Hilton Hawaiian Village is hands down, the best part of Waikiki beach. If you have never been to Waikiki beach, think city on an ocean like Miami beach- exciting, energetic, but also with street peddlers, crowded sidewalks,packed beaches,noisy traffic and bums...SO, Hilton Hawaiian Village's 22 acres is an OASIS at the end of Waikiki, next to the marina. Semi-private, fairly quiet resort that you never have to leave, but within a short distance of designer shopping, plenty of restaurants and city life in Waikiki. Boardwalk allows one to walk down the beach in flip flops to oceanfront dining like famous "Duke's" at Outrigger hotel. Explore the island only 10 minutes from Waikiki around Diamond Head then towards Hanauma bay to view the gorgeous coastline, so renting a car for at least a day is a must!
The HHV is a resort and is going to have "resort prices" in the full service restaurants, but there are also economy choices like DQ at the Rainbow tower, Starbucks,Roundtable pizza and Ny deli in the shopping village. Walk 2 blocks to IHOP or Tony Roma's, or take a cab to Waikiki beach for Cheesecake Factory or Hard Rock cafe. I recommend spending part of the first day to get familiar with the resort, all its restaurant choices, various types of pools (one has waterslides), the manicured beach (they rake it daily), and the fabulous saltwater lagoon where you paddle board, canoe, or laze on a float all day.
I highly recommend staying in the Rainbow tower with awesome oceanfront views/sunsets (fireworks on friday) where you simply walk out the elevator to the superpool , beach and lagoon. If you do not mind walking through the resort, some of the other towers further back on the property can be more economical if on a budget.
This 4 star Hilton is loaded with surprises, like turtles, penguins, tropical birds, numerous Koi ponds and waterfalls, its own beautiful white chapel for weddings and vow renewals, and the "Tropics" bar with nightly music, where Hawaii Five O has filmed scenes. From cheap Tshirts and Macadamia chocolates at the ABC convenience store to a purse at Louis Vuitton - HHV has 80 shops to explore. A free show at the pool and fireworks over the ocean on Friday night too!. After several visits, still the very best place to stay on Waikiki beach is the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is nestled on 22 oceanfront acres offering the best value with more amenities than any other hotel in Waikiki. Imagine five spectacular pools and the largest beach front Super Pool, best waterslides in Waikiki, surfing lessons, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon for kayak and stand-up paddleboard fun. We have the only pier on Waikiki Beach which provides easy access to catamaran rides and Atlantis submarine adventures. The resort is home to Waikiki's only 5 night a week Waikiki Starlight Luau, a full-service, award-winning children's program for kids ages 5-12. Mandara Spa and over 20 restaurants and lounges, 90 shops and services, daily cultural activities, nightly entertainment and lush tropical gardens, and waterfalls. Every Friday night we light the skies with our Friday Night Fireworks Spectacular! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Hotel Honolulu
- Hilton Hotel Honolulu
- Hilton Honolulu
- Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Hawaii/Honolulu