The Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki
February 3, 2008
Linda and I stayed at The Halekulani Hotel from January 28 to February 3, 2008. It is right on the beach at Waikiki, surrounded by other hotels with an upscale shopping area just inland. The hotel is owned by Mitsui, a Japanese investment firm; half the clientele was Japanese during our stay. Although it is a large hotel, over 400 rooms, every effort is made to provide personal, cheerful service. Our room was quiet, well-furnished and equipped. The housekeeper came twice a day. While it is expensive, I think it is a good value. Items which could be extras at another hotel are included: internet access in the room and at the business center, newspapers and coffee in the morning, fitness center, pool, beach etc. There is even free admission to the major museums by showing one’s room card. (We did not see many American tourists in the excellent museums, but some Japanese.) There is a wellness spa with a wide range of offerings. Of course, golf, boating etc are easily arranged.
There are three dining options:
The House Without a Key is an informal area by the pool. It has a breakfast buffet in the morning, casual lunches, cocktails with ukulele players and a singer in the early evening and casual dinners after. Our room looked out to sea over the central courtyard and the live Hawaiian cocktail music drifted nicely up to our tenth floor balcony.
Orchids is a ground floor restaurant beautifully decorated with orchids. It is quiet and elegant, without being formal. It has different menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a $26 lunch menu that is an incredible bargain.
La Mer is a formal French restaurant directly above Orchids. It is highly rated, but we didn’t try it as we didn’t come to Hawaii for classic French food.
Breakfast at Orchids:
We have a fine view of Diamond Head. The eggs benedict are made with a pork hash.
I tried the Japanese breakfast at Orchids: grilled fish, okayu (mushy rice,) Japanese pickles, lotus root, miso soup, dried seaweed, egg, melon and green tea.
Lunch at Orchids:
We went once with Ian and Jeanette and once just the two of us. It is a lovely calm setting by the sea.