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New gay-friendly Shoreline Hotel Waikiki offers $159 intro rate

Shoreline2.jpgSan Francisco-based Joie de Vivre Hotels continues its expansion outside of California with the official grand opening yesterday of its second hotel in Hawaii. Located on the island of Oahu in Honolulu’s Waikiki neighborhood, the new Shoreline Hotel Waikiki joins Coconut Waikiki Hotel as part of Joie de Vivre’s Hawaiian portfolio. 

Formerly known as the Seaside Hotel Waikiki, the Shoreline is the product of a complete multi-million dollar renovation. Nearly every item, from the bedding to the wall coverings, in the 14-story, 135-room hotel is new.

“Shoreline brings a truly boutique and fresh hotel product to the Hawaiian market,” says Niki Leondakis, CEO of Commune Hotels & Resorts, Joie de Vivre’s parent company. “The carefree spirit and warmth of the Joie de Vivre brand is reflected in the property, which marries daring design, individualized services and amenities in one of the world’s most coveted beach destinations.”

Shoreline’s interior designer Anthony Laurino said that the five words that best describe the hotel are “crisp, alluring, calm, spirited and modern.”

Drawn to the building’s 1970s architecture and location just two blocks from the ocean, Laurino used an Art Deco-inspired palette of seafoam green, warm tangerine and sandy cream for the interiors and exterior facade. His goal was to create an environment that appeals to the senses and sensibilities of both singles and couples seeking a peaceful retreat with a subtle romantic edge.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a warm “aloha” and presented with a lush lei. As they step into the three-story lobby, they are treated to designs, textures, finishes and fabrics that nurture a rapport between Hawaiian culture and modernity. From the collection of custom furnishings by Eric Brand to evocative nature photography in every room by local artist Michele McCarthy to whimsical illustrations by Laurino, Shoreline embodies a subtle sophistication and character unique to the local hospitality landscape.

Shoreline_Guestroom.jpgEach guestroom – ranging in size from 220 to 465 square feet – features free WiFi, a flat-screen television, mini fridge, microwave and private balcony. The hotel’s top floors include four suites with sweeping views of sea and city, and skyline views are nearly standard for every room. Guestrooms also employ an environmentally friendly key-card system that automatically switches off electricity when guestrooms are not in use.

The standard rates at Shoreline start at $195. There is, however, a special introductory rate of $159 on offer through November. More information is available by visiting or calling 855-931-2444.

Joie de Vivre Hotels is a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

Travel Note: Hawaiian Airlines, in partnership with Virgin America, offers flights from Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) via Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at