We booked our room on hotels.com. Was not the new hotels but the friendliness of the staff and location got our attention. Check out the Queen Kapiolani Hotel and book the corner rooms - ours had two walls of windows that looked out to the beach and Diamond Head along with a private balcony. Awesome view and clean room for only $93.50 per night. Hotel is within walking distance of everything and is on the east end of Waikiki away from all the traffic and congestion. I would highly recommend this hotel for a brief stay.