My husband and I -- both military retirees -- have been wanting to stay at the Hale Koa for several years. We decided to stay there for 4 days after a 1-week cruise with his brother and sister-in-law that ended in Honolulu on Christmas Day. We debarked earlier than expected but the hotel graciously allowed us to check in at 11AM instead of 3PM. The rooms we had reserved weren't ready yet so they offered us rooms that were slightly cheaper and they threw in tickets for a few free meals, which we appreciated. Our party had two rooms, both clean and well-appointed, especially for the price (in Honolulu, anyway). My only complaint about the room was the lack of free internet service - it costs $9.95 a day. We had a small lanai but didn't sit out there often as it was unusually rainy that week. The beach is one of the nicest on that side of island and there are two pools as well. We had reservations for the last seating of the Christmas brunch buffet but the servers were backed up and we were seated 30 minutes late so felt a bit rushed but the food was great. We tried the other restaurants at the hotel also - nothing special but more convenient than going out for every meal. There is also a small PX on the lowest level but the prices were higher than I expected and the food choices were very limited, especially if you are on a special diet like me. Apparently the management doesn't cater to those of us who don't eat sugar or a lot of fat but you'll do fine if you like regular soda, chips, cookies and sugary cereals. They carry quite a few souvenir-type items, aloha-wear, sunglasses and beach necessities but again I was not impressed by the prices. (I live on the Big Island so am used to prices in Hawaii but was expecting to see some sort of a discount at the PX.) We rented a car since there were 4 of us and were pleased with the reduced-price parking the hotel offers. You can also arrange tours and car rentals through the hotel. We'll definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hale Koa Hotel offers an impeccable blend of service and travel value for the active and retired military traveler searching for the perfect Hawaiian vacation. Located in the heart of Waikiki, it offers great prices and unmatched value found in any major travel destination. The Hale Koa offers leisure dining, great Polynesian entertainment, and relaxation in a tropical garden, ocean-front oasis. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hale Koa Hotel Oahu
- Hale Hotel Koa
- Hale Koa Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu