Up on the Roof, Life is Suite
Find your joy in the Coconut Waikiki Hotel’s Penthouse Suite, complete with its own private rooftop deck.
It’s no coincidence that Joie de Vivre, a French phrase meaning joy of living, is the name of the hospitality brand that operates the Coconut Waikiki Hotel. “We really want to emphasize fun,” says Alvida Surpia-Jones, general manager. “We’re laid back, and want people to feel at home when they come.”
That sense of fun is on display in the hotel’s Art-Deco inspired interior design, which offers a colorful, contemporary twist on classic Waikiki style. The bright and airy decor is at once relaxing and energizing. The hotel’s location–just three blocks from the beach and one from shopping–is a convenient base from which to explore all the fun Waikiki has to offer.
Families and others who want room to unwind will appreciate the hotel’s two-bedroom Penthouse Suite. It sleeps six and offers 1,100 square feet of home-away-from-home inside, plus a 900-square-foot private rooftop deck. Stepping out onto that deck brings to mind the Drifters’ classic hit, “Up on the Roof,” in which they sing: “Right smack dab in the middle of town, I’ve found a paradise that’s trouble proof—up on the roof.”
Furnished with an outdoor table for six, the rooftop deck offers views of the Ko’olau Mountains, the Ala Wai Canal, and the Ala Wai Golf Course. Even Diamond Head makes an appearance, peeking through the Waikiki skyline.
The views are also on hand from the suite’s kitchen and its dining area, which has large windows on one wall and sliding glass doors out to the deck on the other. In addition to the dining table that seats six, the full kitchen is bordered on one end by a curved breakfast bar with stools, perfect for keeping the cook company or grabbing a quick breakfast before heading to the beach.
In an appreciative nod to the hotel’s location, ocean blues and greens are echoed on cheerfully painted walls and carpeting throughout the suite. The living room is comfortably furnished and includes a queen-size sleeper sofa. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and an adjoining bathroom, while the guest room offers a queen-size bed and hall bath. Both bathrooms feature double sinks, granite countertops and spacious showers.
For entertainment, the Penthouse Suite has three televisions (one in the living room and one in each bedroom), and the hotel provides a Wii console for penthouse guests–just ask at the front desk. Those who want to stay connected will appreciate the complimentary Wi-Fi and the suite’s dedicated modem. Four computers and printers are available in the lobby.
Other guest amenities at the Coconut Waikiki Hotel include beach towels, a barbeque grill, a 24-hour fitness center and a cozy, prettily landscaped pool area.
The penthouse suite is priced at $500 per night, but the hotel offers a lower non-refundable Advance Purchase Rate, and discounts are available to members of some organizations. Valet parking is $26 per night, with unlimited in-and-out privileges.
Next time you’re in Waikiki, find your own “paradise that’s trouble proof” up on the roof at the Penthouse Suite of the Coconut Waikiki Hotel.
Coconut Waikiki Hotel
450 Lewers St. [A:7 Waikiki Map]
PHOTOS: COURTESY COCONUT WAIKIKI HOTEL