Delightful, But Not For Everyone
I have stayed at the W Diamond Head at least once per year since 2000, and will be returning there this week for another stay. What I have always enjoyed about this hotel is the low key, stylish and relaxing ambience, the very fine restaurant, the small size (no more than 5 rooms per floor) and location (close to, but not within, Waikiki and with spectacular views of Diamond Head). I have found the staff to be consistently friendly and helpful.
The W is not for those interested in the large resort experience. While the hotel doesn't offer much in terms of amenities (no tennis court or pool), free passes to 24 Hour Fitness are provided to guests upon request. The Waikiki branch of 24 Hour Fitness is about a 15 minute walk from the W (and it's a delightful walk, with Waikiki Beach on one side and Kapiolani Park on the other). While the W may not be directly on the beach, it is located on the beach side of the street---and in any event the beach is a few steps away from the hotel.
Although I am a big fan of the W Diamond Head, there are two negatives. The hotel is expensive and rates have risen noticeably in the past two to three years (for example, valet parking jumped from $9.95 to $14.95 per day). And anyone staying on the lower floors has good reason to be dissatisfied over the noise from the nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights. The lowest floor I have stayed on is the sixth floor; I couldn't hear the nightclub from that level.
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