Aston Islander on the Beach // (c) Aston Hotels
Throughout the year, travelers post hundreds of thousands of hotel reviews on Expedia, making it a handy tool for vacation planners and a perk for well-received properties. But for the 41 Hawaii hotels that recently made Expedia’s 2010 Insiders' Select List, the rewards are even sweeter.
The Insiders' Select list — which formally recognizes individual hotels for their excellent service, value and overall experience — represents only a small percentage of the 110,000-plus properties offered on Expedia. Only the top hotels with the highest scores make the final cut. Along with traveler reviews, the list takes into consideration a value rating and the local market expertise of Expedia employees worldwide.
Here’s a small sampling of the Hawaii hotels included on this year’s list. For a look at the complete list, including all 41 hotels offered throughout the 50th state, go to Expedia.com/InsidersSelect.
Aston Islander on the Beach
On Kauai’s east coast in the Coconut Plantation Resort area, Aston Islander on the Beach is a low-rise resort set on six acres of landscaped gardens and swaying palm trees. Praised for its great value, it is conveniently located near the Coconut Plantation Marketplace, offering more than 60 specialty shops and restaurants.
Best Western Coconut Waikiki
Managed by Aqua Hotels & Resorts, this art deco-inspired boutique hotel is located three blocks from Waikiki Beach. Accommodations range from city-view rooms with 40-inch high-definition televisions, microwaves, refrigerators and coffee makers to a private two-bedroom penthouse suite with panoramas of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
Halii Kai at Waikoloa
Part of the Castle Resorts & Hotels family, this Big Island oceanfront condominium borders Waikoloa Resort’s Beach golf course. Two- and three-bedroom villas feature gourmet kitchens, washers/dryers and entertainment centers. Amenities include daily complimentary breakfast, an oceanfront pool and a fitness cabana.
Hilton Waikiki/Prince Kuhio
One block from Waikiki Beach, this 601-room hotel recently completed a comprehensive $65 million renovation. Accommodations come with signature Hilton beds and flat-screen televisions. Facilities include Waikiki’s only 24-hour full-service restaurant and bar, a stylish lobby bar, a pool with a sun deck, a business center, a fitness center and meetings space.
These spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium units are set within Maui’s Kapalua Resort and managed by Outrigger Hotels & Resorts. Each residence features a private lanai, full kitchen, washer/dryer, television with a VCR or DVD player and daily maid service, and there’s a 24-hour reception center with bell staff and concierge.