The Old Hawaii aesthetic–rooms with ricketty rattan loungers and tiki-themed bathrooms–is beloved by those looking to celebrate island life, but not everyone cares for a palm tree print on the shower curtain.
The listing above, one of several Waikiki condo rentals available, is Honolulu’s answer to the dingy, outdated hotels with its modern decor and amenities. Hello, split-system air conditioning, granite counter tops, full stainless steel kitchen.
The landmark Ilikai Condominium Hotel, seen in the opener to legendary series “Hawaii 5-0,” peeps out to Ala Moana Beach Park and is close to the Hilton Hawaiian Village (because surely, what is a visit to paradise without a taste of pig fired on a spit, lovely hula girls and fire dancers?). It has the look and feel of a condo you might see in an interior decorating magazine, thanks to the microfiber couches, high headboards and soothing tones of brown and cornflower.
But then you look outside and remember that you’ve come to heaven on earth. Call it Haute Hawaii.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.