We have stayed at the Ilikai since 1976, and the recent changes and improvements have gone along way to restoring the hotel to its premiere position on the beach. Our family stayed in a two-bedroom suite, and then moved into two one-bedroom suites as the XMAS crowds arrived in town. Therefore, we had an opportunity to sample rooms on different floors and in different configurations. All were in excellent condition, with beautiful views of the sunset or the mountains. The hotel floors were quiet, and since a number of individuals are long-stay residents, everyone seemed to treat their experience less like a hotel and more as a home.
The staff were always responsive, and we had a painless and cheerful check-in and check-out experience. We really enjoyed the location, as we had easy access to Waikiki while still being in walking distance to Ala Moana Shopping Center. The cool thing about the Ilikai is the location. We enjoyed the Friday night fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel lagoon-- from our hotel which directly adjoins the Lagoon. The recent opening of the Marriott "Edition" Hotel on the other side of the Ilikai meant we also had access to their "LA" style bar and restaurant area next to their pool. Marimoto is a happening restaurant in the Edition, just fifty yards from the lobby of the Ilikai.
Dining-- one of the best views in Honolulu is in Sarento's, the Italian restaurant on top of the Ilikai. Excellent food, great views of the ocean and sunsets, with a friendly car area as well. The new Ilikai management has restored the blue lights highlighting the outdoor elevator path from the ground to Sarento's,. As we took off in our airplane to return to the mainland, we were able to immediately identify the Ilikai because of those blue lights rising 30 stories. We look forward to our next visit to the Ilikai, and the blue lights will be our first sight as we land at night.
- 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