Saturday 21st July, 2018

The Hawaii Prince Hotel

I took a cab from downtown Waikiki to the Hawaii Prince Hotel. It was only a few minutes, and cost $6.50. The hotel is around the corner from the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and the Renaissance, and overlooks the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. The hotel has 28 floors of oceanfront guest rooms, yes every room faces the ocean and the marina, and sits above a five-story base of restaurants, an ocean-air lounge, meeting rooms, shops and parking. The 350- foot twin tower structure is sheathed in rose-colored glass, with complimentary-toned limestone. Fine English slate and an accompaniment of other fine materials distinguish the walkways of the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki's grounds. The tropical landscaping surrounding the structures features a five-story cascading fountain, which is a feature. I went to check in but found my reservation had not arrived at the hotel. I had booked only 2 hours before. Curiously the hotel would not allow a check-in without the reservation, and I was told to ring later in the day to see whether it had arrived. I had not checked out of my previous night's hotel, so this was not a problem, but for most guests I don't think they would have taken too kindly to it. I returned to the hotel about 2 hours later and the reservation was waiting, and the recpetionist remembered me, so I was checked in to room 716 on the 7th floor. There was a bank of lifts nearby, and I went up to the 7th floor, and accessed the room near to the lift lobby.

The hotel was of excellent standard furnishings and decor, reflecting its 4 diamond rating. Room 716 had a long hallway down to the room proper, with a double wardrobe to the right, with timber venetion doors, and further timber venetian doors opening in to the room. The first thing that struck me was the view. It was magnificent, the ocean, the marina, all the yachts. The serene and picturesque Ala Wai Yacht Harbor is really a sight to see. The all glass front of the room had two big windows in the center, which on opening gave you a breathtaking view, almost like standing on a balcony. There was a king bed, with a plain white bedspread, 3 pillows and 2 cushions, two large bedside tables (timber) with marble tops and large lamps. One had a built-in radio, clock, and alarm. The other had a separate clock radio. A phone sat on top of one of them. There were two armchairs and a small table, and in the corner a quite small desk with marble top, and high speed Internet access (a feature in all rooms) at $8.95 a day. The windows had creme curtains, but they were never closed. There was also a large stand-alone lamp. In the center opposite the bed was a large cabinet with TV, fridge (empty but for two complimentary bottles of water), which was quite noisy. There was an ice-bucket, glasses, and plenty of drawer space. The bathroom was very large, with full bath, completely separate shower (with walls not shower screen), and a separate toilet. All 3 areas were expansive, and well decorated., good lighting and adequate bench space. The accommodation I found to be comfortable, clean, good quality, and the view fantastic.

There are four different onsite restaurants, all favored by a local clientle. The one I tried was a fine dining restaurant, which was exceptional.The Hawaii Prince is the only hotel in Waikiki with its own golf course. Designed by golf legends Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, it provides 27 holes of championship play, over 270 acres with magnificent views of the Waianae Mountains. It also has two championship tennis courts, a swimming pool and whirlpool, a fitness room, and Yamano DaySpa and Beauty.

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