New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel: Deal and Review

The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel can be yours for $115 per night through June 28, if you purchase by Thursday, April 28. Go to Book-It for details. And if you need to stay at another time of year, the hotel website often features Internet specials. This may be an incredible hotel deal for Waikiki.

The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel is positioning itself to be the diamond again of Waikiki. So far twenty of its 125 rooms have been renovated with designer touches and furnishings.

My renovated Ocean Front Superior was 325 square feet but seemed huge thanks to the floor to ceiling glass walls.

The endless view that stretched for miles became the artwork to admire. I had a corner room with large wrap around lanai where I spent mornings and evenings. With trade winds gently blowing and the incredible Sans Souci beach below, I was in paradise.

Built back in 1963, this boutique hotel is at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki. It’s away from the crowds and on the best beach you’ll find with a large expanse of sand and fine ocean swimming. The walk between the hotel and Waikiki is a leisurely 10-15 minutes.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first walked through the hotel’s well worn hallways after check-in.

The interior view faces out to a rather bland atrium opening to the sky. A few rooms I passed looked small and average. My room, however, was incredible. If you can get one of the renovated rooms like I did, you’ll definitely score big.

My friend, Kirk Koenig, has been a return guest here for twelve years.

According to Kirk, he likes how the staff personalizes his stay and makes him feel like family. His other reason for staying here is Sans Souci Beach which is frequented by locals and less touristy than the Waikiki strip.

My only negative experience was dining at their Hau Tree Lanai restaurant. It’s been a frequent award winner but did not impress on my visit. On the plus side you sit outside and oceanfront under the same tree that Robert Louis Stevenson took shade. The food was not in any sense memorable. Another part of my dissatisfaction was that dirty dishes were left on the butler trays which meant that birds began to dive bomb us during a business meeting.

To save money on parking I was able to find free street parking close by in front of the Natatorium (usually at night). During the day I used metered parking except on my last day when none was available.

If you’ve stayed at The New Otani Kaimana Beach, let me know if you agree with my review. For now I join Kirk in giving their renovated rooms a thumbs up.


Complimentary WiFi, in room refrigerator, weekly Manager’s Reception and tea service on request. My renovated guest room included L’Occitane bath products.


Address/Phone: 2863 Kalakaua Avenue. 808/923-1555

(Beat of Hawaii did not receive any compensation for this review. I paid the Kamaaina Rate for Hawaii residents).

4 thoughts on “New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel: Deal and Review”

  1. FYI- all the dates are $135- , and are the standard room with no view…not the room you are describing- I’ve stayed in both the standard, and the room you describe, and they are not alike in ANY way…the standard room is like a dark closet

    1. Hi Melika,

      The Bookit website page linked to states (see the big green letters) that there is a $20/night “instant rebate,” resulting in $115 price mentioned in the post. As for the room, you can ask and hope to be upgraded, as I was.



  2. Just a suggestion……does your blog have a mapping module that you can use to show us where on Oahu things are? While I’ve been to several of the islands several times, I still have difficulty visualizing where things are in relation to other things! It would be nice to see where things are located on say, a Google map.

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