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Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
Ranked #18 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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335 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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“GREAT CONDO-HOTEL NEEDING REPAIR”
Reviewed 26 December 2009

If you don't mind fabulous walks along the gorgeous beach to get to downtown Waikiki the attractively priced Ilikai Hotel & Suites is for you! The hotel's public rooms and outdoor spaces were beautifully decorated for Christmas. Breakfast and Dinner Buffets were available. The building is VERY CLEAN. The studio condo apartments are a great size for two however up to 2 additional people may be accommodated on the fold out couch.
Sadly owners appear to be letting their recently renovated suits deteriorate. Wall paper is coming away from walls and around the kitchen island. We noticed this problem when we stayed here last March 2009 but nothing has been done to correct the problem. Another issue is drawer space. There really isn't any. It/s ok you make do however more though needs to be given to clothes storage within the condo. The electronic safe remains in the closet taking up valuable storage space even though it has been disabled for guests renting the accommodation.
We hope owners move quickly to correct the small issues before they become major reasons visitors begin ignoring the Ilikai.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with friends
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Pembroke Pines, Florida
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Reviewed 23 December 2009

Ilikai is a very good hotel, it has this feel and look of glamorous 1950's. Large and clean rooms and great location are the advantages very few can compare to. Service was laid back in true Aloha manner.

  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Vancouver
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

This was our first trip to Hawaii. It way my wife and I with our 2 daughters (age 6 and 2). I had not idea which was the best area to stay when I booked, but found a great deal on the Ilikay that we could not resist. We stayed in the Oceanview room with Full Kitchen. This room was huge. It was perfect for us and gave ample of room for the kids to play around. The view was just awsesome overlooking the lagoon and the ocean. The kitchen was very helpful in cutting down costs as we were able to alternate cooking lunches and dinners with going out to restaurants or mall food courts. This hotel we found was very centrally located. It was just off the main busy strip (10 min walk). It had everything you need close by (2 ABC store's 1min walk and McDonald's accross the street) It was a 5-7 min walk to the beach (by the time you got through the hotel and down the ramp and walk around the lagoon). If you walk down the street 10-15 min you can easily get to the Ala Moana beach park, which is great for kids as its a calm water beach. This hotel was also less than 10 min walk to the biggest shopping mall in the area (Ala Moana shopping center?) which had a huge food court.
The free breakfast was decent and good excuse to get us out of the room earlier to start the day.
All in all a great hotel if you only need limited services. If you are high maintenance then you may want to look at full service 5 star hotel. This was great for what we needed and would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
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LA
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

This review is for a condo in the Ilikai, not the hotel. We stayed in unit 1802 and the website we used had photos of the unit, which is nicely updated and beautiful. We had an excellent view of the harbor and city lights along the shore, not toward Waikiki but the other direction. Our unit and lanai were very private - no one could really see in, which is not true of most of the units. We were a 7 minute walk from Ala Moana, we were able to find street parking every night (but we were resourceful and careful), we were a 10 minute walk along the beach to the center of Waikiki. The sliding doors of the unit open wide and there is a nice wide lanai so the unit feels very open. We enjoyed watching the sun set every night, and watching the outrigger canoes and sailboats. If you are a swimmer, there is a lagoon with a lifeguard at the tip of the adjacent park and the area is sheltered and perfect for fitness/lap swims. The unit itself is nicely appointed, although there is virtually no storage for clothes so although we are typically very neat it looked like a small clothing factory exploded during our stay as there is only one drawer, in the nightstand, and a small closet with limited space. But the kitchen was nice (granite and stainless) and the bathroom was nice (granite and instant hot water). Everything seemed very clean. One night it rained so we got a bottle of wine and (we are really not people who do this ever, much less when we travel) a California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizza from the ABC store across the street and stayed in and watched a movie on the big flat screen TV - and we actually had a very nice evening. We thought the unit was a great value, and that the critiques of the building were overblown. I was expecting it to be run down from the reviews, but the building was quite nice. There are water features at the entry, and nice big open well-appointed lobby (not 5 star luxurious, but very very nice) and the carpet in all the hallways looked brand new. The building looked well-maintained which I did not expect. I highly recommend the Ilikai, especially if you get the right unit. I would not waste time looking for another place to stay (and I am research-crazy when I travel) if I were to return. I do not, however, recommend the restaurant on the top floor for happy hour. Really really bad attitude, plus view of the nearby highrises, not the sunset, from the bar area.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2009

We liked it. Great location, nice big rooms, within walking distance of lots of great places. You can pay more and get more next door but this was great for the money. From our lanai on the 25th floor we had a view of Diamond Head and the beach, watched surfers, outrigger canoes in the surf, and the big luau next door. Included breakfast of danish, fresh fruit, yogurt, and coffee was nice but for good coffee there is a starbucks next door. Be sure to budget some extra for valet parking but it was also convenient. Overall a great experience.

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Edmonton
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 December 2009

Upon arrival on Nov 7th, Our friends noticed bugs in our bathroom. We killed the buggs, but awaken the next morning to fnd more in the bathroom and in our kitchen sink. We understand they call these water buggs (A member of the cockroach family). We moved out on Nov 8th,next door to the Hilton Hotel with was beautiful 5 stars. We have contacted the owner (Condo Rep) on numerous occasions via E-mail without any response relative to compensation. Buyers be Beware.

  • Stayed November 2009
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Virginia
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Reviewed 29 November 2009

We were very pleased with this hotel. Fabulous view. We stayed on the 25th floor and had every view possible. We could see the ocean, Diamond Head and the city from our room. It was fantastic. Rooms were kept clean and service was good. The only negative comments we have are that the continental breakfast was very poor and highly monitored so that you can only go through the line one time and were forced to choose between items (ex. danish or bagel, not both). There is only one washer and dryer per floor. Also, if you are looking for a hotel with stores to shop at this one isn't for you. Most of the stores are closed at this time. Great deal on the parking at the Marina .25 an hour. Highly recommend you use it instead of Valet parking at $18.00 a day.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with family
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Property: Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
Address: 1777 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1603
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#16 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#26 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 176
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites is a classic oceanfront hotel situated on the Ala Wai Yacht Marina at the edge of Waikiki and just a short stroll to Ala Moana Shopping Center and 2 blocks to the Hawaii Convention Center. Internationally-recognized as the famous opening shot of Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett standing on the penthouse balcony overlooking Waikiki Beach, the hotel is truly a Waikiki landmark. Each guest room and suite features extra spacious accommodations with a large lanai offering fabulous views. The hotel walkway from the lobby leads to the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and beach.
With our hospitality fee for all stays, Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include WiFi throughout the hotel, DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), Waikiki Shuttle (Complimentary Waikiki Shuttle Service), Daily Newspaper, In Room Coffee, In Room Safe, Local & Toll-Free Calls, and Water in Lobby, You'll also enjoy the heated swimming pool, fitness room, coffee shop, rooftop restaurant and more.
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