The Ilikai isn’t your typical hotel. Portions of it are traditional hotel and portions are privately owned condos. We were visiting with family and each person reserved something different. Normally I would give the Ilikai 3 stars but will give it 4 today because it has so many options.
We had a traditional hotel room, reserved through the Ilikai. It was a basic 2 doubles room with an ocean view. The room itself was quite large and there was plenty of room to move around. We did not get a room with a kitchen. The view was remarkable and it was great to sit on the balcony in the morning and drink coffee or watch the sunset in the evening. A man goes out onto the patio at sunset and blows a conch shell to signal the end of the day and we easily heard it in our room. The room could have used a little refreshing as far as décor went; it was bit dated and starting to show a bit of wear. The rooms were clean and bedding was fine, nothing spectacular. The staff was very friendly. While the hotel did offer free Wi-Fi, the ability to log on and do anything more than basic surfing/email checking was hit or miss. I tried to Facetime with some family on Thanksgiving Day and email a couple of photos (several times) and was unable to do either. The location is fine, the lagoon and beach is fine although we preferred to walk down the beach a bit for a less rocky area. Additionally, we chose to use the valet parking. Initially we were not excited about the $25/day cost and family members raved about the $10 spot they got at the Red Lobster down the street but after a day or two of walking to and fro and/or hunting for free parking it was universally decided that the convenience factor was well worth the cost. We did not go to the pool, it was small and basic we opted for the ocean instead. While there is access from the patio to the pool at the Modern next door, I was told Ilikai patrons were not permitted to use it.
The Ilikai has a nice coffee shop and café downstairs. The food was reasonably priced and tasty. Additionally there was a drug store downstairs that we frequented on more than one occasion and I remarked that the prices were not as outrageous as I expected. There are a number of fast food options directly across the street as well as a wide variety of restaurants located next door at the Hilton.
Two family members rented a room with a kitchen through Marina Hawaii Vacations. These are privately owned condo rooms and can vary widely. One was “economy” and the décor, appliances and furniture were all circa 1965. Marina Hawaii will admit that these rooms are not renovated. Another family member rented a partially renovated room that was a bit of a step up but still dated. Marina Hawaii has an office on the 2nd floor and manages many of the privately owned condos. These rooms consisted of a small kitchen, one or two double beds and a couch. They are the same size as the non-kitchen rooms, just more crammed into one area. We did have approximately 15 people in one room for dinner and it was crowded but we were able to move around fine.
Another family member rented a room with a kitchen through VRBO. His room was fully renovated and was pretty nice. It included granite counter-tops and new stainless steel appliances as well as Wi-Fi that was more reliable. Again, because these are privately owned condos the condition and upkeep can vary widely. That room (along with the 2 above) were city views that overlooked Ala Moana Blvd. The rooms were quiet despite being on a busy street. We have yet another family member who owns a fully renovated condo and obviously is quite nice. That is a mountain/ocean view room. The view is of the Hilton next door, Diamond Head and the ocean. You can see the fireworks from the Hilton on Friday nights.
Overall the Ilikai offers a lot of flexible options and a good but not great location. If you are looking for value, especially if you are staying for an extended period, this is an excellent choice. If you are looking for more of a “resort” type feel or luxury hotel this is probably not a good fit for you (unless you luck out on a VRBO room).
Ocean view on a high floor.
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