We stayed at 2 resorts during our week in Oahu and were very happy with both. At Hilton Hawaiian Village we stayed in the Rainbow tower and faced the lagoon. Our view of the harbor was very beautiful and we liked sitting on the patio and watching the kids play in the lagoon. Noise was NOT an issue at all because the lagoon closes early and the luau is not loud enough to be bothersome if the door is closed. The rooms was very clean and included a minifridge. Blinds were also automatic which was very very nice. The computerized elevators also made the crowded elevator lobby MUCH less chaotic. Location was perfect within the resort. We could easily run up to our room from the pool or the beach. We got a pizza to-go from Roundtable Pizza and it was FANTASTIC, but otherwise we thought the resort restaurants were too pricey compared to what you can easily walk to... but that's one nice perk of this Hilton... We could have easily spent our entire week without stepping foot off of the property! It has everything you need here including convenience stores that are priced just as the ones off property. Lots of food, lots of drinks, 2 pools that were never too crowded, the lagoon to entertain kids (though HOLY COW the rentals were $45/hour), and the beach (which is combed) RIGHT THERE. Hilton also offers catamaran sails and a submarine (though you will also pay an arm and leg for these too). They also have FREE DVD rentals which is nice to relax with. This is a great place for kids, but as 2 20somethings, we still had a great time and were not overwhelmed by all the kids. Service here was also very nice. Would consider staying here again if there was a deal because we enjoyed the stay (seriously perfect if you have kids), but if we were to return to Oahu we will probably stay closer to the busy shopping district on Kalakaua Ave and Wikiki Bay just because there is a lot more outside dining and drinking in that area.
Our only disappointments were:
- No more penguins. While better for the penguins to be relocated, we did look forward to seeing them.
- Beach bar closes SO early at 7pm. Who doesn't want a drink by the beach in the evening?.. Then again the bar really stank of stale alcohol and wasn't a very fun place in the beginning. Happy Hour is best with reasonably priced drinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is nestled on 22 oceanfront acres offering the best value with more amenities than any other hotel in Waikiki. Imagine five spectacular pools and the largest beach front Super Pool, best waterslides in Waikiki, surfing lessons, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon for kayak and stand-up paddleboard fun. We have the only pier on Waikiki Beach which provides easy access to catamaran rides and Atlantis submarine adventures. The resort is home to Waikiki's only 5 night a week Waikiki Starlight Luau, a full-service, award-winning children's program for kids ages 5-12. Mandara Spa and over 20 restaurants and lounges, 90 shops and services, daily cultural activities, nightly entertainment and lush tropical gardens, and waterfalls. Every Friday night we light the skies with our Friday Night Fireworks Spectacular! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Hotel Honolulu
- Hilton Hotel Honolulu
- Hilton Honolulu
- Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort Hawaii/Honolulu