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Ilima Hotel
Ranked #29 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Nanaimo, BC
Level Contributor
31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A very positive experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

We spent a week at the Ilima - four days pre-cruise and three days post-cruise. We must have dealt with every member of the front desk staff, and found everyone to be pleasant and helpful. They had helpful suggestions on places to eat and how to travel, and followed up when we returned and asked about our experience.

The hotel is not new, but seems well maintained, and the rooms are large. Watch the hotel's web site for specials, and ask for a canal-facing room. The kitchen facilities are a nice bonus.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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NYC
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73 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

If you're looking for luxury, this isn't the place for you. If you just need a place to bathe and lay your head after a day of sightseeing, this is the place for you. We were only in the area for a couple of days so it was fine. I couldn't see myself staying here for longer than that. No wifi in the room and the room just felt really old. It was clean though and the front desk staff was very helpful and friendly. Location was also central to many things.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Oakland
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed Jan 9-18 in a two-bedroom suite and found the property to be everything we
expected (with the exception of in-room wi-fi- our mistake; only high speed free in-room
internet access advertised ). Neighborhood was noisy, but worth it for the convenience of
location. Fitness room has 2 cardio machines only, but in new condition. Laundry room
a big help. Free parking on a first-come, first-served basis (excellent buses and central
location made car rental unnecessary for us). Our suite looked exactly like the photos
on the website. Would definitely return.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ljc3003
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Vancouver, Canada
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106 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

This was our fifth time staying at the Ilima over the past decade. We will be back again, maybe next Christmas. This stay was for 10 nights, over both Christmas and New Year's Day. The prices at this time are of course at their highest, but still good value for Waikiki.
The lobby is actually quite stylish--perhaps Art Deco--and quite inviting. The front desk staff are always pleasant and helpful, and efficiently get guests registered. I sat in the lobby to play on my ipad in the evening and was amazed to see how many people are frequent visitors. One man had been coming with his partner for decades!
The pool is small and too shady, but it is hardly used at all. My son used the gym and found it helpful, but he said it didn't have weights.
Rooms are large and have functional kitchens with microwaves and small stoves. Decent size fridge.
Parking is tight but free. Most days there was room, but you need to pay for parking across the street if the lot is full.
The hotel gives towels and mats for the beach.
Everything is clean.
But the best thing about the Ilima is the people, many who have worked there for years. Ema is best! (Management seems to treat staff well--I heard the managers talking about a staff member who messed up a reservation, but they just chuckled and found a way to resolve the issue. I'm not sure that the staff member even learned he had erred!) We have made friends with some people, and know other guests have visited staff at their homes.
It is not the fanciest place in Waikiki, but as I said, we will be back...

Room Tip: I prefer the mountain view rooms. Higher is better, but all are good.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank CanadianFamily444
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

We stayed from January 17, 2013 until January 20, 2013.
The front desk was extremely helpful and pleasant.
The lobby and common areas were clean and very functional.
The bedroom was very large and comfortable. We had 2 double beds a nice bathroom and a kitchen area.
The hotel is very central and if you want a vacation hotel that is not part of the large impersonal chains then this is a place for you and your family. We met guests who have been coming annually for in excess of 20 years
It is good value and we would stay there again. WE recommend it.

Room Tip: Ask for room facing the canal
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Camillus, New York
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181 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013

We stayed at the Ilima Hotel in the beginning of October. We took a cruise around the islands on Norwegian Cruise Lines We actually stayed here four nights before our cruise and returned for two nights after our cruise.
The Ilima hotel is not a luxury hotel. I think some people expect a little too much considering the reasonable price paid ($139/night) for a hotel two blocks from Waikiki beach. It was reasonably clean and the staff cleaned the room every day, providing fresh linens. The front desk staff was always helpful and pleasant.
The full kitchen was great. We ate most of our meals in the room, buying food at the local Safeway or at a seafood fish market. It’s a great way to save time and money. We did have a car, which is the only way to really get around Oahu. There is free parking at the hotel which consists of the lower three floors of the hotel, as a parking garage. We didn’t have any problems finding a parking spot, but, I could see how that could be challenging at night.
One room was facing Waikiki beach, however, you really can’t see the water from the balcony, even on the upper floor of the hotel. The view is pretty much, the tops of buildings. The second room overlooked the Ala Wai canal and golf course. You could see the beautiful hills from the balcony. The view is much better on the east side, but the traffic noise seems to be louder.
We walked to the beach daily, its about two blocks. Sunset from the beach is not to be missed. There are small shops every where in the beach area that range from extremely expensive to very reasonable. When visiting tourist sites in downtown Honolulu we took the bus as parking is non existent or very expensive. We used the car to visit the rest of the island.
The room pictures included in many reviews is very accurate as to what the rooms are actually like. All in all I have no complaints about our stay at the Ilima hotel and I would definitely stay there again when I revisit.

Room Tip: Choose the east side overlooking the canal
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Mazuza2
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New York
Level Contributor
153 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

I tried this hotel because someone I know liked it a lot and highly recommended it. I have to say I am disappointed and was expecting more. Ilima Hotel is not rundown but all it really need is cosmetic updating of the room and bathroom. The rooms are spacious with a kitchen, table and chairs so it is good for a couple or small family of three. The hotel does have free parking for guests but don't rent a large vehicle because the parking space is tight and it is not easy to maneuver around. In addition, parking is limited and don't be surprised if you end up having to park on the street. There is an outdoor pool but it is really for sitting and relaxing so don't expect to do laps. From the hotel, you can pretty much walk to a lot of the attractions in the area. One thing I want readers to be aware, the adjoining hotels on the block seem a bit shady and seedy so do be careful walking alone at night.

Room Tip: Balcony views towards Waikiki Beach are blocked by the other buildings. Views are unspectacular so d...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Ilima Hotel
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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