Wonderful Location and Accommodating Hosts!!
September 2, 2014
We just returned from a wonderful one week stay at this rental in the Ilikai. Having never been to Waikiki before and not really clear about where the Ilikai was in relation to the general area, I was extremely pleasantly surprised by the close proximity to the ocean, the amazing views, and how easy it was to get around. Some people may prefer to be right in the middle of Waikiki and all the hustle and bustle, but we actually really enjoyed the Ilikai's location kind of on the edge of Waikiki. It is very close in walking distance to the Ala Moana Shopping Center and also Ala Moana Beach Park, as well as a large Walmart which sells all the macadamia nut chocolates you could want for much cheaper than the shops right in Waikiki. The rest of Waikiki is close within walking distance or a couple of bus stops, and it was nice to come back to a quieter area at the end of the day.
As for getting around, the bus for getting to Diamond Head is right in front of the hotel, with the bus going to Pearl Harbor right across the street. At $2.50 a ride regardless of distance, it's a great deal and no worries about finding/paying for parking. From the airport to the Ilikai and back, we took the shuttle as recommended by Rob, which was super easy and convenient. We did rent a car one day to drive up to the North Shore and go to the Polynesian Cultural Center (must see!!); not being an airport rental desk meant it closed at 6pm and we couldn't return it same day, but we were able to park around the back of the Ilikai for $1/hr which was much cheaper than the hotel valet parking ($28/day).
The only minor comment I would make is that the divider between the "bedroom" and "living room" areas is the pull out accordion style, but there wasn't anything to latch it to after pulling it out (unless we missed it). Not a big deal though as we were able to use some string to anchor it to the balcony door handle.
Rob was very quick in responding to any inquiries we had in the period prior to our stay. We were arriving very early in the morning with a wedding to attend that afternoon, and when Rob was able to confirm that there were no guests in the rental the night before our stay, he was able to arrange that the rental be ready and allowed us to check in early. It definitely took a lot of stress off of us in wondering where we would be able to get cleaned up and ready in time for the wedding. Thanks again, so much!!
Esther Ling, Tokyo, Japan
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