I love that the Kahala has consistency in their rooms. And through the on line booking tool, visitors can easily ensure they can exactly the room they want and at the rate the visitor wants to pay.
I always book the ocean facing rooms/suites and love the sun light and wave sounds. The yellow walls and white bedding create a true area of relaxation. The king size bed is super luxurious. An elegant ceiling fan allows one just the right amount of island air circulation. The large bath with separate shower and tub are spacious and I enjoy the additional drawers and shelving space in the bathrooms. The robes and slippers are nice to use during your stay.
I was surprised by the rather large amount of children at the resort in mid-March. (Parents, please do not allow your children to run up and down the halls at any time of the day yelling to their heart's content. Many guests try to enjoy peace and quiet in their rooms,) I was watching several of the Academy Award nominated films as I waited for the winds to calm down a bit.
High winds thwarted our beach visit this week. If you are beach walkers, wear shoes as the hotel's beach is rather short, but a walk can easily be extended around the area, if one wears flip flops or sneakers.
While not the most accommodating staff, the room attendants are pure delights. They are always so helpful and want to make sure everything in your room is perfect. I did not have the chance to visit the spa on this most recent trip, but I have had some of the most amazing massages at the Kahala Spa. Highly recommend the Spa and the massage services offered. I did want to mention that the Bell Staff is usually helpful. Our front desk reception and check in was handled very professionally by Ralph. We did request an additional room up check in, and I think we may have thrown him a curve ball, but he handled the requests like a pro.
The food available around the pool and on the beach is typical beach fare. Fish tacos, ask for a corn tortilla or you will receive a flour tortilla. The nachos are pretty good, but ask for a side of guacamole and pico de gallo. The hot dog is served on a long roll, not a bun, so be prepared.
In my room, 409, I could hear a guest in another room taking a bath and each time another guest in a close by room closed their door, I thought it was very loud. The sounds outside the room were very much a part of my room. Not mentioning the kids running up and down the halls, ringing door bells and using their outdoor voices. Perhaps some sound dampening measures can be taken.
I like that the Kahala is not on Waikiki, but if it is morphing into a year round family destination and children will be running around as if they are at a Disney resort or a Marriott, i may have to return to the Halekulani.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Hawaii's reigning luxury resort, set on a secluded beach just ten minutes from the world class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. This legendary hideaway resort in Honolulu's plush Kahala district is a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities. From the moment you arrive, you will know that you are truly somewhere special. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Kahala Hotel And Resort
- The Kahala Hotel Honolulu
- Kahala Resort Honolulu
- Kahala Hotel Honolulu
- Mandarin Oriental Oahu
- Kahala Hotel & Resort
- Kahala Mandarin Oriental
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort Hawaii/Honolulu