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“Hilton Kings Land” 5 of 5 stars
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Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   69-699 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Waikoloa
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Huntington Beach, United States
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“Hilton Kings Land”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Beautiful location and accommodations. The staff were friendly and helpful. The Village and the stores offer so many food items and selections. We enjoyed the pool especially because there is a separate pool for adults.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

As someone who’s visited the Big Island and stayed at Waikoloa Village 10 times, I would like to provide some tips and set some expectations to help people enjoy their stay, because if you don’t you truly are doing it wrong. First, let’s set some expectations since clearly based on some of the reviews, expectations weren’t accurately set. So, with the exception of the Marriott and Hilton resorts, all of Waikoloa Village consists of condos, none of which are ocean front. Kings’ land is no exception – it’s not ocean front and it’s a condo. It’s not a resort. It’s not a hotel. It’s a luxury home away from home for people traveling with a group, typically families or extended families. For these folks, a 200 sq. ft. hotel room at a 4 star resort isn’t worth $400/night, when for half the price they can get a condo with a separate living space from their bedroom where their kids can sleep, or for the same price get 2-3 separate rooms and a separate living area, so everyone can have their space. And for families, having in unit laundry, and the option to cook out on the BBQ or eat breakfast in the room provides a lot of flexibility. However, condos don’t have room service, don’t have daily housekeeping, don’t have bellmen, and don’t have restaurants. That means you’re taking the bags to your room yourself, but you are also parking right in front of your room. It also means you aren’t going to eat breakfast and dinner there, because it’s not a resort with these amenities. It also means you are going to have to take out your trash when it gets full, and vacuum midweek if you make a mess…and make your bed. Condos aren’t better or worse than hotels, they just have pros and cons that you need to understand prior to booking. If you are a couple on a romantic trip wanting the secluded resort experience, they probably aren’t for you. However if you are traveling with family members, they are a must, or if you are an experienced traveler young or old and just want a quiet relaxing home base while you explore around the island, they fit the bill. All that said, as far as condos go, King’s Land's are top notch, like most top-notch Hilton, Marriott, or DVC condos. They are clean, well appointed, well maintained, have awesome pools (main pool with waterslide, kid pool with smaller slide, adult only pool, hot tubs, secondary pools), have activities as well for little ones, a gym, and a bar that serves food and drinks (which just isn't where you want to eat for breakfast or dinner when you are in Hawaii, so not sure why people complain its not open late--if you are spending dinner at the pool bar in Hawaii, you are doing wrong :)). By the way, a secret tip is the golf course across the street from King's land has a nice restaurant for breakfast or lunch which is a good option for something low key when you get tired of dining at all the amazing 5-star resorts nearby. That said, Hilton perhaps does a disservice by positing King’s Land and Hilton Grand Vacations Waikoloa listings on Hilton.com alongside hotel listings, so people who don’t take the time to research description, amenities, and reviews and don’t fully realize what they are booking is not a hotel or resort, or what the implications of that are. So, book appropriately and you won’t be disappointed. For those wanting a condo on the big island this is truly as good as it gets. If you’re not expecting a condo, or don’t fully realize what this means, then you’ll be disappointed. While the condos don’t have all the amenities of a 4-star resort, the nice thing about King’s and HGVC Waikoloa is they have full access to the adjacent Hilton which is a 4-star resort, complete with restaurants, bars, amazing pools (even better water slides, barefoot bar, waterfalls), lagoon. It is less than a minute drive and there is plenty of parking, which is free so it’s completely no hassle to drop by and use their pool, eat at their breakfast buffet, grab a drink and lunch at a bar, have dinner at one of several restaurants, or visit their spa or shops – and everything can be charged to your room key just like hotel guests. Honestly, it’s the best of both worlds. All of that is there when you want it, but for experienced travelers, you can just get up and get in your car parked outside your door and visit one of the truly world class 5-star resorts for breakfast or dinner (Fairmont Orchid, Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea Resort, Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Four Seasons Hualalai), all of which are perfect for breakfast with a view of the ocean. Mauna Kea has the absolute most breathtaking and serene setting for dinner overlooking the ocean (and *the* best beach in the world) and amazing food. Fairmont Orchid and Four Seasons are very close seconds for ocean front setting and food. All three are truly world-class food and truly the best experience you will ever have anywhere in the world. All of the above have luaus as well, the one at Four Seasons probably being one of the best. Mauna Kea has public beach access as well, and truly is the best beach in the world. Hapuna Beach has public access through the State Park or the hotel, and is a close second to Mauna Kea, but can be a little rougher waves depending on the season. There is A-Bay in Waikoloa as well, which has public parking, and is perfect for young ones, and anywhere else in the world would be a top beach, but you are truly missing out if you go to the Big Island and don’t go to the Mauna Kea or Hapuna Beach, which literally are the #1 and #2 beach it the world. Likewise, you are missing out if you stay on any resort and don’t get out to enjoy the amazing restaurants at nearby resorts. We’ve stayed at the Hilton resort itself before, and honestly we just ended up leaving every morning and evening to explore somewhere nearby to eat or swim, so it was more of a hassle spending 20-30 minutes to get to your car to get out of there (rooms are only accessible by boat or a long walking trail). The Big Island is all about exploring – not staying in Waikoloa Village. If you want the resort feel, visit the 5-star resorts you can’t afford to stay at for breakfast or dinner, then spend the day at Hapuna or Mauna Kea Beach and exploring the island. They call it the Big Island for a reason, so you’ll definitely need a car to explore it. If you expect to show up and spend the whole week at a resort by the pool, then you are doing it wrong. That's not what the Big Island is about. It's about Kohala coast, Waimea, upcountry, Waipo Valley, Akaka Falls, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hilo, Volcano, Kona coffee, and world-class beaches and resorts. Which is why having a pristine home away from home with a nice pool is really all you need.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The Hilton Kings Land two bedroom condos were new, clean, and large. Everything our family needed and more. As a property manager myself - I would give you a two thumbs up. The service was great, your staff was super nice, and helpful. You have bragging rights here!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Highlands Ranch, Co
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

This was our 4th trip to this resort and we come here to experience the serene, quiet, relaxing atmosphere along with the most friendly staff found anywhere. We are HGVC Premiere Elites and have been owners in Vegas for 12 years. We use our points in many ways and have never felt we made a mistake by sayng yes!
When we arrived, we were met by Koa, one of the Bellmen, who actually remembered my husband and me from our trip a year ago. Then, when we went to the registration desk, the friendly welcome continued. This extremely welcoming, friendly atmosphere was evident in EVERY area of this resort...housekeeping, groundskeepers, food and beverage, concierge, timeshare, pool attendants, and last but not least...the folks who pass out pool towels. Have you ever had a towel attendant give you a goodbye hug? This is Hilton Grand Vacations Club at its best!
This trip we had a one bedroom premier suite on the second floor of building #2, which is in Phase One. Our lanai looked out onto the golf course. This was our first time in just a one bedroom. It had all the amenities of the two bedroom except for the second bedroom and second bathroom. The kitchen was very well equipped with nice cookware and utinsels, table settings for four, dishwasher, stove/convection/microwave combo, rice cooker, blender, toaster, and coffee maker. There is a nice grocery store in Queensland, though it is a bit expensive. We always go to the less expensive store in Waikoloa, just a short drive away. YES, you probably should rent a car when visiting the Big Island so that you can visit many of the beautiful beaches in the area. Our bedroom had a most comfortable king bed with five pillows that were wonderful and the bath had a champagne bubbles tub and separate large shower.
We ate several meals at the poolside deli and bar. Food was excellent in every case! Service was also fast and friendly. The pools were always clean and fun and we never had a problem finding chairs. we were told they got new pads and shade umbrellas six month's ago. There were many programs and activities throughout the week and there was something for all ages.
We did do an owner update and felt no pressure whatsoever to buy more points. Honestly, this is our favorite resort of all the HGVC resorts simply because of how they do business here. The employees seem happy to be here and we will return again!

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Boone, North Carolina
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We stayed in Bldg 5 in Kings Land and found everyone one to be pleasant and helpful. The shuttle was very convenient and the pools were immaculate. The Hilton hotel was a bit Disney like with its light rail and boat course, and one afternoon there was enough. Our unit was very large and well appointed with a walk in shower and a bubble tub. The kitchen was modern but surprisingly, didn't have salt or pepper.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Randolph, New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Kingsland is a beautiful property with excellent service. They have overpriced food of average quality and were understaffed at the bar/cafe area (this is not a review of the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort - which had a completely different set of amenities and restaurants). The location was good for exploring the Kona area and the north side of the island (including Moana Kea), but was not good for multiple excursions to the Hilo side of the island or the south (it took about 2 1/2 hours to get to the Kalapana area for the lava tour we took with Kalapana Cultural Tours - worth every minute and cent it cost to do it!). The Waikoloa area is exceptionally windy, and the Hilo side is rainy! Doesn't seem like there is any perfect part of the island in terms of weather. But it is a totally otherworldly and special place that is a definite for the bucket list.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Keaau, Hawaii
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My wife and I live on the Hilo side of the Big Island, so we generally use our Kona side getaways as staycations that allow us to escape the everyday chores that surround us at home. King's Land provided us with the ultimate staycation because we never got bored or felt hassled during our week's stay.

Before we arrived I looked forward to having access to the pools at the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel because I love to go down the water slides. I had read that King's Land had wonderful pools, but I had no idea how wonderful. The water slides there are superior to the Hilton's, so we never bothered to go there. The pools and all but one of the spas are sanitized using saline rather than chlorine or bromine. The two-bedroom unit we had was large and well appointed. The staff were warm and welcoming, and the free activities were many and varied and presented with a spirit of generosity.

The negatives are few. The unit was probably designed by a man, so there was no mirror suitable for putting on makeup. The kitchen was full of all the pots, pans, utensils, etc. that you could ever want, but there was no place other than the refrigerator to store food. i think of it as a kitchen for someone who doesn't cook much. The main bathroom could us towel racks that were more accessible to the shower. The toilet paper could have been nicer. It would have been nice if the resort provided filters for the coffee maker (Melita #4 type), and the absence of salt and pepper was perplexing.

All of these negatives amounted to no more than minor annoyances, and our overall impression of the resort was overwhelmingly positive. We would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 69-699 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Kohala Coast > Waikoloa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Waikoloa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club 3*
Number of rooms: 1240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club® Hawaiian resort is a stunning hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii in the heart of Waikoloa. Reminiscent of a lush, Hawaiian plantation and nestled among championship golf courses and the beauty and serenity of the Kohala Coast. Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club Hawaii hotel provides the perfect setting for your vacation in the South Pacific.Treat yourself to spectacular hotel accommodations with spacious one- and two-bedroom suites incorporating a casually elegant tropical style and featuring a superb variety of upscale amenities and furnishings. The suites offer all of the convenience of home including separate living and dining areas with wood-style flooring, a fully-equipped kitchen, washer/dryer and granite countertops throughout. Enjoy flat-screen HD TV's, an enhanced entertainment sound system, and complimentary high-speed wireless Internet. The master bedroom has a king bed, while the master bath has a luxurious sculptured tub and shower. Step out onto your own private lanai equipped with comfortable sofas and chairs, and enjoy the serene surroundings and tropical breezes of Waikoloa. ... more   less 
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