When you first walk into the Waikiki Banyan, you feel you've stepped into Old Hawaii. It is an open-air lobby with a waterfall cascading over a rock wall which flowed into a pond full of brightly colored Koi. Our children were immediatley enchanted!
Our suite was tastefully decorated and spotless. Each suite comes with a full kitchen which is very important when traveling with a family. There is a supermarket, Food Pantry, about 3 blocks away and we later found a Wal-Mart near the Ala Moana Shopping Center. On Tuesday and Friday mornings, there is a Farmer's Market in the parking lot next door, where you can stock up with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Maid service was fantastic and the staff at the front desk were always pleasant and helpful
The beach is only 2 blocks away, but we found ourselves mostly at the pool, which were full, but never felt overcrowded. We were always able to get lounge chairs and the pool area is well-maintained. The kids loved playing in the nearby recreation area. And we loved the hot tubs, they are are great place to to chat and exchange ideas and make new friends.
We believe we found the perfect place for a family vacation.