The Hawaiian Islands are home to some of the world’s most epic resorts and beautiful beaches. Waikiki, a neighborhood in Honolulu, is known for having it all: It’s easy to get to, has beautiful hotels, offers great food and, of course, boasts access to that breathtaking turquoise ocean. Unsurprisingly, a combination like this comes at a price.
If you’re desperate to experience Oahu without breaking the bank, we have a hotel for you.
What is the Wayfinder Waikiki?
The Wayfinder is a newly refurbished boutique hotel in Waikiki and re-opened in late December 2022. It’s a secret oasis tucked two blocks away from the beach, along the Ala Wai (a man-made canal running parallel to Waikiki Beach). Like the flagship Wayfinder Hotel by Dovetail + Co in Newport, Rhode Island, this tropical outpost is focused on as much local influence as possible. If you’re like me and could use a break from the luxury shops and mass of people in Waikiki but still want to be close to the action, the Wayfinder is for you.
Even when using points, Hawaiian vacations are often pricey because of the daily expenses; food and drinks are not cheap due to tourism and the importation costs required to supply the state. So, the Wayfinder Waikiki is the perfect way to save a few dollars without sacrificing your accommodations.
The lobby is tropical and chic
When I checked in, it was dark outside, but the hotel entrance was well lit with real flame tiki torches. The lobby featured an indoor-outdoor style without any doors or official enclosure, allowing me to enjoy the balmy air with a slight breeze from the fans above.
As you walk in, you’ll notice there is a coffee shop and a gift shop