Ever check into a hotel and feel as if you've stepped into a time warp? When you stay at the Sheraton Waikiki, it's a cross between going to New Vegas and an episode of "The Brady Bunch Goes to Honolulu. It's just festive, sports fans! Big, flashy, lots of action, shops, happy people, 70's design, tremendous location! The $25 daily resort charge covers self-parking, Internet access, bottled water, and a generous allowance for international calls. Pays for itself, especially if you don't have SPG status and have a car.
I don't have a lot to critique. The front desk staff was unfailingly courteous, the room size was well above average (probably because it was built in 1971). Whoever was responsible for the room rennovation wisely removed the standard chest of drawers and shelves along the far wall, replacing it with a generous single shelf that was outfitted with a 32 inch flatscreen. One of the end tables had enclosed within it a dorm-style refrigerator (super clever). The desk next to the bed doubled as table space for the right side of the bed and was of contemporary design, with plenty of electrical outlets (2 or 3, I think).
The wall unit air conditioner was dated, but kept you icy cold in the hot, humid weather of July. The balcony (lanai) was HUGE and easily would have fit a double bed with room to walk around. The bathroom was unremarkable, except it, like the room, was large by Western standards. I had a city view room that still allowed me a partial view of the Pacific.
This property has laundry rooms on the 5th and 18th floors, which was super for me, as I was on the 2nd week of a Pacific Rim Business trip working in an outdoor industrial environment. However, a quirk about the change machine in the laundry room was that it only took $1 dollar COINS <---(?), and the change machine was broken. Not sure of the rationale behind that move, but I'm not a whole lot of folks come in packing dollar coins. . . .
The Mai Tai Bar was generally good; nice appetizers with a Pan-Asian spin. Get your drinks during the Happy Hour. A lot of new waiters; one told me she couldn't serve me french fries after 6 pm because it wasn't on the menu from 6-8 pm. . . (must be the dreaded french fry embargo from California). You will find no better place on the beach to watch the sun set. . . .
Pool looks nice--the adult pool is likely much appreciated by those who either don't have, or chose not to bring their kids.
I was staying in a sub-standard Hilton property on the island where I was not well-treated, and gave up 4 days of triple Hilton points to be in better accomodations as a result.
Thanks for making room for me on the end of a long business trip that required a GSA rate. You have my sincers appreciation and highest recommendation to my friends and acquaintances for future stays! Cheers!
High Mountain View is adequate. Anything else costs you $100 extra, per night.
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