Island Colony, Waikiki HI Homes & Real Estate
Built in 1979, Island Colony is a 44-floor condotel hosting 745 studio and 1-bedroom units in downtown Waikiki. Sitting across the street from the Ala Wai Harbor bordering the Northern side of Waikiki, Island Colony is the tallest hotel in the Waikiki neighborhood. As a result, guests will find that the views in this condotel (despite being located on the Northern border of the main area of Waikiki) are breathtaking, with varying views of the surrounding cityscape, the Pacific Ocean, the Ala Wai Harbor, the Ko'olau Mountains, and Diamond Head.
Island Colony is also one of the few buildings on O'ahu that allows legal short-term vacation rentals.
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Island Colony is located just down Seaside Avenue from one of the main shopping areas in downtown Waikiki, which includes the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, the International Market Place, the Waikiki Business Plaza, and the entirety of Kalakaua Avenue. This is all within a 3-minute walk of Island Colony, meaning guests of this condotel will have extremely convenient access to some of the most popular shopping spots within a couple of miles. Included within these shopping centers are local stores and shops, designer boutiques, fast-fashion chain stores, and numerous great restaurants. More of these can be found lining Kalakaua Avenue.
For those more interested in visiting nearby beaches, Island Colony is located just a 4-minute drive or a 10-minute walk from one of the most popular and well-known beaches in Hawai'i- Waikiki Beach. This is a great spot for swimming, water sports like surfing, bodyboarding, and paddle boarding, sunbathing, and spending time with friends and family. If you ever feel the need for food or a drink, there are restaurants, cafés, and food trucks/stands positioned all around the area for your convenient access. Equally as far from Island Colony is Fort DeRussy Beach, which is significantly wider than Waikiki Beach and backed by a decently large park. It also tends to be less crowded than Waikiki Beach, which makes this a nice option for those who want to enjoy the Hawaiian sun and sand but want to avoid the incredibly congested area of Waikiki Beach.
Down Kuhio Avenue in the opposite direction will bring you to other popular spots like the Honolulu Zoo on Kapahulu Avenue, Kapi'olani Regional Park adjacent to the zoo, and the famous Diamond Head Crater Hike just a short drive further. From Island Colony, these three locations sit a 6-, 7-, and 15-minute drive away respectively.
In the opposite direction, the Ala Moana Center is another incredibly popular shopping center (and the largest open-air shopping center in the world), which is just a 10-minute drive away and includes hundreds of more stores and restaurants. For more outdoor activities, Ala Moana Beach Park is directly across Ala Moana Boulevard from the Ala Moana Center, and includes Ala Moana Beach, a large park for outdoor sports, playing with pets, exercising, picnicking, etc., the Ala Moana Tennis Courts, and a beach volleyball court.
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In addition to incredible neighborhood amenities and close proximity to an abundance of restaurants and activities, Island Colony offers guests some nice on-site amenities. These include:
- 24-hour front desk
- BBQ grills
- Sauna and jacuzzi
- Convenience store
- Laundry services (extra cost)
- Fitness facilities (extra cost)
- Luggage storage
- On-site restaurant
- Swimming pool
- Sun deck
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Island Colony offers 6 types of residences for guests, which include:
- Studio Kitchenette
- Studio Kitchenette Panoramic City
- Studio Kitchenette Panoramic Ocean
- One Bedroom Suite
- One Bedroom Suite Panoramic City
- One Bedroom Suite Panoramic Ocean
The studio residences at Island Colony feature 308 square feet of interior space, while the one-bedroom residences feature 570 square feet (including a separate living area). Another notable difference between the studio and one-bedroom units involves the type of beds included within the unit, where studios feature either 2 queen beds or 1 king bed with a sofa sleeper, and one-bedroom units only offer 1 king bed with a sofa sleeper.
The other features included within all of the residences include:
- Kitchenette with mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and 2-burner stovetop
- Dining utensils, dishes, pots, and pans
- 40" flat screen TVs
- In-room safe
- Air conditioning
- 108-square-foot private lanai
As indicated by their names, the units feature differing views of the ocean, the surrounding cityscape, and even the Ko'olau Mountains, Ala Wai Harbor, and Diamond Head.
Photos: Aqua-Aston Hotels