The location of this hotel is the absolute best in Waikiki. We walked the entire beach front and no other hotel's beach site even comes close to the majesty of this one. This land has been owned by the government for over 100 years and it is prime. Wide, white sands with lapping waves and easy access. Absolutely stunning gardens. Literally just minutes from your hotel room door. As in all of Hawaii, there is no alcohol allowed on any beach, but you you can take food, etc. Primetime sports is located right on the beach that will rent chairs, floats, kayaks, boats,etc. They also give surfing lessons for only $40 pp. Both my son and husband learned how to surf and the instructors were great. They give a discount for staying at the Hale Koa.
The pool is fabulous. It is a mixture of salt water and chemicals but is very nice. I read in another review that anyone can use it and that was not the case this week. They checked our room keys and put bands on our arms to allow us in. There were times when there were only 10 people at the entire pool during the weekday. (Oct 5-13).
Hawaii is very expensive but the amenities at this hotel cannot be beat for the price. We checked at other hotels and drinks and snacks were at least double the price of the Hale Koa. Every afternoon it was nachos and shave ice for under $10 for 3 of us. Restaurants were very well priced. On October 1, 2007, all of the rates increased for the rooms and food though.
The luau was gorgeous and under $40 for food and program. Their luau garden is where most of the weddings are, as it is paradise. If you are military there are many things to take advantage of. First of all the PX, everything you would need at a cheaper price and no tax. Be prepared to always show military ID. Grap a styrofoam cooler for $2, fill it with ice and drinks for the week and you will save a bundle. There is an activities office but you can often get better prices by going to Pearl Harbor NEX to get discounts at the ITT office for military. Virtually every business offers a military discount. Hilo Hatties offers 30% for your entire purchase. Since it was the US, we were able to purchase an Entertainment book on line and we saved about $100 on activities and dining. It was well worth the money. ($35).
Now to the hotel itself. There are 2 towers, one was the original built in 75 and the new one was built in 98 (Mailie). They started renovations on the older tower on Oct 13, 2007. We stayed in the new tower with an ocean view. This is not ocean front, only ocean view so keep that in mind. The room was adequate, not gorgeous and pretty plain. The housekeeping was horrible. We complained the 2nd day and saw just minor improvement. The only thing they did was make the bed and leave towels. They didn't even give us clean glasses. This was pretty much our only disappointment. Parking is across the street for only $6.00 per day compared to $15.00 per day for the Hilton which is right next door.
Btw, the Hilton Hawaiian complex is stunning. We went over there quite a few times. They have 20 restaurants and probably 100 stores. They also have fireworks every night at 7:30 which is at virtually the same beach as the Hale koa.
All in all a fabulous resort and you would be crazy not to stay if you are military. Even if you are an officer the prices are 1/2 of others in the same area. The prices and location cannot be touched for anything that compares in Honolulu. Things not miss in Honolulu:
1. Pearl Harbor
2. Hanauma Bay
3. Drive to the North Shore
4. A Hawaiian Luau
5. Waikiki Beach
Go to Hawaii....stay at this hotel....have an amazing vacation!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hale Koa Hotel offers an impeccable blend of service and travel value for the active and retired military traveler searching for the perfect Hawaiian vacation. Located in the heart of Waikiki, it offers great prices and unmatched value found in any major travel destination. The Hale Koa offers leisure dining, great Polynesian entertainment, and relaxation in a tropical garden, ocean-front oasis. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hale Koa Hotel Oahu
- Hale Hotel Koa
- Hale Koa Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu