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Cary, North Carolina
January 26, 2007
From journal Oahu: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
May 17, 2006
From journal Oahu & The Big Island—May 2006
by Truly Malin
New York, New York
November 15, 2001
For some this is a good thing. There''s always something to do at the Hilton. A sample of activities includes penguin feeding, snorkel lessons, lauhala weaving, ukelele making, torch lighting ceremony, tai chi stretch, lei making class, and Friday night fireworks with a precision rifle drill team. The beach is unremarkable but calm, and though you''re a 10mn walk from the heart of Waikiki, that might not be a bad thing either - the week we were there, Waikiki beach was closed for a day because of shark sightings.
No shortage of places to eat, either. We breakfasted often at Niumalu Café in the brand new Kalia tower. It''s several cuts above the typical hotel dining experience, with soft-voiced waitresses bringing exquisitely prepared banana macnut pancakes, flufffy omelettes, ripe pineapple wedges, and chicken curry manapuas, a local favorite inspired by Portuguese stuffed buns. They also served wonderful, aromatic kona coffee - the perfect start to any morning. We didn''t stick around the hotel for lunch or evening "sunset pupus" at Niumalo, but they looked tasty, too. The other restaurants we sampled (Golden Dragon for Chinese, Tropics Bar for breakfast) were as expected. Fine for an evening when you''re too tired to go out exploring, but what a price you pay for that convenience - an overpriced, Americanized version of dinner, guaranteed neither to disappoint nor to inspire.
I''m hesitant to talk about the rooms, as I was upgraded to a $750 a night suite with decks and ocean views on two sides. Would I have paid that much for the room, even if I had the money? Absolutely not. Though it was extremely large and comfortable, and our views were absolutely spectacular, it was utterly lacking in personality. The regular rooms are done in the same Polynesian-by-way-of-Walmart style, minus the living room, fluffy bathrobes, and other amenities. The grounds, however, are quite an experience. Sprawling pools, trickling waterfalls, unusual looking animals and plants around every corner. Swarming through all this exotica in a near-continuous stampede are the tourists - tons of them, from all over the world.
The fitness center and Mandala Spa had just opened when we visited in September and were not fully operational yet. They are not run by the hotel, so nothing is free and it isn''t cheap, either. If you''re a workout nut, consider a reduced rate multi-day pass to the fitness center, which looks out over the private Kalia Tower pool and the lovely hotel grounds.
From journal Honolulu: Where Don Ho is King
September 8, 2001
The desk upgraded us (due to room availability) to the Rainbow Tower, a longtime landmark of Honolulu refurbished to a high level of polish. From the seventh floor, we looked towards town over a lagoon and marina. While the ocean was visible, the rooms across the hall offered a much more impressive vista. More hints of the ever-present money machine greeted us…in-room coffee service for a price and a notice that the souvenir coffee mugs would conveniently be charged to the room if we decided to take them with us. The room itself was comfortable and clean, a standard Hilton room.
The property boasts a large expanse of beach in addition to its man-made charms. Shopping is predictably pricey as are all of the food options. There is also a steady, but subtle, presence of timeshare marketing. The Atlantis submarine tour departs from the Hilton beach area. Entertainment options for the entire family are also available each night. We enjoyed sitting at the poolside bar to watch the torch lighting ceremony at dusk complete with the Hilton rifle honor guard and a South Pacific tour of hula dances.
As a whole, the Hilton is a first rate all inclusive resort. It has the manicured appeal of a theme park. For a family with a generous vacation budget, the Village offers a great mix of activities and options. However, we typically prefer small scale, unique and local establishments.
From journal Honolulu: It's a lu - lu
brooklyn, New York
April 13, 2004
Also, for drinks and snacks, I would go to a neighborhood ABC store since it is often cheaper. Or go to Costco and get bulk water and snacks for the day.
I stayed in the Kalia Tower, which was recently built and is geared toward more upscale stays and business travelers. The room was spacious and tastefully decorated. This tower also contains its own check-in for its guests. The rooms were what you would expect in any hotel for business travelers. Two phone lines a large desk to work. This tower also contained the Mandara Spa, which is a full service salon/spa and gym.
The Ali'i tower is the luxury tower with more luxurious furnishings as well as additional amenities such as free continental breakfast, turndown service, three phones instead of the normal two, and a private fitness center.
This property also has 10 restaurants on site ranging from causal to very upscale Bali by the Sea is a must sea. If you have children this is a great hotel since they have tons of activities onsite for them to partake in such as arts and crafts, swimming etc. You can also watch the penguins at the hotel, which seems to be a staple at all major hotels (I confess I don't get it). If you never want to leave the resort you can also shop here ranging from Hawaiian crafts to the latest Louis Vuitton bag.
From journal Oahu - Commercial but Relaxing
September 14, 2003
We had a room in the Tapa Tower that was wonderful and spacious. The room was listed as partial ocean view, but we considered it a lot of ocean view, along with a lot of city view. No matter which way we looked, we could see ocean or city. The hotel has several towers to choose from and any of several views to go with them. Although we did not eat at any of the restaurants at the hotel for the cost expense, they had several to choose from with great views as well.
They have penguins that they feed at about 8am and 3pm every day--a treat for the young and old alike. Along with the penguins, they also have flamingos, parrots, black swans, and a number of birds that wander about and are a picture to see. Also a delight to the senses are several pools, ponds, and fountains. All of these are very well maintained and cared for.
Don't do as we did and not spend any time at the hotel. We made the mistake of having too much planned and not enough time to just sit back and enjoy the sights and smells of the Hilton and the great beach they have. The valets are talkative and give fast service, and are always quick with a funny story, information, or a joke--a major plus in my book.
Most of the major Waikiki sights are within walking distance or a short taxi ride, if you are like us and short on time. The city bus picks up at the curb, for jaunts around town for just pennies. And it goes quite a distance out from town, with very easy routes to figure out. So, if you are out for a true delight to your senses and a delightful vacation spot, the Hilton has it all.
From journal Fast Week in Honolulu
Victoria, British Columbia
October 21, 2004
The condo we had was gorgeous; it consisted of a modern kitchen with everything you'd need, a good-size bathroom, a large bedroom with TV, a dining area with dining table, and a good-size living room. It had an average size balcony with a table and chairs if you wanted to sit out in the evening.
The pools were gorgeous: there was one strictly for the timeshare Lagoon tower, the large Super pool, and the Tapa pool, which is smaller. Both the Super and the Lagoon pools close quite early (around 6?), but the Tapa pool is open later. All the pools are busy during the day, so if you are looking for a peaceful pool with no one at it, this probably isn't the place. There is enough space however, so it doesn't feel really crowded.
There is a beach along the front of the Hilton as well that is very clean and manicured as well as many (overpriced) stores. Avoid these stores, as the same merchandise is much cheaper when you go into Waikiki.
We walked to and from Waikiki quite a bit and I'd say it was about a 15-minute walk. It's a nice walk, and when you are on vacation, it's no big deal. It does get quite hot though, so bring some water if you are walking in the heat of the day.
We did try the buffet breakfast one morning. I believe it was in the Rainbow Lanai. It was very good and there was a wide range of options.
If you are around on Friday nights, the Hilton puts on a fireworks show. We were at the Honolulu Business Center street party however and missed them, but I'm sure they were beautifully done, like everything else at the Hilton!
From journal Honolulu: Big City, Hawaiian Style
by Travel Queen
October 26, 2000
From journal Waikiki - 3 Beach Hotels - February
Winston-salem, North Carolina
May 20, 2008
March 18, 2007
From journal HGVClub Hilton Hawaiian Village