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by John Denholm
October 2, 2006
In my journal entry overview of the hotel, I describe the overall resort amenities. This entry focuses on our room at the Molokai Ranch Lodge.
The Lodge offers standard and deluxe rooms at comparatively reasonable prices. The standard room is offered for approximately $250 per night while the deluxe room is offered at approximately $300 per night. Both room types are uniquely decorated with ranch-themed artifacts from the area. The cowboy-themed throw pillows on our bed were hand-stitched by a local artist. You may be wondering about the difference between the two room types. The hotel’s website comes up short here so I will attempt to fill in the blanks. The deluxe rooms include what is described as an additional king-size bed. In reality, I would describe it as a day bed as it fills up an alcove and is situated across from the television. The day bed is very comfortable and would be perfect for kids. Aside from the day bed and extra room to accommodate it, I do not think there are any more differences. The bathroom was really the luxurious part of the room. I supposed that even a cowboy (or girl) needs well-appointed facilities to get washed up for supper. The bathrooms are furnished with natural stone floors. A pet peeve of mine is when the room’s theme does not flow into the bathroom. In this room, the theme of the room continued seamlessly. The hand-made towel bars and hooks matched the drawer hardware for the dresser and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom includes an antique style claw-footed bathtub, a large shower and plenty of room to unpack toiletries.
The little touches really separate hotels like the Molokai Ranch. Details like sea salt in a large sea shell by the bath tub helps to justify the room’s price tag. To get back on track, each room also has a separate tile counter bar area. This was great as it housed the coffee maker and refrigerator. It is so nice when the coffee maker has to compete for scarce real estate on a countertop. This would be impossible here as the sink is the old fashioned pedestal type.The four post king bed was a treat after an action packed day. The mattress and pillows were very comfortable. The linens were great. I’d say it is on par with the Westin Heavenly bed.
One peculiarity at this hotel is that there are no ice makers. An employee comes by your room around 5 PM to turn down the beds and offer to fill your ice bucket.
All in all, I’d say the rooms offered at the Lodge are well worth their price tag. Take a drive to the Molokai Hotel and have dinner at Hula Shores restaurant. Take a look at the hotel and rooms. The Molokai Ranch Lodge caters to the well-heeled traveler who demands luxury on the not so luxurious island of Molokai.
From journal Slow Down - This is Moloka'i
September 27, 2006