We stayed at Hilton Waikoloa Village during the first 4 nights of Big Island vacation. It is at the northwest part of the island, and driving to downtown Kailua-Kona takes about 40 minutes. The overall experience was good, but it was actually quite expensive. I probably won’t spend a lot of money on a resort like this again.
I booked the flight, hotel, and car rental package on Expedia. I was charged $1263.61 CAD for 4 nights at Hilton Waikoloa Village and car rental. Assuming the car rental cost about $200, the price per night was about $265 CAD. I didn’t realize that it was the actual price of the hotel, and I would have thought twice before booking it.
The hotel is located on the northwest coast of Big Island, and this is where most of the resorts are located. The drive from the airport is about 30 minutes, and driving from downtown Kailua-Kona is about 40 minutes.
We stayed at Palace Tower, which is at the bottom right corner of the below map. It is one of the three buildings without any ocean view, but it is fine because we paid for the cheapest room.
The overall experience was very nice. The room was very spacious with 422 to 453 square feet. We got the golf course view from our balcony, and the sunrise was very beautiful. For some reason, there wasn’t a fridge in the room. We had to leave the fruit plates outside, and that was worrisome.
The resort is huge. It is built around a bay, and thus the buildings are quite far from one another. A tram system is necessary to connect all buildings.
We didn’t do a lot of things at the resort. On Day 1 we used the lagoon to practice snorkelling. In the morning of Day 3, we explored the resort, walking from Ocean Tower (on the right of the map) to Lagoon Tower (on the left). The view was very nice.
There are a few drawbacks of this resort. First, travelling between the lobby and Palace Tower was somewhat time-consuming. The tram was very infrequent, and it took about 7 minutes to walk. Also, it may be one of the cheapest options on Expedia, but it charged USD $35 resort fee and USD $27 parking fee each night. The resort fee covers a few activities in the resort. We didn’t do any because we wanted to spend all of the time exploring the island. Another disadvantage is that there isn’t a beach here. The closest one is the Anaeho’omalu Beach.
Hilton Waikoloa Village is a good place to stay for people who want to relax at the resort for the most time of their vacation. However, it didn’t really fulfill my need as an adventurous person. I will definitely not book through Expedia in the future. If I am coming to Big Island again, I will choose a hotel that is smaller, cheaper, and closer to downtown Kailua-Kona to keep my driving time down.
Hilton Waikoloa Village Info
Address: 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr, Waikoloa Village, HI 96738, USA