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Hale Koa Hotel
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Spokane WA
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Reviewed January 12, 2006

This was our four visit and will be returning this February. Every visit is as terrific as the last. The employees are wonderful, the food great, the atmosphere relaxing, and the guests are congenial. We love the convenience of having the small BX and the beach bar is great. Can't think of a thing to improve on--you've got a winner here!

Stayed: March 2005
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed January 7, 2006

At the Hale Koa I get nothing but the best of everything. The employees are what makes the Hale Koa Top of the Line! All else is run so smooth, to include buffets, activities, service, etc...

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Reviewed January 3, 2006

We just returned from 13 nights at the Hale Koa which ranged from 20 December 2005 through 1 January 2006. This was our second stay at this hotel and I feel obligated to address some of what I consider to be inaccuracies about this hotel presented in other reviews.

We had a deluxe oceanfront room in the original building. Contrary to what was stated elsewhere, the architecture is hardly "1960's" since the first building wasn't even opened until 1975. And architecture in Waikiki is hardly relevant to quality of stay since the Moana was built in 1901 and the Royal Hawaiian sometime after that. Which brings me to the second point: value.

Given my retired rank, we paid the maximum of $181.00 per night. The assertion that hotels like the Moana "are only a few dollars more" is incorrect. A room with a similar view at the Moana was going for $686.00 per night over the same period.

The hallways and the rooms could use some refurbishment at this point IMO. The fixtures in our bathroom needed upgrading as did the tile floor. However, the showerhead and the water pressure were absolutely wonderful..and the view from the full king-sized bed out of full-length windows on two walls of the room was nothing short of breathtaking! High-speed internet access is being installed in all rooms. The room itself had plenty of storage and closet space as well as an iron and ironing board. Furniture was in excellent condition as was the carpeting. We never once saw any pests such as silverfish and I know all about the creepy crawlies of Hawaii having lived there for three years in the past.

Staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful in every part of the hotel. The Sunday Brunch in the Banyan Tree showroom was very extensive and a bargain at approx $22.00 per adult. Admittedly, it is not as extensive as the one at the Moana (which costs twice as much) but the food was fresh and very well-presented Pool was immaculate as were the grounds (nothing new). We though the food quality in Biba's left a little to be desired; better in the Koko Cafe where the daily breakfast buffet was welcomed. Morning coffee bar opens at 5:00 AM with a variety of pastries, muffins, and coffee offerings: a pleasant addition. Parking is still a great bargain at $5.00 per day with full inand out privileges.

There were a lot of retirees (like myself) staying during the period but there were also a large number of folks with families and young children, too. Frankly, I think the racist and ageist remark by another viewer about the place being "filled with old White people" says more about the reviewer than the hotel itself.

We've stayed at other Waikiki hotels over the years to include the Hyatt Regency and those mentioned above. Overall, for price and value and quiet location within easy walking distance of Waikiki areas and attractions, the Hale Koa remains the best bargain on the beach.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Reviewed January 1, 2006

Excellent hotel for military active duty and retired. Also federal civilian agency personnel traveling on temporary duty are eligible. It is very reasonable considering the amenities and the local hotel prices of comparable hotels. Excellent restaurants with moderate prices. At various times throughout the year it is difficult to secure reservations so book early. Once you book, your credit card is charged for the first night's stay. I often travel to the Pacific on flights that arrive in Honolulu very early in the morning. Unfortunately this hotel will not bend their rules to allow checkin prior to 3:00 pm whether or not rooms are available. Therefore I often end up staying next door at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed December 25, 2005

My wife and I stayed at the Hale Koa Hotel for our anniversary November 29th throught December 2nd. We loved every minute of it! The grounds were exceptional. The staff were very nice and helpful. We had a nice sized room but the decor was kind of dated. Nevertheless, the room was very clean and I loved the balcony, eventhough we chose a room with a garden view. It didn't matter if we had a view of the ocean because you are right there on the beach. The hotel has an outstanding location on the beach, and we were in walking distance to alot of interesting places. I saved a fortune on souvenirs by purchasing them either at the PX located on the grounds, or at the International Marketplace. The restaurants are great, but order from the menus because the buffets are only average. Overall it was an excellent stay.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Reviewed December 18, 2005

This was our first trip to Hawaii. We visited four islands: Oahu, Maui, Big Island, and Kauai. Without a doubt, the best part of our trip was our stay at the Hale Koa. The grounds surrounding the Hale Koa were tremendous. No other hotel in Waikiki at any price could compare with this hotel's grounds. The hotel building itself was not super spectacular but it was clean and way above average for hotels in Waikiki. The food was great and very reasonably priced. The secure feeling you had staying here was an additional bonus. We visited the Arizona Memorial, Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore Beaches, Volcanoes National Park, Mount Haleakala, Road to Hana, and the Hanalei Area of Kauai while on our seven day cruise to the islands and our five day pre-cruise stay in Honolulu. If any one thing about this trip makes us want to return to Hawaii, it is the Hale Koa. Mele Kalikimaka and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou!
Aloha and Mahalo.

  • Stayed: December 2005
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Reviewed December 1, 2005

We stayed November 18-23, with two adjoining rooms - 1162 and 1164 - in the Maile Tower. The rooms had spectacular views of the ocean and of the adjacent parks. And watching the sunrise over the skyline was impressive as well.

From check-in through check-out, the staff were friendly, helpful, and quick. The Aloha Breakfast the morning after your check-in is interesting enough for first time visitors, but it's really just an advertisement for the tour packages available from the hotel. We go for the free pastries and coffee.

I've always been impressed by the hotel grounds. It's manicured and so well maintained that you almost don't want to leave the complex. And with two fine restaurants, gym and salon, bars and lounges, and a pretty nice exchange, you might not!

But the point of visiting Hawaii is certainly not to hang around your hotel. And the HK is about as centrally located on Waikiki as can be. You can get anywhere on the island with very little effort via the exceptional mass transit options.

Unfortunately, all is not perfect. The Warriors Lounge allows smoking, and the non-smoking area is nothing more than a secondary-smoking area. The Main Family Pool is nice, but can get very crowded given that Waikiki is not the best place to go swimming. The Adult Pool is mostly elderly folks and the site of the only jacuzzi. It also closes rather early.

Of the two restaurants, Koko's is the best with a great view of the beach from it's main dining room and balcony. But the buffet lines can get very long, very fast. Biba's is a bit more upscale, but less attractive than Koko's. The humidity and lack of breezes combine to make the tables and floors in Biba's seem greasy. However, the food at both places is excellent.

The HK Luau is fairly standard. The food and entertainment is very good, but not exceptional. Make sure you reserve a covered table, because if it rains your poi will be ruined. (not that you'd notice!)

But the positives here greatly outweigh the negatives, and in the final assessment, service was the guiding factor. This staff at a two-star hotel would improve it to a three-star. We have nothing but praise for the staff and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else in Waikiki based on that alone.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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Additional Information about Hale Koa Hotel

Address: 2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1998
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Honolulu
Price Range: $74 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 814
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 
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Hale Koa Hotel Oahu
Hale Hotel Koa
Hale Koa Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu

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