Hawaii Hotel Tips – booking a hotel or resort stay for a Hawaii vacation?



From their beautiful oceanfront studio, Hawaii Vacation Connection Video Podcast hosts Aloha Bruce and Lanai welcome Embassy Suites Hawaii senior executive Simeon Miranda to talk about the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach. Lanai recalls the start of his comedy career 25 years ago in what is now known as “old Waikiki” at the Don Ho Show.

Bruce and Lanai talk about important things to remember when booking a hotel or resort stay for a Hawaii vacation. They talk about things that many vacationers fail to consider when booking their accommodations and offer their strategies to get their most preferred rooms in any given hotel. Their expertise with the inner workings of hotel operations offers little-known ways of picking the best room for your needs and preferences. Views, wi-fi service, and quietude are all important things to consider.

Simeon Miranda, General Manager of Embassy Suites Hawaii, joins the podcast to talk about the Alohilani Resort and current developments in Waikiki. He discusses a multi-million-dollar renovation at the Alohilani and the new features the resort has to offer.

Simeon also talks about the storied past of the iconic property and how a sense of old Waikiki remains intact. The Alohilani is ideal for vacationing families, and Simeon says it is the only “en-suite” property in Waikiki. Bruce and Lanai also roll a video tour of suite improvements at the resort.

Simeon discusses the “rebirth of Waikiki” and the number of available rooms and suites available at the Alohilani, as well as deluxe amenities and new historical features and displays. “I’m gonna take a staycation!” says Lanai. Our hosts and their guest discuss the advantages the Alohilani’s suites have for vacationing families.

Simeon talks about special rates for Hawaii residents (“kama’aina rates”) and military families that were prompted by a precipitous drop in bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the safety protocols that are now in place at the resort and its fitness center. Simeon mentions restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Yardhouse, Roy’s Waikiki, and Tiramina that are now open in Waikiki.

It’s a deeply informative podcast for incoming Hawaii vacationers, and don’t forget to listen for the Deal of the Week our hosts reveal about halfway through our latest Hawaii Vacation Connection Podcast.

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