This was our first trip to Hawaii for our 35th anniversary. It was a great and eventfull vacation. I say eventfull because we were there for the earthquake and I guess this is what impressed us the most. The earthquake happen our first morning there. The power went out after the second shock but this didn't stop the hotel from operating as close to normal as possible. They lit up the stairs with glow sticks, the rooms with candles and made sure everyone had something to eat even the ocean front bar was open. To put this in the right perspective, the people from the fancy Hiton next door came over to our hotel for food.
During our entire trip the staff was always friendly and helpful both thoughout the hotel and in the resturants. We ate most of our meals at Koko's where they have serve your basic meals, nothing fancy but always good. We tried Biba's once but after waiting 20 minutes for our ice tea, we figured we would leave since we didn't want to see how long it took to serve a meal.
The rooms are your basic rooms, nothing fancy but everything in it was in good shape and kept very clean. The view was great, you could see the ocean or turn around and get a great view of the city.
The activities center will book any trip you want and at a great price. We did it for the tour of the island starting with the Arizona. It was a long day to travel aroung the whole island shore but it is a great way to see some places you would never think of seeing. Also highly suggest the Polynesian Culture center, but book that on your own and go for the super ambassador it is a lot more money but worth it with your own guide and front row seating.
All in all I feel sorry for the people that can't take advantage of this hotel, cheap rates and great service. If you qualify to go there do it.
- 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