It's been a life-long dream of mine to stay at this historic hotel, and I was not disappointed. When I booked I specified a room in the historic wing, knowing that it would be smaller and have fewer amenities than the tower - but I wanted to be IN HONOLULU, not Miami Beach. We were given a room facing Diamond Head with a view of the beach and water. Being an old room, we could open the wooden windows, and listen to the surf all night long. The lobby was gorgeous and the café under the old Banyan tree was nice. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful (gracious service comes to mind).
But, I do have some issues. Why do they charge $25 + tax "resort fee" on top of expensive room charge? For that you get Wi-Fi and and photo. Their pool is very small and wall to wall screaming kids. A beach chair costs $35 a day. But where to put it? The beach is very narrow there and by 11 am hardly a square foot is empty. So it is not really a "resort" like you would expect on a tropical island.
That said, I still loved staying there, listening to jazz in the lobby in the evening, rocking in the chairs on the front porch, watching the incredible scene passing by on the street, and best of all, sleeping with the sound of the surf.
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