Its proximity to the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) is what keeps Pacific Marina Inn in business. This is not where you go to spend a week on Oahu, but merely a pitstop for late night flights. You pay about $140 a night (after taxes and fees) for what should be $80, but they have a monopoly of HNL area accommodations which is why it’s more expensive than Waikiki Beach’s more budget friendly properties. But for the meager suites, old TVs, and general lack of enthusiasm, each space is clean, insect-free (as far as island interiors go), and the WiFi is strong. There is also an outdoor pool surrounded by lush tropical flora, and an on-site restaurant and lounge. It ain’t much, but it ain’t bad.
Pacific Marina Inn is essentially a Pacific Coast Highway motel, if this were the late 80s to mid-90s in Southern California. And therein lies some of its appeal. The lobby is decorated with vintage single-fin longboards, and the surfboard sign out front to make you think there’s a nearby wave, awaiting a dawn patrol session after a long flight from the night before. But the only sand and saltwater in proximity is Keehi Beach Lagoon, which is worth a morning stroll with your complimentary coffee in hand, but not somewhere to go in the evening. There is a homeless encampment nearby.
Take this Honolulu accommodation for what it is. Come with no expectations other than having a convenient place to stay for the night near the airport and you’ll be just fine.