Park Shore Waikiki
The main draw at this 226-room budget hotel is its exceptional views of both the ocean and Diamond Head (a massive volcanic ash ring that was long ago consolidated into what geoligists call tuff.) Slight upgrades have been made to the oceanfront rooms, but the other standard rooms can have a dated feel, and many still feature older, non-flatscreen TVs. Hawaiian music sets the mood throughout the lobby, which is dotted with tropical couches. The hotel has a small kidney-shaped pool, an on-site Starbucks©, and two restaurants.