Our Lush Stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton in Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
We got hooked up at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Kapolei, Oahu by one of Kekai’s good mates before and after our Philippines trip. It’s a pretty lush hotel in the middle of nowhere – well it’s surrounded by a new shopping mall complex, one that is outdoor, ground level only so far and spread out because there’s so much empty space on this side of Oahu. They had only opened 3 months prior to our first stay and it was so nice to stay in a brand new hotel.
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The staff are so lovely and easy going with a simple reception area and both times we stayed on the 3rd floor. The rooms were a decent size with a large, plush bed that was super comfortable, all the bits and pieces you expect from a stocked bathroom and it was connected to the Ka Makana Ali’i mall which meant we could eat at a different restaurant for each meal for about a week without going anywhere else.
They had complimentary brekky which was self-serve style and well-laid out. Lots of space to sit at and plenty of great food options to choose from – I stayed simple with lots of toast with butter and strawberry jam followed by apple juice and hot chocolate, while Kekai sampled the waffle-maker (there were two!), fresh fruit, yoghurt, pastries, bacon and scrambled eggs.
We loved the mini coffee and tea bar located right next to reception which meant we could get tea, coffee or hot chocolate at anytime we wanted. It was right across their gym and near the swimming pool, both modest in size but it’s all you really need for a short stay anyway.
Parking is free and plenty – since they share the parking with the mall and the 24 hour fitness centre across the parking lot which was full of people at peak times so it’s good to see the area becoming an alternative to downtown and Kailua/Kaneohe areas. It’s a pretty great vibe in that area and they had great food and shopping options within a 10 minute driving radius.
Highly recommended to get away from the crowds of Waikiki if you want a base to explore the island but make sure you avoid the peak hours because traffic is as bad as Sydney (though not as bad as what we saw in Manila of course).