Review: Hilton Hawaiian Village, Hawaii


Travelling with my 2 travel buddies Angela & Arielle to Hawaii was always going to be a super fun, jam-packed girls trip. Staying in a super fancy resort whilst expensive, was a little bit of girls trip luxury that I’d love to share with you all. Upon doing a little research and discussing amongst each other, we decided that the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort would be the place for us to stay during our 6 day stay in Waikiki, Honolulu.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

Whilst initially feeling like we were paying an arm and a leg for our room, once split between the 3 of us and looking up what the resort actually had to offer, the price didn’t seem quite so bad. We opted for a Resort View Ali’i Tower Double Room. 

After a slightly delayed flight from Brisbane and a quarantined plane upon landing, the start of our holiday was incredibly rushed. Luckily for us, upon arrival to the hotel we were able to go to our private check-in area for the Ali’i tower we were staying in. Fortunately we were able to check-in before usual arrival time to dump our bags and quickly be off again.

The great thing about this was we could check in early (which rarely happens, especially when you are 5 hours early) and had access to our room straight away. The negative was that our room was only on the 2nd floor of the hotel so our view was average but I guess someone has to have the lower floors, right?

The room itself was great, 2 large double beds, a study desk with HHV stationary, television with complimentary DVD’s (acquired in the hotel lobby) and plenty of floorspace for all our luggage and shopping to come.

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Ali’i Tower Lobby Area. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

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Double Room in the Ali’i Tower. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

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Desk Space. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

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Bathroom. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

The bathroom was also quite spacious with a separate room for the toilet which is incredibly convenient when sharing a room with 2 other people needing to get ready at the same time. The bathroom amenities and robes were great and the whole bathroom felt quite luxurious. Our biggest hassle was only having 2 mirrors in the whole room, both being in the bathroom in the same area, which made getting ready each morning a little inconvenient, so an extra mirror in the room somewhere wouldn’t go astray.

The resort as a whole is great and literally has something for everyone! There are multiple pools around (including a pool just for Ali’i Tower guests), restaurants and bars, shops including clothing, souvenirs, jewellery and a convenience store, gyms (again, a private gym for Ali’i Tower guests) and of course the beautiful Waikiki beach literally at the resort doorstep. One of the first things you notice upon arrival is the size of this resort, at over 22 acres of land nestled upon Waikiki beach (which is an incredible view alone).The resort really is stunning with multiple gardens, ponds and waterfall features throughout.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort also have a range of activities for guests to partake in including yoga, lei making classes, hula lessons, water sports such as snorkelling and surfing, children’s activities and nightly entertainment from live bands, to cultural shows and even a spectacular fireworks display every Friday night.

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Angela & I after our Lei Making class at the resort. 2015. Photo Credit: Random resort guest.

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Ali’i Tower Private Tower Pool Area. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

One thing I definitely did notice at the resort (and all around Hawaii in fact) was how friendly and happy the staff are. Not once was there an employee that made my stay uncomfortable or awkward. Staff were always willing to assist with anything guests needed and did so with an enthusiastic ‘Aloha’ every time – a huge credit to the resort and making our stay enjoyable.

The final verdict

Overall, this hotel has it all for group vacations, family holidays or couple getaways. With so many amenities on site you barely have any reason to need to leave the resort. With multiple room towers, restaurants and on site organised activities the resort has something to suit anyone and almost any upper scale budgets.

I would definitely recommend this resort for families who are seeking a range of activities to do together and individually. Also a fantastic resort for group vacationers (girls getaway, boys trip, hens & bucks vacations etc.) due to the vast array of room packages, restaurants and bars and the fantastic location along Waikiki beach.

Perhaps look to stay elsewhere if you are after a romantic, secluded getaway as the resort is on the large-scale and is constantly busy with the hustle and bustle of guests. Also, if you aren’t planning on spending a lot of time at the resort or have a large amount of things to do whilst in Honolulu, perhaps save some dollars and opt to stay elsewhere a little cheaper as really, the resort itself is a vacation on its own without leaving.

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Resort view from our room balcony, including the central lagoon. 2015. Photo Credit: K.Allan

Overall, staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort was an experience during our holiday alone and a positive one at that. As we had so much planned to do in Honolulu in a short amount of time I regret not being able to spend more time exploring the resort and making use of more of the amenities and activities available on site. An excuse to revisit again in the future perhaps? I’d say hopefully!

You can find the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort at 2005 Kalia Road,Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, USA

All posts are by Global Whispers and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.

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