Waikiki weekend at the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber
* In collaboration with the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber, all thoughts and opinions were my own.
The holiday season is ramping up in Hawaii and what a better way to enjoy the winter season than a weekend stay in the heart of Waikiki area at the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber. It’s been awhile since I’ve visited Oahu, so spending the weekend in Waikiki was a fantastic way to enjoy the best of Hawaii with all the right entertainment, eating, shopping venues and amazing Waikiki beach within easy walking distance from the resort.
My arrival to the hotel was a breeze with fast and friendly check in service and my room was available right on the spot. A quick elevator ride and I’m in my bedroom suite, bright with simple modern lines and a touch of tropical elegance. The room is very quiet considering that it faces the main thoroughfare of Waikiki with all the crowds and noise right below the balcony. Considering that it was very hot outside, the room temperate was set in a comfortable and not freezing temperature when you enter the room.
Casual and comfortable rooms
It’s all about comfort when you enter a bedroom suite at a Holiday Inn hotel, it’s almost like a second home. I also love that before you enter the bedroom, it is separated with an entry area. This bedroom had a nice foyer that leads through the bathroom and then to the master suite. I stayed in a deluxe bedroom suite with a plush king sized bed that was extra soft with plenty of large fluffy pillows. A nice wall mounted LCD screen was placed in the bedroom area for easy viewing in bed. I loved the cheery and colorful lines of the room and easy on the eye tropical motif throughout. The lighting was perfect with fixtures placed all around the room for the evening time, making it convenient for reading or just watching TV in bed. My bedroom suite also had an adjacent living room and kitchen. So much room for just one person, I really enjoyed all the extra space and amenities that were included in this suite.
– fast internet throughout the suite
– a large screen TV in the bedroom area so I would watch my favorite shows in bed
– a small kitchen with microwave, sink and full size fridge that I could have easily filled with anything I wanted
– two separate balcony areas with fantastic views of the street, beach views and Diamond Head
– extra bath robes, safe, iron and board and requisite bathroom amenities
– a fantastic welcome note and concierge outreach for any activities along with a welcome goody basket of snacks
– unobtrusive turn down service
I’m not sure if these come standard in the suite, but there is an adjoining dining and living room area with separate balcony views of Waikiki beach. The seating area was perfect with a comfortable L shaped sofa in a colorful bright blue with minimal color palate and simple lines in the room. I’m found of minimal decorations and furnishings, so I was quite happy with the zen like surroundings of the entire suite.
Take a look at these spectacular views of Waikiki
Rooftop pool area above Waikiki
Yes – a bonus kitchen area with a large fridge
Friendly and attentive service at the concierge desk along with the front desk for any needs or scheduling any activities. I loved that there is also a duplicate concierge service desk on the lower level on Waikiki Boulevard so that you don’t have to go to the main reception to schedule anything in the area.
Hitting Waikiki Beach
I think the best thing about the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber is its fantastic location in Waikiki and walking distance to everything you would love to do in the area including the beaches, shopping even exploring the beautiful nature at Diamond Head.
There’s nothing like spending time around Waikiki beach either walking the streets, park areas and checking out the scene, just laying on the wonderful sandy beach or playing in the amazing waves on the beach. This is such a fantastic beach for recreational activities like standup paddle boarding, surfing or even canoeing on the surf. I decided to take some surfing lessons nearby at Queens Beach and even though I loved the surfing activity, I couldn’t wait to get back to my room to take a nice long shower to relieve all the aches I was feeling from constant paddling in the surf. Needless to say I slept very well and late into the morning with all the recreational activity on the beach.
Walking along the beach front walkways on Kalakaua Avenue
Gorgeous sunsets at Waikiki
Sultry evenings on the strip at Waikiki, Oahu
Enjoying walking along the beach at night with a scenic skyline view is a fantastic way to unwind from a busy day on Waikiki. Another option would be to do some window shopping or finding a perfect dining spot for the evening on Kalakaua Avenue. Night time in Waikiki offers so many wonderful options for entertainment or activities, but my favorite past time is just enjoying the quiet beach at night and taking a nice long walk with those magnificent views of Diamond Head in the distance while listening to some Hawaiian music or hula coming from the different open air pavilions facing Waikiki beach. Also, exploring downtown Honolulu and attractions at night is also a fun experience to get outside of the Waikiki area and explore the rest of the city.
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I had a fantastic weekend getaway on Oahu at Waikiki. I hope you enjoyed this quick review of my post covering a Waikiki weekend at the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber. Please do share the post with any of the social media buttons around the post, if you enjoyed reading the article. If you would like to do a fun getaway to Waikiki, you can check out the hotel and features of the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber here.
Looks like a great hotel! I love how it almost looks like an apartment–you have everything you need right at your fingertips. And, the location could’t be better! We stayed on Waikiki Beach when we were in Honolulu and found it to be so convenient. Sounds like fun to take a surfing lesson–hope it was great!
That pool and the sparkling night lights make the Holiday In Resort Waikiki Beachcomber look really inviting. I like staying in a spot with a mini kitchen, you can save a bit of money and splurge on some great meals out. I’ve never been to Hawaii, and need to change that as soon as possible!
I absolutely love Hawaii! Your pictures just reaffirm that! Thanks for the great write up and the amazing pictures!
Wow, that hotel looks gorgeous. I love having a room which has our own kitchen – makes travelling a little cheaper 🙂 The views are wonderful as well! We haven’t been to Hawaii yet, but it’s definitely on the list 🙂
Thanks for sharing your experience at the Beachcomber!
Great shots of the pool and the sunset Noel. Must put Hawaii on our list
Wow, what a nice Holiday Inn! You had me at big fluffy pillows! 🙂 How great that you could be right in the middle of it all, but still have good sound-proofing to enjoy peace, quiet, and comfort. Thanks for including ideas of things to do in the area, as well. I’ll definitely save this as a reference for when I make it to Waikiki!
Thanks for this! We had our wedding on Maui, though it was a whole family affair so we didn’t really have much time to actually explore, and we were confined to the one island without much time to spend hopping around the others. So I would love to get back and visit – the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber sounds fabulous!
We have friends that stay at the Beachcomber every time they visit Oahu. We haven’t been but you certainly made it higher on my list. I love good turn down service. I know it’s spoiled but I feel special when I walk into the room and the lights are dim and blankets are ready to jump in.
Nice review. The hotel looks so comfortable and I always enjoy staying at a place with a kitchen. I could really see myself there….
Oh how we love Hawaii. We usually stay up in Makaha but certainly wouldn’t mind a weekend in Waikiki. Having a basic kitchen also would help, although a 2 burner induction cook top would be perfect.
The suite looks wonderful and very comfortable. How far down Kalakaua is the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber, the only Holiday Inn I remember is pretty far down the strip.
It is next to the old International marketplace and across is the Royal Hawaiian
We enjoyed staying at the same Holiday Inn Beachcomber and would definitely stay there again. Your pictures are fantastic and easy on the eyes. Have you considered creating a coffee table book? I’d buy it.
Seeing the beautiful accommodations, inviting beaches and sparkling ocean make me want to head to Waikiki right now. We always have such a relaxing time in Hawaii. The Holiday Inn Resort in Waikiki looks like a perfect spot for a long visit.
It looks like the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber would be a perfect location to explore all Waikiki has to offer! When we lived in Oahu we often marveled at the night skylines while walking the beaches. That and Diamond Head views, and I am sold on location! Mahalo for the share – now I am missing my Hawaii ohana… Aloha!
Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber looks like a wonderful place to stay. I like the space and amenities in the room and the rooftop pool. Your photos of Waikiki Beach are fantastic. So great to be able to walk to everything.
Looks as if you’ve found the perfect place to stay in Waikiki. Your shots of the Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber make it look truly luxurious, which I’m sure it is, and it’s situation right by the beach would be a big bonus. As someone who’s never been to Waikiki, your post has definitely tempted me to book and visit! (Thank you for commenting on my Whale post earlier this week)
Hawaii is the only state that Veronica has not yet visited, so we have to go. Looks like we know where to stay now, thanks.
Thanks for this close-up look at Holiday Inn Beachcomber! Your photos certainly do justice to the place. But I can imagine how great the location of the hotel is. Was just in Waikiki in September!
What a fantastic spot for a getaway. I haven’t been to Hawaii in years.
Your night photo of Waikiki Beach is beautiful – plenty of festive lights! I’ve stayed in plenty of Holiday Inns but the Holiday Inn Beachcomber is in a whole ‘nother class! Like you, I love simplicity, no clutter and minimal furnishings and this suite seems all about comfort. Very nice!
Your photos, as always, are wonderful!
Love the aerial shot of the pool and the relaxing guests 🙂
But the general overview looks quite amazing – and appears you found the perfect place to stay 😀
You had some a great view. Hawaii is on my list but I hadn’t thought about which islands or places. I thought Waikiki was really touristy and just a big city. Even if it is, it looks great and so does the hotel.
Love the double doors leading into the bedroom and the view of the pool is priceless! Waikiki seems like a fun getaway.
The Holiday Inn Beachcomber looks like it has a fab location. It seems to have more amenities than Holiday Inns I’ve stayed at. Love that they have kitchens- great for a longer stay.
Waikiki is not where I’d normally consider staying if I was going to be in Hawaii, but you make it sound lovely!
This looks like the perfect spot! Waikiki offers so many beautiful views, activities, shopping and great food. I live too far away to pop over for the weekend, but I sure would stay for longer. Thanks for the review, it looks lovely!
You know, crazily enough, I have never been to Hawaii! It looks beautiful!
the place looks so comfortable 🙂 beautiful captures Waikiki