Thursday, March 10, 2011

Staycation at the Hilton Waikiki Beach: Common Areas

View of pool from 19th floor
Elevator detail
Living area near elevators on 19th floor.
Like most hotels in Honolulu, the public spaces or common areas aren't particularly grand. But many hotels attempt for an an airy open lobby to take advantage of Hawaii's breezes and tropical colors. The lobby of the Hilton Waikiki Beach, despite unimpressive entrances, opens into a high ceiling space with walls in a cream color and warmed with wood accents on the ceiling and mezzanine level.

Large windows open up the lobby with a view of the gazebo garden in back of the hotel. Lots of comfy seating segues into the hotel's lobby bar. In the elevators colorful panels with imprints of leaves line the walls. One unusual  feature is there's a living area on each floor just off of the elevator. Peek out the window near this living area and you can see the rooftop pool deck below. It's an opportunity to see if the jacuzzi or any lounge chairs are available before heading down to the pool.

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 known as the Hilton Prince Kuhio.

Above and below: Hotel lobby.


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