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Hilton Waikiki Beach
Ranked #27 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Pasadena, California
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“Crisp, clean, cool, and calming in a crazy busy world...”
Reviewed 24 March 2009

My company booked me into another hotel for 5 nights. After the first night, I was ready to scream - the rooms was small, lights were falling off the walls, the refridge started vibrating across the room... so when I had the chance to switch to the Hilton Prince Kuhio, I jumped at it.

What a difference. Clean marble floors in the bathrooms. Modern interiors similar to a boutique hotel. Walk-in shower with good water pressure. Room service. Radio alarm with a line in for an iPod. A quiet refridgerator hidden under the TV console, with a built in wine bottle holder. Crisp clean bed linens. A small balcony with a gorgeous view of surrounding high rises out to the mauka (mountains), perfect for relaxing with a chilled glass of white wine after a hard day at work. A convenient location on the bus routes to downtown.

I'll definitely stay here again when work calls me back to Honolulu.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled on business
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Alpena, Michigan
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Reviewed 22 March 2009

We stayed at the Prince Kuhio from 2/20-2/27/2009 in a king ocean view room. We arrived at the hotel around 5:00 p.m. and had a very smooth checkin. We stayed in room 1818 (18th floor - corner room). We really liked the corner room as it gave us a bigger balcony. All balconies appeared to have two chairs and a small table. We had what we consider an excellent view (please see pictures). From our room, we could see Diamond Head Crater, the ocean and the city. The photo posted of the ocean view is not a zoomed photo. It really is a pretty accurate image of the view we had. The room is exactly what we have come to expect from the Hilton family of hotels. The bathroom was very nicely appointed with the usual Hilton amenities as well as lots of towels. The shower is excellent...lots of hot water and good water pressure. The closet is behind the door which made it a little awkward to get into unless the bathroom door was shut all the way. Plus, it was very small. It would have been difficult to keep our suitcase in there and access the clothing easily. We ended up taking the luggage rack out of the closet and placing it in the room. Minor issue really. We stayed for a week, and the room really lacked drawer space. However, the inroom safe was a very nice convenience as was the refrigerator. The bed, as usual, was a dream. Service at the hotel was excellent. We enjoyed the lobby bar but probably liked the one in Mac 24/7 even better. They had great service and staff. Mac 24/7 was a great restaurant. HUGE cups of coffee, Starbucks, but it tended to be very strong. Just ask for some hot water to add to it if you don't like it that way. What you hear about the pancakes is true. They are about 18" around and about 5-6" high, no kidding. They are HUGE! We never had them but for $15 they are a great deal. They are very, very generous with the portions, so at least you feel like you are getting your money's worth. Internet is free in the business center for everyone. They have about six computers.

The only downside of the Prince Kuhio is it's location and no fault of the hotel. I'm sure if they could do something about it, they would. You are one block off of the beach, and it is very noisy. We were on the 18th floor and it was still loud. In fact, we usually slept with the slider closed to avoid being woken up at 5:00 with the sound of garbage trucks backing up and the buses, which seem to run all the time. We didn't spend a lot of time at the hotel, but it was still bothersome. However, you are in a big city.

Other than that, take THE BUS everywhere.....$2 one way, and if you ride again within two hours, it's free. It will take you about an hour to get to Pearl Harbor by bus, but you can't beat the price. From the airport, we took a taxi, which set us back about $40 because it was around rush hour. However, on our departure, it cost about $32. If you want to get to your hotel quickly, it really is the best way to go. We were there in about 20 minutes. We met a couple that took the shuttle and it took them more than two hours. For us, it was money well spent. Of note, get your bus map at the McDonalds (weird place I know). We didn't find out about it until the day we were leaving. You can get maps of the Waikiki area pretty much everywhere.

Our favorite nightly place was the upstairs bar area at Tiki's which is on Kalakaua Avenue (the street that runs along the ocean). The bar menu is much better than the restaurant menu and they have nightly entertainment. They are literally one block away.

Favorite sit down restaurant: The Yard House. They have 130 beers on tap, great music and excellent food. I had a steak and my husband had Mac & Cheese with chicken (like you've never had before!). Definitely pricey but what isn't in Waikiki. Well worth the money.

Nicest walk not along the beach? Ala Wai Blvd. When you walk out of the hotel, instead of heading toward the ocean, head the opposite way. You will actually be walking along Ala Wai Canal. They view is very scenic and there really is hardly any traffic to speak of.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is worth your time...great luau. Book from the website though as it's cheaper. Any seat is good in the area. We had the ambassador dinner (prime rib and steamed crab) and preferred seating at the luau.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 4 March 2009

We stayed here for 4 nights in February.
We got a pretty good deal on Hotwire - $140. Prior to bidding it was described as a 4-star hotel in Waikiki Near Beach South - Diamond Head.
Since we Hotwired, we did not have (nor expect) any kind of spectacular view. But it was still fairly nice. We were on the fifth floor in a corner room, looking out the north and east side of the hotel. All you could see were other buildings, but it did overlook a nice garden and waterfall on the hotel grounds.
There was a balcony (all rooms appear to have one), but it is not private at all. Since we had a corner room, the balcony was larger since it wrapped around the side. But it actually wreaked of smoke and therefore wasn't very inviting.
We were very pleased with the room. The furniture was nice, wonderful soft beds and excellent linens and pillows!
The room was fairly spacious, had a desk, and there was internet at a charge of $11 per day.
There was a plasma HDTV (hung on the wall), coffee maker, radio/alarm clock with mp3 input, iron and ironing board.
I thought the bathroom was great! Lots of counter space, a really big shower with lots of really hot water and great water pressure.
There was a normal size, 1875 watt hair dryer, which was nice (wish I'd have known beforehand that it wasn't one of those chintzy little wall hair dryers).
The closet was in the bathroom, which was a little weird, but OK.

Parking at the hotel is by valet only--$20 a day. But here's a little tip.
Directly across the street on Ohua St. is the Waikiki Banyan. I think it's condos, but you can park there with in and out privileges for $10 a day. The entrance to the parking garage is on Kuhio St.

It's a block and a half to the beach, but otherwise has a pretty good location. Lots of restaurants and shops within easy walking distance.
We didn't eat or drink anything at the hotel so can't comment on any of that.
Check in and out was easy and the staff was polite.
At the normal hotel rates (starting at $180/night) we'd probably try someplace else next time.
But for $140 we were pleased.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Bowie, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 March 2009

I LOVE THIS LOCATION AND THE HOTEL.

Everything about it was nice and comfortable. You can see the beach from the rooms, and sit on your balcony and just enjoy the view. We slept with our balcony doors open to allow the breeze in but it gets loud around 5am becasue the hotel sits on the main strip.

You can walk everywhere from this hotel, you are along the bus route, and only one block away from the beach. Many shops around this hotel and great restaurants. Don't forget to check out some of the other hotel restaurants.

At the Prince Kuhio, they have pancakes that will feed at least 4 people. Get it once.....WOW!

Enjoy!

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
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Omagh, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2009

We booked this Hilton hotel for the last five nights of our trip to hawaii thinking it would be a treat to stay at a really nice hotel at the end of our three week holiday in Honolulu.

This Hilton is in reasonable location a block back from the beach with the view spoiled by a Roman catholic chapel and adjoining buildings which look like they could do with being bulldozed. Also a car park.

The hotel was well under 50% booked and we are Hilton honors members with Silver status but were treated with disdain when we asked for an upgrade to a sea view room or to have access to the executive lounge, both requests refused in a very curt manner by staff who did not appear to have any real interest in us enjoying our stay.

this hotel has not been a Hilton for very long so maybe there are staff training and attitude issues which will eventually get sorted out.

We were warned about this by staff at the Hilton Hawaiian Village earlier in our stay.

The room was very good but very small and the balcony is virtually for standing only and the two shabby chairs which were on the balcony rattled together during windy nights because they were so close.

In most other ways the hotel is fine if the furniture in the lobby was refreshed and also approaching the hotel on foot with luggage is a problem as there are ways to get into the lobby with cases without going up stairs or entering via the car ramp which could be dangerous.

Overal if I ignore the staff attitudes it has the potential to be reasonable but after staying for two weeks at the much cheaper Ilikai resort we found this Hilton a huge disappointment

  • Liked — Quality of room furnishings
  • Disliked — Staff attitude
  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2009

We stayed at the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio for 2 nights on the final stop of our overseas holiday. Please note that the hotel is not directly on Waikiki beach. It is located approximately 3 blocks away or a 5 minute walk. When we pulled up to the hotel, there were no staff members at the door or anywhere in sight to take our bags. Check in staff were tired and disinterested and seemed to want us out of their hair quickly. No smiles or greeting.

We were given a room on the 28th floor. The room was quite small but nicely decorated in modern Hawaiian style. It had 2 very comfortable double beds, a working desk with a proper office chair and a large screen plasma television built into the wall. No mini bar which I thought was strange for a Hilton, only an empty bar fridge. The bathroom was a nice size with a large shower and plenty of hanging space. What I didn’t like about the bathroom however were the 2 large glass windows between the bathroom and the rest of the room. For privacy they were fitted with Venetian blinds, however, the blinds were slightly smaller than the size of the window. This made it easy to see into the bathroom quite clearly even with the blinds closed. The room had its own balcony but it wasn’t particularly private as there are no walled dividers between the balconies, only railing, so anyone else who is on their balcony can see you and you can see them. It was nice to be able to open the doors to let some fresh air in though.

We ate breakfast at MAC 24-7 and found it to be mediocre, though from what I could see their pancakes looked amazing. After seeing a waitress bring some to another table I knew I should have ordered them instead. I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish them if I did.

We used the concierge once to book some tours on the island and we found her to be quite rude. She didn’t show much enthusiasm and spoke in a very robotic way. When asking if the cost of the tour could be added to our bill she raised her voice and said “no, you pay here!” which was something I didn’t appreciate very much.

Check out was quick with no problems though staff never smiled or showed much interest. I would recommend this hotel as it wasn’t a bad place to stay and was relatively good value, but I’m sure there are other hotels in a similar price range which offer better service and are closer to the beach than the Hilton Prince Kuhio is.

  • Liked — The room was attractive and very comfortable
  • Disliked — Staff need to smile more, location a little inconvenient
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed 17 January 2009

We loved the Hilton Prince Kuhio and booking directly with Hilton with an advance purchase really saved us some money.

My wife and I stayed here twice, three nights each (with Kauai in between). First time we were upgraded to an oceanview, not as lucky the second time.

Great refurbishment; the bathroom is excellent and stocked well, and the new flat screen TV and decor really great. The front desk also very helpful, and the free internet in the lobby helped.

Waikiki is small, so the location we liked. We didn't like the restaurant downstairs, however. The breakfast was quite so-so; we had breakfast and all meals elsewhere.

The pool is nice but old fashioned, but I liked it.

Would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hilton Waikiki Beach
Address: 2500 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3671
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#15 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#17 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#22 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Waikiki Beach 4*
Number of rooms: 601
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, featuring NO resort fee, is located in the heart of Waikiki, is just steps from Waikiki Beach. This property is a blend of modern, understated elegance combined with true Hawaiian character. Hotel is 100% smoke-free and offers valet-only parking as part of its top tier service. Our world-famous restaurant, MAC 24-7 features modern American cooking influenced by fresh local ingredients, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nightly live music in our lobby bar. ... more   less 
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