Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Honolulu Hotel Hopping

For the moment we have serious status both with Hilton and with Starwood / Sheraton. It's not surprising that both hotels placed us in desirable rooms for our one-night stays.

Last night at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio, despite our long airport shuttle ride, we arrived in time to sample some tasty appetizers in a basement lounge. We ate a reasonably priced dinner in their 24-hour diner-style restaurant, and this morning enjoyed a decent continental breakfast in the same lounge. We enjoyed the view from our 36th-floor room, and sat out on the balcony for awhile. The rooms at least on that floor have been refurbished. While not large, ours was very pleasing, including a large shower in the bathroom, although not actual bath tub. We hadn't stayed there in several years and we're looking forward to returning there in - oh, let's see - another three nights.

Today we pulled our roll-aboards the few blocks over to the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. We're on the 28th floor of this property with lovely views and another balcony. The hotel is venerable and would benefit from a massively expensive facelift, but the employees are friendly and the price is very competitive for a large hotel located so close to the beach.

Rain? We haven't seen any, and that's after walking all the way past the Hilton Hawaiian Village and back. This appears to be the high season for Japanese tourists, who must be pumping some serious money into the local economy. We also calculated that we can walk from the HHV to Prince Kuhio in a comfortable 15 minutes (Waikiki as we tourists think of it is surprisingly compact) so we'll ask the shuttle driver Friday if he can beat that time.

Tonight we may wander back to Duke's, where we enjoyed a pleasant evening with Bill and Sue, two of our Australian friends, before Christmas.

Early to bed and early to rise, since we've scheduled our shuttle to pick us for the return trip to the airport at 5:00 a.m. local time, to make sure we're in good time for our 7:45 a.m. flight to SFO. And then it's onward to part two of this trip.

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