Hammocks, beach waves, fresh pineapples and plenty of sunshine.
That's the Hawaiian dream. A hotel stay that emulates all of these dream elements is what can perfect your vacation. We enjoyed a pleasant and relaxing stay at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel, just steps from the bustling main shopping street and steps away from all daily necessities (aka. caffeine, beach, shopping).
Upon arrival at the front desk on the 8th floor of the building, the lobby design triggered instant relaxation after my early morning flight from Napa Valley.
The open, airy space featured a seamless indoor-outdoor design, where the seating area opened onto the patio and outdoor pool. While proper sofas were available for guests to lounge on, more inviting options were available, such as the fun wicker chairs and lazy hanging swing chair spacious enough for two.
A corridor from the lobby takes you into the sun-lit restaurant, with its large black dome-shaped wicker lamps. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests a view of the relaxing outdoor pool and fireplace.
The wicker and wooden elements together invite the guests to enter vacation mode, hang out at the wooden bar to grab a drink. Guest tend to linger for hours by the pool basking in the Hawaiian sun, and on Wednesday and Fridays there are live musical performances. We by chance stumbled upon the Wednesday evening Ukulele band performance and it was a treat, watching guests hoot and holler along with the musicians as everyone got into the groove of the music.
Whereas the lobby lounge carries a sunny, lively vibe, the hotel rooms are quiet and tranquil, featuring simple and clean aesthetics with high ceilings, modern wooden decor elements and oversized wooden frame circular mirrors with soothing under-lighting.
A large, polished wooden closet with smooth cylindrical handles and brass details hides the fridge, safe, and coffee machine. In between the two closets is a dressing table with a large hanging mirror. The wooden and wicker elements throughout the hotel constantly reminded us that we were on vacation.
At such a central location half a block from main retail shops and eateries, the Hyatt Central Waikiki Beach Hotel made for a relaxing, enjoyable stay. You could enjoy a full-day at the hotel if you don't want to venture outdoors, enjoy a delicious brunch at the highly-rated restaurant on the lobby floor, spend the day lounging by the pool and hot tub in the outdoor cabanas, socialize with friends over happy hour, and cap it off with the live musical performances in the evening. You might even have time for a nightcap at the bar.
Vacation mode: ON.