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The Resort Hotels – Orchid Court Lounge and Sushi Bar at the Royal Pacific Resort

What: Lounge bar with continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, and sushi at night
Where: In the main lobby
Price Range: $ - $$$
Hours: 6:00 a.m. to midnight◊
Reservations: None

This elegant lobby bar and lounge area is awash in the gorgeous orchids from which it takes its name. It serves up exotic drinks ($9). The potables range from martinis, to frozen drinks, to elaborate “South Seas” concoctions like Mai Tais and the signature Pacific Paradise. They arrive garnished with colorful little umbrellas or enormous tropical palm leaves. Wine is available by the glass.

In the morning, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the bar at the Orchid Court turns into a cafeteria line serving an a la carte continental breakfast featuring cereal, fruit, and a variety of breakfast breads and pastries. It has proven to be a popular option and the lines are frequently quite long. Careful! If you have a hearty appetite the cost can quickly approach that of the buffet breakfast downstairs at the Islands Dining Room. One saving grace is that coffee refills are free and unlimited until 11:00 a.m.

From 5:00 to 11:00 p.m., the Orchid Court Sushi Bar operates at the opposite end of the lobby from the bar. Here you can get your favorite maki or sashimi specialties prepared to order by a team of experienced sushi chefs. This section of the lobby has been partitioned off, creating a de facto restaurant, which makes the sushi bar a perfectly good choice for dinner if you're in the mood for sushi.

Prices are moderate ($4 to $10 per pair of nigiri, $6 to $14 for rolls) although some of the sushi and sashimi platters can be quite pricey ($30 to $90). Some of the rolls are quite creative, like the Tropical (salmon and tuna with mango and kiwi) and Pacific (four fishes with cucumber wrapping and ponzu sauce). But pass on the uni (sea urchin); it's frozen and overpriced. A "bites menu" of hot "nibbles" is also offered ($9 to $15), but the quesadillas, paninis, and other snacks don't quite fit the theme.

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