Hawaii Mom Blog: Kama`aina Staycation at the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki




October 26, 2021

Kama`aina Staycation at the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki

Playing at the Skydeck

This past weekend my son and I checked into the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki and since it was our first time staying there, we had so much fun exploring the hotel and its amenities. First off, the 44-story hotel is located on Kuhio Ave. at the beginning of Waikiki and within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and the beach.

Our room was bright, modern, and clean. It's no wonder too as the rooms were renovated just 4 years ago following a $30 million rebranding and renovation. Staying on the 39th floor, we had an amazing view of Diamond Head and Waikiki. The room didn't have a lanai (which I think parents with young children will appreciate) but guests have the option to open the window. But don't worry, a safety latch prevents the window from fully opening. The rooms also have free wifi, a microwave, compact refrigerator, and Keurig coffee maker.

Bright and modern room decor.

Room amenities include a microwave, compact refrigerator, and Keurig.

Bathtub and shower with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash dispensers on the wall.

Our sunset view from the 39th floor.

Each morning we picked up the complimentary grab and go breakfast. It was very convenient as the hot foods were already packaged and we then had our choice of cereal, fruit, yogurt, milks and juices. After a quick stop at the coffee bar, we were on our way back to the room to enjoy our breakfast.

Large, airy lobby.

Hot grab and go breakfast is complimentary for all guests everyday!

One of the coolest amenities of the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki is their 5th floor skydeck that features a 9-hole mini-golf course, shuffleboard, giant chess game, ping pong, and foosball. The skydeck is also home to the pool and jacuzzi and open daily from 9am to 5pm. There are plenty of pool chairs available and 5 private cabanas which are first come, first serve with no fee. We also took advantage of the complimentary beach day essentials (beach towels, beach chairs, sand toys and boogie boards) that are available from the 5th floor Pool Attendant.

Giant Chess Board!

9 hole mini golf course.

Competitive foosball game in process.

Pool deck with private cabanas available.

Outdoor pool and jet spa open from 9am to 5pm daily.

I enjoyed watching the kids play from the comfort of this cabana.

Complimentary beach essentials are provided for guests' use.

Short walk to the beach.

The kids had so much fun playing in the ocean with the borrowed boogie boards.  
Holiday Inn Express Waikiki made everything so easy!

Other great amenities to note is the 24 hour indoor fitness center and unlimited filtered water in the lobby. Plus, the Holiday Inn Express Waikiki is a pet-friendly hotel so there's no need to worry about leaving your pet behind (see their website for the pet policy). 

Currently, the hotel is offering an amazing deal for kama'aina: Free Parking; Complimentary Daily Breakfast, AND No Resort Fee! We had a fantastic staycation and recommend this great value option to other families.   

Thank you to the Holiday Inn Express Waikikii for hosting our stay.  Gratuities were paid on our own.

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