Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio – Oahu – ☆☆☆☆
Yet again we embarked on a journey to visit Honolulu with the sole purpose of inching ever closer to our goal of 100,000 miles. it’s always nice traveling with one small carry-on rolly bag as opposed to the usual four to six large Ogio stealth suitcases and/or boxes filled with motorcycle parts. Upon arrival into HNL, we took a taxi to our hotel – an expense of 40.00 USD per way (tip inclusive) was a far better option than taking that hindrance of a shuttle bus (Robert’s Hawaii). We would only be in town for approximately 20 hours, we wanted to make the most of our time.
We entered the lobby and were soon presented with a girly pink lit up bar area with Moroccan style cushion furnishings and lounge seats. This insta-Barbie illuminated visual protrusion was a bit blatant in its fluorescent glory, but at least it appeared to have been recently renovated and was designed contemporarily.
We were greeted by a friendly member of the front desk staff whom willingly upgraded us to an ocean view room upon our casual request. Although it was 1:30pm, and this upgraded room wouldn’t be available until 3pm, we decided to get some lunch to kill time. We were advised to visit the Prince Kuhio’s own Mac’s 24/7 restaurant, as staff members pridefully disclosed the fact that it had been featured on an episode of Man Vs. Food. We proceeded over to Mac’s to peruse the menu, but decided to head into town to find something with a slightly better ambiance. I was famished (after receiving nothing flavorful enough to consume on our flight), so after a short 5 minute walk to the main street, we sat down at a little sushi restaurant by the name of Furusato Sushi Bar. It turned out to be some fairly decent sushi, but nothing to be entranced about.
We then made our way back to the hotel and collected the keys to our 19th floor ocean view room. That scintillating bright pink color scheme adorning the lobby’s blaring Barbie bar area had carried their way into the elevator and down the hallways leading to our room number 1902. As I sauntered warily upon the leopard print/floral/pink and tan toned carpeting, I feared for what sort of decorative catastrophe I may have waiting for me within our assigned room. Although the fusia-hued door didn’t offer much consolation, it opened into a very sheik and well-appointed room that was without the slightest hint of neon pink to be found. A bright yellow palette had replaced the pink, but I was very appreciative of this yellowness after being berated with an arbitrarily sporadic palette of pink for the entirety of my journey from lobby to room 1902.
Really, I don’t mean to be so negative in regard to the color pink. It’s just that this excessively pink atmosphere was upon me and I’ve never been much of a Barbie theme fan… this place was really barbie-esque and brought me back to a bygone era. Basically from birth my mother had taught me to rebuke Barbie for her unrealistic standard of beauty. Mom was overly adamant about wanting me to have absolutely no expectations of turning out anatomically faultless or of reaching America’s level of indispensable physical perfection such as that which miss Barbie displayed. Perhaps this has something to do with my Barbie intolerance? I do remember receiving Barbie dolls as gifts at my 5th birthday party. I would wait until the celebratory festivities were over to decapitate and dismember them before housing them in old shoe boxes and shoving them under my bed. Very strange behavior for a child, but for some reason this place brought back those memories!
Now that I’ve got that out of my system, yes, indeed the hotel room was really nice. It was a little overly yellow, but that worked with the tropical Hawaiian theme they had going. Pink in the hallways, and yellow in the rooms, it wasn’t too bad at all. The fixtures and electronics were all modern and very clean. Honolulu is a very loud city at night, so even though this hotel wasn’t directly on Waikiki Beach, the traffic noises resumed throughout the entirety of the evening and early morning.
In addition, a nice, moderately sized gym is conveniently located on the second floor.
To compare the two hotels we’ve recently stayed in on Oahu, I would say that the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort was situated in a better location and really was in the heart of shopping and dining central. The Hilton Prince Kuhio was slightly more of an upscale establishment, but it’s location was off the beaten path and required a small walk to reach the beach and shops.
Lastly, we had dinner at the Hula Grill over in the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel. We were seated at a table that had a spectacular view of the ocean. An absolutely perfect place to watch the sunset. They didn’t have as many vegetarian menu selections as their branch on Maui, but the food was still very good and the proportions were enormous!