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.