Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Riding The Bus Through Waikiki

We enjoyed a great seven-hour DEN-HNL flight today, probably the longest U.S. domestic flight we've experienced at 3360 EQMs. Flying in we had views of a couple of the other islands, including Maui, and got a good look at Diamond Head and Pearl Harbor.

We landed at HNL around 4:00 p.m. local time (two hours behind Pacific Standard Time) and hopped on the Roberts Airport Shuttle by 4:30 p.m. or so.

Our destination was the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio. As luck would have it, the driver announced he was stopping at 16 hotels, and the Prince Kuhio, of course, is at the end of Waikiki closest to Diamond Head. We were the last two on the bus and were dropped off about 6:00 p.m. On the other hand, the round trip price is $15 per person, and the desk clerk estimated a taxi could run $35-40 one way. That makes the scenic bus ride a little more appealing.

We enjoyed some appetizers in the Executive Lounge, sitting in the basement of the hotel, and ate a light dinner at the 24-hour diner-style restaurant off the lobby - not bad.

We'll try to sleep in if possible. Tomorrow we walk over to the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani to take advantage of a bargain rate while racking up some Sheraton points. And then it's back to the airport for our first return flight.

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