Monday 21st August, 2017

Sheraton Waikiki

One of four Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki, and one of three on the beach. Next Door is the Sheraton Royal Hawaiian, sometimes referred to as the 'Pink Palace' because it's painted completely in pink. The Sheraton Waikiki is a huge, three-towered building with many rooms having views out over the ocean, and others over the city or mountains. The hotel has an art deco feel about it, the design, colors, bars,and whole look of the hotel. Arriving at the porte corche there were lots of bell boys, with taxis coming and going. a walk up into the towers, along an arcade of shops to the center where there was a huge lobby area, and long round reception counters. There were about 5 attendants on duty, but room probably for about a dozen. I was ushered straight up to the counter, the reservation was located and within about 90 seconds I had key cards, and directions to the lift lobby, a little further along. There are eleven lifts so it wasn't long before I was disembarking on the 10th floor, and close by was room 1133. The room on entry was a typical hotel room, a la Holiday Inn, two queen beds, parched wallpaper surrounds, two art deco prints, to match the color of the bedspreads and curtains, a double wardrobe to the left on entering, a side table with 6 drawers, a mirror a lamp, TV, and mini fridge at the end, which was stocked with snacks and drinks. There was a wall mounted air conditioning unit, which was relatively news and a table and two armchairs. In between the two beds was a small table with a phone, phone book underneath, and a clock radio and alarm, with a lamp on top. There was also a standing lamp alongside the table. The room opened on to a balcony, which had absolute oceanfront views, and also overlooked the hotel's main pool area. The bathroom was a reasonable size, typical hotel room with full bath and shower to one side, a bench with mirror to the other and the toilet basin inbetween.

The room was perfectly fine, not overly lavish, but clean and comfortable, with great views.

The hotel is very centrally located, and of course it is right on the beach. There are two pools, the Main pool and the Diamond Head Pool (also known as the Children's pool).The Main pool is 8 feet deep and the shallow end is 4 feet deep. The pool water temperature is cool in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. Both swimming pools overlook the ocean, and from the main one there is entertainment every night from around 6 o'clock to 8 o'clock. There are restaurants on-site, and these provide excellent menus at quite reasonable prices. The variety of food is really broad too. From sophisticated dinners to oceanfront seafood buffets, the Sheraton Waikiki really has it all. You can have your own table by the sea at The Ocean Terrace, featuring fresh seafood buffets. Thirty stories above the sand, The Hanohano Room presents breathtaking views and fine dining in Hawaiian style. And if your in a hurry to go out and see the sites or just looking for that snack throughout the day, you can vVisit the Kau Kau Shop on the lobby level for sandwiches, rolls, general snacks, fresh coffee or an ice cream treat.

Finally, when evening falls, you can enjoy sultry songs that fill the dance floor at The Hanohano Room while floor-to-ceiling windows fill with stars. Downstairs, the pace quickens at Esprit, which the hotel claims is the only beachfront nightclub in Waikiki. Or for a more relaxing option, Hawai'i's finest entertainers play nightly at poolside.

Just outside the hotel too, in every direction, there are restaurants, fast-food outlets, pubs and taverns. There's an Irish pub just around the corner, and a Denny's close to it. You can also visit the other Sheraton hotels in Waikiki, including 'the Pink Palace' next door, and charge your restaurant and bar meals to your room number at the Sheraton Waikiki. On your doorstep is the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, which provides I think three levels of shopping, restaurants, boutique shops, souvenir shops etc., A short walk away is a cinema complex where you can see the latest release movies.

You can always take a run along the beach, or if you're wanting a work-out, at nearby Kapiolani Park, night-lighted tennis courts are open to the public free of charge. Several popular jogging courses are within blocks of the hotel: About two blocks from the porte cochere is a 1-mile course that runs along the Ala Wai Canal.

My stay on this occasion at the Sheraton Waikiki, as in past stays, met my expectations, and it is only a matter of time before I am back staying here again.

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