Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Staycation at the Hilton Waikiki Beach: The Room

The standard guest room at the Hilton Waikiki Beach is bright and airy without overtly tropical decor. One unusual feature is the cracked glass panel windows between the bedroom and bathroom. Venetian blinds helps to keep bathroom moments private. Also different is the closet located in the bathroom. The only other storage space is the cabinet below the wall-mounted flat-screen television and open shelves in the bathroom. One ugly feature is the exposed fluorescent light above the room's door.

All the rooms have balconies but they are from private. Look to the right and left and you see everyone else's balcony on the same floor. Seating is relegated to a lounge and desk chair. The desk is a bit narrow but this is likely to help make the 306-square-foot room appear more spacious.

The floor-to-ceiling sliding doors also helps to make the room feel wider. But be careful about drawing the drapes or doors completely open. If your hotel neighbor is on their balcony, they have an angle view of your room.

Room amenities include a coffee-maker with Kona Blend coffee (10% Kona Coffee), safe, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, refrigerator and alarm clock. Internet service is available for a fee of $9.95 per day.

Room options are king or two double beds. Executive rooms are located on higher floors. Suites are available. Room views are classified as follows: city view, deluxe ocean view, deluxe mountain view. Premium prices are charged for the ocean view rooms. More info at hiltonwaikikibeach.com.

Note: This post is one in a series about the hotel based on a stay from 2008. The look of the hotel has not changed but quality or service can change within that time. The hotel was formerly named the Hilton Prince Kuhio.


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