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This is a great hotel if you want to enjoy Waikiki, but also want to be able to retreat from the noise and crowds. The Queen Kapiolani Hotel is in Waikiki, but sits at the southernmost end (towards Diamond Head), across from the Honolulu Zoo. It’s one block from Waikiki Beach. You can pretty much walk to anything you want to do in Waikiki, but you’re a little removed from the busiest and noisiests parts of the area. 


They completed a $35 million renovation in 2018, updating the rooms and lobby to a more modern styling with local art and adding a pool-side restaurant that serves brunch and cocktails with panoramic Diamond Head views. 


They serve Dole Whip in the lobby. This is also where you can sign up for surf lessons with the Hans Hedemann Surf School. 


The hotel feels modern, but with a vintage surf vibe. This is not a party hotel and stays quiet in the evenings. The 3rd floor pool is just ok, but the pool side restaurant is great, and the views of Diamond Head are gorgeous.  


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150 Kapahulu Ave. 

Honolulu, HI 96815

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  • Check-in: 3pm

  • Checkout: 11am



  • ~240 - $300 / night

  • Resort Fee: $45 / day

  • Onsite Valet: $45 / day


  • Honolulu Zoo — 2 min walk

  • Queens Beach — 4 min walk

  • Kuhio Beach — 6 min walk

  • Mud Hen Water — 9 min walk

  • Rainbow Drive-In — 12 min walk (4 min drive)

  • Banan Waikiki Beach Shack — 13 min walk (8 min walk)

  • Koko Head Cafe — 10 min drive

$35M renovation in 2018. One block from the beach. In Waikiki but away from the noisiest parts. Views of Diamond Head and the ocean. Dole Whip and surf school in the lobby.

Queen Kapiolani Hotel


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  • 315 rooms.

  • Choose from city, ocean, or Diamond Head views.

  • AC.

  • Mini fridge.

  • QK Hawaii postcards in every room.

  • Serta Dream Mattresses with extra comfort linens.

  • Wi-Fi

  • In room espresso pod machines (for Junior Suites and 1 Bedrooms only).

Room Types

  • Grand Leahi Suites come with an extra large lanai. 

  • The Penthouse Suite has views of either Diamond Head or Waikiki Beach, with 2 queen beds and a kitchenette with microwave -OR- a King or Queen bed with a balcony.

  • Jr Suites have views of either Diamond Head or Waikiki Beach, with a king bed and a balcony. They also have kitchenettes with a microwave.

  • Premier Ocean View Rooms have lots of windows that look out on the ocean.

  • Ocean View Balcony Rooms have views of Waikiki Beach with a king bed -OR- 2 queen beds with a balcony.

  • Diamond Head View Hotel Rooms have unobstructed view of Diamond Head, with either 1 king bed or 2 queen beds with a balcony. 

  • City View Balcony Rooms come with 1 king bed or 2 queen beds with a balcony.

  • Studio Rooms have either ocean or city views and come with either a queen or king bed.



  • Deck is the open air, poolside restaurant and bar on the 3rd floor. It’s a good spot for weekend brunch or pretty cocktails, but they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Panoramic views of Diamond Head and Waikiki are gorgeous. They have a happy hour and live music most nights. [Tip: Make reservations for breakfast during the busy seasons.]

  • Daily Happy Hour at Deck. 

  • Knots Coffee Roasters is in the lobby, serving up coffee, breakfast, and lunch.

  • Aloha Whip serves Dole Whip, tropical juices, and slush floats in the lobby.



  • Concierge.

  • 24-hr front desk.

  • Onsite valet parking for $45 / day. Heads up that it’s first come, first serve and it sometimes fills up.

  • Laundry and dry cleaning for a fee.

  • Dole Whip tasting upon arrival at Aloha Whip.

  • Complimentary beach towels and chairs (upon request and subject to availability).

  • Free sunscreen at the front desk. 

  • 2 QK Reusable Bottles as a souvenir gift with each room.

  • Ice / water stations.

  • Press Readers with access to 6000 digital global newspapers / magazines.

  • Discounts to 2 local golf courses.

  • Yoga on the go sets with carrying bag, jump rope, foam roller, multi pound fitness cable (upon request and based on availability).

  • Discounts to Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium.

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  • Newly remodeled pool has unobstructed views of Diamond Head. Heads up that it’s not heated, but if you’re planning to just lay out with a cocktail and take in the views, this is a great place to be. 

  • Activities and classes include yoga, surf lessons, lei-making, running tours, and more. (They range in price, but some are free.)

  • Daily surf demonstrations at Hans Hedemann Surf School.

  • Fitness center.

  • Happy hour and live music most nights at Deck, the poolside restaurant. Check out What’s on Deck to see what music and drink specials are happening when.

  • The Royal Gallery features portraits of figures who are important to Oahu’s history and culture, done by local artists during the 60s and 70s. The hotel’s cultural advisor, Ikaika Pestana, hosts a 30 min weekly Royal Art Gallery Tour on Fridays



  • Local artwork throughout the hotel. In the lobby, find the huge portrait of Queen Kapiolani wearing her famous peacock dress that she wore during a visit to London in 1887. Throughout the hotel and rooms, you’ll find vintage posters, Hawaiian prints, and 1960s advertisements of surfers. 

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  • Make reservations for breakfast to make sure you get a spot during high season.

  • Use Lyft promo code QKHOTEL (for new users) and ILOVEQK (for existing users) to save $20 on your ride. 



  • Parking is first come first serve so it can fill up if the hotel is packed. 

  • The pool is not heated and some people complain that it’s too cold. 

  • The bar closes at 10.



  • Dogs and cats welcome.

  • Max 2 pets per room with combined weight of up to 100 pounds. 

  • A one time $150 non-refundable pet fee will be collected at check-in.



  • The hotel is named after Hawaiian royalty. Queen Kapiolani was the queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1874 - 1891. She was loved by the Hawaiian people because she dedicated herself to the health and welfare of native Hawaiians. She founded the Kapiolani Maternity home, where mothers and newborns could be cared for. She visited the leper settlement at Molokai and afterwards built the Kapiolani Home for Girls in Kaka’ako to educate daughters of parents with leprosy. She also founded The Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

  • The property that the hotel sits on as well as the Kapiolani Park across the street were gifted to the Queen by her late husband King David Kalakaua. 

Last Updated 8 / 26 / 22

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