If you plan to stay in the heart of Waikiki, Honolulu, but don’t want to burn your whole month’s salary on it then Queen Kapiolani Hotel is a fantastic budget friendly alternative to expensive resorts in the area; and just as beautiful and relaxing!
Address: 150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Queen Kapiolani Hotel is located in Waikiki, the heart of Honolulu which is full of shops and eateries. It is just one block away from Waikiki Beach where you’ll find people of all ages sunbathing, playing beach sports and just relaxing altogether. The location of this hotel is perfect because it’s just far enough from all the tourist crowds of Kalakaua Avenue, but still close enough to enjoy all the restaurants and nightlife .
Arrival and Check-In at the Hotel
Check in – 3 pm | Check out – 11 am
Uber from the airport to the hotel costs around $17 to $20 and the airport has a designated area for Uber passenger pick up; between door 7 and 8. Make sure to request your Uber only after you reach the pick up area since it’s easily a 5-7 minute walk from Arrivals because some drivers tend to get impatient and cancel your request if you take too much time.
If your flight is landing in the morning, before the hotel check-in time, always remember to inform the hotel in advance to see if early check-in is possible. Since, we were arriving around 9 am and had informed them of our early arrival, we were able to get our room by 12 pm. This was perfect for us because we wanted to get some breakfast anyway.
The hotel has a concierge on the left side of the entrance where you can store your luggage till your room gets ready.
The lobby area is beautifully decorated with many colorful couches laid out all over; the perfect place for you to hang out. This area also has many cute little shops selling unique souvenirs and treats. Get yourself a dole whip from one of the hotel shops while you wait for your room to get ready!
Inside the Hotel Room
With 315 rooms in several categories – diamond head view, ocean view, city view, studios, penthouses and suites; the hotel offers something to suit everyone’s needs. But, the option that offers the most value for money is their Diamond Head View room.
We booked the Diamond Head View room for 4 nights and it was perfect! Since the hotel is one block away from the beach, booking an Ocean View room will only get you partial views of the ocean, mostly blocked by buildings; whereas Diamond Head view rooms not only give you unobstructed views of the beautiful Diamond Head State Monument, but also overlooks the hotel’s happening pool area. This creates a lively atmosphere throughout the day, which is perfect if you want to just sit and chill in your balcony.
The room is very well appointed and functional. It is furnished with a large and comfortable king size bed and a small sitting area by the window to have a peek at the beautiful outdoors.
They offer strong complimentary WiFi in all rooms, which was our savior as we needed to catch up on some work even during our vacation days.
Their balconies are huge and provisioned with good quality patio furniture, and it was just the best thing for us. Being early risers and sunrise lovers, we love watching the break of dawn while sipping some coffee, and the huge balcony with such amazing views turned out to be perfect for us!
- Daily Housekeeping
- Outdoor pool
- Huge balcony with patio furniture
- Free WiFi
- Proximity to Waikiki Beach
- In room safe
- Air conditioning
- Very friendly staff
- 24/7 Concierge and bag storage
- Great restaurant & bar – The Deck
- Amazing cafe for some delicious kona coffee – Knots Coffee Roasters
- Early check-in available upon request
Restaurants at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Queen Kapiolani Hotel has two great restaurants to choose from, well actually I wouldn’t categorize either of them as restaurants really. One is a casual cafe located on the first floor of the hotel – The Knots Coffee Roasters. It offers some delectable bakery items for you to try. A coffee shop by day and a happening bar by night, it is an amazing place even if you simply want to grab a beer, relax and have some good conversation with friends and family.
Oh and their coffee cups with pink lids are super cute!
The other, called The Deck, is more like a restro-bar and is located on the second floor right by the pool. Not only does it offer some scrumptious food options such as the Pitaya Papaya Boat and Fresh Seared Ahi Sandwich for breakfast, Ahi Poke for lunch, and Oven Baked Whole Branzino Wrapped in Hawaiian Ti Leaf for dinner (simply finger-licking!), it also has an amazing ambience which is sure to take your Hawaiian vacation to the next level.
Just sit by the pool with a glass of Mai Tai and enjoy some local music or indulge in some delicious food; this restaurant has the perfect ambience be it day or night!
Oh, and while you’re relaxing your time away at the pool, do yourself a favor and get some bubbles, will you? Illikoi and guava mimosas are our favorites, but choose from any of their four flavors, they’re really good!
Okay okay we understand, you’re in Hawaii, you don’t want us to talk about gyms or working out. But, just listen to us for once. Their gym was so well equipped that we have to mention it here!
Now you see, we’re the kind who like to get at least a short workout done even during our vacation. So the first thing we actually check out after checking in to a hotel is its gym. We’ve seen all kinds of gyms, tiny hole-in-the-wall gyms, lavish high-tech gyms, gyms with no equipment, gyms with much too many equipment, but Queen Kapiolani’s gym is simply perfect. It has just the right amount of good quality equipment. It is spacious enough so that you can easily do all your bodyweight exercises but not too spacious that the gym just seems barren. We truly enjoyed our short workout sessions at their gym.
Additional Things to Note
- Honolulu is no less than any other big city, hence parking is definitely a problem. Most hotels charge exorbitant fees for nightly parking (close to $35 per night) and street parking is expensive in most places as well. There are free parking spots available throughout Waikiki, but they obviously get very crowded and you need to reach there early in the morning to get a spot. But what if there was a free parking area really close to your hotel? Well, if you stay at Queen Kapiolani Hotel, then you’re in luck! There is 24-hour free parking available on Monsarrat Ave (exact address can be found here), and it is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel. No need to rush to secure your spot anymore, huh?
- Diamond Head State Monument, one of the main attractions of Honolulu, is at a very convenient location from the hotel. In fact, many major attractions can be reached just on foot.
All in all we had a really enjoyable stay at Queen Kapiolani Hotel and we’d go back and stay there in a second. What we enjoyed the most was watching the sunrise from its huge balcony, the happening vibe at the pool area and of course its close proximity to Waikiki beach. The only negative that we can think of is that they don’t have a microwave and a coffee maker in the room. Now, this might not be a negative for you if you’re not much of a coffee drinker, but we LOVE our coffee, so it was somewhat inconvenient for us. But hey you’re in Hawaii, might as well have a Mai Tai instead of your morning coffee, right?
(While you’re planning your next vacation to Hawaii, make sure to check out our amazing article about Top Things To Do in Honolulu.)
53 thoughts on “Hotel Review: Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii”
What a gorgeous looking hotel and property. I like the calm vibe I get from the guest room, the color scheme is lovely. I also think the view of the Diamond Head State Monument is outstanding. I hope to visit sometime!
Just goes to show you don’t have to pay a fortune to stay in a great hotel or resort. This place looks beautiful and those room views of Diamond Head! I will pin this for the future. I want to go back to Hawaii!
Just goes to show you don’t have to spend a fortune to stay at an awesome hotel or resort. I’m pinning this because we want to go back to Hawaii in the future!
It sounds like this hotel has everything you would need. Except for coffee in the room lol. The room looks really cute and bright
Great tips on saving money in Hawaii! It can be so expensive there. I’ll definitely have to check out your hotel!
What a gorgeous hotel! I sure wouldn’t mind spending a few days relaxing in such a nice place. I’ll definitely have it in mind for my next trip to Honolulu.
The Queen Kapiolani does look like a great value option, especially as they offer King Beds in the less expensive room types as well. I’m used to seeing basic doubles in those, which I find too small! The pool looks gorgeous too.
Wow what an amazing hotel. Believe me, if I ever go to Honolulu one day, I will certainly look for this place.
This looks like a great hotel and a budget-friendly price! I always like knowing about all the amenities a hotel has to offer before I book, and this post was really helpful -thanks!
Love the fun coastal vibes in the decor! And the food looks super yummy. Great find!
I’ve always wanted to visit Honolulu and this place looks amazing!
Wow that is a very welcoming hotel, and looks great overall. I like that couch in the lobby 🙂
Beautiful images! This hotel looks amazing. Will definitely add it to my list of properties to stay at
Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing this review. Will be adding this property to my list of hotels to stay at ❤️
This is a very detailed review and you convinced me to stay there. The amenities are cool and the room looks comfortable and cozy at the same time.
ha! That hotel looks very vacation-ey. It sounds and looks like you guys had a great time, good hotel choice.
Looks like a great hotel! If I ever make it to Hawaii, I’ll have to check it out!
We sell this hotel a lot at work. I can attest it’s a good one.
Everything looks so beautiful airy, beachy, and clean. FUn place for adults and children.
Oh wow that hotel looks fantastic! Next time we visit Hawaii I will definitely look this place up!!
What a nice place! Never been to Hawaii but looking forward on my first time.
this looks wonderful!! I would love to go anywhere in Hawaii haha
I know huwaii is a beautiful place and the hotel looks good. Nice hotel to stay I must say.
This looks like a great hotel – I love the view to Diamond Head over the pool area. Last time I went to Waikiki I stayed in a hostel that had bed bugs so this would be infinitely better! I agree about the coffee maker though – always good to have one in the room – sometimes the hotel will give you one for a charge though.
Your overviews of this hotel are so thorough and they give so much good information.I will def have to add this to my list when I visit Hawaii.
This looks like a wonderful hotel to stay during a vacation. Hawaii, looks absolutely beautiful and I would love to visit there. The only thing is that don’t have a coffeemaker, I am a coffee addict. However, the hotel is so great I could definitely overlook that. It looks like y’all had an amazing time.
OMG! I’ve been in this hotel 2 years ago! I have a lot of good memories. I’m glad that finally the hotel have excellent review !
Such a wonderful hotel to take a wonderful stay and relax. It’s so really nice ambiance to spend with family and loved ones during an Hawaii trip.
Sounds like a nice relaxing stay in a hotel that has everything you would need. Thanks for sharing!
It looks like such a nice hotel! Not to mention the spectacular pool view! I was curious about the rate. Just picked a random date this summer and it was under $160. Great find!
Hawaii is definitely on the travel wish list! Would love to visit there. The Queen Kapiolani Hotel looks like a great place to stay. Especially being so close to Waikiki Beach. I love the view from the pool. Good to know there are good options for food at the restaurant.
I love how chill the ambiance is in the hotel. The colors are so vivid and bright that brings out a positive vibe.
The hotel looks amazing. The colors are so vivid and bright that it brings out a positive vibe. Seems like a fun hotel
The property looks absolutely beautiful and looks like you guys had a lovely stay. I also loved the decor of your room!
This looks beautiful! The view and the decor. It’s so great to read reviews on hotels, it helps so much when trip planning. Hopefully I can make it to Hawaii soon 🙂
The hotel looks so inviting you really wouldn’t have to leave the premises if you didn’t want to and you could still have an amazing time. I love the way you could just sit at or in the pool and gaze up at the mountains too. That is just breathtaking!
Really love the view from the room! Its stunning
I want a vacation to Hawaii! Especially after this read, it looks like an awesome hotel, and I love hearing about the gym, that is important for me no matter where I am
The hotel looks really wonderful. The picture of the outdoor pool with hills in the background is just stunning.
Wow, the hotel sounds like it was truly amazing! What a wonderful time! And the pineapple dole whip looked incredible, too!
I love that feeling when you get to sleep in a nice classy place, that maybe even better than where you normally sleep.
What a stunning hotel! It looks so stylish and a stunning location too, I want to visit! That pineapple whip sounds amazing!
I’ve never been here, but I definitely want to go in the future 🙂 thanks for a comprehensive guide and lots of information – love all the pics! x
I love how colourful this place is. It seems like a funky little spot worth checking out!
Queen Kapiolani Hotel looks a super fabulous place to be at. Looks like you had a lot of fun there.
What a good looking hotel! Looks like you had a great time there.
I love that you completely wrote all the important information about this Hotel. i must say that your review is well thought and honest. Anyway, the room looks really spacious and super clean. Moreover, I would definitely love to drench myself in the pool while enjoying the amazing view that it has to offer. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
That view is amazing and if you can get coffee I’m in!
Coffee is a big USP for us too!
I love Hawaiian hotels – they are always so colorful and fun. The Queen Kapiolani seems to be just like that – full of vibrant colors and positive vibes – makes a stay perfect, I assume.
I love this city and I have stayed here once before. The experience was so great for us and the customer service is unbelievable. Will share with some friends