. Whether you opt for a smaller room or choose a larger suite, the standard amenities you can expect include high-speed internet access, daily maid service, cable TV, blackout drapes, air-conditioning, a hair dryer, an iron, a radio alarm clock, and a telephone with voice mail. A microwave and mini-refrigerator also come standard, and there are grocery stores close by if you want to stock up on snacks and beverages. The hotel is also within steps of the Ala Moana Shopping Center, which is the largest mall in Hawaii.

If there is room in your Oahu vacation budget for splurging on accommodations, then requesting one of the upper floor rooms at the Ala Moana in Honolulu is recommended. These rooms offer terrific views of both Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, which is worth the extra money. Regardless of which room you choose at the Ala Moana in Honolulu, access to a range of facilities and services is standard. The hotel offers five restaurants to choose from, so finding something you like on one of the menus should be simple. When you're up for drinks or a little nightlife, the Ala Moana's two bars are ideal places to hang out. One of the bars here, the Pakele Lounge, features live music, so you can relax with a cocktail and enjoy the Polynesian vibes.

While Waikiki Beach is a relatively short walk away, Ala Moana hotel guests who are looking to enjoy a refreshing swim on a sunny day might prefer the easier commute to the hotel's renovated swimming pool. This attractive outdoor pool is surrounded by a sundeck, and it's a great place to catch some rays. Should time on the beach take precedence, then you might also enjoy the walk to Ala Moana Beach Park, which is closer than Waikiki Beach. This park, while not as ideal as Waikiki for snorkeling and surfing, is a good place to go swimming, and the large grassy areas are ideal for picnics, tossing around a frisbee, and a range of other recreational activities.

While many visitors come to Honolulu to relax, others come on business. Business travelers who are staying at the Ala Moana in Honolulu will likely appreciate the hotel's proximity to the city's new convention center. The business and financial district is also easy to access. The Ala Moana Hotel features a business center with computers and high-speed internet access, so you can use it to your advantage when trying to work during your stay. Other facilities and services for guests at the Ala Moana in Honolulu include coin-operated laundry facilities, an on-site gift shop and sundries store, a fitness center, and a tour desk. As a side note, if you like the Ala Moana Hotel but want to be even closer to Waikiki Beach, then the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach is worth considering for your Oahu vacation.

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