Let’s Make a Deal

Oahu hotels are hoping to boost business with money-saving deals and promotions.

By: By Marty Wentzel

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As rising airfares and a reeling U.S. economy continue to dampen enthusiasm for summer and fall travel, individual hotels around Oahu are hoping to cheer up clients and boost business with money-saving deals and promotions.

Girlfriends can getaway at Waikiki Parc Hotel. // © Hotels & Resorts of HalekulaniAla Moana Hotel sales and marketing director Marty Milan summed up the current situation this way: “In an uncertain economy, travelers are looking for value.”

Milan’s Honolulu-based hotel is responding to the challenge with its Breakfast Special package starting at $149 per night. Clients get reduced rates in a selection of room categories and receive vouchers for a full breakfast at the hotel’s Plantation Cafe. 800-367-6025

Breakfast is also on the house at the Best Western Plaza Hotel, located a half-mile from the Honolulu International Airport. With particular appeal to business travelers, the Plaza lists nightly rates from $119 and features free high-speed Internet access in all guestrooms, meeting rooms and the lobby. The 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle service accommodates round-the-clock flight schedules. 800-780-7234

Shop ’Till You Drop, a joint initiative from ResortQuest Hawaii and the nearby Ala Moana Center — a sizable shopping mall — eases budgetary concerns by loading up on the freebies. Guests get discounts at over 40 Ala Moana retailers, a gift, tote bag, Ala Moana gift card and shopper’s information pack. Clients can book the package for stays at ResortQuest’s Waikiki Beach Tower, Waikiki Sunset and Ilikai properties. 866-774-2924

Waikiki Parc Hotel is encouraging affordably chic girlfriend getaways with a package called My Place-Waikiki Escape. The gals get a bottle of wine on arrival; daily breakfast at the Parc A.M. restaurant; a dinner at Nobu Waikiki; and a choice between private surfing lessons, a GPS-guided, 24-hour exploration of Oahu in an exotic car or two spa treatments. Three-night rates start at $999 for two people. 800-422-0450

Originally designed for residents, the Ohana Stimulus Rebate Special is now available to visitors. Starting Aug. 1, Ohana Hotels and Resorts is slashing rates at four Waikiki properties: the Ohana Waikiki West and Ohana Waikiki Malia (from $109 per night), Ohana East (from $119) and Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber (from $129). The Ohana Honolulu Airport is also dropping its rates on Aug. 1 to as low as $119. All rooms provide free high-speed Internet access and phone calls. 800-462-6262

A pair of Castle Resorts and Hotels properties is touting value by giving guests coupons for a free daily continental breakfast of juice, coffee and a pastry. Clients who want a bigger first meal of the day can redeem their coupons for discounts at one of two nearby restaurants. The offer is combinable with all rate plans at the Hokele Suites Waikiki and Maile Sky Court. 800-367-5004

Aqua Hotels and Resorts’ Snooze ‘n’ Crooze special, good at 11 of the chain’s Waikiki hotels, comes with a rental car and parking. Rates start at $74 per night at the Aqua Continental. Clients booking a hotel in the Aqua Boutique Collection also get free continental breakfast, high-speed Internet, local calls, newspaper and use of the in-room safe, a combined daily savings of $50. 866-406-2782

Turtle Bay Resort is giving more bang for the buck with its North Shore Adventure package, bundling two activities per stay, rental vehicle and breakfast (from $545 per night). At the secluded 880-acre oceanfront hotel, a romance package (from $502) combines daily breakfast, chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne on arrival and the use of a rental car.808-293-6000

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