I may as well start the discussion off about this recently-rebranded Holiday Inn on Waikiki Beach. I had two stays here earlier this month (Feb '11). I booked the lowest category room as a Platinum member and was upgraded to an ocean-view king in advance on the second stay. The first stay was during the Pro Bowl so the hotel was fully booked and I wasn't surprised to not get an upgrade. The hotel is beside the International Marketplace, across Kalakaua Blvd from the beach side. There's an easy access to the beach between a couple of the buildings. There's a Jimmy Buffet's bar/restaurant that serves a mean (and expensive) 1944-style Mai Tai and a colossal nacho plate. The Surfer's Museum Bar has a happy hour from 2-5 with reduced price beer/wine/cocktails. There was no difference between the standard and the ocean view except for the floors they were on. The rooms were both in good shape and had shower-only bathrooms. Beds were comfy. The standard room was on the 5th floor and had a view of some buildings and the International Marketplace next door. The ocean-view was on the same side, but on the 22nd floor and looked over the adjacent buildings giving a reasonable view of the beach. I asked about a late checkout and was told that 2:00 pm was standard for Priority Club members. Didn't have a car, but parking was expensive (I think it was $30/day.) Nice features were free internet (wired) and free local and North American long distance. I think this is a hold-over from the previous brand, but it was a very nice surprise. All in all, it was a pretty good option for a paid stay on Waikiki Beach.