It’s not a hotel it’s a small village!
It is time to say goodbye to Kauai and Hello to Oahu. I’m sad to leave Kauai behind but I’m also excited to explore Oahu and all it has to offer. I’ve been told each and every island of Hawaii has it’s own unique style, culture and pace. Kauai was very chill, laid back and “Hang Ten” – that’s surfer talk for awesome. Oahu, on the other hand is home to the resort community of Waikiki which probably has as many people in it as the entire island of Kauai. For the first part of my 30 Days In Hawaii Oahu adventures I’m staying at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, by far the largest hotel on the strip.
Driving to Waikiki from the Honolulu airport was quite the culture shock having just come Kauai. I had to pay attention to the road as I arrived during the evening rush hour. Once I got my bearings though it fairly easy to navigate. Located right on Kalakaua Ave the only thing in front of the hotel beside the road are people and the beach. A trick though if you are driving is that you turn left just before the Hyatt and approach the Valet parking area from behind the hotel. Don’t bother parking your car yourself like I did the first night, the cost difference is only $5 and the parking tower is tough to navigate.
With the car all taken care of I make my way up to the Lobby overlooking the courtyard of the two Hyatt towers. Check in is quick and painless and then I’m off to see my room in the EWA Tower, I’m on floor 30 of 40.
To say my view is amazing is an understatement. It’s AMAZING. A large King bed, a massive flat screen TV, and a very well equipped bathroom with my very first ever electric toilet. This may be TMI but the toilet seat is heated and the other features are just plain civilized, when you are done there is even a heated fan to blow you dry
Outside of the 1200+ rooms at the Hyatt there is tons to explore on the property. The ground floor level offers an array of shops from Swatch to ABC Stores. Most importantly for me there is a little coffee shop called Kimo Bean, in my two days here they got to know my order without me even having to ask for it. On the 3rd floor are two great restaurants, Shor & Japengo. I ate at Japengo and wait till you see what I ate.
Also located on the 3rd floor is the fitness facility (which I never visited) and Swim, an pool and bar lounge area. I didn’t go swimming but I did have a Mai Tai and who could resist the view overlooking the beach.
Now this is the life, isn’t it? If a crowded pool isn’t your scene you can drop into ABC and pick up the beverage of your choice and take it back to your room to enjoy. Ya, I did that too
I hate to say it but you almost don’t need to leave the Hyatt Regency to have a good time in Waikiki. They have shopping, dining, poolside happy hours, and every Thursday in the courtyard they even have a Farmers Market set up. The Hyatt isn’t a hotel it’s a small village with something for everyone.
Thank you to my friends at the Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau for helping make this adventure possible. If you want to have your own Hawaiian adventure there is no better place to start than Go Hawaii, after you read this blog series though first.