The island of O’ahu accommodates millions of visitors every year. And every year, travelers from all around the world are in search of the ideal place to rest to their heads when they are finished exploring (or getting too much sun on the beaches).
Within the two-square-mile stretch of Waikiki alone, there are countless beach-front hotels, chic boutiques, and world-class resorts. Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki is now a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world.
When choosing among the many inviting boutiques, I was looking for one in a great location with basic comforts, such as a decent bed and some sort of breakfast. Also, taking into account that I’d be working on my trip, I was prepared to take free and fast Wi-Fi over a high-end coffee maker. Luckily, I’m not addicted to caffeine and I’m not very picky, even when staying overnight 2,500 miles away from home.
This summer, the VIVE Hotel Waikiki made its grand debut just a couple blocks from the ocean, with the International Marketplace and the prime shopping and dining district on the south shore of Honolulu a few skips away. Best of all, the 125-guestroom hotel is located 30 minutes from some of the best attractions O’ahu has to offer, including Hanauma Bay, the local neighborhood of Kapahulu and the arts district of Chinatown, Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace and the Nuuanu Pali Lookout.
“Guests can find great beaches, fantastic dining options, mom and pop spots, world-class shopping and much more. You can also rent a car in Waikiki and explore other areas of the island if you’re adventurous,” says Nancy Uber, PR for VIVE Hotel Waikiki. “VIVE stands out from other hotels in the area by offering personalized, attentive and friendly service, which brings guests back again and again. Recent reviews have said our hotel is a great value. When you stay at the VIVE, every floor comes with great views. We are happy with the feedback we have received so far and are thrilled that our guests have been satisfied with their stay.”
The 100 percent non-smoking hotel offers guests a complimentary breakfast (locally grown fruit, pastries and coffee or juice) and a business center. Additional amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services and tour/ticket assistance.
There is an in-house surf school and a yoga program.
If you’re interested in laying out by a pool, you won’t find one here. But look on the bright side, the beautiful beaches are only two blocks away!
The 24-hour front desk staff was very accommodating. Even the valet was always ready with a warm smile and recommendations for dining, directions and activities. When pulling into this valet-only boutique, be careful. The entrance to the parking garage is steep and has a low clearance. If your truck is lifted, you’ll have to find parking elsewhere. My Jeep Wrangler barely made it under the concrete crossbeams (or so I thought).
All guestrooms include a safe, free wireless high-speed Internet access, small refrigerator, MP3 docking station, a flat-screen TV with cable, clock radio, bathrobes and a hair dryer.
Although on the smaller side, the room I stayed in was exceptionally clean with modern Polynesian in-room textiles. Looking to have a view of the city, Ko’olau Mountains and the Pacific Ocean? Stay on the 21st floor for the best of both worlds.
Which hotel you choose will depend on where you want to stay and what, if any, special services or resort amenities you require.
With rates starting at $189, VIVE Hotel Waikiki offers a quiet, calm vibe in the heart of busy Waikiki. You can also cash in on your stay! Book now through October 15 and receive a $25 American Express gift card for each night of your stay. Reservations must be made by October 15, 2013.
VIVE Hotel is not a cookie cutter, traditional hotel. VIVE Hotel aspires to support guests who desire adventure and discovery, making connections through experiences.
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