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Review of Hilton Hawaiian Village - Oahu

  

 

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Polynesian Cultural Center Pearl Harbor Hilton Hawaiian Village - Oahu

We stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu.  This is a wonderful resort that is located on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach along 22 oceanfront acres.  The grounds are beautiful.  You will find tropical foliage, beautiful flowers, waterfalls, parrots, flamingos and believe or not penguins.

  

This resort is a world of its own with dozens of  restaurants, high end stores and boutiques, beautifully landscaped pools, and 7 towers with hotel rooms and suites. In spite of being huge, the resort never felt terribly crowded.  For some this could be a drawback because the hotel is very large and very busy.   It is not a quiet little resort nestled on the beach.  There is always people and activity.

We arrived at the hotel around 4:00 pm and faced a check-in line of about 30 people.  Fortunately, we are part of the Hilton Honors Program and there was a special line to check in.   I would recommend that you become members prior to your trip. It is free to join and you will get points towards your next stay.

This hotel is at the far end of Waikiki.  It is about a 10 minute walk to the Ala Mona Shopping Center and to the heart of Waikiki Beach.  We found the location to be fine and welcomed the short walk at night after eating a big dinner.  It is very safe and there are a lot of other tourist on the streets. 

Everything at the resort is very expensive.  For example a burger by the pool is $15 and a cocktail is $10.  There is a store called the ABC store where you can purchase snacks, and drinks so you may want to put some things in your room for the kids. If you rent a car they charge for parking.  We opted for the self parking and that was 24.00 per day.

The hotel offers 5 pools including Waikiki's largest Super Pool, and separate pools at Ali'i TowerŪ and Kalia TowerŪ as well as a lagoon area.  The pool areas and the lagoon are really beautiful and well maintained however getting a chair could prove to be a real challenge.  If you are planning to spend the day at the pool go early and reserve your chairs with towels.  The hotel supplies pool and beach towels as long as you have your wrist band and each person in your party must be present to get their towel.  They will not give you 4 towels if you walk over carrying the wrist bands. 

   

Main Pool Area

The beach is beautiful and is larger and quieter than further East on the beach in the heart of Waikiki.  The nice part about it is the beach is just a few steps from the pools and hotel amenities.  The water is calm, crystal clear and warm.   Rental prices for chairs, umbrellas, floats, etc. were particularly steep.  We opted for the beach towel in the sand

We stayed in the Ali'i Tower and found it to be very nice.  It was great to have a private pool and fitness center just for the guest in our tower.  In addition, we had our own front desk and Concierge .  The rooms were beautifully decorated with a unique blend of traditional Hawaiian motifs combined with modern interior features.  We had two double beds and the room was a nice size with a large bathroom area and  two separate sinks.  Our view of Waikiki beach was awesome.

  

         Ali'i Tower - View from Waikiki Beach                        Ali'i Tower Private Pool

  

Ali'i Tower Balcony Views

        

Ali'i Tower Room Balcony

If you have a late flight out the hotel will not give you a later check-out but they do offer hospitality rooms for you to change and shower.  Time is limited to 20 minutes per person in your group. You must reserve this space 1 day prior to departure.

We did have dinner our first night at the hotel at Tropics Bar and Grill.  It was a nice restaurant and the food was adequate but it was very expensive and there was a wait to get in.  It was late so we all had salads and the bill was very pricey.  Another night we ate at the Round Table Pizza.  The pizza was very good and the price was good compared to everything else in the hotel. We did eat all of our other meals outside of the hotel and I must say had some super food.  I would absolutely recommend the Hula Grill (upstairs) restaurant.  The food was phenomenal, I think it was the best we had while on vacation.  Jimmy Buffet's Restaurant was also very good and it is a fun place for the kids with TV's strategically placed and a live band.  If you are lucky and Jimmy Buffet is in town you may even catch him perform at this restaurant.

We did  the Rooftop Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  I felt that it was very expensive, about $100 per person for kids over 12.  I would recommend spending the money and going to the Polynesian Cultural Center for the day, luau and show instead of this one.  It does include an all-you-can eat dinner buffet with two drinks.  The food was adequate, nothing to write home about.  The show was very entertaining and my kids, who have never experienced a luau enjoyed it.  The entire night lasted from 5:30 - 8:30.

Luau Pictures