This is Waikiki’s oldest hotel, built in 1901. Even after more than 100 years, multiple renovations, and the construction of two towers in the ’50s and ’60s, the hotel has managed to retain its original and still grand Beaux-Arts main building. It’s so picturesque you’re likely to encounter many a Japanese wedding couple posing for a shot along the staircase and in the lobby. I prefer the rooms in the Banyan Wing for their nostalgic character, but these tend to be small in size. Larger rooms with lanais are in the Tower Wing, and although they are as well appointed as any you’ll find at other Westin properties, with granite bathrooms and signature Heavenly beds, they don’t feel very Hawaii. Of course, to change that, get a room with a view of Diamond Head, or just step out under the giant banyan tree in the courtyard and enjoy the nightly live Hawaiian music and a mai tai.
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