Author Topic: Grand Hawaiian Holiday, by PBaruch (August 2017)  (Read 999 times)

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Re: Grand Hawaiian Holiday, by PBaruch (August 2017)
« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2017, 05:26:51 PM »
Since you now stayed in both GHK and SRP can you compare the 2?

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Re: Grand Hawaiian Holiday, by PBaruch (August 2017)
« Reply #16 on: September 12, 2017, 08:30:13 PM »
Since you now stayed in both GHK and SRP can you compare the 2?

GHK

Pros:

  • Prettier grounds (not to be confused with prettier views) to walk around in than at the St. Regis (in my humble opinion);
  • More kid friendly - GHK has a slide in the pool (no slide at the St. Regis) along with activities for kids such as feeding the fish (free fish food provided) and holding exotic birds while having your picture taken (free by using your own camera to take the pictures);
  • Free access for Globalists to the Club Room where you can get kosher breakfast foods such as bagels (frozen from Oahu Kosher), lox, cream cheese, butter, jams, various cereals, fruits, drinks such as water and soda.  Also, you can get free fruits and drinks throughout the day;
  • Free laundry facilities including free laundry detergent;
  • No resort fee when using points;
  • Free self parking;
  • More convenient location to certain attractions - such as to Capt. Andy's cruises on the Na Pali, Waimea Canyon, the airport, etc.
  • Nightly entertainment;
  • Bidet toilet.

Cons:

  • They will no longer store your food in their freezer;
  • Views definitely not as nice as the St. Regis;
  • Not as attentive to your needs, wants and desires as at the St. Regis;
  • The GHK doesn't feel as private and intimate as the St. Regis;
  • When we were there in winter the water by the beach was quite rough and wasn't suitable for swimming - not sure how it is in summer;
  • Not near Chabad.

St. Regis

Pros:

  • Gorgeous views of the mountains, bay and ocean from the hotel - and in particular from our room and lanai.  I very much enjoyed spending Shabbos at the St. Regis by hanging out on the lanai.  The view of the mountains, rainbows, water, and sunsets were nothing short of incredible.
  • Roving bands of nene (endangered Hawaiian goose) that come to visit - we really enjoyed interacting with and feeding the nene;
  • We have never before experienced the level of service that we received at the St. Regis.  They are very attentive to your needs and are more than happy to oblige.
  • Beach is usable for swimming - the water was fairly calm while we were there.
  • No problem with storing our food in their freezer.
  • They did not charge me a resort fee when paying with SPG points.
  • Lappert's is located nearby in Princeville - kosher ice cream, etc (although we totally missed out on that);
  • Conveniently located close to the Kalalau trail and awesome beaches such as Tunnels;
  • The St. Regis feels more private and intimate than the GHK - definitely less crowds;
  • 2 mile walk to Chabad on sidewalks.

Cons:

  • Not as kid friendly as the GHK - no slide in the pool;
  • No laundry facilities - if you want anything washed you have to pay to send it out;
  • No free parking option and you have to pay for valet parking (for those who care about this sort of thing);
  • No Club Room as at the GHK where people with Globalist status can get free kosher breakfast;
  • No ice machine for self use - if you want ice you call the front desk and they deliver it to your room.  We were fine with a small bucket of ice each time and never asked if they would fill a cooler but they are very accommodating so I'd have to assume they would have done it for us had we asked;
  • We had to take 3 separate elevators to get to the pool and adjacent beach which was annoying.  I suppose this is dependent on where your room is located.

The general consensus is that we prefer the St. Regis over the GHK and hope to return there in the future.
« Last Edit: September 12, 2017, 09:14:03 PM by PBaruch »
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Re: Grand Hawaiian Holiday, by PBaruch (August 2017)
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2017, 09:13:27 PM »
Thanks very helpful but confusing. There are some really good pros for both if traveling with kids. So it's hard to choose one.

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Re: Grand Hawaiian Holiday, by PBaruch (August 2017)
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2017, 09:15:49 PM »
Thanks very helpful but confusing. There are some really good pros for both if traveling with kids. So it's hard to choose one.

If there is something specific that is confusing or if there is some other information that you would like please let me know.
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Re: Grand Hawaiian Holiday, by PBaruch (August 2017)
« Reply #19 on: September 12, 2017, 09:36:43 PM »
There is also a Lappert's 5 minutes away from the GHK at the shops at kukuiula

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Re: Grand Hawaiian Holiday, by PBaruch (August 2017)
« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2017, 09:43:56 PM »
If there is something specific that is confusing or if there is some other information that you would like please let me know.
not confusing on your end. You did a great job breaking it down. Confusing is probably the wrong word. What I meant to say was it is hard to make a decision which one to pick. On the one hand I like the fact that SRP is new and modern. But I like a hotel that has activities for kids. So it is hard to pick one over the other.

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Re: Grand Hawaiian Holiday, by PBaruch (August 2017)
« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2017, 10:12:59 PM »
not confusing on your end. You did a great job breaking it down. Confusing is probably the wrong word. What I meant to say was it is hard to make a decision which one to pick. On the one hand I like the fact that SRP is new and modern. But I like a hotel that has activities for kids. So it is hard to pick one over the other.

IMO You cant go wrong with either... Unless the food storage scares you away from the GHK...