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TravelPod Member ReviewsIlima Hotel Honolulu
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We stayed here for two weeks and it was a good location to use as a base to explore the island. The room is very spacious with a full kitchen. The bedding and draperies are a dated, but clean. Some of the appliances are dated but everything was clean and worked well. There is free broadband internet in your room if you have your own laptop and free wireless in the lobby. There is also a desktop in the lobby for a small fee if you need to print anything off. The hotel supplies beach towels and mats, and has a small pool, a small fitness room with one treadmill and one stationary bike and a nice sauna. I found the hotel clean, and the staff very friendly. We had read one review that described the location as being on a "back alley", but I don't know what they were talking about. It is on a side street off a major street about 2 blocks away from the beach. It's close to all major bus routes and we used "The Bus" to get around all over the island. There is an enterprise car rental and a scooter rental place right across the street if you want to use them. There is also a tour desk in the hotel lobby that is staffed every morning by an 86 year old gentleman named Alan who can arrange any tour you would like.
There is a fairly well stocked grocery store called "Food Pantry" within walking distance, or the usual grocery chains are all within a bus ride.
All in all, we found it to be good value for Wikiki and an excellent location with very friendly and helpful staff. The hotel was quiet, but with open air hallways you could hear the occasional siren from a passing emergency vehicle and the garbage pick up trucks emptying dumpsters from a near by restaurant early every morning. We could see the ocean between high rises from our balcony on the 14th floor.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ilima Hotel Honolulu
My daughter and I stayed at the Ilima the week of April 25, 2004 and enjoyed our stay very much. We stayed in room 601 which had a great view of the Ala Wai canal and the mountains. Our studio was spotless upon our arrival and the cleaning staff kept it that way our entire stay. The front desk personnel are warm, cheerful and very helpful. You are in walking distance of restaurants, bus and trolley stops, the beach, the International Market and many shops. We highly recommend the Ilima and plan to stay there on our next visit to Oahu.
Best deal in Waikiki
Rooms are clean and ours had been recently refurbished. Bathroom was spotless. We stayed in room 909 which is a corner unit with excellent mountain\golf course views. The hotel is a few blocks makai of the Ala Wai. It was quiet and we slept with the windows open every night. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They also have beach mats and towels you can take to the beach. I don't know of another hotel in Waikiki offering free parking and free local calls.
Stayed April 2004. Very good price. We stayed in a Studio Unit. Biggest complaint is that we requested a mountian view room, they took that request, then we got there we got a city/roof view. We questioned them, but they never made good on our initial request, though they said it was noted. They just told us to check each day. After two times asking, we gave up. I plan to send in a complaint to them.
They do have free parking, which is rare in Honolulu, but it is limited. We always had a spot to park, but one time it came very close....only one left, right at the office area. They said when parking is full, the option was to park in the garage across the street at a discount rate of $8 per day. They didn't offer this info, we had to ask. It is still better than what other hotels offer.
Each unit is equipped with kitchens and lanais. It is against the Ala Wai canal and close walking distance to all necessities. It is a block from the International Marketplace (a good place to bargain & shop), and a couple more blocks beyond to the beaches and other resort areas.
We stayed at the Ilima Hotel from 28th Feb to 8th March and couldn't have been happier. First of all let me say that if you want a flash hotel with a fancy pool and bars then don't stay at the Ilima- but if you want a nice quiet hotel with very large rooms, clean bathrooms and helpful friendly staff then this hotel is just great!. We really enjoyed being off the main street and away from all the traffic noise and yet we were right opposite Duke's Lane and the International Market-shoppers heaven!!!! This meant that if we didn't feel like cooking in the kitchenette we could eat very cheaply right across the road. The staff were always more than helpful and when we went on a side trip and didn't want to take all our luggage they happily stored our bags for four days at no extra cost. Our room was cleaned every day to a very high standard and we had a magnificent view across the canal to the valley. The only down side was that the pool was really small in a cramped courtyard but everything else made up for that. I would definitely stay there again.
Have just returned from an 18 day stay in Hawaii. Our first 5 days were at the Ilima Hotel. We found the hotel not only reasonably priced, but also very clean and roomy. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We found the beach mats, beach towels and even umbrellas were provided to us when needed. The free parking was also a bonus. It is very conveniently located to everything in Waikiki and we could walk everywhere in the area. It is a hotel I would return to in the future.
Great value, quiet hotel
stayed here Feb 2003. huge rooms, very clean. kitchen had full cooker and everything we needed to self-cater when we felt like it. hotel is in quiet street with canal at one end, main bus routes at the other.
it's only a block from the international market place, too. staff were very friendly and even put on small show of Hawaiian songs once a week (Friday morning). we highly recommend it - it's excellent value for money !
Waikiki's Best Kept Secret
My adult daughters and I stayed here on our recent visit to Oahu. What a wonderful place to stay. This Hotel/Condo has LARGE, very CLEAN
Great hotel-condo customer Happy!!!
Very good hotel-condo I rate this #1 for everything it has good customer service, kept very clean, and good location will tell other friends to stay here than any other hotel-condo and will come back for sure!! Customer very satisfied and happy!!! Stayed 9-05-2003 thru 9-15-2003
A hidden gem in Waikiki
A condominium hotel providing excellent value, one block from International Marketplace and, surprisingly, free garage parking for guests. Especially good for families or those needing lots of space (large rooms/suites).
Just returned from Honolulu. Stayed here several years ago and thought I would try it again. Very satisfied. Old hotel but recent remodeling well done. Nice, clean, LARGE rooms and friendly, helpful staff. You can spend a lot more with many competitors and get a lot less!
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