right, so we're leaving it awfully late to be booking accommodation for our trip. We arrive in Honolulu too early in the a.m on 2nd August, and leave too early in the a.m on the 14th. 12 nights in total.
My travel partner (this is her birthday trip) can't make up her mind where she wants to stay. lol. Initially she had her heart set on the Aston Waikiki Beach. Then was looking at the Waikiki Sunset. Then when we briefly considered the Hyatt.
We were back to nearly settling on the Aston Waikiki Beach and tonight she asked "what about the Pacific Monarch?" After some probing it seems now she wants to split her stay between somewhere like the Aston Waikiki Beach and somewhere a bit cheaper where we can prepare meals. I didn't question too much as this was happening via text messaging while Hawaii 5-0 was on tv, and I need my weekly fix of Steve McGarrett so said "leave it with me, I'll research". From what i can understand I think getting closer to departure date budget is becoming a real issue and she is starting to lean towards cheaper accommodations. Fair enough. More shopping and mai tais for me!
So my questions are: I read the reviews of the Monarch on here (lots of Aussies I notice!) and the very first said bedbugs, ewww...but the rest seem ok. I am wanting to see if any of the regular posters here can give any additional feedback on it? you can probably see, by the places we've been considering, the area we kinda want to be in. And has anyone got any comparable feedback on similar places in similar price range, maybe the Banyan, or the Sunset.. I can find lots of reviews but was wondering if someone could compare them?
Things we will be wanting:
* pool. She is a must with a pool!
* A decent view, preferably ocean view.
* Room for me to unpack my suitcase (i always unpack everything, even for one night!).
* Kitchen/kitchenette- just basic for lunches and light dinners. I'm on holidays I won't be doing any cooking at all past putting something in a microwave, but Birthday Girl likes cooking so will utilise whatever is available.
* Two beds, or one bed and fold out bed.
* And definitely clean.
* And decent tv in the room. Birthday Girl likes her tv first thing in the morning, and going to sleep at night.
I am not even sure how she wants to break up the stay 6-6, or 7-5, or 8-4 yet. I am reluctant to break it up at all, as there is sooooooo much i want to do, that i don't want to be wasting a morning packing up and checking out, then having to go back collect the luggage, walk to nexxt location and check back in and unpack again. Especially as most of the afternoon and evenng before will be packing and last minute stuff. But i think she has her heart set on the Waikiki Beach Hotel as well... and well, its her birthday so if thats what she wants then thats cool by me.
Thanks if anyone has any specific suggestions or feedback. All of this research is beginning to really cloud my head!