Shoreline Waikiki Is On To A Sure Thing

24 June 2016
Read Time: 2.5 mins

You know when something is trying too hard to appeal to Millennials, but the blatant quest for the cool kids ends up backfiring? That’s not Shoreline Hotel Waikiki. Cool, but not in the least bit self-conscious, this boutique hotel with its minimalist lines, bright pops of contrasting colour and laidback beachy style was actually the most welcoming and surprisingly family-friendly hotel of the five properties I stayed at on my Hawaii holiday.

 Waikiki Beach is just a few blocks away. (Image: Shutterstock)

Shoreline Waikiki had us at aloha, literally. We checked in on Lei Day (May 1 for floral garland aficionados) and had fresh flower leis bestowed on us with our room key. As we were too early to access our accommodation (check-in time is after 3pm), the amenable staff offered us towels and a bucket of toys to hit the beach. Nothing was ever too much trouble for the front desk team, and when you’re travelling as a family, it really is the little niceties you remember.

 The '70s exterior of the Shoreline Waikiki hotel. (Image: Shoreline Waikiki)

The hotel

Shoreline Waikiki is actually located a couple of blocks back from the main drag of Kalakaua Avenue and Waikiki Beach, but a six-minute stroll will have you on the sand, no sweat. Housed in a classic Seventies-era tropical modernist building, the Shoreline’s decor is understated with crisp design throughout and a laidback vibe – it’s the kind of tropical-infused Americana digs you imagine Ralph Lauren was rocking in now-fashionable-again era.

The white exterior has alternating aqua accents and sports modular balconies or lanais as they’re known as in Hawaii. There’s a refreshments table in the lobby, and tan leather couches – weathered just so. Wooden accents warm the clean lines and give the interior the accessibility of a well-styled home away from home, rather than a sterile place.


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 A City View King Room. (Image: Shoreline Waikiki)

The rooms

I booked two-night stay for an I-can’t-believe-this-price offer, which meant our family of three (two adults and one small child) shared a queen bed (kids stay for free but there’s no rollaway beds). No big deal for two nights, but not the most spacious room we had on this holiday. Our City View Queen room included a lanai with a view of the Waikiki city skyline, bathroom with marble counters and a shower, flatscreen TV, modern wooden furniture, crisp white linens and towels, and colourful artworks. It was comfortable and unfussy, albeit a little small, however we certainly weren’t disappointed for the price.

Shoreline Waikiki is also something of a hotel unicorn in Hawaii, as one of the few Waikiki properties to nix the ‘resort fee’. That means the complimentary Wi-Fi, use of the rooftop pool, beach towels, local newspaper, local phone calls from your room and those refreshing iced teas in the lobby really are free.

 Check out the Waikiki city view. (Image: Shoreline Waikiki)

The amenities

Along with the rooftop pool that catches the breeze (keep a hold of your inflatables!), Shoreline Waikiki has an onsite cafe, Heavenly Island Lifestyle, that offers a menu skewed for the health-conscious diner and is open 7am to midnight daily. Just next door to the hotel at the Seaside Commercial Center was a hole-in-the-wall Japanese spot with grab-and-go sushi and other quick takeaway meals that we frequented for lunch during our stay.

 Pineapple iced tea and cucumber-infused water in the lobby. (Image: Shoreline Waikiki)

The activities

With the beach just two blocks away and close to the upmarket boutiques and high-street retailers of Kalakaua Avenue, Shoreline Waikiki Hotel is ideally situated to hit the sand or the shops, depending on your priorities of the day. At night, you can watch the sunset from your lanai or walk into Waikiki to see the free nightly luaus and enjoy a meal with a beach view.

So, if you don’t mind being a bit back from the beach and keeping your add-ons to a minimum, Shoreline Waikiki Hotel really is on to sure thing with its innate friendliness and great value that makes for a surprising breath of fresh air in Hawaii’s touristy hotspot.

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.