We stayed at the Embassy Suites for 5 nights just before the 4th of July. The room worked out great for our family of 4.
We had requested in advance a high floor room in the Hula Tower. We have Diamond status with Hilton so I assumed this would be no problem. Our course, when we checked on they had us on the 6th floor of the Aloha Tower. They basically said my status with Hilton, which I have maintained for years, didn't mean anything when I book with points. My wife didn;t like this a pushed and after a few minutes we were given a room on the 18th floor of the Hula Tower, 1826 to be exact. The room was right across from the elevator, which worked out great.
I read a lot of reviews that suggested getting a high floor on the Hula tower, which is why I asked. I quickly realized the only views in that tower are if you are facing the pool. Our side looked out a condo property, that is taller that the Embassy. If I stood at the railing of my balcony and looked right, I had a partial view of the ocean (see my pictures). This really didn't bother me to be honest. I think the views might be better in the Aloha tower, if you had a higher room. In that tower there are less obstructions and it looked like you would either have a Diamond Head view or partial ocean view. Also, the breakfast area is just as close to the Aloha tower as the Hula tower.
The breakfast buffet is the value here. Saves $$$ and was very good. Also, unlike many Embassy Suites, there was not an issue of finding a table, even at primetime. Plenty of room. One tip, sit more in the middle of the room or away from the open areas because of the birds.
The happy hour is just so so, but I guess I should complain about free beer. The wine is undrinkable and I didn't try the tropical drinks. The snacks are basically pretzels and chips and salsa.
There's a great little sushi place across Beachwalk across from the 7-11. Small place but great sushi. I think its in the Breakers hotel.
The beach is ony a block away and there are many rental stands where for $25 you can rent an umbrella and 2 lounge chairs for 4 hours. When you get the beach turn right towards the Hilton and go a couple of stands down where the beach is wider.
The pool area is nice and was never crowded, to my amazement. The pool is shallow and full of kids, but its cools you off when you need it. There's a bar by the pool and they have a simple bar food menu.
If you rent a car, the parking could cost more than the rental. $30/day for valet. There is no self parking.
On points I would stay here every time. If I had to pay for my room, I could probably get 2 rooms at the Hilton Hawaiian Village or somewhere else for what they charge here.
High floor. I'd probably pick Aloha tower unless I knew I was facing the pool in Hula tower.
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July 26, 2012
Aloha and thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am happy that we could accommodate you during our busy, summer months and that your suite provided a tropical, island view and a comfortable access to the elevators. Mahalo for your great travel tips regarding the numerous restaurants and attractions that are within walking distance. We congratulate you on your Diamond status and thank you for choosing Embassy Suites Waikiki!
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Until we meet again...aloha a hui hou!
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