In the 1950s and ’60s, thanks to statehood and the jet age, Waikiki’s low-rise skyline gave way to larger and taller hotels. A lot of the more modest hotels are long gone . . . except for the Breakers. The two-story building, built in 1954, has managed to hold on to its family feel and prime real estate (just a few minutes’ walk to the beach and the center of Waikiki). It’s like a Hawaii-style motel, built around a pool, with charming touches such as double-pitched roofs, shoji doors to the lanai, and tropical landscaping. All of the rooms come with a kitchenette, though the appliances look like they’re from the ’70s. Sure, the decor is dated and worn, but it’s clean.
250 Beach Walk (btw. Kalakaua Ave. and Kalia Rd.), Honolulu
Our Rating Neighborhood Mid-Waikiki Transportation Bus: 19 or 20 Phone 800/426-0494, 808/923-3181 Prices $160–$180 double (extra person $20 per day); $235 garden suite double. Limited free parking (just 6 stalls); additional parking across the street $16 per day Amenities Restaurant; grill; outdoor pool; Wi-Fi (free, in lobby) Units 64, all with shower only Web site The Breakers