How close are you to the ocean here? Close enough that waves occasionally break on the seawall, sending seaspray into the oceanfront pool, and close enough that their constant crashing drowns out all or most of the traffic noise from nearby Alii Drive (ask for a unit away from the road if you’re a light sleeper). The small, simply furnished rooms (no TV or phones) feature homey decor, such as pastel tropical print bedspreads. All come with oceanfront lanais, mini-fridges, and ceiling fans (you’ll need them); upper-story units have kitchenettes so you can make light meals in addition to the basic continental breakfast (bagels, fruit, coffee) served by the pool. The warm, helpful staff members are quick to lend beach gear and give travel tips; they also make every sunset a special occasion, enlisting guests to help light the tiki torches and blow a conch shell. With no fees for parking, Wi-Fi, or "resort" amenities, this is a true bargain.
- Jeanne Cooper