My latest visit was an almost unheard of (for me) three day stay. So it was a good chance to use my Diamond Gold Passport Suite Upgrade, called a DSU in frequent traveller parlance. I had not trouble applying it, except that they could not offer me all three days in the suite. Two days was great as I had a late flight.
It might seem odd having a suite for a single person on their own but I do love the extra space and having somewhere to sit that isn’t where I am planning to sleep. The rooms allocated were 59/60 and you can see there is an adjoining door. The ocean is below rooms 59/60.
The living room had a double pull down bed (the black wall on the right) as well as a large sofa, a chair and a large wardrobe.
The was a bathroom off this room which had specially been adapted for those in wheelchairs.
The bedroom was a fairly standard layout with its own separate bathroom:
The decor matched and both rooms had effective air conditioning. The balconies provided spectacular views of the Ocean, Diamond Head and the other hotels and shops in the area as well, of course, of the beach. The first image at the top of this post was taken from the balcony.
There was a table and two chairs on each balcony and the WiFi was good enough to be able to sit out and connect to the internet. This allowed me to continue to work whilst sitting in the lovely Honolulu weather. Views from the balcony give an idea of the local area looking East and West respectively:
Watching the sunset from the balcony was one of my great pleasures on this trip. Great to see so many people watching from the ocean.
The beach below was pretty crowded during the day and there were a lot of people out in the water.
The staff at the Regency Club remember me and were as helpful as I needed them to be. I think that it’s always great when a hotel team recognises that some visitors are returning and some new, and that they can pitch their information to the appropriate level.
I did order room service one evening which I have to say was a singular disappointment. My first problem was finding the menu. Doh! It’s on the TV. The second was that the list the offer is very short; just a few items from the menu of the restaurants. I think I might have ventured to eat in a restaurant if I had planned better and booked something earlier in the stay for my last night. The presentation of the food leaves a little to be desired. Here:
It was pretty tasty but this was nearly $40 worth with delivery, service charge etc.
The suite had two fridges in which was nice so I could do a big shop at the supermarket for all my beverages at the one visit. The food store is basically one block away and has a wide range of food, wine, beer, soda etc. There are also some take away places in its lobby if you want a chance from Regency Club food.
There were a couple of cloudy days and I used those to have a walk along the shore and along the large number of shops in the adjacent area, picking up a couple of bargain in a sale in the small Macy’s a couple of blocks from the hotel. Tomorrow I will post a blog entry about how to reach the larger Macy’s in the nearby shopping centre.
It was a genuinely restful stay and I got to like being in the same place for more than a night.
My flight back to the mainland was late (9pm) and the hotel had another guest arriving for the suite so they offered me another room to move to until I was ready to leave at 4pm. As the late checkout offering for Diamond Gold Passport members does not apply at resorts this was a pretty kind offer. I checked out fine and my cab was waiting when I got to the drop off point.
I am returning in November, and am looking forward to the blue skies when Europe is damp and dull. It won’t be a suite for that visit but I am sure I will be pleased – this property does look after me well on each stay.
These are just a couple of extra pics to show you how blue the sea and sky were!