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Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Sheraton Waikiki----WOW!


I've stayed in some interesting places in my life, but the Sheraton Waikiki really ranks up in the top five most memorable for a variety of reasons.1. It's all open!  These people apparently have little use for doors, so anyone can walk right in and follow a series of walkways, halls, and paths to a variety of stores and other hotels.  If you have a serious dislike of birds, this could be a problem (Right Amber?)


 This cutie is for my neighbor Wannie!


 One of the cutest stores I've seen.


The proverbial "sow's ear to a silk purse" + lots of bedazzling.  Didn't even check the price, but I thought my friends raising hogs would like this one.


There were two sand artists hard at work during our stay to create new sand art for the hotel.  They were from Florida.  I should have taken a picture each day, but here is one middle shot, then the rest are different views of the final project.  It was fun to watch them work.





Right next to this sculpture were the elevators up to our rooms.  Now I have never quite seen anything like this.  I took pictures from our floor, the 17th, because it was usually too congested downstairs to get a good shot.  Here's the plan:  You go to the middle of the room, open on both ends, and push a button, and then you wait for one of like 14 doors to open, seven on each side.  It's like being in one of those sports drills where the coach has you running in place and then turning quickly at the sound of a whistle or hand signal.  CRAZY!  Especially if you are loaded down with packages or your luggage.  On the main floor, it was sometimes hard to get going because someone would push the UP button before your elevator was able to take off.  I hear Don Ho singing "Tiny Bubbles" one time in there!  Here is Tall Guy demonstrating and not quite a half shot of the elevators on our floor.



We seriously did not have a lot of lounging time at Waikiki with all the sites to see, but we did get in some pool time.  I wish we had been able to put more than our toes in the Infinity pool, but it was rather crowded by the time we made it down.  Very cool for picture taking though!




Our room had a lovely view from the outside looking in.........



BUT, I would really like to talk to the person responsible for the inside design to see what he/she was thinking!  A bathroom, in my humble opinion, does NOT need an window that opens up into the rest of the room!  Was he/she thinking, "Hmmmm.... if someone has to sit here long enough, that person might like to look at Diamond Head?"  SERIOUSLY?  What about the other people in the room?  Even married people need some privacy!


Tall Guy is JUST DEMONSTRATING what I am talking about.  This is NOT a live action shot!


We were right next to the second oldest hotel on the beach, The Royal Hawaiian.  What a beautiful, grand hotel!


You can see right through the Royal Hawaiian to the Sheraton!  See?  No doors!



Here are some cute Coy that swam in a pool around the sides of the hotel.  There were also parrots a few days, very noisy. I didn't get a shot of them.




I have to include these final shots just because they really stump my husband.  You might not know this, but I am a truly neat person at heart.  When I get to start with a clean room, I try my darnedest to keep it that way.  These pics were taken at the end of our fifth day at Waikiki.  Tall Guy just scratches his head because, well, let's just say our bedroom doesn't always look this tidy.






So we would give the Sheraton Waikiki a two thumbs up with the asterisk that the bathroom window stay closed while that room is occupied. Aloha~!

5 comments:

  1. Great photos. I'm packing now to move there and become a sand artist!

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  2. I would love to try to sculpt in sand! Fun! What great pics.

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  3. Wow--what a gorgeous place... That is one fancy dancy hotel... Love the openness --except for the bathroom of course... ha ha

    Beautiful pictures... Think I'd just sleep on the balcony.

    Love the sand art... Someone has some real talent.

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. I am so jealous. We were just there in September/October to celebrate our 45th Anniversary. We stayed next door at the Hale Koa (retired military), and am ready to go back.

    I enjoyed reading your blog.

    Sunny

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  5. What a gorgeous hotel. And the sand sculptures are amazing. OK, I agree that the bathroom window should be boarded up!!!

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