Hilton Waikoloa Village
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We landed on the island of Hawaii, usually known as the Big Island to avoid confusion, on Wednesday morning in the town of Hilo [pronounced Hee-low] which is on the east coast. It has got to be one of the wettest places on earth with an average rainfall of 125" per year and 275 days of each year are wet. (Brevard, NC pales in comparison at 80 some …
Yesterday's lazy day was so successful, we decided to do it again.
Swam in the pool, but then decided to change things up a bit and duck down to one of the local shopping malls - "Queens Market". Stumbled across an art gallery with some fantastic paintings and amazing sculptures. But then found another gallery featuring the work of two …
Sometimes it's good to do nothing.
I wanted to come to the big island of Hawaii for a whole heap of reasons. Volcanoes, waterfalls, turtles, snorkelling, whales, kayaking, Captain Cook... the list goes on. Sitting around inside the confines of a resort was not on that list, but I'm glad we did.
We headed over to the larger pool …
We started the day slowly, wandering around the resort to see what was around. Did I mention this place is BIG!?!
We watched the dolphins for a while, with trainers and other guests who had bought one of the "swim with a dolphin" packages. It looked like a cool experience, but no cheaper than Sea World on our Gold Coast, and we thought the …
So as not to sleep in after the big day previously, and miss our flight, I set an alarm or two. Or more It turns out that the Hawaiian tooth fairy was unaware the Australian dollar had dropped a bit, and Zac was overpaid, with a $5 note under the glass. We caught a taxi and had plenty of time to catch our flight. This was handy as it took us a …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHilton Waikoloa Village
The resort was wonderful but way too big! when you need a tram or a boat shuttle to get around the property then it is too big. The property was very well manicured, great view from our room, food was great, but expensive, the rooms were nice and big. If you are looking for something a little smaller stay at the Marriott next door.
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Nice resort, but way too big! when you have to catch a tram to get to the gym the property is too large. Would not go back. Next time i would stay at the Marriott next door.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Waikoloa Village
My husband and I vacationed here for the first five nights of our Hawaiian honeymoon. What an excellent experience. The grounds are breathtaking. We particularly enjoyed the hammocks by the ocean during the sunset. With innumerable pools and jacuzzis we were never crowded and always had room to relax. The saltwater lagoon provided excellent opportunities for snorkeling in calf water. The staff was very willing and able to make our planned activities possible. Because the Hilton has wonderful resturants,shops,and adventures you wouldn't have to leave if you didn't want to!!! Overall it was absolutely wonderful, KUDOS to the Hilton staff. We will DEFINATELY come back!!
I was Extremely disappointed with my overall experience at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in August. Having grown up in Hawaii, I can state that this hotel was once a prized jewel, but I did not see anything on my recent trip that would suggest it still was.
We just returned from a 4 night stay at this wonderful resort, but we have both positive and negatives things to say, I guess the negative is more on the cost of things. The dolphins are terrific to watch and seem they very happy but cost alot if you want to actually touch or play with them. There is a $17.50 Resort fee to use any of the play things around the pool along with a few other things that should be included in the room rate. The restaurant food is good but very pricey and can add up quickly to make a rather large bill. Room service was very efficient but came to $62 for 2 for a basic breakfast. The lagoon is great but could use some more fish in it. The art, the atmosphere, the surroundings are wonderful. The room we had was in the lagoon tower was nice but it did face a white unattractive roof, none of the other towers seem to do this. The boats and train that run through the property are excellent with only a short wai. for either, as well as walking which is easy and enjoyable by wonderful works of art. The pools are great for kids as well as adults with a fun water slide. The staff was generally excellent. The spa seemed well equiped but way over priced with a 50 min massage going for $110.
For years I avoided this resort thinking it was just too massive and Disneyland-like for my tastes. I now know I was missing out. Well, if you've got kids, stay at this hotel. There are children of all ages everywhere. It's very family oriented. I found the hotel, grounds and room to be in excellent shape and the service was superb. Although my 16-month old was too young for Camp Menehune (kids camp), he was plenty happy. One end of the Kona pool is set up for toddlers and my son had a blast! The Hilton offers a plethora of free activities including hula dancing, a petroglyph hike and stargazing (I was surprised as I expected the hotel to charge for everything). Check out the calendar of events that is in your room when you check in. I did not want to leave when it was time to return home because I hadn't taken advantage of everything the hotel offered. I'm already planning my next stay and I don't want to wait until next summer.
a couple years ago my best friend and I stayed here and all I have to say is WOW! We were in awe of the massiveness and the beauty of this resort. I honestly thought that we were in some kind of greek palace! It was amazing! And the odd thing was that the "Big Island" itself was a mass of lava rock, but the resort was like a gigantic oasis amidst the rock. It was like being in your own little world with wonderful food, and plenty to do for everyone. We snorkled, watched the dolphins, lounged around, hung out in the hot-tub at night, and just explored the hotel. The rest of that trip we stayed at the Westin Hotel in Mauii, which was pretty, but did not even compare. We said by going to the Hilton at Waikoloa Village we had spoiled ourselves. I dont think anything will ever compare! So go and be amazed!!
Before we departed for our 16 day Hawaiian vacation in March
This place is paradise
The service (despite what the psycho in LA wrote) is exceptional and it is a journey that you will never forget. As far as I'm concerned it is the best vacation place in the world. I'll be going on my third trip there in a few weeks. Book a night! Book several nights! There is no other resort like this in Hawaii! Heaven has been Hilton-ized.
Great Place for Families to Stay
We just returned from the Hilton Waikoloa. It is a beautiful hotel. Our boys loved the Kona Pool with the waterfall and slide. The grounds are gorgeously landscaped. It truly makes you feel like you are in paradise. You won't be disappointed. We recommend staying in the Lagoon Tower which is close to the Kona Pool. Make reservattions in advance for Dolphin Quest. You can cancel later if you don't want to do it, but you may not be able to get in when you arrive without reservations. The restaurants are expensive, but there are most reasonably priced restaurants at the Kings Village Shops down the street.
Woe is Hilton Waikola
Sadly, this once grand resort seems to have fallen on hard times. The truly spectacular grounds are still here, so are the dolphins. What's missing? It seems (according to the staff) about half of the hotels employees have been laid off.
What does this mean for the luxury traveler? Want a drink by the pool? We waited thirty minutes for a waitress to appear and then forty-five for the drink. Want a special request from room service like the hotel used to provide? No longer available. "Order from the menu!" the woman curtly said.
Want a massage? Sorry, the understaffed spa is booked for days. Want lunch by the magnificent Kona pool? Good luck -- only two waitresses service an area that must hold five hundred people.
Hope the dolphins are getting fed.
Never a moment I thought I made the wrong choice.
This resort has everything you could possible want.
My Husband and I are already going back July 4th, with our kids this time.
Less than 6 months ago we were there,
That should say it all.... a must see.. Dolphin swims,Lagoon, spa, Tennis , Golf
3 Pools, beautiful 62 acre property, and several great places to eat.
Very calm and quite a night, early at night ...