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Making its debut last October, Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei is the latest hotel to open in Kapolei, dubbed Oahu’s “second city.” With its value-added amenities and convenient address, the all-suite accommodation option is courting families, business travelers and clients who prefer to stay outside the island’s better-known resort areas.
In recent years, Kapolei has been tapping on the shoulders of visitors who are ready to explore Oahu’s less touristy regions. In October 2016, the west Oahu hub welcomed Hampton Inn & Suites Oahu/Kapolei. Currently under construction is a Residence Inn by Marriott, which is slated to open in Kapolei in summer 2019.
At the 180-room Embassy Suites Kapolei, Hawaii-inspired furnishings and decor feel fresh and contemporary. A majority of the property’s clientele appears to be families, which makes sense given its competitive rates and generous extras.
“Our hotel prides itself on its value,” said Milton Lafitaga, director of sales for Embassy Suites Kapolei. “Our guests won’t find the high prices and additional resort fees they often have to pay in Waikiki.”
Here, nightly rates start at $189.
The property’s value-added perks include a free breakfast buffet, with items such as French toast, cooked-to-order omelets and other hot dishes, in addition to baked goods, cereal, fruit, yogurt, juice and coffee. Each evening, clients can also take advantage of the Embassy Suites Manager’s Reception serving light bites alongside complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
The hotel’s spacious accommodations are ideal for parents traveling with kids. Its two-room suites come with 55-inch flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi access, minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. The public spaces feature an outdoor pool with food and drink service and a well-equipped fitness center. For lunch and dinner, Embassy Suites Kapolei presents Sprigs Grille, an on-site option notable for its emphasis on fresh seafood and locally grown produce.
Location plays a key role in the hotel’s appeal. Less than 10 minutes away by car are west Oahu attractions such as Coral Crater Adventure Park, Paradise Cove Luau, Wet ’n’ Wild Hawaii waterpark and Ko Olina Resort, home to a top-rated golf course and an assortment of restaurants. Pearl Harbor is an easy 20-minute drive, and in 30 minutes, clients can reach Wild Side Specialty Tours, a highly regarded supplier known for its eco-friendly wildlife and snorkeling cruises.
Another selling point for Embassy Suites Kapolei is the natural beauty of its surroundings. Just beyond Kapolei’s commercial core await lovely, undeveloped landscapes dotted by laid-back, rural towns.
“West Oahu offers a true paradise the way nature intended, from pristine beaches to scenic hiking and horseback trails through majestic valleys,” Lafitaga said.
The region is also a great place to try local eateries that reflect Hawaii’s blended culinary cultures, he adds.
Along with marketing to families, Embassy Suites Kapolei is reaching out to groups and business travelers who wish to stay outside of Honolulu. The property’s boardrooms, event spaces and atriums cater to a variety of sizes and types of gatherings, and each suite has a work desk.
Additionally, the hotel’s staff comprises Kapolei residents, who have a vested interest in sharing local traditions with guests and talking about places where they eat, play and relax, Lafitga says.
“Our employees have a vested interest in sharing our local traditions with guests and talking about places where we eat, play and relax,” Lafitaga said. “We want our guests to know that we speak and share aloha.”