Corporate Calming

Waikiki Parc Hotel provides business travelers with the tools to get a lot accomplished

By: Marty Wentzel

HONOLULU The turndown amenity on my Waikiki Parc Hotel pillow piqued my curiosity. It was a little envelope that said “Sleep Well.” When I opened it, I found about one teaspoon’s worth of body lotion, supposedly a tension reliever. I rubbed some into my knotted shoulders, and within seconds a warm glow spread across them. I slept through the night like a baby.

Stress relief is one of the many perks that busy corporate travelers can enjoy at the Waikiki Parc. While the 297-room high-rise is located in the heart of touristy Waikiki, I found it to be especially well-equipped to meet my professional needs.

Open since 1987, Waikiki Parc is part of the Halekulani Corp., which owns and manages the luxurious Halekulani Resort across the street. But while Halekulani tends to attract a more upscale clientele, the boutique-style Waikiki Parc stands on its own merits when it comes to hosting the corporate traveler.

On the lobby level, for instance, the hotel’s business center is well-equipped with computers, a conference room and such services as mailing, faxing and secretarial support.

My Waikiki Parc guest room provided just the right mood for me to focus on my work. There was no distracting art on the clean white walls, and the white-and-blue furnishings created a soothing atmosphere. Now and then I looked up from my laptop and saw expansive stretches of sea, the perfect inspiration for a writer. I peeked into a mountainview room and discovered equally stimulating views.

Accommodations at Waikiki Parc help business guests get the job done with such features as voice mail, a writing desk, computer modem capability, international direct dialing, two telephones and a cordless keyboard programmed to interact with the television for Internet and e-mail access.

For classy business meals, Waikiki Parc guests have signing privileges at Halekulani’s award-winning restaurants, which offer ocean views. Waikiki Parc lays claim to its own pair of casual on-property restaurants as well. The 98-seat Parc Cafe serves American and island-style cuisine. Kacho, a 42-seat dining room, features traditional Japanese fare and a sushi counter. Both restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

When I’m traveling on business, a hotel workout room is a must. Waikiki Parc responded to my needs in style with its small but efficient fitness center, which opened in June 2001. It has two treadmills, one stair-climber, one stationary bike and state-of-the-art weight training equipment. My 45-minute workout flew by, thanks to the distractions of the room’s television, stereo system and floor-to-ceiling views of the pool deck and its sun worshippers.

Another nice touch for business travelers is the hotel’s eighth-floor laundry center, with two washers, two dryers and coin-operated soap machines. Dry-cleaning and pressing services are also available.

While it’s footsteps away from the area’s visitor attractions, Waikiki Parc is quite convenient to downtown Honolulu. After driving a few short blocks along pedestrian-busy streets, I found myself on the main thoroughfare of Ala Moana Boulevard, leading directly to the city center.

With its quality facilities and high level of personal attention from the staff, Waikiki Parc provided just the right combination of services this business traveler needed, straight through until I turned out the light and went to sleep.