One of the people my wife works with is part of the timeshare culture and let us use her time here. Upon arrival everything was the way it should be, professional check in, professional baggage handling, etc. First impressions for looks were very good. We did not have an ocean view but city view which was kind of a nice change as we would be on the beach all day. One surprise is how busy the traffic is on the main road next to the hotel. The traffic in the entire city is as bad as I have seen. You will hear sirens and loud exhaust systems with the patio doors closed but it's not bad. I liked the city and mountain views at night. This is an enormous complex with several hotel buildings and a mini shop and restaurant area in the middle which was also a nice surprise. We shopped and ate at several of them, (Frescos, Tropics, one of the Japanese places, the pizza place and the ice cream place). I also liked the several ABC stores on site for snacks. We laid out by two of the pools and one day on the beach and rented an umbrella and beach lounge chairs, all placed for us by staff. (By the way for you cheap skates, tip these guys, as I saw many people not tip them after they lugged these items out to the beach and set them up for you). I also tried paddle boarding in the lagoon which was really fun. There is a car rental place on the premises and we rented a car for the day and drove the north shore, only 75 dollars. Don't waste money on the Atlantis sub ride, you don't see much. There was a huge party and band on Friday night in the common area which we could have attended but did not, it looked fun though. I have seen many posts about this being a "Japanese tailored property". I have to disagree. While there was a large contingent of Japanese tourists and staff to assist them, there are as many non Japanese staff and people staying as well. Frankly I liked it as it made the hotel an international experience for us. The room was a suite with a fold out couch and full kitchen which we stocked with items from the ABC store. Huge bathroom, jacuzzi tub, and large patio and sitting area. Nice flat screens, and comfy furniture. We did run out of toilet paper and towels and I talked to a worker in the hallway who promptly brought us what we needed.
Our next trip to Hawaii I don't think we would go to Waikiki or Oahu island as Maui was much more of the Hawaiian experience we were looking for, but if I had to go to Honolulu again, I would stay here no problem. Lots of pluses here, no real negatives, maybe the sheer size of the complex, but do your research first if this is a problem for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations is located on the grounds of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This 38-story tower heralds a new era of elegance in the oceanfront paradise of Waikiki, a Hawaii destination of romance and dreams, of cultures and cuisines. With the surrounding Hawaiian Village at your doorstep, you can dine in over 20 restaurants and lounges, find that perfect souvenir, or enjoy a wide variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy six swimming pools including the new Paradise Pool at Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations. Accommodations include one and two bedroom suites. ... more less
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