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Hawaii Room Types
When you holiday in Hawaii your main accommodation options are hotel or self catering apartments, known in America as condominiums. At Aloha Holidays we prefer to offer accommodation we have either visited or stayed in ourselves. While we cannot claim to have personally checked out every apartment or room available, we believe the properties we offer are well managed and are ones in which we would be happy to stay in ourselves. For this reason, we recommend you select self-catering or hotels in Hawaii which are at least 3* in standard.
Hotels tend to offer the best value, particularly if you can get breakfast included in the price (most American hotels offer room only). As in most US hotels, all inclusive packages are not available in Hawaii but with so much delicious Hawaiian cuisine on offer locally this is actually a bonus.
In Hawaii, hotel rooms and selfcatering apartments are graded and priced according to their views. At Aloha Holidays we will always tell you what room type is included in the price of your vacation.
City or Garden View - This is the basic room category tour operators base their package prices on. But be aware! You might end up overlooking the car park or have a hedge right outside your window. If a good view is important to you, take our advice and upgrade. It won't cost much and will be well worth it.
Mountain View - In Honolulu on Oahu this view is very pretty by night with the twinkling lights of the houses snaking up the mountain side. By day it is usually comparable with a city view. On the outer islands, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii's Big Island, the mountains make for an attractive view by day.
Partial Ocean View - This is the minimum room category recommended by Aloha Holidays. We believe that since you have travelled all that way, you should be able to enjoy a sea view. Usually Partial Ocean View means a side-on view of the sea but in some places could mean a sea glimpse if you crane your neck over the balcony! These rooms tend to be on a higher floor thereby looking over the tops of any nearby buildings. Your view will partly include the sea and could include some roof and/or trees.
Ocean View - These rooms are usually 'sideways on' to the sea view, not directly opposite the shore line. You could end up with some neighbouring buildings in your line of sight but your view will mostly be of the sea.
Ocean Front - Again these rooms are found on the higher floors. Your lanai (balcony) or windows will look out directly over the ocean. This is particularly useful during whale watching season (Nov - Apr) in Maui, so don't forget your binoculars.
Tip: If you are watching your budget opt for a higher category room in a lower grade hotel, e.g. an Ocean View room in a 3* hotel rather than a Partial Ocean View room in a 4* hotel.
Self Catering - The self-catering condominiums tend to be privately owned but are managed by companies which rent to tour operators. This means the standard of individual units can vary greatly. It also means there are certain times of year, during popular US holidays, when selfcatering can be difficult to source. Aloha Holidays recommends opting to stay in an hotel during these periods.
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