I hadn't been to Honolulu in many years, and was somewhat reluctant to spend precious vacation time to go there, but when the opportunity came up recently, we decided to take the chance. I was really pleased with our decision, and the Halekulani was a big part of that reason. The hotel is not "drop dead" fabulous as you go in, but the quiet elegance and quality become apparent quite shortly.
Our Diamond Head view room was not large for three persons, but it was very high quality, with a very comfortable bathroom. What made it quite bearable, however, was the fabulous balcony and killer view. We were lucky enough to have a balcony that had a high degree of privacy because the hotel jutted out a little further on the right side, which gave us the ability to be out there without anyone really overlooking us. I would definitely inquire as to whether one of these types of rooms was available should I check in again. And I loved sitting out there day or night and watching the passing scene on Waikiki. Our housekeeping service was flawless and prompt, which is another big plus for this hotel.
The restaurants at this property are top notch. I could have been happy eating only at the hotel. The House Without a Key was a great casual venue. We had a good lunch and dinner there, and their drinks are great. Only downside is that the evening entertainment only lasted until 9 p.m., and I would have been happy to sit out there listening to Hawaiian music much later.
The Orchids restaurant is a step up in quality and atmosphere. Such a pleasant patio. Very reminiscent, for us, of some great Asian hotel. Absolutely cannot recommend the breakfast here highly enough. The madacamia nut pancakes with coconut sauce were so good, and didn't drown you in sugar. All the baked goods were super high quality, and the service was wonderful. We were here on an American Express Platinum rate, and could have had the all-you-can-eat breakfast at House WIthout a Key as well, but Orchids was just too wonderful. The building in which Orchids is located is just a lovely venue, with a gorgeous lounge area and La Mer restaurant is located upstairs. We didn't eat there, but it looked beautiful.
I actually loved the whole relaxed and elegant pace at the Halekulani. It definitely insulates you from the masses at Waikiki, and that is welcome! The only other place I would consider staying in this area is the Royal Hawaiian, as that is so unique, but it would be hard to pass up the Halekulani should we return. Definitely a relaxing and wonderful way to reacquaint myself with Honolulu. Now if United hadn't made us 4 hours late on our return, the trip would have been perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Halekulani has been hosting visitors to Waikiki Beach for nearly 100 years. Today its reputation for gracious hospitality, impeccable service and magnificent cuisine is unequaled on Oahu and renowned, throughout the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Halekulani Hotel Honolulu
- Halekulani Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu