Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations4.0 out of 5.0
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3 star at best. Hotel is nice but food is overpriced and under impressive. Can't get a decent meal anywhere at the hotel. Breakfast buffet for 4 cost us $200...NOT worth it. People are super nice. Service needs improvement. Beautiful setting but I guess we were hoping for less corporate and more culture...guess that's what you get at a Hilton.
We own in Vegas at the Elara and used exchange points to stay here. First, this hotel complex is a village, complete with a doctor, shops and restaurants. The kitchen was not as well equipped as we have seen in other exchanges. But the service was excellent. Staff friendly and helpful. The washer/dryer was efficient. (vegas takes forever). There is an arrival/departure lounge that has showers, private changing rooms, beverages and space to relax if you have to wait for your room or your flight home. Staff did not push for an owner update, respecting that this is a vacation. Hint: if you are retired military and have a car, park at the Hale Koa garage, across the street! Very reasonable.
I was 3 nights here in Feb 2017 with my family, we were in a 2 bedrooms Suite and it was really suitable for our family. All furnished with kitchen, washing machine as well. Just need a short walk to the lagoon and the beach. Will definitely come back here when back in Honolulu.
The Grand Waikikian is 1 in large Hilton complex of hotels, each with own pool and amenities. I was disappointed this property doesn't have a fitness room. There is a small one available at a sister building. The rooms are great, full kitchen, washer, dryer, etc.. only silverware and plates for 4. I didn't give it a 5 star because I had to wear earplugs to sleep nightly. This property is roadside and I could hear every passing vehicle And the beep beep of delivery trucks and tour buses that arrive very early. If you're a sound sleeper it may not bother you. The property is clean and well located near its own market place and the iconic Tower with its colorful rainbow colored mural gracing its side. It brought back memories of the original Joni Mitchel song later famous by the Counting Crows ..." they paved paradise and put up a parking lot". After reading previous Trip Advisor posts, we did try eating at Tropics by the sea walk and enjoyed to music. They only take reservations for large groups. Music began at 5:30, we arrived at 6, there was already a line. The food was good, had a mushroom pizza. We did not eat at Tapas as others suggested because it felt land locked within another hotels outer area. They do have their own music. You can use your passport given out at check in for a 10% discount. At this time the sunset is around 6:30-6:40, very well worth watching nightly. There is a walkway and areas to sit at, bring your own drink in a plastic container and camera and enjoy: no reservations needed. I found the sunsets to be more colorful here, beating out Key West- A naturalist explained that it's due to "vog". It's the fog caused by the eruptions of the Kilaweah volcano from the island of Hawaii. The sunsets have more pinks and purple hues that continues lighting up the horizon well past the actual sunset. Within the hotel complex there is a Marketplace with several places to eat. They may not be seaside but you can take to go. I highly recommend Blue Water Shrimp. We are there twice and their portions are abundant to share or save for later. The squid or calamari steak was superb. Check it out. The prices for chairs and umbrellas are high. The Hilton says they don't control that. See picture for poster with rates. You can sit on towels, then move to chairs poolside or walk to nearby Walmart and buy your own. It's a choice. There are small store mixture of food and items called ABC stores, can't miss them. There are over 40 in the island. Every other store is an ABC. The hotel is well located within walking distance to MC Donald's, Subway, I Hop, lots of variety nearby so use your google maps to see. Overall, it was a good experience to savor Hawaii. We took a Viator trip to Hawaii to see volcano, well worth just full day. We also did the whale watching out of the Honolulu port aboard the Star of Honolulu, great trip saw whales. The bus system is available at bus.org. Check it out, convenient and reasonable for $2.50 each. Hawaii and its history is unique and adds a different dimension to what I knew about our US History, as Hawaii became a state in 1959.
My wife & I together with another couple spent 1 week at the Grand Waikikian, part of the Hilton collection of hotels in Waikiki. We are HGVC members and have stayed at a few properties. The Hilton property is in a great location; one end of Waikiki beach on a wide strip of beach. On 2 mornings we walked the entire beach which was a lovely walk past different hotels & people watching. The complex of hotels has a 'village' of shops in the middle and some decent hotels spread across the properties. I can see that you could spend most of your vacation in & around the Hilton complex and have a great time! When I booked I was told that the Grand Waikikian was the best of the hotels on the property. Certainly the suite was very well laid out and appointed to be extremely comfortable and functional for 2 couples. One of the best properties I've seen in that regard. Common facilities in the hotel itself were excellent. All the staff we dealt with were very friendly and helpful. One thing that surprised me was that this hotel is the furthest from the beach of all the Hilton hotels on the property (not that far, but not on the beach) and our room faced away from the beach even though we had one of the higher categories of suites. Obviously there are plenty of rooms in the Grand Waikikian with great water/beach views, but it would have been nice to have one. Maybe there was a different room category for those with a view, but I didn't notice when booking. The only other thing I found odd was that they have a policy with valet parking that you can't call down and have them bring your car around but you are supposed to come down and only then ask for your car. Its a very small thing, but I use valet parking at dozens of hotels every year and the whole reason I do is so that I can call down for my car rather than having to go to the garage myself and get it. Someone said that it was because some guests had been calling down and taking a long time to arrive, therefore causing them difficulties. Sounds like they've decided to punish all guests because a few had been causing them problems. ("Customers can be such a nuisance some times!") While I've highlighted 2 negatives I should emphasize that in context of the entire 1 week stay they are very minor and we entirely enjoyed our time at the Grand Waikikian. I would definitely stay here again, and would only find out what I needed to do to get a beach/water view.
We stayed here at the Grand for a total of 7 days and it was great. The village allows you to experience several other properties on your own time. The location is perfect. We were able to walk to several different areas in the city without breaking a sweat or the bank.
We're HGVC members and have stayed at a few different properties- this one is one of the nicest. Beautifully decorated - with in-room washer and dryer, walk-in shower - we didn't need the hot tub but it's part of the "plus" rooms. Staff was friendly and location can't be beat. It's on the Hilton Hawaiian Village property so several pools to choose from as well as the lagoon with beach toys. The beach is larger at this end and seems less hectic. Pools get busy (spring break) so plan accordingly to spend time there in the morning when it's less crowded) LOTS of food and shopping choices in the Village. We liked Round Table pizza and the Tropics best. Stop by for a sample of the Hawaiian Cookies and you'll buy them all. A little treacherous crossing the street to the parking garage (did intention its spring break?) so be careful. Rooms are very clean and updated and staff will bring more towels etc if you're between cleanings (every 5 days). We were asked to join an owners meeting but no pressure when our schedule didn't allow. We loved our stay and recommend this hotel for young or older families or couples enjoying the islands.
Had a great family vacation! Facilities are great and the staff was excellent! Would love to stay again when we come back. I would highly recommend staying here to anyone looking for a great affordable vacation.
My family and I enjoyed staying at this hotel. They had several pools, the beach, and a lagoon on site. Everything you want to experience in Waikiki is walking distance away. We will def stay here again
I am a HGVC member. My family and I stayed there between Feb 18th - Feb 25th. We had a two bedroom Premier suite with a partial view of the ocean.The rooms are as you would expect from a HGVC property. Full Kitchen, washer and dryer, quiet, clean, comfortable beds, etc. No complaints about the room. I don't really have any complaints about the property but I think people visiting should know the following. Hawaiian village is made up of several hotels and Grand vacation towers. The closest to the beach is the lagoon tower and the rainbow tower. I did not know that before booking and while I could see the beach from my balcony, it was a 10-15 minute walk from Grand Waikikian to the beach. You have to rent chairs and umbrellas - chairs are $15 each and umbrella was $30. You can keep them from 8am - 5pm. They will boot your out of them at 5pm sharp! we could get up and go get lunch and come back. There is no butler service. The beach is not maintained so watch your step. I did not see anyone raking the sand or cleaning up. Not so say that did not happen after 5pm, I personally did not see it. This place is HUGE so get a map and use the friendly Concierge, bellmen, and front desk staff for directions. This is not a place I would bring anyone people who does not like to or can't walk a lot. I would never bring my parents here. You have to walk far to get to everything. There is no restaurant in GW so you have to walk into Hawaiian Village of off property. We did 10,000 steps a day while there and we were not trying. I barely get 2000 steps at home!!! If you want to save money, go to the ABC store or to a local grocery store and pick up cereal, eggs, bacon, lunch meat, etc. DO NOT buy groceries in the lobby store. A box of frosted flakes cost $10.95. Hawaii is expensive in general but prices on the property are ridiculous. The pools looked so much bigger on the website. They are not large, so they are always packed. There are a lot of kids and noise. If you want peace and quiet this is not the place for you. Its hustle and bustle. Honolulu is in an extremely populated area and all around you will see high rise buildings and traffic. This is why I prefer the big island or Maui. I was with newbies who wanted to see Peal Harbor,etc. Best place to eat for us was DUKE's!!! Drinks and food were excellent!!! Its a WALK from the hotel or you can spend about 10 bucks by cab. We did not rent a car but some friends did. There was a $39 dollar a day fee for parking. Valet was more. We walked most places so i'm not sure we needed it but if you really want to get around the island I would recommend renting a car. You must visit the Polynesian Cultural Center. the play there was awesome---not the luau----the play. It is an all day adventure. You learn all about the different Polynesian cultures that thread through Hawaii. Each has a village with two to three buildings/huts and they do presentations about their cultures, traditions, dances, clothes, etc. The walking was minimal b/c in each village you stop, sit and listen. the next village is close. There are only about 6 of them. One of the cool things was most of the workers in the different villages were from that actual island. Of course, there are restaurants/food stands and you can buy food packages. The hotel has a shuttle for $23.00 ea one way. it is about an hour drive and you follow the coast to get there so its a scenic drive. Beware, the shuttle stops at different hotels to pick up and drop off - it's only about 5 though. We took a cab going ---big mistake $$$$ and took the shuttle going back. We were the second drop off. The luau at Hawaiian village was okay. This was my third one in life, I've had better. it cost about $114.00 if you are a member. This luau does not show the pig coming out of the ground---if that's important to you. I don't like my food looking at me so I could care less but some people want the full experience. The Hawaiian pork was on the buffet and it was yummy!!! the food was luke warm though. If you are an owner make sure you get discount books from the concierge. If you are not an owner, you need to talk fast b/c they will try to get you to attend a time share presentation for 90 minutes of your life. The book has discounts for the different restaurants/shops in Hawaiian Village and the luau----at those prices you want all the help you can get. Now, consider yourself informed! Safe Travels!
Located in Waikiki within a mile (2 km) of Ala Moana Center, Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Honolulu Zoo. This 4-star hotel has 331 guestrooms and offers a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. On the beach, it's also near University of Hawaii at Manoa and Aloha Tower.
For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.
The 331 air-conditioned accommodations feature kitchens and balconies, and there's space to spread out with living rooms and dining areas. LCD TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Washers/dryers, MP3 docks, and sofa beds are also standard.
Grand Waikikian by Hilton Grand Vacations features a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. Valet parking is offered for USD 36 per day. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a spa tub, WiFi in public areas, and a gift shop.
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