Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach: Oahu’s New Heaven
The new Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach opened a few days later, last June- the 18-story tower in the heart of Honolulu’s most popular tourist region was the result of a $1 15 million investment. This flagship property was not only the first Hilton Garden Inn to open on Oahu, but at 623 rooms, it also made Hilton history as being their largest Garden Inn to date worldwide. As it was with the opening in Kauai, there were many blessing’s involved in the true Hawaiian tradition designed to cleanse the energy of the property during the ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
The kahuna (priest) also blessed their new on-site Holololo Market Cafe -a full-service sundries shop offering a wide range of souvenirs, readymade meals, and a sit-down cafe/restaurant. The lobby is a spacious and welcoming communal style affair with computers and lounge nooks and the decor throughout reflects the island colors in rich woods, sunshine yellows and sea blue accents.
A Bright, Inviting Stay – The rooms are bright and modern with contemporary furnishings and all the standard amenities one would expect, and most rooms have private balconies looking down on the hustle and bustle below. But you can easily escape the fray at their excellent urban oasis pool on the third floor rooftop. It’s a secret garden retreat with a friendly bar and grill and a pool table. There are also two modern fitness centers on that floor.
The new hotel should appeal to business travellers as it’s within easy walking distance to major convention centers, and leisure travelers and families will appreciate the fact that it’s a mere two blocks from famous Waikiki Beach. It’s also located across the street from the International Marketplace, and also on site soon will be their new TR Fire Grill- a friendly American style bistro. My stay was brief, but I found the vibe throughout very welcoming. It should do well as the city’s latest offering for an economical yet well-pedigreed accommodation in the heart of the Waikiki community.
Island Adventures – Waikiki Beach offers surfing and child-friendly swimming and famous Diamond Head is also close for hiking. The Ala Wai Golf Course is nearby as well, and the hotel is also close to Pearl Harbor and its museum.