Here are some of the prices you can expect to pay if you ever stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village:
- $24/day for parking. ($30/day for valet parking).
- $15/day for internet service. (You can buy a week for $65 for the “basic” service and $85 for the “premium” service.
- $5.95 for a bowl of cold cereal.
- $6.25 for a 12oz. can of coke.
But the extortionate pricing was just the beginning of my complaints. The HHV was crowded. The common areas of the hotel were inadequate to give a peaceful experience to the people who wanted to use them. Good luck getting a chair at the swimming pool, especially the swimming pool with the water slide. Speaking of which, the requirement that my nine-year-old. has to wear water wings on their itty bitty water slide is absurd. For one thing, she’s a good swimmer; for another, she’s ridden all but one of the slides at Blizzard Beach without water wings; why water wings on these?
It’s the middle of Asia’s summer traveling season and most of the guests were foreigners. I’m pretty sure the staff at the hotel were all LEPs. Frankly, people spoke better English in Iceland.
To its credit, a lot of the detailing in the rooms was well done. But the beds we had were doubles, not queens – and try sharing a room with a six and nine year-old with jet lag who don’t like sleeping together. The balcony was especially pleasant, giving us a great view of . . . well, of that $24/day parking garage actually, but from the 26th floor or so it was a nice place to get some quiet.
All told, the experience was so unpleasant that we actually did something we had never done in the middle of a vacation: changed hotels. We walked over the Hotel Across the Street and found a world apart: quiet, spacious common areas; reasonably-priced restaurants, queen beds in the rooms. It was everything the HHV wasn’t. Mrs. Φ and I looked at each other and said, “Why are we not staying here?” Fortunately, they had space, so we packed up and spent the second half of the week at the HATS.