There are only two reasons to stay in Honolulu or Waikiki: (a) you love horrible traffic, tourist traps and hordes of people; or (b) you are there for a conference and have no choice. I fell into the latter category. The Ala Moana Hotel is fine for a conference hotel, no complaints about anything, but nothing special. Very average. You can check out towels by the pool to take the beach (about a 10 minute walk). We stayed in the Waikiki Tower and had a microwave, coffee maker and good size mini-fridge that was empty (not filled with overpriced snacks and booze). The hotel is adjacent to the Ala Moana Shopping Center and it is easy to stop by the grocery store or food court for breakfast, lunch or snack items. Bring some plastic cutlery from home. It is also easy to catch the bus to just about anywhere you want to go. The bus website (www.thebus.org) is great as it gives you the stop number to let you know you are waiting at the right place! $2.50 for adult or get a 4-day pass for $25. Warning – the buses can get pretty full. We took the bus to Pearl Harbor (a must see), Waikiki and Diamond Head Crater. On Wednesdays from 4-7pm is a farmer’s market at the Blaisdell Center on Ward Street. About a 20-25 minute walk or catch a bus. If you walk, take Kapiolani Street, it has nice shade trees for most of the way. Great oven fired pizza, fresh bread, ginger tea, other food items, fresh fruit and veggies. Pan flute players. Check out the ticket booth while at Blaisdell to see what shows are in town. There is also a farmer’s market in the Ala Moana Center 2nd level parking area by Sears on Saturdays from 8-12. This one had a great selection for exotic fruit including rambutans, sapote, mangosteins and some stuff I have never seen before. There is also a big farmer’s market by the Crater on Saturdays, but did not have time to visit that one.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ala Moana
- Ala Moana Honolulu
- Ala Moana Hotel Honolulu, Hawaii