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Ilima Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   445 Nohonani St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815   |  
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Ranked #29 of 83 Hotels in Honolulu
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Portland, Oregon
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532 reviews
144 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“We'll be back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The great location, full kitchens and general comfort have brought us back here 5 times. Each room has a full kitchen, its own large water heater, and plenty of storage. It is close to a grocery and bus lines, covered parking is free, and it is along the quiet canal instead of the crowded beach. It is in Hawaii's busiest tourist area, yet the hotel employees are all friendly and act like the Ilima is a great place to work (one told me some staff have been here over 20 years). The building is looking dated, but it is comfortable and reasonably well-maintained: everything works and there are no smells of mildew, mold, or deodorizers. The photos on Ilima's website show the rooms accurately.

We learned to get a 1-bedroom suite because the premium gets us extra space, a sleeper-sofa (so we can sit someplace other than a bed), and windows on 3 sides for excellent ventilation (not to mention some nice views). The king bed was comfortable, and the A/C cooled the bedroom well for sleeping.

For in-room Internet, bring your laptop for the free hard-wired CAT5 connection; only the lobby has wifi. In-room Internet was adequate to check email, news, weather, and maps. Speeds were consistently slow during our week's stay (.8-.9 Mbps), connections dropped periodically, and in-room access was available to only one hard-wired device at a time. I enabled the virtual router on my Windows 7 laptop, and it sent usable wifi to my tablet.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hunter Valley, NSW
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51 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Why would you spend huge $$$ on Waikiki accommodation when you can stay in this little gem? We've just returned from 7 nights at the Ilima Hotel and would go back any time. Huge rooms with wonderful views (we looked out over the mountains), big comfy beds, a little kitchenette, free parking, free internet, lovely staff, and right in the centre of everything!!!!! So glad we chose to stay here!!!!!

Room Tip: We just loved our high room overlooking the canal, golf course and the glorious mountains (with rain...
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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greeley, CO
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230 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed at the Ilima Hotel which I booked on Booking.com. It is located a couple of blocks off Waikiki and is near the Ala Wai Canal. Our room was on the 15th floor (it has 16 floors) and was a 'Deluxe King Studio' for $122 plus tax. It had a king and queen bed and a small kitchen area. Very nice space with nice views of the city and a little bit of ocean. The lobby staff was nice.

My only two negatives are 1) no wifi in room and 2) no hotel guide. There is wired internet in the room and wifi in the lobby. Both are free. The guide to the hotel is minor, but it could show where the pool, exercise room, and laundry are. The location is fine, being half a block from Kuhio Street where the bus stops are.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Limassol, Cyprus
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I needed to book a room only for 2 nights in Waikiki so I chose Ilima hotel because of the good reviews in several sites. The hotel staff was very helpful and welcoming but I was a little bit dissappointed from the old furniture, decoration and bad smell in our room. Another frastrating thing was that there wan't wifi in rooms. The good thing with the hotel is that is in Waikiki- few minutes distance from the center of the town, the low price (if you are in budget is perfect to stay there) and the nice view of the canal and the mountains. I shouldn't forget to mention that the room was huge and clean and also we had free parking place which is rare in Honolulu.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Laupahoehoe, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We needed a place with a kitchen, and a friend suggested this place. We live on one of the neighbor islands and were here for drs. appointments. It is an older, comfortable place with helpful, friendly staff. We weren't able to get a room on the quieter Ala Wai Canal side but things were just fine.

The location is convenient , and the hotels provides excellent directions. Parking was never a problem for us and is FREE, which is unusual here.

We appreciated having ice already made for us in the freezer as well as cold water in a pitcher. Those of us who live in Hawaii know you don't get cold water from the tap.

We we disappointed that we did not have wi fi in the room, only the lobby, however, you can plug into the Internet in your room if you have a laptop.

We found the beds comfortable and loved the fact that you could have soft sheets and a soft blanket instead of the trendy heavy fluffy duvet cover things.

Room Tip: View is prettier from Ala Wai side, however, we still enjoyed watching the activity from the makai s...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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110 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

I was there from October, 13 to 17th, 2012. I choose this hotel becuase the location, price and the reviews I read in Trip Advisor.

I felt confortable to recommend this hotel. Like I sad worth the price I payed. The staff is very nice, the room is good and clean.

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We stayed here from 19th August to 2nd September - what can we say, we loved every minute of our stay here the Satff (particularly Shaun and Dayna) could'nt do enough to help us and always had a smile and an ear to listen to us gushing about Hawai'i (even though they must have heard our touristy stories a million times before) Rooms were clean and comfy but a little dated. Rooms were huge and we had a view of the Canal and golf course. This was a "once if a lifetime" trip to celebrate my 50th Birthday and we travelled with our Son (23) and Daughter (15) and never once were we concerned about their well being around the Hotel - if you, like us, are travelling 8,500 miles then do hire a car and drive around the Island since Oahu is truly spectacular - I hope one day to return

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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: 445 Nohonani St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#28 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ilima Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ilima Hotel is locally owned and located in the heart of Waikiki 1 block away from the International Marketplace and 2 blocks away from the beach. We offer spacious rooms all equipped with a FULL KITCHEN, limited FREE Parking, and FREE High-Speed Internet Access. ... more   less 
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