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“Second Time Back” 4 of 5 stars
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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 82 Hotels in Honolulu
Virginia Beach
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61 reviews 61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Second Time Back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I booked the Ilima for my work trip last month. Second time in 2 years. Pretty much the same comments from last time hold sway:

The Pros - 1) A Bargain, 200 bucks a night got me a suite with a Kitchenette. 2) Free Parking (though one night I was forced to park on the street and got a parking ticket. Spaces are also challenging - tight and lots of concrete stanchions to avoid. 3) Perfect proximity: Close enough to walk to all the Waikiki destinations, but not so close that you are sucked into the vortex of insane crowds and valets and whatnot. 4) Very friendly staff.

The Cons: 1) Dated. Material condition issues like a window AC unit in my bedroom that wasn't keeping up. But most nights, the breeze was so nice that I just slept with the window open.

For the value and location, budget-minded travelers can't go wrong with the Ilima.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Having now stayed with the Ilima Hotel on many occasions we thought that it's time to provide others with the benefit of our knowledge, having stayed here over many years.

The rooms are among the largest in Waikiki and certainly the largest in their price-range and although some rooms could use an upgrade the room sizes, staff and hotel location far outweigh the downside. Every time you check in as a returning guest you are greeted as a close ohana member.

The hotel has a small pool, gym and limited parking and the Friday morning staff sing-along is a nice touch.

Located around the corner from a bus stop in Kuhio Avenue it is only a short walk through the International Market Place to Kalakaua Avenue and a stroll to the beach.

It's always nice to return to the Ilima.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We arrived late at night but were greeted very warmly by the reception staff. The room looked like it was still 1960s or 70s but was very clean. Then came morning, I went back down to the concierges area, and there was a 90 year old staff member sitting at the desk with a huge portable typewriter and a very old phone. He was wearing a tweed jacket and it looked adorable. I loved it. It was like being transported to 1960s. Our 3 days there and nights there went without a hitch. Easy access to the the market place, beach and a good laundry area inside the hotel were a plus.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Wellington, New Zealand
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Ilima Hotel was in a good area, two blocks or so from the beach, near all the top stores and marketplaces. But it was also just enough away from these places/areas to give you some peace and quiet. Staff were friendly and courteous. Only issue with the hotel, and the reason it didn't get a five rating, was the hair left in the bathroom from the previous guests. Yuck. Housekeeping was in general good but this was just wrong. When you get in after long flight at 11pm this is not what you want to see.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My wife picked this place because of the location in Waikiki, and the price. We had never been to Honolulu before and were willing to take a chance on an unknown hotel. We were very happy with the decision. From the outside it looks dated and the lobby is reminiscent of the 1960's. The staff was very friendly and quickly processed our reservation. When we got to our room it was more than I expected. Rooms were very large, it had a kitchen area, a nice table for sitting, bamboo furniture (which I thought was very cool), and a nice balcony. The only problem I encountered was that the parking spaces were small, but we rented an Escape so our car fit perfectly. Excellent location, easy access to restaurants, beach, and all places you might want to venture.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights, 1 each end of a 3 week trip to the mainland.
Chose this hotel as going by other reviews this is the better end of Waikiki to stay.
Very good location & quality for the price with an easy walk to the beach, shopping,markets, eateries.
Huge room with a very good kitchen area. Bathroom a liitle more cramped but totally adequate.
Furnishings are in keeping with the price but once again totally clean, tidy & well kept.
Air conditioning was a little noisy but you would get used to it after a couple of nights.
Very pleasant staff.
Definitely recommend this hotel if you are wanting a cheaper place to stay to save your money for tourist activities & dining.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

I'm glad I read reviews & booked this hotel based on those reviews. The location couldn't be better, staff's knowledge of things to do, buses to get etc was great. The staff always acknowledged you with "Aloha" almost every time you walked in or out which was nice. The room was huge, with a deck (for smokers). Do visit the Cheesecake Factory to have lunch or dinner....it is superb!!!...unfortunately I was told about this place on my last day:(
The only downside for me was that the pillows were too flat for my liking.

Room Tip: I was in room 505, the wi-fi here was quicker than wi-fi at home in NZ!!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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:
#21 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#29 Romantic 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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