This is where Joan Didion once stayed, when she and her husband came to Hawaii in lieu of a divorce. There are worse places to put one’s life back together than at what’s colloquially known as the 'pink palace'. Here, the soothing rose façade, Spanish-Moorish arches and cerulean blue of Waikiki’s waters will gently wash your cares away.
Where is it? In the heart of Waikiki, less than a mile from Honolulu Zoo and a five-minute walk to the International Market Place open-air shopping center.
Which room? Opt for a room in the historic wing, which dates back to 1927, with flourishes that call to mind the opulence of the hotel’s heyday.
Time Out tip: Travelling with the little ’uns? Children under five can eat for free from the kids' menu with at least one paying adult.