My husband and I wanted to do a "budget" trip and had only one requirement for the hotel: 1) be RIGHT on the beach...
....YES! The beach at the New Otani is excellent! It has quiet waves and is very swimmable and child friendly. We saw people snorkeling in the morning. The sand isn't the soft white sand you find at Lanikai-- it is a little courser but still fine.
We opted for the cheapest room and it wasn't bad. It is OLD and SMALL but clean. We really only needed a comfortable bed for sleeping and we were fine. We were given a partial ocean view and we could see the beach from the patio, which was nice but we didn't really spend any time on the patio because the condo next door was only 10 feet away and could see straight into our room.
The other great thing about this location is that you skip the Waikiki traffic so it's much easier to get to other destinations on the island. It is also close enough to walk to the busy streets/restaurants/attractions in Waikiki.
We kind of missed having a pool. That was the only bummer about this property.
Otherwise, very friendly staff and great service. Highly recommend!More