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Ilima Hotel
Ranked #32 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 11, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed here for 6 nights and have to let you know that it is a bargain and nice hotel with a fantastic location. We had a high floor (14th) that overlooked the Ala Wei Canal. That also gives you a view of the mountains from your lanai.
You are only blocks from the International Market and also from the beach. The hotel has mats and towels for you to borrow and use at the beach.
If you like to run, as I do, this is a good place to run as you don't have to cross streets running from one end to the bridge and back again. It also has nice scenery and many other runners too.
If you rent a car, the hotel is one of the few to offer free but limited parking. During high season it might be hard to find a spot if you come back to late in the day but there are many places to go to locally in the evening here too.
You should check out the special that are offered by the hotel. Just click on the specials at the top of their web page. We spent only $120 a night plus tax for this place and we are going to come back and stay here again. Try to get a room higher up so as to be away from any street noise and to get a better view of the area.
This hotel also has a laundry room so you can bring less cloths with you.

Room Tip: Get a room higher up to avoid street noise.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

The great location, full kitchens and general comfort have brought us back here 5 times. Each room has a full kitchen, its own large water heater, and plenty of storage. It is close to a grocery and bus lines, covered parking is free, and it is along the quiet canal instead of the crowded beach. It is in Hawaii's busiest tourist area, yet the hotel employees are all friendly and act like the Ilima is a great place to work (one told me some staff have been here over 20 years). The building is looking dated, but it is comfortable and reasonably well-maintained: everything works and there are no smells of mildew, mold, or deodorizers. The photos on Ilima's website show the rooms accurately.

We learned to get a 1-bedroom suite because the premium gets us extra space, a sleeper-sofa (so we can sit someplace other than a bed), and windows on 3 sides for excellent ventilation (not to mention some nice views). The king bed was comfortable, and the A/C cooled the bedroom well for sleeping.

For in-room Internet, bring your laptop for the free hard-wired CAT5 connection; only the lobby has wifi. In-room Internet was adequate to check email, news, weather, and maps. Speeds were consistently slow during our week's stay (.8-.9 Mbps), connections dropped periodically, and in-room access was available to only one hard-wired device at a time. I enabled the virtual router on my Windows 7 laptop, and it sent usable wifi to my tablet.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Why would you spend huge $$$ on Waikiki accommodation when you can stay in this little gem? We've just returned from 7 nights at the Ilima Hotel and would go back any time. Huge rooms with wonderful views (we looked out over the mountains), big comfy beds, a little kitchenette, free parking, free internet, lovely staff, and right in the centre of everything!!!!! So glad we chose to stay here!!!!!

Room Tip: We just loved our high room overlooking the canal, golf course and the glorious mountains (with rain...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Freya1958
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed at the Ilima Hotel which I booked on Booking.com. It is located a couple of blocks off Waikiki and is near the Ala Wai Canal. Our room was on the 15th floor (it has 16 floors) and was a 'Deluxe King Studio' for $122 plus tax. It had a king and queen bed and a small kitchen area. Very nice space with nice views of the city and a little bit of ocean. The lobby staff was nice.

My only two negatives are 1) no wifi in room and 2) no hotel guide. There is wired internet in the room and wifi in the lobby. Both are free. The guide to the hotel is minor, but it could show where the pool, exercise room, and laundry are. The location is fine, being half a block from Kuhio Street where the bus stops are.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I needed to book a room only for 2 nights in Waikiki so I chose Ilima hotel because of the good reviews in several sites. The hotel staff was very helpful and welcoming but I was a little bit dissappointed from the old furniture, decoration and bad smell in our room. Another frastrating thing was that there wan't wifi in rooms. The good thing with the hotel is that is in Waikiki- few minutes distance from the center of the town, the low price (if you are in budget is perfect to stay there) and the nice view of the canal and the mountains. I shouldn't forget to mention that the room was huge and clean and also we had free parking place which is rare in Honolulu.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We needed a place with a kitchen, and a friend suggested this place. We live on one of the neighbor islands and were here for drs. appointments. It is an older, comfortable place with helpful, friendly staff. We weren't able to get a room on the quieter Ala Wai Canal side but things were just fine.

The location is convenient , and the hotels provides excellent directions. Parking was never a problem for us and is FREE, which is unusual here.

We appreciated having ice already made for us in the freezer as well as cold water in a pitcher. Those of us who live in Hawaii know you don't get cold water from the tap.

We we disappointed that we did not have wi fi in the room, only the lobby, however, you can plug into the Internet in your room if you have a laptop.

We found the beds comfortable and loved the fact that you could have soft sheets and a soft blanket instead of the trendy heavy fluffy duvet cover things.

Room Tip: View is prettier from Ala Wai side, however, we still enjoyed watching the activity from the makai s...
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I was there from October, 13 to 17th, 2012. I choose this hotel becuase the location, price and the reviews I read in Trip Advisor.

I felt confortable to recommend this hotel. Like I sad worth the price I payed. The staff is very nice, the room is good and clean.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
3  Thank nsnishi
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Address: 445 Nohonani St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2695
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Honolulu
#26 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#29 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: $157 - $329 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ilima Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ilima Hotel is locally owned and located in the heart of Waikiki 1 block away from the International Marketplace and 2 blocks away from the beach. We offer spacious rooms all equipped with a FULL KITCHEN, limited FREE Parking, and FREE High-Speed Internet Access. ... more   less 
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