We went to Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, this past October. We absolutely loved it and have so much to tell you. Over the next few Fridays, we will be sharing our reviews of our room, the spa, the food, and the amenities. So stay tuned…. First up, our Aulani room review.
Aulani Standard Room
When we first walked in, we were struck by the size of the bedroom itself. When we travel, we almost exclusively get a standard room. Such was the case with Aulani. However, this standard room is bigger than most other hotel standard rooms. At 382 sqare feet, our standard room had two queen beds, a small table and chairs (where our girls ate breakfast every morning), a flat panel television, small refrigerator, coffee maker, plenty of dresser drawer space, and a private balcony. It had a very comfortable, yet classy feel to it. There were subtle Disney touches to the room as well, reminding you of where you were staying. The beds were also very comfortable. The only complaint I had was that the comforter was not large enough to cover the whole bed and I woke up cold a couple of nights. We were so pleasantly surprised with this room. It was fun to come back to after a long day in the sun, and with four people, it never felt small. Which is a feat in and of itself.
The bathroom was huge as well in this standard room. It had a deep tub and shower, that our littlest loved “swimming” in. The biggest plus, in my opinion, was that the toilet had a separate space with a door. That’s gold when all four of you are trying to get ready at the same time. We all also loved the smell of the shampoo, conditioner, and body wash…it definitely smells like vacation.
It seems that every room at Aulani has a balcony. We had a garden view room in the Waianea tower, so our room overlooked some pretty hills, the parking garage, and lo and behold, we could even see the ocean (which was unexpected). We were pleased with the size of the balcony and the view. Word to the wise….do not put things “out to dry” on the balcony. The Oahu wind swept away the bottoms of my ten year old’s two piece….oops! Luckily, we brought two swim suits. Here is a picture of us standing on our balcony…look at that beautiful ocean! I want to go back!
What We Might Do Differently
We loved the standard room. In future trips to Aulani, we will probably do the standard room again, but we might think about doing a Deluxe Studio room. I will go into this in a future post on food at Aulani, but wow, the food is so expensive. The Deluxe Studio room is a bit smaller, with one Queen bed and one Queen sleeper sofa. Although smaller, the Deluxe Studio room does have a microwave and a toaster. In future trips, we will definitely be eating more in our room, so the microwave and toaster would be very helpful in that regard. Something to think about…
How We Used Points
The Chase Sapphire Reserve offers 1.5 cents per point in value when redeemed for travel through Chase. We booked this initially right through the Chase Ultimate Rewards website. Our room after taxes was about $400 a night, so we paid about 27,000 points per night. That’s a lot of points, but for a fantastic trip to Aulani, it was totally worth it.