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.
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 stayed at Palace Tower, which is at the bottom right corner of the above map. It is one of the three buildings without any ocean view, but it is fine because we paid for the cheapest room. The room was big and nice with two queen beds. We got the golf course view from our window, and the sunrise view was very beautiful.
We didn’t do a lot of things at the resort. On Day 1 we used the lagoon to practice snorkeling. 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, traveling 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. 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.