Saturday, May 2, 2009

Hilton Prince Kuhio - Honolulu, Hawaii

Hilton Price Kuhio
2500 Kuhio
Honolulu, HI 96815

Hotel Review and Trip Report - Hilton Price Kuhio

This hotel used to be a Radisson, but was upgraded and re-branded as a Hilton in 2007. The location of this hotel is great, its set-off from the main street in Honolulu -- but has fantastic Ocean View rooms.

The whole hotel has been remodeled -- including the Lobby, resturant and all hotel rooms. The hotel is one tower that faces the Pacific Ocean or Mountains behind Waikiki. Be sure to get a Ocean View room above floor 15. The view is well worth it.

The rooms are very well done and still seem very fresh from the remodel. They are not large rooms, but they are well done with Hilton's Serenity Bed, full 42" LCD TV, and long desk area with easy power and internet outlets. Here is room 3306...

The bathroom is small but well done, with a large step-up shower. Everything was very clean and well coordinated. The towels are upscale, but oddly scratchy -- not a big deal.

The flt screen TV sits above a long desk/dresser combo. This is a great efficient set-up, since the rooms are a bit on the small size. The TV has a number of channels, including HBO.

The heavy (good thing) sliding doors open to the balcony. The picture doesnt really do the view justice as you really feel like you are on top of the whole area. The balconies are almost planks -- without walls on the sides. Some folks might not like the lack of privacy, but it really gives some incredible views of the Waikiki, Diamond Head and the beach. I was on the 33rd floor.

This hotel is not -on- the beach, but its a 2 minute walk away and the view is protected by a couple parking lots in front of the hotel. This is the best of both worlds, since hotels on Kalakaua (the main road across the from the beach) can be very loud, especailly at night. Since the Hilton is on Kuhio Ave, it doesnt get some much loud foot traffic.

The pool deck is located on the 10th floor and is very well done. There is a poolside bar, nice terrace area (to get out of the sun), and plenty of pool chairs. The pool is not huge, but its enough space to get a cool dip. The pool area also has FREE wi-fi available, just ask the front desk for the code when you check in.

This is my new favorite hotel in Honolulu. Its a good business hotel with some nice features including free wifi in public areas -- plus free printing in the Business Center. But the views from the Ocean View rooms are just a fantastic value. Yes, you can get better Ocean Front rooms at other hotels, but these are a much better deal.

The resturant MAC24/7 has some good upscale diner food, plus a nice long diner bar for singles eating alone.

The Hilton Price Kuhio has won some recent awards:

MAC 24/7 Restaurant Listed in the Top 5 "Best Hotel Restaurant" from the Honolulu Magazine January 2009

Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel Winner of the Hilton's 2008 - BEST OVERALL ACCOMMODATIONS - DIAMOND AWARDS - 500 Rooms or larger!

Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel Winner of the Hilton's 2007 - DIAMOND PROPERTY RENOVATION AWARD - 500 Rooms or larger!

Conde' Nast Traveler - July 2008 Issue - Listed first "Best Lodging and Dining Deals on Oahu".