I stayed in the Doubletree Alana Waikiki for 4 nights checking in on April 30 and out on May 4, 3009. I booked on the Hilton Website and was surprised as I was searching for a hotel they had a AAA rate called the Spring Special of $ 99.00 plus tax so I jumped on it. I was actually considering using points at either the Hilton or the Marriot but for the $ 99 rate it was not worth it to use the number of points either of those properties wanted.
I did not rent a car due to the Stiff valet charges of $26.00 per day for parking. When I arrived at HNL I used Robert’s Hawaii shuttle. The cost is $9 one way or $15 round trip and you can reserve your return pick up in advance via phone. You are allowed two large bags which are placed under the bus for free and your carry-ons may be taken into the bus. You find the stop in the airport and can pay the driver upon boarding.
I was offered an requested a “Standby room upgrade” on the web site when my reservation was made to a Suite Supposedly 650 Square feet with kitchenette and Ocean view for an additional $9 per night. Upon check in this was not offered or even mentioned and as a Hilton Diamond member it was kind of disappointing. I had reserved a room with two queen beds which was supposed to be upgraded to an Ocean View but received a room with a city view. Since I saw the property- I did not think you could even see the Ocean from any room as you were surrounded by other tall buildings. I suppose if you were on top floors you could catch a fleeting view of some water. The only perk I was offered as a Diamond member was the same cookie everyone else received and I did choose free internet ($ 10.95/day instead of the free continental breakfast or points). There is no executive or Concierge level thus there are no free drinks or breakfast here for the Gold/Diamond members. Since I had requested a quiet room not facing the busy street I did not complain as my room 801 was quiet even though it was not the upgraded room which was printed on my reservation.
As others have commented the room was not very big. It did have a mini fridge and microwave and was the 2 queen kitchenette which I had reserved. I wanted to be able to keep my beverages chilled instead of purchasing from the hotel at the sky high prices Hawaii is famous for.
The fitness center was nice and had 4 treadmills. The pool area was also ok for taking a quick dip for those not interested in going to the beach. These are located on the Mezzanine level.
The bathroom was also small and the Japanese tub was kind of cramped even for showering as other reviewers have mentioned.
Housekeeping was fine and did not bother me when my “Do not disturb” sign was out. I left a small gratuity on the bed daily to assure reasonable service.
I requested late check out on my final day as my flight was not until 10 pm. I was given until 2 pm and after that I checked my baggage with the Bellman and went sightseeing. Unfortunately the hotel does not have a hospitality suite to allow guests to shower an change before their flights. Since I had a late one I got my bag from the Bellman and donned a swimsuit, then used the shower in the pool area which is outdoors to wash, and used the pool towels and changed and freshened up in the bathroom by the fitness center. This is the only way around them not having the Hospitality Suite. I have suggested that they get one as most guests do have late flights out.
The Doubletree is at the top end of the Waikiki strip so it was the first stop for the shuttle.
It is only about 1.5 blocks from the Hilton Hawaiian Village and about a 5 minute walk across Ala Moana Blvd. That is where the beach is if you are interested.
Dining options are numerous within walking distance as there are some fast food places like Subway, IHOP, and ABC stores (3 within 2 blocks), There is a a Tony Roma’s across the street. There are also numerous local places (Cheeseburger Waikiki, Kobe Japanese Steak house, and all the eateries in the Hawaiian Village) nearby.
I would walk to Waikiki (about 15-20 minutes) for shopping and food and the Convention Center is about 3 blocks. One could also walk or take the bus to either Waikiki or to the Ala Moana Shopping center which is about 4-5 blocks up Ala Moana Blvd. There is a nice Asian style food court there with many choices from Korean BBQ to Lahaina Chicken.
I visited the Honolulu Aquarium which is at the far end of Waikiki and was not impressed. For the $ 9 admission it was very small and there is minimal to see. I would not recommend.
I also went on the “Haunted Honolulu Ghost Walk”. It cost about $ 30 and was about two hours. It was more for the history and the views then to see any restless spirits. They do have a bus our to some “Haunted places” but I could not make that due to my schedule. They say the bus tour is really scary??
Overall I would say that the Doubletree Alana was worth the price I paid but if I was to pay $150 or more (which was what some of the published rates were) I think I could find a place that had a little more to offer such as the Hilton Kuhio or the Waikiki Marriott.
I would recommend for those on a budget who are not afraid to walk as I was. Email me if you have any questions and I will try and respond as I can.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Doubletree by Hilton Alana - Waikiki Beach is a newly renovated chic boutique hotel located at the entrance to Waikiki in Honolulu, HI. The hotel is within a short walk of the beach, shopping and dining and one of the closest hotels to Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Shopping Center. After a multi-million dollar redesign rooms now feature the Sweet Dreams by Doubletree sleep experience, bathrooms offering walk-in glass showers with oversized "rain" showerheads, large state-of-the-art high definition flat screen televisions with side panels for easy laptop connectivity, comfortable ergonomic workstations for our business travelers, and multiple outlets for electronic devices. Both wired and wireless high speed internet is available in all rooms for a charge and complimentary wireless high speed internet is available in the lobby area. During your stay you can also enjoy complimentary in-room coffee makers with coffee service, complimentary safe and movies on demand. Bedding offered is either one king bed or two queen-sized beds and all rooms have a lanai (balcony) and either city/mountain or ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Honolulu
- DoubleTree By Hilton Alana - Waikiki Beach Hawaii/Honolulu