How Suite It Is!
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa pays homage to Queen Lili‘uokalani with its star suite.
After a $28-million-dollar renovation a few years ago, the Waikiki Beach Marriott revealed not only a revamped Kealohilani Tower but also a new and improved presidential suite in honor of Queen Lili‘uokalani—one of Hawai‘i’s most beloved monarchs.
“The land on which our resort is located has historical ties to the Queen, and it is only befitting that we seek inspiration from her legacy,” says Michael Nisky, general manager of Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
Overlooking the beaches of Waikiki, the 1,880-square-foot suite was redesigned to merge modern touches with Victorian-influenced designs. The result? You will find a “vibrant fuchsia-printed daybed and two leafy vine-printed slipper chairs with cyan blue accent pillows,” mahogany furnishings and original works of art to make the space feel more like a private residence rather than temporary lodgings.
In the room’s foyer, you find a portrait of the Queen herself taken during her reign on display—a priceless piece donated to the resort by The Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center. Other notable historical pieces you’ll come across are the music sheets to “The Queen’s Jubilee,” which are readily displayed. That particular song was one that Queen Lili‘uokalani herself composed when she attended Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. Taking more cues for from the royal Hawaiian, other room elements such as the foliage-themed carpet and yellow window coverings were inspired by her as well.
Additionally, a 520-square-foot lanai provides ample room to enjoy a bit of fresh air, warm sun and jaw-dropping vistas. Furnished with both natural teak and dark rattan, you truly feel a sense of place.
Back inside in the living area, you’ll find high-tech amenities like a television console with remote jack pack to connect your video camera, laptop and/or iPod the 42-inch LG, HD television—just in case you want a good preview the shots you’ve taken on your trip thus far.
Step into the bedroom—otherwise known as “The Queen’s Sanctuary”—and you’ll find a cozy seating area, as well as plantation-style, four-poster bed. Complete with Hawaiian quilt-inspired bedding, capiz-shell lamps and wooden nightstands, the bedroom setting gives you just a taste of Old Hawai‘i.
Though your day may be full of activities, when it’s time to turn in for the night, an overnight stay (or if you’re lucky, even longer) at this Waikiki oasis will leave you refreshed, relaxed and ready to take on the next series of to to-dos on your itinerary.
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
2552 Kalakaua Ave.
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