on August 21, 2006
We stayed at the Radisson Prince Kuhio for 2 nights, and although the hotel itself is of average/good quality, the location is excellent, and we found that it was a good value.The Radisson Prince Kuhio is located in the heart of Waikiki, close to all the area attractions and just a couple of blocks from the beach. At first glance, it's just another giant, unattractive, boxy concrete hotel, typical of the Waikiki strip; inside, though, it's quite elegant, with a lovely lobby and public areas (which have been newly renovated since our stay!). The gardens on the hotel grounds are also quite nice, and provide a little haven from the "concrete jungle" feeling of the area.The hotel was quite busy during our stay, and we actually received a room outfitted for disabled guests (which we had not requested). Not sure how this may have affected the layout of the room itself, but the bathroom was much larger than I would imagine it is in other rooms with a roll-in shower (so no bathtub). The room itself was the typical chain-hotel layout, with a king-size bed, entertainment center, and small table with two chairs.We did have a small balcony/lanai with a mountain view - we just couldn't justify the added expense of an ocean view, and seeing all the little houses and buildings up the side of the lush green mountains was just as interesting! We found the room to be very clean and tidy when we arrived, and housekeeping did a good job of keeping it that way throughout our stay.As far as the room decor, the only thing particularly Hawaiian about it was the pineapple-patterned bedspread, but it was quite neutral and comfortable. Renovations are currently underway to all of the 600+ rooms in the hotel and are expected to be completed by the fall. The proposed new decor is certainly an improvement on the rather bland appearance of the current rooms.Rooms include most of the amenities you would expect from Radisson: coffeemakers with complimentary coffee/tea, mini-fridge, two phones, an iron and full-size ironing board (very handy), high-speed Internet access, an in-room safe, and bottled water are all available for a fee. We found the service of the hotel staff to be top-notch, always smiling and helpful. There is also a tour desk on-site where you can book tours, attraction tickets, and excursions. The best feature of the hotel, for us, was the availability of a hospitality room. We checked out in the morning and the hotel stored our luggage (at no charge), and we spent the day sightseeing, then returned to the hotel after dinner. We were given the keys to a room and allowed use of it for an hour, which gave us time to shower, get changed, and re-pack our carry-on items for our 11:30pm flight. Definitely worth it!
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