The "Hilton Walk a lot" some call it. This place is huge, and offers a lot of different things for different people. Apparently the grounds are around 64 acres. It is such a big place with really 3 hotels, multiple pools, shops, a very slow monorail type tram for moving people around, as well as a canal with little boats that hold about 25 people that follow essentially the same course as the tram does. Because the place is so big, it sort of deserves a big review. And since I have a 5:45 hour flight I am going to give a fairly wide ranging review.
We stayed in the "Ocean Tower, King Bed, with Ocean View" The rooms in Ocean Tower are dated and need renovation. They are a little worn out and not the most updated colors. The bed was fine, the room had a small fridge - good enough to hold a half gallon of milk, some orange juice, and a some pop and beers - and a little coffee maker that worked great for the free coffee provided each day to have in the morning. It is my understanding that the Lagoon Tower? Has been remodeled more recently, but I did not see it nor talk to anybody in that part of the hotel. The Palace Tower is sort of in the middle but furthest from the Ocean and I am not sure that the views would be as good. Not sure how nice the rooms are in Palace Tower.
I am talking about all these different Towers because you might have a very different experience depending on where your room is. For me, a HUGE part of going to Hawaii is having a room and a lanai to sit and watch the Ocean and smell the sea breeze come in. The room we had on the Ocean Tower had an incredible view over the lawn out over the rocks and into the infinite sea, It was awesome, and had incredible sunsets every night. The lawn in front of the Ocean Tower is often used for wedding receptions and or ceremonies. We had once in front of us every night. Again, we enjoyed it, and found it to be entertaining. That said, if you want total silence and just the sound of the ocean, you won't get here. So go someplace else for solitude, you won't find that here or in any of the towers.
Here are a few other things to note about the place.
• The grounds are beautiful, and generally very well kept. There are many weddings held here, there was at least 2 weddings every night we stayed there. We enjoyed watching that, and seeing people get married, if that sort of thing gets annoying to you, I would not recommend staying here.
• There are lots of different pools, slides for young and young at heart. Waterfalls small pools, kid pools, big pools, pool activities, it is all there. You would have to be a real grump to not like what they offer in terms of pools. My only complaint was that there was not hot tub / Spa near the Ocean Tower. So if you like sitting in the hot tub/ spa in the evenings or whatever, you have to walk almost a 1/2 mile to do it. So I never did it, too much hassle.
• The on premise restaurants are generally pretty good, but expensive. There are a bunch of choices. Pizza, Chinese, Mexican Cantina, Bar Food, and KPC which is sort of streakhouse /fish fancy. We tried most of them all decent to good, all expensive.
• They offer a cool DVD now movie service - you get 2 free movies a day.
• The have a Sony PlayStation in the room. I think they also offer games with the DVD now service. I don't game on vacation.
• Getting in and out of the place does take a lot of time. If you are staying in the Ocean Tower, you have to plan for about 25 minutes and a tram, boat ride or a very long walk to get to your car to leave. It is pleasant in some ways, but after a week it becomes a menace, for that reason along I probably would not stay here again, it is just too much of a hassle getting in and out of the place.
• The hotel attracts a lot of the local people from the island especially on the weekends. They come in by the truckload to have birthday parties, gathering etc. If you have ever been to Great Wolf Lodge, this is sort of the Great Wolf Lodge of the Hawaiian Islands, especially on the weekend days. There are TONS of kids playing on the slides and pools, it becomes sort of a madhouse that way. You can escape it some by going to one of the small pools, but those pools don't have a view and are not that nice.
• Did I mention how slow the Tram is, it is very very very slow. It is island time ++, you just can't be in a hurry at this place.
• They have captured dolphins and you can pay money to pet them. It seems sort of cruel and weird to me, but they don't push it hard at all, and you can just ignore the dolphin encounter thing, and when we visited it seemed like most people sort of just pass by it with mild curiosity.
• Did I mention there are weddings everywhere. It is almost a wedding production line. Not Vegas, but always happening.
• They have a little lagoon that is fed by the natural ocean. That is fun for kids, and people who are not all that adventurous and want to snorkel in a safe protected hotel environment. They have Sea Turtles in there and a bunch of fish. They rent toys, SUP paddle boards, water bike things, pedal boats. Expensive prices, like $25 an hour for a paddle boat, which I thought was a rip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Let the aloha spirit wash over you in one of the world's most beautiful resorts: Hilton Waikoloa Village - Lagoon Tower and Palace Tower. Experience the magic of Hawaii at our hotel, an oasis dotted with lagoons, pools, water slides, a wide variety of restaurants and bars, and staffed by a team of accommodating hospitality professionals who are here to make sure you're enjoying your island time. Settle into your well-appointed guest room, explore all that we have to offer, and soak up the Hawaiian sun. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Waikoloa Village Hotel Waikoloa
- Hawaii Hilton Waikoloa Village
- Hilton Village Hotel Waikoloa
- Hilton Village Waikoloa
- Waikoloa Hilton
- Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort