Great Rental, Excellent Value!
Submitted: January 5, 2011
Stayed: November 2010
My wife and I stayed here for 10 days in November 2010. We could not have been more pleased with the accommodations and plan to stay here for our next trip to Waikiki.
Like many properties in this area it is not on the beach; however, it is a short walk (under 10 minutes for 2 old and out-of-shape people) to get there. I researched different locations quite heavily and found that staying “on the beach” was 4-5 times more expensive. Since our money was not unlimited, I’m glad we choose 10 days @ Elaine’s as opposed to 2 or 3 days on the beach!
The apartment makes excellent use of space and is nicely decorated, with a light and airy Aloha feel. It was perfect for 2 people and we never felt crowded. Although it was not large, it did provide everything we needed. We were able to get by with carryon luggage only, due to the washer and dryer. We didn’t bring much, but we wanted for nothing, including a cooler, beach chairs and beach towels.
We had originally not planned on renting a car since parking is expensive in Waikiki. ($20-$30 per day) Since this place came with parking, we rented a car so we could have more mobility. The space is excellent. You pull into the garage and it is the second space on the right. Could it be any easier? We drove quite a bit since parking was such a breeze…
There is a reasonable grocery store kitty corner to the location of the building, but we didn’t shop there much. Since we had a car, we did a major stock @ Costco and also hit Safeway 3 times. We ate breakfast in and packed a lunch to take with us most days. At night we either ate out or stayed in, depending on how much energy we had left. The kitchen was well stocked, and I had no problem in finding everything I needed to cook a nice meal or open a bottle of wine. (We saved so much money that my wife was able to stock up some clothes. Unexpected surprise!)
The lanai is spacious and has a great view. We made it our routine to read and sip coffee there in the mornings. Wi-Fi worked fine, and we would check our email or surf the net occasionally. Roof top view was excellent. We never used the grills or the pool, but they looked fine.
In short, the place felt like home! We live in Alaska and winter is upon us. We dream of the day when we can return to our “Hawaiian home.”
Tourists without a Car,
Helpful votes: 12/12
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