I recently stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu Hawaii for 5 nights and did a video review of the grounds and a room in the Tapa Tower.
If you’d like to see what the hotel grounds, beach, and pools look like then check out the video here:
If you’d like to see what the Shopping and Dining is like then check out the video here:
If you’d like to see what the room in the Tapa Tower looks like then check out the video here:
A video on Friday Evening’s Rainbow Revue (A hula inspired show):
The Hilton Hawaiian Village is truly a mega-hotel — it’s the largest hotel in the Hilton Chain and the 18th largest hotel in the world with over 3,300 rooms. The hotel is located on the North-Western edge of Waikiki, close to the Ala Moana Shopping Center. To walk from the hotel to the “center” of Waikiki takes about 15-20 minutes.
The hotel has six tower buildings, six pools, 90 shops, 20 restaurants, a lagoon, and a beach. So as you can tell — there’s a ton of stuff to see and do on this property. They also feature a nightly Luau Sun-Thurs, and fireworks shows on Friday nights at 7:45 pm. For the best view of the fireworks show, pay $20 to watch the “Rockin’ Rainbow Revue” at the Super Pool at 7pm on Friday. You’ll have a seat by the pool, and the fireworks start immediately after the show.
There’s a big parking garage in the middle of the property, so self parking is pretty easy. They advertise a rate of $27/night for self parking, but I was only charged $18/night for parking. Valet is of course also available.
The lobby is this not-really-indoor / not-really-outdoor space. It’s basically a covered area with a roof but no walls. Check-in for the most of the resort occurs at this central lobby, but some of the towers have their own check-in desks.
A a Hilton HHonors Gold+ member you have the option of of 1,000 points (one time) or a $10 food credit per day per person. The food credit is really the way to go. You don’t have to spend the food credit all in one day as it is a cumulative credit.
We got a room on the 31st floor of the Tapa Tower. The views were really awesome from that level, but the wait for elevators was a huge time-sink. Going up to our room we regularly had to wait “in-line” for multiple elevators before we could get in one to go up. Going up to the room to get something we forgot and coming back down to ground level could be 15-minutes of time wasted.
The room itself was a typical Hilton room, nothing particularly noteworthy or outstanding about it.