The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a destination that has one of the highest demand and fill rates of all hotels. The location is next to Waikiki Beach and has great views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. It is also situated in its own shopping village with top designer brand name stores and access to restaurants and convenience stores.
We stayed in the Rainbow Tower on the 23rd floor with tremendous ocean and volcano views. The room was adequate although smaller than expected. It was clean, updated and well maintained.
Pros: The Rainbow Tower is located feet away from the beach and the lagoon. Access was the top draw. The beach has slightly finer sand than any where else on the Waikiki beaches. It also has less coral so you can go farther out into the ocean. It is slightly deeper so you can't walk out as far. This is a benefit though if you like to swim, snorkel or paddle board.
For the shopper, the village provides plenty of stores to find that designer bag or outfit. You really don't need to leave the property for anything...unless you are looking to spend less. The good news is there are plenty of choices all withing 1-2 miles (15-30 minutes walking or $10-20 cab). For the vacationer wanting to try to keep costs down, a trip to the local Wal-Mart or Sam's Club is 10 minutes away. There are the regular low-end chain restaurants as well, including McDonald's, Subway and even Papa John's delivery. Most only cost $1-2 more than the mainland. Wailana Coffee House offers a great alternative for breakfast and at only $7-10 per person.
Rentals, lessons, excursions are all $$$$ but conveniently located. If one is more adventurous, just go 1-2 blocks in from the beach to find rentals for 10-25% of the costs.
Cons: The rooms are small with no "Hilton Honors" benefits. No water, no afternoon executive access, no hot breakfast, no paper, etc. A new $25/day resort fee has been added to cover the costs for WI-FI, continental breakfast and a DVD rental perk. The hotel has one of the highest fill rates in the world so Hilton doesn't need to provide any added benefits at this location.
The village, while convenient, also makes it seem less like a vacation, and more like a shopping experience with a beach attached. Prices are the standard resort $$$$ and traffic, both pedestrian and vehicle, tend to detract from the relaxing getaway experience.
Summary: Location, Location, Location. While nice, the family put this below five other beach locations and said they wouldn't want to come back. It didn't have that beach vacation feel as compared to other Hawaiian spots, Bermuda, Mauritius and even the Riviera Maya.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is nestled on 22 oceanfront acres offering the perfect mix of exceptional hotel accommodations and classic Hawaiian hospitality. Imagine five spectacular pools, lush tropical gardens, waterfalls, exotic wildlife and priceless artwork. As Waikiki's only true resort, we offer a perfect blend of luxurious accommodations, over 20 restaurants and lounges, shopping, recreational and cultural activities, nightly entertainment and more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Hotel Honolulu
- Hilton Hotel Honolulu
- Hilton Honolulu
- Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Hawaii/Honolulu