WAIKIKI -- Who doesn't want to stay close to the beach yet avoid
paying beachfront prices?
Amazingly, many people don't know that the Waikiki Parc Hotel, a
297-room property here, offers just that.
A mere 100 yards from fluffy white sand and lilting waves, the
Waikiki Parc sits across the street from its more famous sister
hotel, the Halekulani. And it attracts an entirely different
"Not every guest has the budget for Halekulani," said Stacy
Tamaye, sales account executive for the Waikiki Parc. Tamaye
handles corporate and group travel at the Parc, which finished a
$2.7 million refurbishment in July.
While the Halekulani is a luxury property, the Parc is neither
luxury nor budget, explained Tamaye.
It has an adequate but minimal fitness center and a pool, but no
Guests have signing privileges at Halekulani's restaurants and
shops but cannot use the pool or spa there.
Rooms at the Parc are small, but most have stunning ocean or
Those on the eighth floor make up for that floor's limited vista
with large balconies, which are especially inviting for families
traveling with children.
A recent upgrade of soft goods introduced warmer greens and
browns, adding a splash of color to mostly bare walls, white
plantation shutters and a spare, crisp look in the spotless
Because accommodations at the Waikiki Parc are smaller than at
most hotels here, the limit per room is three people. Families
traveling with two or more children should reserve connecting
The trick here is that the rooms don't actually connect. A third
door seals off the corridor, leaving a small, private area between
the two rooms, serving as a handy storage or play area. One key
unlocks the shared door and the two room doors.
Other guest room additions include a 25-inch Sony Wega
television, a CD alarm clock and a larger-than-average refrigerator
that remains unstocked, enabling guests to store their own snacks
Outside, the pool deck was resurfaced and stocked with canopy
chairs, and the pool itself was retiled.
The hotel's biggest selling point, Tamaye said, is its value and
Guests can enjoy an "intimate boutique-style setting" where
they're greeted by name.
They can walk just yards to the beach or the Royal Hawaiian
Shopping Center or upscale 2100 Kalakaua and receive a full buffet
breakfast every day during their stay.
Free parking is part of many packages -- a huge money-saver
designed to encourage visitors to rent a car and see the
"We want not only to sell the hotel, but sell Oahu, as well,"
About half of the Parc's guests arrive from the U.S. mainland,
with strong support from Classic Custom Vacations, according to
Another burgeoning market is the single female corporate
traveler who wants good value and a smaller hotel that provides a
greater feeling of security.
The property welcomes groups of 150 or less. Facilities such as
a private dining room more effectively accommodate groups of 30 or
A conference room seats eight, and a 24-hour business center
offers two computers with high-speed Internet access at a cost of
$1.95 for 10 minutes. Wireless access is also available in parts of
For guests who would rather spend money on souvenirs and elegant
dinners than send out their laundry, the Parc has a self-service
laundry room beside the pool, an amenity that is increasingly
popular with guests.
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Book it: Waikiki Parc Hotel
Phone: (800) 422-0450
Rates: From $225 per night, up to $320 for a
deluxe ocean room. Children under age 14 are charged $1 per year of
their age. Families receive discounts on a second room (up to $200
off for a Deluxe room) when traveling together. All rooms include
full American breakfast for two at Parc Cafe or Japanese breakfast
at Kacho. The Parc Sunrise package offers a deluxe mountainview
room with breakfast and parking for $180.
Note: A travel agent page on the Web site lets
agents send VIP customers a welcome amenity, print brochures and
get discounted rates for personal stays at the Parc.
To contact reporter Katherine Nichols, send e-mail to [email protected].