Located in Hawai’i’s most famous neighborhood, the Shoreline Hotel is a true gem, which I had every difficulty leaving after a few days of indulging in this wonderful place. Here’s a review of my stay at this property.
Recently opened in the heart of Waikiki, the Shoreline Hotel is a wonderful boutique hotel that is as chic in its design as it is pleasant in its atmosphere.
As soon as I walked into the lobby, I instantly fell in love with the hotel’s sleek design. You all know I’m a huge fan of boutique hotels, and the Shoreline charmed me. You enter the property through glass doors on a sunny terrasse overlooking the street. As you step into the lobby-lounge area, you’ll be wowed by the high ceilings and the modern furnishings. It is extremely bright, flooded by the natural light coming through the high windows. Several leather couches and the circular light fixtures, very Art Deco, give the room a very chic vibe, and touches of bold colors and luxurious palm plants remind us of the spirit of Hawai’i. The modernist architecture and design bring a sophistication to the hotel that is tasteful, and the attention to details is flawless; the result is an elegant, relaxing space that you want to linger in, unlike many impersonal chain hotels. You can thank the amazing interior designer Anthony Laurino for the vibrant, cheery 1970s-inspired decor, which renders the place so warm and welcoming.
I had read online that the rooms tended to be on the small size, but unless you’re used to presidential suites, I found that they (well, at least mine, which was a City view queen on the 9th floor) were perfectly-sized, as was the spotlessly clean bathroom. It did not feel cramped and I felt that we could occupy all the space without stepping on each other’s toes. We even had breakfast every morning in the room, using the refrigerator and microwave that are provided. Add to that delicious tropical fruit jam and a strong sea breeze coming from the balcony, and you get one perfect breakfast at the start of your day.
Our room was clean and well appointed, with all the amenities we could need: like each of the 135 rooms in the hotel, it offered free WiFi, a work desk, a flat-screen TV and a coffee maker, but every morning in the lobby tea and coffee are readily available, with a bowl of fruits at the guests’ disposal. All throughout the day and at night, glass water dispensers offer delicious and refreshing pineapple iced tea and cucumber & lime water. It makes for a perfectly sweet and refreshing drink, and such a kind attention in this tropical climate.
Service at the Shoreline was exemplary. The staff went out of their way to help us, with an obvious desire to make our stay as enjoyable as possible and to make us feel at home.
The hotel’s location is PERFECT. Its sits on quiet Seaside Ave between Kalakaua and Kuhio Aves, and though right in the center of Waikiki, the area is tranquil at night, and not noisy at all. Everything is a 2-minute walk away, from stores to restaurants to the beach. It simply was ideal.
I could not recommend the Shoreline Hotel enough. I enjoyed my stay to such a degree that even though I couldn’t wait to explore more of the Hawai’ian islands, I kinda wished I could have extended my vacation in Waikiki.
There is a small pool on the roof, which is just big enough for a quick dip after spending a day at the beach.
Heavenly, the adjacent restaurant offering healthy food options, is open from breakfast to dinner and has some delicious items on its menu.
Hotel rates start at 195$ but a rate of 159$ is available on some dates. There are 8 room categories.
For more information, please consult their website.
My stay was facilitated in part by the Shoreline Hotel and I thank them for their generosity. All opinions are my own.