The societal norm of today in the US is definitely on the side of non-smoking. But just a few decades ago, smoking was as 'in' as non-smoking is today. Hawaii's hotels are trying their best to adjust to these changing societal norms, and to the law.
(PRWEB) October 01, 2012
According to Travel-Hawaii.com, the percentage of Hawaii hotels offering guest smoking rooms has dropped to ten percent for the first time. Moreover, within this small group of about 28 "smoking" hotels, only a subset of guest rooms are in the "smoking" pool, meaning most of the rooms in the "smoking" hotels are also non-smoking.
No wonder Hawaii has raised the ire of smokers, many who have sworn never to return to Hawaii. The debate rages between the smokers--who want to light up in their hotel rooms--and the non-smokers--who don't want to have cigarette smoke wafting into their rooms and don't want bedding, carpets, and curtains smelling like old smoke. The points, counter-points, jibs and jabs can be seen on Travel-Hawaii.com's Hawaii Hotel Smoking Policy webpage where both sides cut loose.
Travel-Hawaii.com maintains an extensive database of information on Hawaii's hotels including such things as resort fees, construction projects, internet access fees, parking fees, and smoking policies. The Hawaii hotel database is periodically updated with phone calls to all Hawaii hotels' front desks and sales offices.
In the two years following the passage of Hawaii's strict anti-smoking law in late 2006, most Hawaii hotels went totally "smoke free," sending smokers who had stayed at these hotels scrambling to find accommodations that would welcome them. Many reported feeling like "criminals" or worse as they were banished to parking lots and far flung corners of Hawaii resorts when they wanted to light up.
Since those early years, the smoking scene at Hawaii hotels has stabilized. Hotels that want the "smokers market" have found ways to accommodate these guests without unduly affecting their non-smoking guests. For instance, three of Sheraton's hotels in Waikiki, including the Sheraton Waikiki and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, allow smoking on certain floors, where they can control the air flow and make sure the fumes don't get to other floors.
In other hotels, such as the Wailea Grand Champions Villas on Maui, smoking is restricted to the lanais of rooms. Pity, though, the smoker who ends up on Lanai (no hotels permit in-room smoking) or Kauai (one hotel, the Aqua Kauai Sands Hotel permits smoking in some rooms).
Most Hawaii hotels have high cleaning fees ($150 and up) that they will charge to guests after their departure if they believe the guests have smoked in their room. And some smokers simply smoke in their rooms and pay the cleaning fee, adding that fee to the cost of their Hawaii vacation.
"The battle between smokers and non-smokers will continue," said John Lindelow, owner of Travel-Hawaii.com. "The societal norm of today in the US is definitely on the side of non-smoking. But just a few decades ago, smoking was as 'in' as non-smoking is today. Hawaii's hotels are trying their best to adjust to these changing societal norms, and to the law."
Founded in 1997, Travel-Hawaii.com is a leading Internet booking service for consumers wishing to vacation in Hawaii. Travel-Hawaii.com maintains sophisticated online booking systems and databases focused on Hawaii travel.