by Amanda Geronikos
The Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk, hands down, offers the best value for families vacationing on Oahu.
It’s located along Waikiki Beach Walk (a collection of high-end retailers and restaurants), and is just a short walk from famous Waikiki Beach.
Complimentary perks include an extensive breakfast buffet featuring made-to-order omelettes, and evening receptions with filling hors d’oeuvres and cocktails (yes, cocktails are included) by the sparkling pool (next to a separate kids’ pool, might we add). Also included in nightly rates is Wi-Fi, a rarity at other Embassy Suites’. And these perks really are included — the hotel doesn’t charge a resort fee.
Of course, the hotel’s signature suites are what truly attract families to this high-rise hotel, with room configurations for groups of all sizes. The largest suites sleep up to eight people, and connecting accommodations allow large or extended families to maximize space. There’s no extra charge for children ages 18 and under to stay either (another rarity at many hotels).
When you’re ready to leave the resort, an onsite concierge can help you plan local excursions to the island’s top attractions: Pearl Harbor, Kualoa Ranch (where “Jurassic Park” and “Lost” were filmed), the Dole Plantation and more.
Oh, and did we mention the fruity mocktails served at check-in? Welcome to paradise at a proper price.
For more information, visit Embassy Suites.
Our Editor Loves
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Free breakfast and evening refreshments
- Location on bustling Waikiki Beach Walk
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
The hotel has a total of 369 rooms, situated in two towers (Aloha and Hula). All suites feature small balconies and kitchenettes with mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers; each unit is also equipped with a pullout sofa bed -- perfect for families. Rollaway beds aren't available for this reason, but cribs can be rented free of charge. Note: Room rates are based on four guests, and a $60-per-person charge applies for the fifth guest and beyond.
Room configurations vary, but generally come in two forms:
Ranging in size from 416 to 550 square feet, one-bedroom suites have one king, one queen or two queen beds (the latter option sleeping five or six people). They have one full bathroom, with a shower/tub combination.
The two-bedroom suites offer more space -- 747 to 779 square feet -- with either one king bed in one room and two queens in the other (sleeping up to eight if you factor in the sofa bed) or two king beds, sleeping up to six (sofa bed included). These rooms have two full bathrooms, and at least one has a shower/tub combination.
by Nicole S
This hotel is in a great location, easy to walk to lots of restaurants. Rooms are spacious and well appointed. The complimentary breakfasts were amazing. The nightly Managers reception was a great bonus. Keola who serves up the drinks is definitely worth visiting.
by Kirsten T
Very nice rooms and good location, but quite expensive. The pool is small and all day and night it is overrun with small children screaming their heads off. There are no quiet spaces and adult only zones at all including especially the hot tub. I counted at least ten children in the hot tub each night at nine o’clock.
We went to another hotel each day and spent our money there because we got peace and quiet and could hear ourselves think.
Go to the outrigger reef instead if you want a relaxing holiday.
The hotel has a large swimming pool, children's pool and whirlpool, located on the fourth floor. While you can't see the beach from the pools, tropical foliage, chaise loungers and a pool bar remind you that you're in Hawaii. The pool is typically open until 9 p.m.
Waikiki Beach Walk
The hotel is conveniently located along Waikiki Beach Walk, where you'll find shopping and dining options galore. Your teens will love it.
Waikiki Beach is a short walk from the hotel, and water sports rentals are available via private vendors. Head to the beach early to stake out a spot.
The hotel's concierge, located in the lobby, can help you arrange trips to other parts of Oahu. If you're looking to stay close to the hotel, we recommend a short trip to Diamond Head for easy hiking. If you have time for a day trip, head to North Shore for quintessential Hawaii.
The breakfast is particularly good at all Embassy Suites', with a larger-than-average spread of fresh fruit, cold and hot cereals, pastries and breads, eggs, pancakes, French toast and more. But the breakfast at this hotel is our favorite of all the ones we've visited -- partly because of the food, but also because of the wonderful service.
Breakfast is mostly self-serve -- guests even mix their own omelette ingredients for the chef -- but waiters are happy to bring additions to your table, such as juice and coffee. They'll also clean up after your family when you're done. Breakfast is served 6 to 10 a.m. daily. Tip: Visit before 7:30 to avoid the morning rush. The hotel also provides an in-room guide to breakfast hours so you can see how crowded the cafe will (likely) be before you go.
The evening receptions, hosted by the pool from 5:30 to 7:30, include hors d'oeuvres and free alcoholic beverages (yes, free, though it's not typically advertised). The appetizers are often so plentiful that they can count as full meals -- especially for young kids.
Pakini Pool Bar
The hotel's pool bar serves lunch and light snacks in the afternoon, from 11 a.m. (right after breakfast ends) to 5 p.m. daily.
Roy's is a staple in Hawaii, and lucky for guests of the Embassy Suites, there's a location right onsite. Best for families with teens, it specializes in hearty steaks and fresh seafood. It's typically open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Also located onsite (next to an entrance for the hotel), Yard House serves pub favorites -- burgers, pizzas, wings, and more -- and an extensive selection of craft beer. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Yard House is open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily. If planning to eat there for dinner, go early or late -- happy hour brings in the crowds, especially because of the restaurant's location on Waikiki Beach Walk.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Wi-Fi is complimentary at this property, unlike most Embassy Suites'.
Families can visit an onsite convenience store for drinks (including wine and beer), snacks, microwaveable meals, toiletries, and souvenirs.
There's a small fitness center with the basics: treadmills, elliptical machines and free weights. It's open 24 hours with key card access. Yoga classes are also available (fee).
Need to print our boarding passes or attraction tickets? The hotel's business center, also open 24 hours, offers several computers and free printing services.
The hotel offers a coin-operated laundry facility; the cost is $3 per load.
Check-in is at 3 p.m., with check-out at 11 a.m.
The Art of Smart Timing
Oahu is busy year-round, as are all of the island's hotels, and there really isn't an "off season." The island is slightly less congested in the weeks following spring break and the winter holidays.
Honolulu International Airport is approximately 30 minutes from Embassy Suites, factoring in some light traffic.
If you plan to spend all your time in Waikiki Beach, you don't need a car, but if you want to explore other areas of the island (and you really should), plan to rent a vehicle. Valet parking is $35 per day (in and out privileges at no additional cost), which is about the same cost for parking at other area hotels.
For Mom and Dad
Make a dinner reservation at Roy's, or try one of the other restaurants along Waikiki Beach Walk; all are within easy walking distance of the hotel. Options include Kaiwa Waikiki and Ruth's Chris Steak House. Afterward, take a romantic stroll along the beach.