Aulani has over 359 hotel rooms, 460 Vacation Club Villas, including 21 Grand Villas, and 16 suites available at this time, and two main towers with 16 floors in each tower. There are hotel and villa rooms, with Aulani being unique in that they have allotted more villa rooms than hotel.
There are standard view, island gardens view, poolside garden view, partial ocean view and ocean view rooms for either hotel or villa rooms. Suites will have either a partial ocean view or ocean view options. Hotel rooms, with 382 sq ft, offer either 2 queen beds or 1 king with a queen size sleeper sofa, nice, luxurious bathrooms with complimentary plush robes and slippers during your stay (you can purchase these items if you choose to do so), mini fridge, coffee maker, flat screen TV with DVD player, and small table with two chairs.
Parlor Suites, at 764 sq ft, offer sleeping for up to 5 guests with a Master bedroom with one king size bed, a queen size sleeper sofa and pull down bunk size bed are available in the parlor, one and a half bathroom, along with all the amenities the hotel rooms have as well.
Aulani also boasts VIP Suites – the first being the Lei Hulu – One Bedroom Suite. At 1528 sq ft, it offers sleeping arrangements for up to 5 guests as well, with the Master bedroom having a king size bed. The queen sleeper sofa and a sleeper chair are available in the parlor. There are two bathrooms, flat screen TVs in both the bedroom and parlor, and a private porch or balcony.
The ‘Ahu’Ula Two Bedroom Suite is the crown jewel at Aulani. With a whopping 1910 sq ft (that’s bigger than our first house was!!), this room can sleep up to six guests with a king size bed in the Master, 1 queen bed and 1 queen sleeper sofa in the second bedroom, three bathrooms (one has a roll-in shower), sub-zero under counter fridge in the Master bedroom and three flat screen TVs. All villas have full kitchen and laundry as well.
Each of the rooms at Aulani are true to form with the Disney extra touches. Disney partnered with local Hawaiian artisans to create a series of earth-tone print fabrics inspired by native kapa cloth which is known for its intricate and elegant patterns. One of the first things Bob and I did when we were getting settled in our room, was search for the hidden Mickeys, and we were not disappointed! The fun thing about Aulani is, along with the hidden Mickeys, you are always on the lookout for the mischievous Menehune that are found all around the property. According to legend, the Menehune are small, enchanting people that love to get into mischief (think of Stitch, but as a Hawaiian native), and Aulani has hundreds of them all over the place and we found ourselves having fun searching for and finding them throughout our stay.
We have been fortunate enough to stay in an Ocean View room on the 11th floor, and a 1 Bedroom Villa Island Garden View on the 12th floor overlooking the Starlit Hui, and with both rooms, we were not disappointed. With the standard hotel style Ocean View room we were able to not only see out to the ocean, but we had a perfect view of the pools, lazy river, lobby/lanai area, and the Makahiki restaurant. With the Island Garden View Villa we overlooked the Starlit Hui area, and could see a part of the ocean in the distance! With both rooms we were closer in towards the elevators, which made it easy to get to the different areas of the hotel.
The spa, teen spa, fitness room, water areas, laundry room, restaurants, Luana lounge (late or early check in lounge) and Pau Hana Community Hall (great place to hang out, play board or video games, watch movies and even make your own vacation video with you as the host), are all on the first floor. The lobby, check-in, Kalepa’s Store (Aulani and DVC merchandise available here as well as the drink station to refill your Aulani refillable mug) and the Holoholo Desk (your excursion and car rental information desks) are located on the 3rd floor. There is also an Alamo Car Rental office located in the Conference Center. Self or Valet parking will be $37 per night.
The layout is somewhat like a U-shape with the lobby being the base and the two towers attached on each side. So, when going to your room, you would come through the lobby and either go right or left and follow a hallway to the elevators up to your floor. The higher up you are, the better the view of the ocean will be as well. We were originally on the 6th floor, but they offered us one higher and once we looked at the view from the 6th compared to the 11th, it was an easy decision. When booking an Ocean View room, it is always a nice idea to request (this is only a request and not guaranteed) an interior facing room on either tower.
Aulani, has so much to offer, and I will cover that in a future blog! If you have any questions about staying at Aulani, do not hesitate to contact me. The resort is beautiful and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. I truly believe everyone will be impressed with the attention to detail Disney has done with the rooms at Aulani.