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“THE BEAUTY OF HONOLULU, HI”

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Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations
Ranked #18 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Corona, California
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“THE BEAUTY OF HONOLULU, HI”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

ON 4/5/13 we flew into Honolulu, Hi, we booked a 2 night stay at the Outrigger Luana. 1 bedroom condo, it was nice and clean. But could of used alittle updating. Our view was amazing.Good front desk people.Very accommdating and very nice. But we didn't like valet parking for $25,00 per day. Considering Honolulu is very expensive. but all in all i'll rate is as nice. The on 4/7/13 we went to The Grand Waikikian by the Hilton, we liked the hilton again beautiful ocean virews. With a two bedrooms and 2 baths. We stayed there 5 days. It was nicely furnished and very accommadating to our needs. We rented a cadillac srx suv because we had our son and some friends there.So this trip was alittle business and alittle pleasure.We all enjoyed it. But again the parking was too-expensive the Hilton valet parking was $33.00 a day and self parking was $27.00 a day. Its really tuff parking in H0N0LULU, alot of one way streets.it

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Franklin, Wisconsin
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

The Grand Waikikian is a great location to stay at. The views are great and there are alot of things to do right at the property. The staff is very helpful and nice. The Bali Steak and Seafood restaurant was a big disappointment with a high price tag. The food at the Tropics Bar and Grill was good and the ambiance was great. There are a lot of things to do for the whole family. We would definitely come again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Excellent location, close to everything you would ever need when in Honolulu. The pools, lagoon and nearby beaches were wonderful. Staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. Although this is a higher price hotel than what I am used to, it was well worth the extra money. The room was very nice, clean and c/w a fully functional kitchen. Ask for a high floor - the views just get better as you get higher. We actually had mostly a city view, which seemed disappointing at first, but if you come from a small city like we do, it was interesting to watch the this busy city from our balcony. Also very easy to get a taxi at the front entrance.

Room Tip: Try to get a high floor with an ocean view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We are home from a wonderful 10 days staying at this great resort. Generally speaking our family prefers a smaller more intimate property. Even thou we were fully expectant of its size we were still overwhelmed the first few days.

We stayed on a high floor with a nice view ~ we had requested 2 queens and a king for our 2 bedroom reservation and even called the hotel itself ahead of time to request but when we arrived we received 2 kings and a pull out. Our 2 teenage sons were not going to sleep together, thus one of our kids had to sleep on a pull out in the small living area and kitchen so that really put a cramp on the early risers. We told the folks checking in of our earlier request and phone call for the bed arrangement but for some reason our request didn't show up in their computer system. They did say next time they would do better but I cannot really state when we will be traveling again to Hawaii from the east coast as it is a looong trip. While the room had beautiful views of the water and the marina, we also had to listen to the rooftop Luau every night...that did get a bit obnoxious and I was glad that I was not a paying customer subjected to cramped seating and buffet lines as well as lip sinked music.

The overall property size was huge and it seemed like a lot of work to find a parking spot, unload our groceries and it was even a hike to get to the beach but we did enjoy the property regardless. The convenience to the shops with the ABC store which had light grocery shopping was nice. The restaurants are very expensive and really not that great. We chose to venture out and walk or take a cab downtown to the Waikiki beach for incredible dining options!

The location was convenient but the best thing our family did was rent a car and get away from the property. The crowds were huge from the many buildings all using a few pools and fewer pool chairs. Typically people would rise early to claim a chair with a towel and never use it. The pool staff should monitor this because the few times we sat by the pool you had to hunt for a chair or watch people circling around for theirs.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the people are really nice. The kindest of all are the gentleman at the bell hop stand...Every day they greeted you with a genuine welcome and were happy to give suggestions for dining or directions. Actually they more helpful than the concierge who were most interested in signing you up with a tour to preview the property to buy time share or to steer you to a restaurant on the property when you ask for a suggestion. When we asked for a great pizza restaurant, we were told about the hotel pizza or the other option was to get in the car and drive 15 minutes away. Honestly they should not call them selves 'Concierge' because they were more hotel information people.
We did find a great pizza restaurant (I looked up one on Trip advisor) that was just a quick cab ride away that was so good and we walked home on the return trip just to enjoy the evening walk along the hotel & beach area and shopping area of Waikiki beach!

Overall we enjoyed our time at the property. The property is huge, corporate and I felt nickeled and dimed for everything from parking to sitting on a beach chair on the beach. I loved my early morning walks along the beach walkway and the property is located near a park which is an easy walk for smaller kids. We enjoyed Honolulu and the best thing to do is escape the crowds of the resort by visiting the other regions of the island or go discover another more local beach to get the true flavor of the island. Be sure to stop at the local farm stands for the most delicious fresh fruit and coconut ever! Honolulu and this property is obviously a favorite destination of the Asian population. I found them to be lovely people who were quiet and gracious and definitely were the shoppers of the upper end stores.

A favorite surprise was the Sunday morning church service on the beach. It was uplifting, real truth taught and the praise and worship music in the Hawaiian style as well as the traditional Hawaiian dance is something that is imprinted on our minds and hearts forever. Overall this was a great vacation, but I will say our next Hawaii trip will be to another less congested island. We loved the climate and the people and hope to return one day. Being Hilton Grand Vacation owners perhaps we will explore the Big Island property next time!

Great memories and beautiful pictures, we are thankful to have had such a wonderful family vacation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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神奈川
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed at 17th floor in a 2 bd Premier with ocean view.
I've never heard any bad noise during stay, except "Luau show" drums, voices and music at dinner time.
Concierge is excellent, s/he knows everything not only Oafu island, but also neighbor islands.
What I experienced small thing is, lost my way at parking lot. There are two exits, but it's hard to know which way is right exit.

Room Tip: More ocean view at the rooms on the south side.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Flower Mound, Texas
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

My family and I enjoyed this hotel. This will have been my fifth trip to Hawaii, but my first time at this resort. I found the suites great because we had a kitchen (which cut down on food costs), free internet and free laundry. The resort is crowded, but my kids enjoyed all the activities. If I were visiting with just my husband for a couples trip --- then I would suggest a quieter property. However, I felt this resort was great for our kids and had plenty of activities right here on site.

A few tips --- go to Foodland grocery store in the Ala Moana mall or the Walmart to load up on groceries. They are much cheaper there than the ABC Store on site. Next, if the weather is cool --- forget the pools because they limit the amount of people in the hot tubs and you cannot even get in. This was frustrating! A resort this size should have more hot tubs! Also, pool chairs are scarce!

Overall, we enjoyed our stay and we were glad we chose to stay here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Calgary
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Rented a 2 bd/2 bath condo which was on the 12th floor and faced the ocean. The unit was beautiful - well maintained and clean. Beds and linens were great and the unit had all the necessary amenities. Would have preferred to be higher up as the complex hosts the nightly luau on the roof of the building next door. You can actually watch and hear the whole luau almost every night. Granted, the luau started early and ended early but it was a bit annoying if you were trying to have that late afternoon nap. The complex is huge but is well appointed. Lots of shops and restaurants on site. There were a couple of ABC stores either in the complex or very close which was perfect for quick pick ups of water/beverages. Location is at the very end of Waikiki beach but the beach is beautiful. Quite a bit quieter than down closer to the Westin Surfrider area. There are lots of places to rent umbrellas and chairs close by, but if you walk down just a little bit, the prices drop. It is close enough to walk down to the main drag, shops and International Market Place. It's also close enough to walk to the Ala Moana Shopping Centre. The beach was so beautiful we never spent any time at the pool but whenever we walked by it seemed to be very busy. We only ate in the complex one night and ordered from the pizza place and we found it to be quite expensive ($80 for pizza?) but it tasted good (but not $80 good).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations
Address: 1811 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1601
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#11 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#11 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#15 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations 4*
Number of rooms: 331
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations is located on the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This 38-story tower heralds a new era of elegance in the oceanfront paradise of Waikiki, a Hawaii destination of romance and dreams, of cultures and cuisines. With the surrounding Hawaiian Village at your doorstep, you can dine in over 20 restaurants and lounges, find that perfect souvenir, or enjoy a wide variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy six swimming pools including the new Paradise Pool at Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations. Accommodations include one and two bedroom suites. ... more   less 
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