My spouse and I stayed at the Ilikai for 3 nights just before Christmas. This was booked through Expedia, and the total rate, including taxes and fees was less than $300 Cdn. For that, we got an ocean view room on the 25th floor at a busy holiday period.
The room itself was simple, but certainly adequate. The building dates from the 60’s, but in general seemed well maintained. When it was built, the ocean view would have been exceptional, but much of the view is now cut off by the towers of the Hilton next door. Every room at the Ilikai enjoys an ample balcony, and in our case, the height was enough to give us a mild case of vertigo. It’s a long way down.
The bed was very comfortable, and the air conditioner work well. The housekeeping was good, although the top of the armoire contained a business card, some change and a lot of dust. Included in the rate is a continental breakfast. This consists of a bagel or danish, yoghurt or cereal, and a basic fruit selection. While nothing fancy, the lines were not long, and it got us started at least. It may not measure up to an Embassy Suites, but it was also less crowded, and given what we were paying, we were not complaining.
The location is actually pretty good. As it is on the edge of Waikiki, access by car to and from the airport was a snap. We had no problem walking to places further along. We ate one night at a restaurant in the Hilton, and another at a thai restaurant, called Keo’s close by. This was very good, and fairly reasonably priced. The only difficulty with the location was that a decent cup of coffee was a fair distance away. By the way, we paid $1 more at the Starbucks located in the Hilton complex, as compared to the one in Outrigger not far away.
As far as negatives are concerned, we paid $18 per day for parking, which is valet only. On the plus side, the valets had the car out in no time at all. I understand it may be cheaper to park at the adjacent marina, but we didn’t investigate. Also, it is a bit of a ghost town down on the ground floor, but hopefully someone will use some of the empty space to put in a Starbucks, or maybe Tim Horton’s. Finally, the pool area is small, but with the ocean right there, we didn’t use it at all. It does have the advantage of being an actual swimming pool, with reserved times for fitness swimming in the morning.
If you are going to be going to Waikiki, don’t mind a location outside of the centre, and want value, the Ilikai has a lot to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites is a classic oceanfront hotel situated on the Ala Wai Yacht Marina at the edge of Waikiki and just a short stroll to Ala Moana Shopping Center and 2 blocks to the Hawaii Convention Center. Internationally-recognized as the famous opening shot of Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett standing on the penthouse balcony overlooking Waikiki Beach, the hotel is truly a Waikiki landmark. Each guest room and suite features extra spacious accommodations with a large lanai offering fabulous views. The hotel walkway from the lobby leads to the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and beach. With our hospitality fee for all stays, Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include WiFi throughout the hotel, DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), Waikiki Shuttle (Complimentary Waikiki Shuttle Service), Daily Newspaper, In Room Coffee, In Room Safe, Local & Toll-Free Calls, and Water in Lobby, You'll also enjoy the heated swimming pool, fitness room, coffee shop, rooftop restaurant and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ilikai Hotel And Suites
- Ilikai Hotel Hawaii
- Ilikai Honolulu
- Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites Hawaii/Honolulu