If you are planning a trip to Oahu, Hawaii’s most popular island and known for its famous Waikiki Beach you must take the time to visit these two historic hotels. If you are fortunate enough to be able to stay in one of these hotels you are in fact a very lucky traveler. If you want to experience Waikiki and have a true Hawaiian style vacation this is the best of the best! They are both located in the heart of Waikiki and both beachfront. If however you cannot stay at one of the hotels you must go on a walking tour of each of these beautifully preserved historical hotels because you will be awestricken with all your sense enlightened. Be sure to enjoy lunch or a cocktail at one of the oceanside bars or café. The shopping is a treat so give yourself ample time to explore.
Manoa Surfrider was built in 1901 by Walter Chamberlain Peacock a wealthy Waikiki home owner. The Manoa Hotel was the original name and opened on March 11, 1901 with 75 rooms.
It was the first hotel and was affectionately christened the “First Lady of Waikiki” the hotel has undergone many transformations but has maintained its elegant ambiance and Hawaiian sense of history. Today it has Waikiki’s first and only beachfront Moana Lani Spa opening in 2008 the new spa has 14 treatment rooms and a 1400 sq ft.workout fitness center.
The center courtyard boost a pool, bar and outdoor area with tables and chairs all beachfront under a huge banyan tree and their signature Veranda Restaurant where you can have a delightful lunch or afternoon English teatime. You can also past the time or take a break by sitting on one of the many rocking chairs on the front porch and watch all the passersby on Kalakaua Ave.
This is one of Hawaii’s finest hotels that compliments the legacy and Hawaiian sense of place.
Royal Hawaiian Resort or “The Pink Palace of the Pacific” as it is known by many. Built in 1927 at a cost of $4 million and took 18 months to build. Six stories and 400 rooms and in a Spanish- Moorish style and of course Pink, opened its doors February 1 1927. The hotel underwent a massive restoration in 2008 that closed the hotel for seven month. Meticulous research was done to preserve the elegant past of the hotel and maintain its historical sense. This hotel is another place to relax poolside or have a cocktail at the Mai Tai bar. Just enjoy and don’t pass up the experience of the “Pink Palace of the Pacific”
Another travel tip I’d like to share and often asked is what is the best Airline? For me this is a no brainer if you are coming from the US mainland's West Coast... Hawaiian Air is an option take it! Hawaiian is always adding new cities so check and see if they are in your area. They are normally the best priced and by far the best airline to travel to Hawaii. Their customer service is excellent, they still provide a meal FREE and offer upgraded meals you can purchase. Their First Class is wonderful. Enjoy your trip to Hawaii and be sure to look me up for some more great places to shop, eat and visit! Aloha and Mahalo for stopping by my blog!