Just returned from a week staying at this hotel with my wife and her parents. We encountered one problem--which I'll detail later--which would have prompted a lower rating, but when I informed the manager, he took care of it to my satisfaction. We looked at three hotels before booking this one, and we're very glad we chose the Hilton Waikiki Beach (formerly known as the Prince Kuhio--helpful to know if you stay here and a taxi or tour driver refers to it by that name). The front desk service was outstanding, grounds and rooms were clean and well maintained throughout. My wife and I stayed in an executive king room on the 35th floor. Some reviews have talked about the obstructed ocean view--but for the money, I couldn't have been happier. Yes, there are a couple high-rise hotels or condos that block part of the ocean view, but for the most part, it's a great view--from the ocean-side upper floors, you see plenty of ocean and beach from both inside the room and out on the balcony (which is small, but fine for two people). My in-laws had a third-floor room on the city side--overlooking the hotel's nicely landscaped garden and gazebo (which is also the view from most tables in the MAC 24/7 restaurant). The 10th floor pool is small, but the pool deck is fairly large, and it's all well-maintained. The pool bartender could not be more accommodating. We enjoyed several dinners and a lunch at MAC 24/7. One of the dinners was among the best of our week, and we ate at some other nice restaurants as well. Small purchases--such as soft drinks--were surprisingly inexpensive (that's a relative term for Honolulu) at the small hotel shop called the Market, so you'll probably do as well or better for those items there than at, say, one of Waikiki's ubiquitous ABC shops, which pretty much sell everything. Our only problem was with the snorkeling service that the concierge desk recommended--a tour called Tommy's. We booked and paid for the tour--to beautiful Hanauma Bay--through the concierge service. The Tommy's drivers--there were two of them, as you have to switch to another vehicle at one point--didn't provide everything their leaflet promised. We received no detailed instruction in snorkeling, nor did we receive the promised special mask cleaner--my mask fogged up immediately and frequently. While the hotel manager pointed out to me that the concierge desk is not in Hilton's employ--they work for Expedia--I in turn pointed out to him that this is nowhere evident--there's no sign disclaiming Hilton's connection. But even if there had been, the service provided by a contractor within their own hotel should reflect Hilton's standards. The manager agreed with me--and, as I mentioned above, he satisfactorily addressed the issue. Aside from that one experience, I would stay at this hotel again in a heartbeat. As for location, it's an easy three-minute walk to the beach, and almost as short a walk to great restaurants and shopping.
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