Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel, Waikiki Beach
Say aloha to aloha swank. Named after Hawaii’s treasured leader Queen Kapi’olani, the Queen Kapi’olani Hotel pays tribute to her lasting legacy and grace. During Waikiki’s Golden Age, this beloved hotel acted as a cultural hub for locals and travelers alike. Following a recent $35 million dollar reimagining, the property returns to its former glory. Fusing quintessential “Hawaiian lifestyle” vibes with contemporary design elements, the recently unveiled Queen Kapiolani Hotel captures the best of both modern and retro Waikiki.
This full-service, 315-room hidden gem is uniquely positioned in-between Diamond Head’s volcanic peaks, Waikiki’s celebrated shores, and overlooks 300 acres of preserved parkland. Packing breathtaking views of Hawaii’s surrounding scenic beauty, Queen Kapi’olani’s interior motif brings the outside in—blending indoor and outdoor spaces. Blue and sandy hues reminiscent of Waikiki’s shores adorn the lobby, corridors, and guest rooms; large windows and the third-floor lanai showcase unparalleled panoramic views; and the lobby’s tropical-chic, laid- back aesthetic echoes a tranquil “island time” energy.
Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel further reflects Waikiki’s intrepid, infatuating spirit through its native art programming. Like a beautifully detailed narrative, Queen Kapiolani’s walls come alive, telling Waikiki’s glorious story though mid-century modern inspired artwork. True to its “retro-chic” aura, vintage Hawaiian prints and commissioned murals add playful elements to the hotel’s lobby; while the second floor Royal Gallery showcases decades of Hawaiian history— including a portrait of the Queen herself.
Reminiscent of the catchphrase “location, location, location,” Queen Kapi’olani’s in-suite mantra is “views, views, views!” Inside guest rooms, retro-chic ambiance is met with unobstructed views of Diamond Head State Monument, Waikiki’s white sandy shores, and Honolulu’s picturesque cityscape. Private balconies, lanai’s, and expansive windows, immerse you into Hawaii’s beauty and adventure—without ever having to stray from the comfort of your personal oasis.