In booking this hotel I got a great rate for a Deluxe Ocean view room which turned out to be a corner penthouse room. Awesome views! Old hotel but clean and located on the Kapiolani Park side with easy access to H1 and out of Waikiki without having to drive through. Couldn't beat the price.
A bathtub is a rarity in Waikiki hotels but ours had one! The bathroom also had louvered windows to let fresh air in.
I don't recommend the restaurant on site but there are plenty of others within walking distance. The pool offered a great view of Diamond Head.
Great view of Diamond Head and Waikiki. Corner penthouse room with wrap around lanai. Windows opened to the trade winds so we never had to turn the AC on.
This was the hotel that we choose as one of two we could choose within our package. Out ravel consultant said it was closer to the beach, only a block, but when we got there we found it was straight across the road from the beach. In a great position being an easy walk to attractions like the Zoo & Wakiki Aquarium not to mention lots of restaurants & lots (this is an understatement) of shopping.
I would definitely recommend this place to people who are looking for a beachfront location that will not blow the budget. It certainly doesn't rank with the big name 5 star jobs that are nearby, but it certainly fits the bill for mere mortals like me.
Again I go with the old real estate adage about "Position, position, position". That was the real strength of this place.
The other really important point is that I doubt if you can find cheaper beachfront accommodation than this place. Kerry didn't like the fact that it didn't have a swimming pool, but it didn't worry me when we had the beach right opposite. It didn't have room service, but again that wasn't a worry either as finding somewhere to eat at almost anytime of day or night wasn't an issue.
Below is a view from my City view balcony from the Sheraton.
I did not like this one as much as the Sheraton Waikiki, mainly because of the room itself. It was a little outdated, but there is no reason to remodel when you can charge almost 200 dollars a night and still have 95% full rooms every night because you are in Hawaii!
The shops downstairs were nice, the pool was very populated, and you are in the heart of Waikiki.
I would definitely recommend this for SPG members, but if not.... there are better less expensive options.
Against my own better judgement, I opted to stay in the Princess Kaiulani again in 2008. They have in fact renovated some of the rooms, so make sure to reserver a room in the new wing. The old wing still does not have internet access, so if you are there on business, please make sure you call ahead and reserve one of the new rooms. There is also no valet parking at this facility, so if you are in need of extra assistance, make sure you drop your bags off before parking your car.
If you are looking for diversity of hotel rooms within Waikiki, you can still go to one website for many different pricing options.
The Sheraton Moana Surfrider is yet another SPG property, but this one was much nicer than the other two I stayed at (Waikiki and Princess).
The rooms here were much nicer, but it was 40 dollars extra a night. If you spend alot of time in your room, this may be worth it,.... but it is right next to a room that is less expensive, so if you are just there for a shower before you head back to the surf...skip it and save some money for your souvenirs!
On the first day of my voyage to Waikiki, I stayed in the Sheraton Waikiki... which is one of the original hotels to locate itself on this stretch of beach.
I had a wonderful beach view (see below), and at night I could open up the windows and hear some hula music.
The property shares locations with the Royal Hawaiian hotel, and there are a row of shops in between each hotel that are great for resort type shopping!
There was a recent remodel of the Sheraton Waikiki, which was welcomed when I enjoyed my room. I was actually checked in the first time to room 855, which I would warn other travelers away from, as it looks out on the rooftop where employees choose to go smoke. I called down and exercised my "platinum member" muscle, and was able to turn this horrible view into a suite on the 21st floor, with a partial oceanview. It was much more to my liking.
Throughout the Hilton Hawaiian Village, you will find many EXOTIC WILDLIFE. Right near our Ali'i Tower there was the turtle and penguin pond. These little creatures were so fun to watch as they wobbled around their compound of sand, rocks and pools.Then there was the area of the African Lesser Flamingo and the Sacred Ibis, majestic birds and I loved the vibrant pink of the flamingoes. Two beautiful parrots, one blue and yellow, the other red and yellow were always entertaining as you passed by them sitting on their perches.There were majestic white and black swans wandering throughout the premises. Also the ponds were filled with white, red and yellow colored Koi fish.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village has 3 swimming pools, including the two tiered, 10,000 square foot "SuperPool", 6 restaurants, 5 cocktail lounges, nightly entertainment, variety of water sports and shops.
Hans and I stayed at the HILTON HAWAIIAN BEACH RESORT for two glorious weeks. This deluxe beachfront hotel is located on the widest stretch of Waikiki Beach. With 22 acres of lush gardens. exotic wildlife, award-winning restaurants, world-class shopping and exciting daily cultural activities, the Hilton is the ultimate true resort.
Air-conditioned village garden or ocean view rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, mini-bar,TV, in room safe (nominal fee), coffee-maker (coffee packs replaced daily), refrigerator, full bathroom and balcony. As Hans and I stayed in the Ali'i Tower we even had Toby, the friendly door-man.
Every evening at dusk, The Hilton Hawaiian Village has a TORCH LIGHTING CEREMONY. Young men run throughout the grounds lighting all of the torches scattered around the Hilton. It was quite an exciting ceremony.
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This hotel Gurgles!!! I kid you not. There is a periodic sound coming from the walls which sounds like someone is in some discomfort. This Damn gurgling building is going to keep me awake all night!
I eventually got used to the gurgling after a couple of nights and managed to sleep. The hotel was clean and neat and close to the action. Only thing missing was a roof top pool. I could see other hotels around me with pools and was jealous.
I had a great view of the mountains behind Waikiki. I loved the mountains....more on that later!
This is one of the oldest hotels we have in Waikiki. It is our Pink landmark in Waikiki. This is right in Waikiki, so you don't have to travel far to get to many of the tour attractions.
There are several great view from the hotel: the gardens, Coconut grove, or the beach and Pacific Ocean. There are shops here too, or within walking distance.
The Hilton Hawaiian village is a beautiful Hotel located on the widest stretch of Waikiki Beach.There are over 3400 rooms The Hotel has beautiful gardens, 22 acres ,ponds with many sorts of Fish , there are waterfalls , there is an area where penguins live and they are so much fun to watch .
The penguins were handfed their fish by a young lady every morning.There is a black Swan with a red beak , and she acts like she owns the place, and she wabbles very gracefully.Other Swan's swim in the ponds , and it seems like they all have their place and they all know it .An area with pink Flamingos is also there .Every night the Kings guards come and perform their nightly duty, in lowering the 3 Flags from their flag poles and they fold the Flags with militairy precision. Behind the Kings Guard the traditional horn blower and the Tiki Torch lighters and they light the many Torches around the Hotel.
This Hotel has a deluxe plus rating and the Hotel has 3 swimming pools including a 10.000 square feet Super pool, there are 20Restaurants 8 Cock tail lounges, and there is Nightly entertainment in the various lounges.A Friday night King Jubilee with Fireworks The Hotel has many specialty shops many stores 90 in total, there are exercise rooms , a Spa named Mandera Spa,and more.Weddings are held in the Gazebo of the Hotel surrounded by beautiful lush gardes an great waterfall.
The aptly named Pink Palace of the Pacific is definitely a beautiful location to spend your nights in Waikiki. It truly is a shame that this beautiful hotel is completely hidden away by the high rise hotels that dot the Waikiki coast these days. I've had the opportunity to stay in this Pink masterpiece a couple times while visiting Hawaii, and I can tell you that it lives up to its reputation as one of the finest hotels in Waikiki.
If you are interested in staying in this historic landmark, I would recommend booking a trip immediately, as the hotel will close on June 1, 2008 to be renovated into one of the world's leading luxury hotels, which may price it out of your ballpark for a future trip. It should re-open in late 2008, and I am looking forward to seeing what has changed!
The view from the hotel was pretty good. One one side, the mountains topped with cloud and on the other, glimpses of Waikiki beach.
The hotel has an internet terminal in the lobby, but it rarely worked. Go elsewhere for interent is my recommendation. There is also a bar with cheap drinks.
The hotel over the road (Also in the Ohana Group) has an activities desk where you can book plenty of activities.
The lifts in this hotel were very slow. Sometimes if I was in a hurry, I'd climb 16 flights of stairs and I think it was probably quicker.
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