After 14 hours crammed in an airplane from Rochester, NY to Honolulu, HI, you just want to stretch out and relax. That’s just what we were able to do at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk. Our flight touched down at 3pm, and we were in our Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk room in time for that evening’s complimentary reception. It was a perfect way to unwind after a long, long day of travel. We always know we’ll have a #PrettyGreat room at Embassy Suites, and the Waikiki Beach Walk location was no exception. Continue reading for more details, photos, and review of our stay at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk.
The Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk sits one block behind world-famous Waikiki Beach. It doesn’t have beachfront access, but you can see the water from the upper floors of the hotel. It’s less than 9 miles from the Honolulu International Airport, but the drive can take close to 30 minutes to get from the airport to the hotel depending on traffic. As the name implies, the hotel is part of Waikiki Beach Walk, an outdoor mall and entertainment complex with numerous shops, restaurants, and activities. You can find free ukulele lessons, hula dancing, and even concerts on the lawn. We could see the small Waikiki Beach Walk stage set up right from the balcony of our room.
Across the street from the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk is Waikiki Beach, although direct access to the beach is blocked by the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. You can simply walk around the Outrigger Resort via the public access path through Fort DeRussy Beach Park to get to Waikiki Beach – very safe, easy, and convenient. I walked over to the beach to watch the sunrise over Diamond Head in the morning.
I loved the open-air lobby that is right off the parking garage and connected by a hallway to Waikiki Beach Walk. The check-in staff was warm, friendly, and offered everyone a passion fruit, orange, guava juice toast to welcome us to the islands.
Keep in mind that (like most hotels in Honolulu, especially those on Waikiki Beach) parking is not included in your room rate. Parking (inside the attached garage) is all valet and costs $38/night, so be sure to plan your budget accordingly.
All Embassy Suites by Hilton hotels have two-room suites, and it’s one of the reasons we think the brand is perfect for family travel. Their two-room suites allow parents and kids to each have their own separate spaces. The bedroom of our suite (pictured below) had two queen-sized beds, writing desk/vanity, 27-inch flat screen television, MP3 player clock radio, and plenty of storage space in the wardrobe and dresser.
There was a balcony off the bedroom that overlooked the Beach Walk entertainment lawn and also offered views of the Pacific Ocean.
The living room of our two room suite featured a queen-sized sleeper sofa that our 17-year old daughter used for her bed. There was also a 27-inch flat screen television and a table/desk adjacent to a kitchenette with a sink, Keurig coffee maker, mini-fridge, and microwave. The table was especially convenient for the pizza delivery dinner eagerly consumed by our hungry family exhausted from the long flight.
Extending the living room was a second balcony overlooking Beach Walk and providing a view of the ocean.
We arrived just in time for the Embassy Suites complimentary evening manager’s reception and enjoyed chips and salsa on the Grand Lanai (pool deck) with a beer. I loved that this Manager’s Reception offered a Hawaiian flare to the cocktail menu with tropical drinks such as Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiians. The Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk makes great use of their outdoor pool deck with two bars in the corners serving drinks for the daily reception.
Of course the other hallmark of Embassy Suites is their complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and, again, this was served on the Grand Lanai, open air under covered seating.
The breakfast buffet was full of heathy, protein-rich, choices such as fresh scrambled eggs as well as cooked to order omelets with a choice of fillings.
Families can also find pancakes, potatoes, fruit, yogurt, and plenty of bakery items including muffins and donuts. One thing that set this buffet at Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk apart was a nod to Japanese visitors with breakfast offerings such as Miso Soup and tofu.
I’ve already mentioned that the pool deck that is the hub of activities including the morning breakfast and evening reception.
There’s also free poolside yoga offered three days a week. The one-hour class is led by a certified instructor, and yoga mats are provided.
If you miss the 7 am yoga class, you can always workout in the 24 hour fitness center with cardiovascular machines and weight training equipment.
As part of the Waikiki Beach Walk, there’s plenty of shopping and dining opportunities close-by. However, one of the best activities of all is strolling over to Waikiki Beach right next to Fort DeRussy Beach Park. The beach front park is one of the largest in Waikiki, with a grassy area, children’s playground, volleyball courts, and workout stations. You can rent umbrellas and lounges, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, surfboards, and even book a surfing lesson too.
More interested in taking a stroll along the beach? There is the Waikiki Historic Trail marked with surfboard shaped signs sharing details and information about the area.
The Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk makes a #PrettyGreat home base for a family looking to explore Honolulu. Adjacent to Waikiki Beach, and also closeby to the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, and Diamond Head State Monument, the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk is a great choice for families staying close to the main Waikiki attractions. Fuel up in the morning at the complementary breakfast before your day at the beach. After a long day of fun and sun, the family will appreciate snacks at the evening reception before settling into your comfortable, over-sized suite or heading right outside for dinner at dozens of restaurants at Waikiki Beach Walk and beyond.
DISCLOSURE: Dave Parfitt was hosted by The Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk and received complimentary accommodations at the hotel for one night. However, all opinions expressed are those of the author. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.