Imperial of Waikiki, Oahu

The Imperial of Waikiki is a condominium resort located in the Waikiki Beachwalk shopping and entertainment district, just 100 yards from the beach. The resort offers spacious accommodations with modern amenities, including a unique rooftop saltwater pool, jacuzzi, and access to the owner's lounge. On-site facilities include a restaurant, convenience store, activity desk, bell service, DVD rentals, and sports equipment rentals for nearby recreational activities. There are also two hot tubs, a sauna, and a coin-operated laundry facility available for guests.

The resort charges a daily fee of around $8.58-$10, payable upon checkout, and offers valet parking and maid service at an additional cost. The Imperial of Waikiki is surrounded by numerous shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment options, making it a great choice for vacationers interested in surfing, relaxation, and beaches.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 76 Guest Reviews


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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

The Imperial of Waikiki condo resort on Oahu receives positive reviews from guests, highlighting its excellent location, beautiful ocean views, and convenient access to local attractions such as beaches, restaurants, and shopping areas. Guests appreciate the resort's amenities, including pools, rooftop lounges, and valet parking, as well as the inclusion of beach gear in some units. The condos are described as clean, comfortable, and well-equipped, offering a home-like experience with the added benefit of hotel services. Management and staff are consistently praised for their friendliness, helpfulness, and responsiveness. While a few minor issues are mentioned, such as dated decor in some units and occasional maintenance needs, the overall sentiment is highly favorable. Guests frequently express a desire to return, recommending the Imperial of Waikiki for its value, location, and quality of stay. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 76 guest reviews.

Recent Imperial of Waikiki Reviews


We stayed here for four nights in February and really, really enjoyed it. The views are amazing, the unit was spotless, and the location is perfect — steps to the beach, shopping, and restaurants. We highly recommend this property and would be delighted to stay here again when we’re back on Oahu!
David A.
February 2024

It would be nice to have an email or phone number to communicate with the owner in an emergency. we were told that our flight might be canceled because of weather and I wanted to ask if that did happen, would it be possible to stay on rather than trying to find and move to another place. It was not a problem b/c are 9 am flight is leaving on time.
Marcella A.
February 2024

From the time we arrived things were perfect. The staff was so friendly. Having the parking was a godsend. The property mangers were easy to work with and very responsive to any questions. Property is centrally located to all sorts of activities and restaurants. I would highly recommend this property and would stay again in a heart beat. Love Love Love
Kelly K.
February 2024

What an amazing, adorable, pristine unit! Having worked in the travel industry, travelled extensively, and being admittedly picky about accommodation, I can tell you this unit is EXCELLENT. Do not let the age of the building fool you; the owners have lovingly maintained this unit and I’m willing to bet it is one of the best in the building. Small and spacious at the same time. The bathrooms were exceptionally clean right down to the floor boards (I told you I was picky!). The kitchen was spotless, well equipped and more than functional. The view stretched out to the airport and my Airplane-Nerd husband sat on the balcony for hours watching takeoffs and landings. Highly, highly, highly recommend this unit.
Eva W.
January 2024

We loved the unit and the building. Highly recommend this place. Perfect for two people.
Annie Y.
January 2024

Unit was clean and had many amenities. The owners even stocked the unit with appliances and things like aluminum foil to make meal prep easier. Great location…easy walk to beach and shops!
Jessica M.
January 2024

Perfect everything!!!
Nancy H.
December 2023

The condo was pristine. The location with the beach,shops and restaurants were at your fingertips. You don’t need a car unless you want to tour the island Definitely coming back.
Phyllis B.
December 2023

We were very impressed with this place. The unit was very clean and comfortable. It is equipped with everything one needs for a pleasant stay. The location was ideal for beach or pool time. Shopping of all sorts is around every corner. Restaurant choices were abundant and an added treat was having dicsounts because of an agreement with the resort. It’s the perfect Hawaiian location!!
Stacey L.
December 2023

Karl’s place was more than we could have asked for. We spent 5 nights here. It was very clean and comfortable. Had all that we needed and more for amenities. 2 bathrooms was a plus in the mornings. Nice ocean view and you can see sunsets and the Friday fireworks from your own balcony. Owners lounge was a nice plus, as well as the valet parking. Imperial staff was friendly and helpful. Karl was great to deal with, especially when we wanted to add an extra day after our booking was made. We definitely know where we are staying next time. Thanks for having us.

November 2023

We stayed 11 days in what I would consider an ideal safe location to walk, shop, and dine. We were able to walk everywhere locally and did. We walked and dined at the Halekulani, Dukes at the Outrigger, had the best Mai tai’s at the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian and had Happy Hour at Ruth’s Chris Restaurant right across the street and also walked to the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel for an early dinner.
Beverly P.
November 2023

Love the place and the management!
Jeffrey D.
October 2023

We loved our stay at this beautful updated condo. The staff at the Imperial were all very nice. We had great ocean views from our balcony as well as private entrance to pool. The rooftop lounge right next to our condo was open on Friday nights for sunsets and fireworks and the drinks and views were amazing. You really don't need a car everything is in walking distance restaurants, shopping, beaches. The condo also had beach chairs umbrellas boogie boards for the beach. We did rent a car for one day from the sheraton next door to take a drive around the island. Thank you Cindy, we would love to stay here again.
karen b.
October 2023

We just got home from a week’s stay at Karl’s condo in Waikiki. The condo was beautiful, clean and relaxing and we loved having two bathrooms. The views from the 21st floor balcony were beautiful. Everyone at the Imperial Waikiki were so welcoming and it was so nice to have a parking valet to park the rental car. We really enjoyed our stay! Thanks Karl! Ricky and Cheryl
Ricky L.
October 2023

Great location, beautiful views, roomy condo! Simply perfect.
Sharon V.
October 2023

The location and view is amazing. The staff and valet service could not have been nicer. Convenience store next door that has everything imaginable. Best vacation location! Mahalo for allowing us to enjoy your property.
Sandra P.
September 2023

Clean and comfortable
Michael K.
September 2023

Had a fantastic time close to beach and walking around Waikiki shops, Karl and Penny hosts where we stayed and everything was great, clean and tidy would recommend staying there. Once a booked we had confirmation back from Karl and any questions he was quick to answere, thank you again Karl & Penny we loved staying in your apartment, Regards Rhonda &Colin from Melbourne Australia
Rhonda G.
September 2023

Nice property, centrally located.
Debbie P.
August 2023

A short walk to the beach, a view of the ocean from the balcony, a functional kitchen, and access to the 26th floor owners lounge for Friday fireworks made this a great place to stay. The owner made the process easy. Looking forward to staying again.
Kevin F.
August 2023

My husband and I stayed here while on our honeymoon and thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The views were wonderful and the location was just perfect! We were close to the downtown shopping complex/wonderful restaurant options. Karl was super communicative as well! Can’t wait to come back. :)
Karen M.
August 2023

We're repeat visitors to this penthouse and our stay was amazing as always. Cindy is a incredible hostess and the location is convenient to the beach, stores, restaurants, etc. Thank you Cindy - we'll be back again!
Dave V.
August 2023

Excellent!! Highly recommend staying here!!
Jeff D.
August 2023

This rental was a gem. It was reasonably priced in a great location. Penthouse suite with great views of the ocean. The bed was comfortable and suite was nicely decorated. The manager Cindy was very receptive and friendly. She offered early checkin and late check out for free. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone.
Richelle R.
July 2023

Beautiful views, convenient location, a nice apartment layout, comfortable furnishings, friendly interactions with staff, and valet parking included! This place has everything you need for a nice trip to Oahu.
Nick P.
July 2023

Very good area to see the fireworks on Friday night, easy access to beach area and walking distance to restaurants & shopping area. I would definitely stay here again!
Tanya F.
July 2023

Felt like home - comfortable bed, large selection of pillows, everything in perfect working order, nothing worn or needing upgrade. Great A/C if needed.
Lisa W.
July 2023

The view of the ocean is amazing and just as advertised! The room was clean and inviting and we had a great stay. We liked that it was so close to the beach and shopping. Thanks for sharing and letting us enjoy this wonderful place!
Corey B.
July 2023

We could not have asked for a more perfect condo while in Honolulu! The condo was spacious, super clean, and had all the amenities we needed, including 2 (yes, TWO) bathrooms!! Every morning we enjoyed our breakfast while watching surfers, hang gliders, peaceful rolling waves, boats, and even occasional rainbows from our 21st floor wide dining room window and balcony. The resort itself was perfectly located at the end of a popular one-way street with restaurants and shops all within walking distance. ALL the staff were very happy, helpful (esp. Arnold - AJ), and willing to accommodate all our requests. I would DEFINITELY STAY HERE AGAIN & recommend it to my friends & family!! MAHALO, Karl!! The Shaws
Karen S.
July 2023

This condo was perfect for us--so close to anywhere we wanted to go in Waikiki. It was nice having a kitchen--although we didn't cook, we liked the full-size fridge for drinks, snacks, and leftovers. This unit is on the corner, ocean side, 21st floor, so many windows! We loved the view and felt bad for people on lower floors who didn't have ocean view because there's another shorter hotel between Imperial and the water. The ABC store, right outside the lobby, has everything you need--prepared meals, snacks, drinks, alcohol, coffee, clothing, souvenirs, etc. We were in there at least once a day! The free valet parking with this unit is fantastic. Did not have to worry about where to park our rental car, and the valets are friendly and efficient. You also get access to the owners' lounge and the penthouse bar, perfect places for watching the Friday night fireworks. The drinks at the penthouse bar were really good, and the cheapest we had anywhere! We were sad to leave and would definitely stay here again!
Jill R.
June 2023

This was a beautiful property, and in a great part of town. There was a lot of shopping and restaurants in the vicinity as well. If I ever visited Oahu again, I would stay here.
Agustin R.
June 2023

We really loved this place. The view was amazing and the rooms were cozy an nicely appointed. We will definitely be returning!
Mark C.
June 2023

First let me say, Cindy was the best host we have ever had in a VRBO rental. Very kind and she was always responsive to our questions. Second, the penthouse was perfect for my husband and I. We had coffee and cooked breakfast every morning. The kitchen is fully equipped. No need to rent a car. You can walk to grocery stores, restaurants, shopping and beach. Penthouse had everything you need for a day at the beach. Chairs, umbrella and boogie boards.The owners lounge and having your own door to the pool was a nice perk. I would definitely recommend this VRBO penthouse to our friends and family. My husband and I will be coming back.
Peggy R.
June 2023

Awesome rental. Location, amenities, staff support, and everything else about our stay was perfect. Highly recommend Karl’s condo. Use of the 26th floor owners suite with coffee and beck was great.
sue P.
May 2023

Condo is in a tower right in the heart of Waikiki. Walk to many nice restaurants and shopping. Very clean and up to date. I would definitely stay there again.
Bruce F.
May 2023

We loved the location of this property. There is so much to do within in walking distance, but the property is still quiet and restful. The resort provides a lot of activities for guests and everyone was very pleasant. The valet parking was also a huge plus! All of the information we needed was provided to us beforehand and so helpful! Being able to wake up each morning to the beach views was amazing. We would definitely love to stay here again!
Kimberly B.
May 2023

Fabulous property, well stocked, super comfortable, great location.
Steven P.
May 2023

Great experience with Cindy leading up to my stay, all needed details were provided well in advance, check-in once I arrived was very easy. The property is quiet, a 2-min walk to the beach and very close to restaurants & shops. Fantastic location, great unit!
Jennifer M.
April 2023

We would love to come back and stay again!
Tinisha B.
March 2023

Great location, this apartment was clean, accommodating, spacious and quiet. We would stay here again. Hotel charges an additional $10 per night for self service amenities and use of facilities, which is very reasonable. $100 weekly rate for valet parking is also incredibly cheap in Waikiki.
Alan U.
February 2023

We absolutely loved Karls condo. It made us feel at home and super comfy. Everything was very clean, and the bed was a dream to sleep on. We should of booked longer. The sunsets were an absolute dream from the 21st floor, balcony was awesome during the new years fireworks. We had the perfect view of the show. The two bathrooms are great and the kitchen was perfect for our breakfast and storing foods for the next day. You will love it here, stay for fridays to watch the firework shows. thanks a mil Karl!
Randy G.
January 2023

The location and view were spectacular. The staff was friendly and we could participate in the building activities if we desired. The owner was very responsive. Would stay again.
Natalie R.
December 2022

This rental is accurately portrayed in the VRBO website and it was a very good home base for activities in and around Honolulu. Check-in and check-out were smooth with no problem. Condo had beautiful views of the ocean. I enjoyed sitting on balcony watching ships and surfers.
Jimmy C.
December 2022

It was just right for 2 people, we had everything we needed close by & the parking was included. It would have been nice to have beach chairs to use because the beach is only 100 yards or so away. We were told we could rent them from the front desk which we did, but they we’re pretty beat up. We found the property to be be overall very satisfactory and we really had a fantastic visit. I would most definately stay there again. Mahalo!
Debra L.
November 2022

We are 2 retired ladies, longtime friends. The location, the property, and its facilities, were wonderful; we had walking access to great shopping, lots of restaurants, and Waikiki Beach. The pool, adjacent to our balcony and never crowded, proved an unexpected delight: where can you take a swim, in view of the Pacific Ocean, 27 stories above the beach - in what amounts to a private pool!? The staff were extremely courteous and helpful. This unit offers the best of all vacation worlds: a full-sized, well-equipped kitchen and full residential capabilities, combined with helpful hotel services (bellmen, concierge). The view of the Pacific from the balcony, complete with surfers, outrigger canoes, and other passing ocean traffic, is spectacular. We also enjoyed watching a flock of wild parrots, who arrived every morning and appeared to be trying to nest on the building across the way. We had 2 unfortunate issues, which have likely been fixed since: 1, the sliding door to the balcony did not lock (we reported this as soon as we realized it and were told that the hotel was already aware). However, since the unit is on the 27th floor and the balcony door to the adjacent pool is locked from the pool side, we felt any risk was minimal. 2, there are 3 "people" elevators in the hotel, only 1 of which goes to the 27th floor. That elevator was broken when we arrived and remained so for the duration of our stay (I met the repairman on the day we left as he worked on it, the repair delay having been caused by supply chain issues in obtaining parts). We both have some difficulty walking, so the flight of stairs from the 26th to the 27th floor was difficult and painful for us at times, especially after a day of unaccustomed vacation activity. Happily, when we spoke with the onsite hotel manager, Michele, she understood our situation and informed the hotel staff that we were to be escorted to 27 in the freight elevator if we asked. We tried not to abuse this kindness, and it was extremely helpful the times we did request it. The broken elevator was no one's fault and couldn't have been foreseen, but it did cause us to limit our comings and goings, or at least consider them very carefully beforehand!
Lisa Metko S.
November 2022

excellent location in the downtown...plenty of restaurants & beaches within walking distance...cheap parking onsite...staff excellent...only dislike was the raised kitchen area...had to remember to step down when going to living area or out the door...
Ralph T.
November 2022

The condo is the best overall value I have seen in Honolulu. The view and amenities are fantastic. The pictures on the listing don't do it justice. No resort fee and valet parking included are a huge plus. Valet people were so friendly and helpful. Located by any restaurant or shop you could need. We would love to come back.
Pete W.
November 2022

This was my first time renting through VRBO. It was easy and the condo we rented was outstanding. We immediately felt at home and the view was amazing. The condo was well equipped and had everything we needed. There were three elevators on the property and they were quick and efficient. Check in was easy and the staff was very accommodating.
Kathleen B.
November 2022

The perfect location for restaurants, shopping and the beach. Within walking distance to everything we wanted do. No car needed as many transportation options are available.
Marilyn W.
October 2022

Modern clean one bedroom condo in a great location. Nice to have the property manager available if needed. We never needed her though! All was well.
Debra K.
October 2022


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