The Hilton Hawaiian Village was just what I was hoping for. On check-in, I was upgraded for free. I don't know what that was worth since I've never stayed here before and cannot compare to a non-upgraded room. The room we got in the Ali'i Tower was very spacious. The bedroom area had plenty of room between the foot of the bed and the dressers -- nice when you have 2 little kids who are running around. The bathroom was divided into 3 rooms -- the toilet in a very small space, a sink and tub in the next space, and a double sink in the area closest to the bedroom. The overlarge doors were cumbersome. We had a balcony with a view of the other towers and the chapel. It was a very quiet room and we heard no noise from other guests, adjoining rooms, or the elevator. The elevator was gratifyingly fast. No long waits to get to our room.
I liked the location of the Ali'i tower. The Tropics restaurant and Starbucks was in this tower, the super pool was right outside -- we didn't swim there but after seeing the fireworks we could step into our tower and quickly to bed. It was very close to the main lobby, the village shops, and Camp Penguin for the kids. It was a long walk to the slide pools but that didn't bother us too much. We only walked to and from the slide pools once a day (spending the entire day there) whereas we were running back and forth between everything else and our room repeatedly.
The amenities of the resort included an amazing, humongous beach. The Hilton is adjacent to a military recreation area which means you aren't cheek-to-jowel with another massive hotel and its guests. The slide pool had a tube slide, side-by-side open air slide, and a toddler tube slide. My children loved it. The lagoon offered rentals of paddleboats, standup boards, kayaks, inner tubes, etc. Perfect for those who want some water sports but aren't keen on doing it in the ocean!
The resort restaurants were too expensive. $4.50 for a glass of milk! $10 for a hot dog! I really felt gouged. There was no food really near the slide pools. I had to walk quite a ways to get to the hot dog place which was expensive, slow, and not very tasty. Tropics was tasty but very expensive. We ended up breakfasting at Starbucks after the first day. If I'm going to pay over $4 for a cup of coffee, it will at least be a Starbucks cup of coffee.
The village had lots of shops and restaurants. I wish we had gone there for dinner instead of Tropics. Round Table Pizza was cheap eats. Benihana was terrific fun. Lambert's Ice Cream was very good. And we bought our souvenirs at ABC.
My biggest disappointment: The Starlight Luau, held on the rooftop of the HIlton, was not held over the weekend and was sold out for the days that we were there. (We ended up going to Magic of Polynesia though and that was probably a better experience in the end.)
- 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:
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