The Ilikai Hotel Hawaii

The Ilikai Hotel Hawaii has 210 rooms, fitness center, free high-speed internet, pool, restaurant, coffee shop, business center, suites, kitchenettes, bar/lounge.

Claim to fame: The Ilikai was featured in the opening credits of the old and new Hawaii 5-0 television series with the character Steve McGarrett on the penthouse balcony overlooking the beach and famous Waikiki skyline.

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The Ilikai Hotel Hawaii is an odd property. It's a mixed use building meaning that part of it has long term residents living there, part of it consists of privately owned condos that are rented out, part of it is timeshare (Shell Vacations) and part of it is owned and operated by the Aqua hotel chain.

This makes for an interesting mix of people passing through. Popular with families and snowbirds on a budget, convention goers, school sports teams and military transitioning into or out of Hawaii.

ilikai hotel hawaii beach view

The lobby is nice, the pool is ok, the location is good to excellent from a commuting/traffic point of view but noisy if you have a room overlooking Ala Moana Boulevard.

ilikai hotel hawaii lobby

The concierges work for the timeshare people so your level of service will probably be tied to how profitable you may be to them. If you're not a customer of theirs or willing to be your service probably won't be superior.

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Ilikai Hotel Hawaii-Location

Good base camp location for events taking place at the Hawaii Convention Center or the Hilton Hawaiian Village or for exploring the island.

When completing a tour or arriving from the airport you will be the first or second to be dropped off because it's at the beginning of Waikiki.

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15 minute easy walk to Ala Moana Shopping Center. The hotel is more harbor front, not beach front but a ramp off the back of the hotel puts you at the base of the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon sitting outside of the Hilton next door but it's a public use lagoon.

The beach is on the other side of that so it's probably less than 10 minutes to the actual beach. You can rent beach umbrellas at the kiosk by the lagoon. You don't have to be a Hilton guest to be able to do so.

ilikai hotel hawaii exterior

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Lacking in stores/shops (there's a handful open, most are closed), no room service, spa, daily newspaper or breakfast offered. There is a restaurant downstairs that is open air facing the harbor with breakfast available for purchase.

Standard, nothing spectacular but I like their eggs benedict. Inside feels like an older hotel but outside on the lanai the views and breeze are quite nice.

You can eat on the side by the bar as well but it has more of a sports bar feel to it. The coffee shop has phenomenal local coffee I'm told. People used to come up to me to rave about it.

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If you want to enjoy ambience and go to a nicer beach bar or restaurant go to the Hilton next door. You can frequent their 18 restaurants and multitude of shops.

Lots of people staying at other hotels in Waikiki go there to walk around because it is so nice but you can't use their pools unless you're a guest.

One plus of staying at the Ilikai is the ideal location for viewing the Hilton's fireworks on Friday nights. Not crowded. Actually, walk over to The Modern Hotel next door and frequent their pool bar.

There is a really nice restaurant with drop-dead gorgeous 360 degree views of the ocean, mountains and Diamond Head on the roof called Sarento's. It's fine dining Italian cuisine. You take a separate elevator in the lobby and it's glass so you can see the view as you rise up.

It's on the pricier side and has a formal feel but the service is excellent and the food is good. A little dated in some minor aspects. I would go just before sunset to take advantage of the stunning views as the day becomes night.


Waikiki Marina Resort (at the Ilikai)

One note about the timeshare units in the hotel. Although they are owned and operated by Shell Vacations they are available for rent.

Really cute remodeled units with granite kitchen countertops, flat screen tvs, utensils, and modern appliances including full sized refrigerators and a stove. I'd stay there in a heartbeat.

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They can usually be rented extremely affordably. Shell rents them out when the timeshare users aren't using them. Again, if the place you stay is more about convenience and price and less about bells and whistles then this is a good way to go.

The added plus with a full kitchen is that you don't have to eat out all the time and there's a food pantry (small-mid-size grocery store) a few blocks away. Walmart and Sam's are about 15 min away by car or maybe a $12 cab ride one way.

waikiki marina resort kitchen

I've seen quite a few of the units here. The down side is that they are all studios. Some have 1 bed or 2 beds in them.

They have a sofa that converts but I don't suggest it for long. If you want 1, 2 or more bedrooms stay in the Ilikai Hotel portion of the property or just try to rent a block of rooms here. I've seen groups do both.

TIP: Check in is NOT in the lobby. It is on the second floor in suite #212.


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