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Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • activities and amenities can keep you and the kids busy for weeks
  • stellar spa

    Cons

  • ongoing renovations and construction noise might be a problem
  • oceanfront rooms in the Rainbow Tower may have obstructed views as the hotel is repairing its famous mural
  • size of property can be overwhelming
  • the hotel charges a resort fee of $30 (plus tax) per room, per night

Fodorite Reviews

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa Review

Location, location, location: this megaresort and convention destination sprawls over 22 acres on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach, with the green lawns of neighboring Fort DeRussy creating a buffer zone to the high-rise lineup of central Waikiki. The Hilton makes the most of its prime real estate—surrounding the five hotel towers with lavish gardens, an aquatic playground of pools, a 5-acre lagoon for kayaking, cascading waterfalls, koi ponds, penguins, pink flamingos, and a wide beach. Rainbow Tower, with its landmark 31-story mural, has knockout views of Diamond Head. Rooms in all towers have lanai offering ocean or city views. In January 2013 the resort completed a seven-month, $25.5 million refurbishment of Alii Tower, updating its 323 guest rooms, corridors, lobby and reception desk. More of a city than a village, HHV has an ABC Store, 20 restaurants and lounges, a botanic garden, a bookstore, dozens of shops, and a post office. Even its spa, Mandara Spa & Fitnes Center, is the largest in Waikiki. It even has its own pier, docking point for the Atlantis submarine. The sheer volume of options, including free activities (lei making, ukelele lessons, penguin and turtle feedings, and fireworks), makes the HHV a good choice for families.

    Hotel Details

  • 3,616 rooms, 244 suites, 639 condominiums.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 01-17-2014

Fodorite Reviews

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    Where's the Hawaii?

    They have a couple of areas that have nice bars with nightly entertainment--except none of them sing Hawaiian songs! Instead, they played stuff like Led Zeppelin (finally one night someone from the crowd yelled out "sing something Hawaiian".

    They also nickel and dime you to death--they charge astronomical fees for even a beach chair.

    We tried to relax by the pool and couldn't because the gardeners took weed wackers and noisy motorized garden tools out--do they really have to do it during peak pool hours?

    Other than Bali by the Sea, we found the service staff at the eateries to be rude. The place is like a big shopping mall--there simply is no Hawaiian feel to it.

    by Golnarsarge, 12/17/08
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    HILTON "HELL"WAIIAN VILLAGE

    Just returned from a stay at the Hilton. Do not under any circumstances stay here until the hotel finishes its renovations! You will not be happy with all of the current construction and noise. It is a great resort to stay at under normal circumstances, however Hilton is undergoing enormous refurbishments at the property that are greatly interfering with one's ability to have a nice vacation. Stay updated with the hotel's website and wait until it is back to its previous level of quality. Without the construction - it is a great family resort with tons of activities and an amazing and vast sand beach. Make certain that your stay includes a Friday night so that you can watch the fireworks on the beach for free! Rooms are small but with super comfy beds. Rainbow Tower has awesome views of Waikiki and Diamond Head if you are on the correct side of it and high enough up on the tower. Heed my warning - stay away for now!

    by dawnstef, 9/8/07
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    Don't Stay Here, Hang Out Here

    I didn't actually stay at this hotel, but I did hang out here during the day some. It has an excellent location, right on Waikiki Beach and near the markets and other sights. Stay somewhere near, off the beach for much much cheaper, walk the block-or-two down to the hotel and take advantage of the location that way.

    by allthedoll, 3/3/07
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    Why would you stay here?

    The Ali'i tower is just okay but I really don't get this place at all. A cluster of high rise towers, a little shopping mall, ordinary pool areas, generally poor service. The beach is big but featureless. If it was like $100 a night I would say fair enough but it is utterly charmless and expensive too.

    by AaronZZ, 2/9/07
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    nice, but we're not coming back...

    Don't expect a relaxing and quiet vacation here-nor anywhere else in Waikiki.Lagoon behind Rainbow is gone-it's a construction site for a new tower now.The room we were originally assigned to(Rainbow)was at that unfortunate side.They made us pay extra to get the other ocean view, towards Diamond Head, even though I specifically requested Diamond head view when booking and thought I was already getting it for a rate quoted. The place is as crowded and noisy as the rest of Waikiki. Be prepared to pay $10 for a one-way cab ride to the central Waikiki, or $20 for parking your rental car in Hotel's parkade, per night.We had to leave hotel grounds to find a nice place for dinner downtown every night, as we did not like the food in any of the hotel's restaurants.We saw cockroaches in beachside restaurant's pastry window!No authentic Hawaiian food on the grounds either,mostly overpriced bland pizza.Rainbow's interior decor could use an update, it's frozen in 80s. Air conditioning grille right above the beds,and you have to keep the balcony door closed and run it,because of the noise level outside. Killer view to Diamond head.Comfy beds.Lots of storage in the room.Toilet bowl could use a good scrub.Some rooms(maybe all?)have a connecting door between -you can hear every word of the people in the next room!Not fun at 4:00 am, when some of them come back from clubs downtown, like our temporary neighbours.Lappert's coffee/ice cream shop is an excellent choice for breakfast,and some good t-shirt souvenir stores are on the grounds.ABC store also comes in handy, for extra sunscreen or Advil.Beach is disappointing (we came here from Maui), shallow (good if you have small children) and uneventful-I don't know why they rent snorkelling gear at the booth.We used hotel as a base to see the rest of O'ahu: It was ok but we won't be returning:Hawaii islands have so many breathtaking beaches and hotels better than these.I guess it just depends on what you expect your vacation to be...

    by Gasha, 1/10/07

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