Another great stay at the Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu solidifies my conviction that there is no better hotel on the island of Oahu. This review will cover a Kahala Dolphin Lanai room.
When you book the Kahala via American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts, you receive a number of benefits including early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability), complimentary breakfast, space-available room upgrades, and dining credit (which varies based upon season). That makes an otherwise pricey hotel a bit more palatable.
I mention this every time I write about the Kahala, but I so appreciate the longevity of the staff at this hotel. Take Darryl, for instance. He’s part of the valet team and has greeted me for years when I drive up to the hotel. The front desk staff, restaurant staff, and even the housekeepers are one reason I love this property. They are all kind, friendly, and have tenure.
Kahala Dolphin Lanai Room Review
We were assigned a Dolphin Lanai room, which as the name suggests, overlooks the dolphin lanai. This was the first time I have ever stayed in a room outside the tower and part of me wanted to splurge for an upgrade to a tower room with a great ocean view. But I’ve reviewed that before…this would be something new and convenient for accessing the pool, something that was central to my three-year-old’s plan for our stay.
Our room included two beds, though Augustine and I always seem to end up sharing a bed when we travel together alone.
The room included a large balcony overlooking the lagoon. Even though the hotel was allegedly sold out, I rarely saw neighbors out on the balcony.
The restroom includes a separate shower and tub and a vanity on each side. Toilets have Toto seats that include a heater and bidet.
Coffee machines are Keurig, a tremendous disappointment since I consider Keurig the worst coffee in the world (suites have illy machines). Bottled water is complimentary and replenished twice per day.
We arrived around lunchtime and had lunch together in Plumeira, one of the hotel’s restaurants. My father had a cheeseburger, my mother fish tacos, and Augustine and I each had a cheese pizza.
The pizza ended up being soggy and my mother did not like her fish tacos because they were too spicy, so I ate them and we left one of the pizzas. Augustine and I could have easily split one.
Breakfast is always a treat at the Kahala and we enjoyed a wonderful leisurely breakfast.
For a full review of the breakfast buffet, check out my past review.
We spent the rest of the afternoon…and the following late morning and afternoon at the pool. Augustine loves to swim and was eager to show his grandparents what he had learned in swimming lessons.
As you can see, the hotel is just beautiful. It’s so much more quiet than Waikiki and feels like an outer-island even though you are just minutes from central Honolulu. That makes an ideal hotel for children and families.
There may be more upscale hotels on the island, but I have no interest of deviating from this wonderful hotel, which creates a unique value proposition in my eyes for visiting Honolulu.
Next, I’ll share about the Dolphin Quest experience and I suppose we can debate the ethics of that…