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by wanderer 2005
November 10, 2006
The lobby is open air and you can see the beach and Black Rock, only a few feet away.We had a king size bed in a deluxe ocean view room. The room was large and had a great view of the beach and pool. There is a small, empty fridge in the room for your waters, beer, etc. The bathroom was huge, but lacking in counter space because the counter curves in and out. If it was the same width for the entire counter, there would be plenty of space. The shower was enclosed by a curved shower curtain rod, making the shower much bigger. There is a coffee maker in the room and a small safe in the closet. The room came with robes, which are a cotton blend, but not bulky, like terrycloth. LOVED the robes.The lanai had a small table with 2 chairs, so you can enjoy the sunrise or sunset in comfort.
We didn’t eat at any of the restaurants, but we did have snacks and drinks at the pool which were, of course, expensive.The pool was great. It wound around the property lazy river style and had some hidden areas with lounge chairs…but you have to get up early to get those. That’s too much work for me...I like to sleep in and take my time when I’m on vacation. But the Sheraton has a 20 minute rule..if you put a towel on a chair to hold it and you’re not back in 20 minutes…they will take your stuff off and offer it to someone else. I did like that. I’ve heard horror stories about other resorts where people put towels or books on lounge chairs, then don’t come back until late in the day, which I think is RUDE.
You can rent a cabana on the beach for the day for $35.00. We rented one so we could just hang out in some shade and privacy as well as somewhere to put our stuff when we snorkeled. There is a hut near the pool where you can rent snorkel gear, but it’s EXPENSIVE. It was $20.00 a day per person to rent goggles, fins and snorkels. Save your money...there is a place on Front Street next to Aloha Mixed Plate that had snorkel gear for $2.50 a day. There was also Boss Frogs, further down Front that had snorkel gear for $1.50 a day. We made the mistake of NOT renting from Boss Frogs and paid the 20bucks at the hotel. I was so mad when I found out how much it cost at the hotel, but at that point, you’re stuck unless you want to get dressed, drive back to Front Street and waste a bunch of time...so we got suckered.
All in all, this hotel was okay, but I preferred the Hyatt.
From journal Hawaiian Dream Vacation
Edison, New Jersey
January 19, 2006
From journal My Hawaii Dream Vacation