Ilikai Hotel & Suites - An Aqua Boutique

Phone (866) 536-7973
4.5 stars from 3 reviews
Address 1777 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815
A Waikiki icon that just turned 50 years old.

• Building: High Rise • Building: Hotel
• Building: Lanai / Balcony • Property: Business Center
• Property: Dining On Site • Property: Fitness Room
• Property: Laundry On Site • Property: Stores On Site
• Room: 100% Non Smoking Rooms • Room: Coffee Maker
• Room: Hair Dryer • Room: Iron & Board
• Room: Kitchens Available • Room: Microwave
• Room: Safe • Recreation: Beach
• Recreation: Hot Tub • Recreation: Pool
• Internet: Free In Room • Parking: Paid Valet
• Programs: Discount: Kama'aina • Programs: Discount: Military
• Programs: Discount: Senior

About Ilikai Hotel & Suites - an Aqua Boutique
Representing Waikiki's golden era of hospitality, Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites remains an iconic vision in Honolulu. Internationally-recognized as the famous opening shot of Hawaii Five-O with Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett standing on the penthouse balcony overlooking Waikiki Beach, this reinvented Waikiki landmark features recently-renovated luxury studios and suites with fully equipped kitchens and large balconies with sweeping views. With our many on-site dining options and retail shops, and prime location within easy walking distance of Ala Moana Shopping Center, Hawaii Convention Center, and Waikiki Beach, the Ilikai is the perfect choice for your Waikiki vacation.
Matt Anderson's Take
The Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki isn't actually located on the beach. It's right on the water at Ala Wai Boat Harbor (which isn't water you can swim in) but is actually just across the street from Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and then just a short walk over to the beginning of the real beach which is Kahanamoku Beach @ Waikiki. Not a bad location, just not right on the beach.

The Ilikai is one of Waikiki's most iconic landmarks and it just turned fifty years old. It was a big deal back in 1964 when it opened and was even in the opening credits of the original Hawaii Five-O television series (and it's even there for a quick second in the new Hawaii Five-O opening).

In 2009 the hotel was in foreclosure but was purchased by its new owner and is now managed by run by Aqua Hotels & Resorts.

Interesting factoid: Richard Bell has been performing the torch lighting ceremony nightly for the past 50 years. That's the kind of little details that set a place like this apart from the crowd.

It's also a great spot to enjoy the Friday night fireworks show that launches from the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Since you are at the northwest end of Waikiki you'll also be within walking distance to Ala Moana Center.

The 212 rooms here come in a variety of configurations from a standard hotel room, to small condominium style units, all the way up to two bedroom suites.

Onsite dining options include the Ilikai Bar & Grill and Sarento's at the Top of the Ilikai.
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Matt Anderson
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Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 426
Likes Received: 12
Best hotel ever! Been to Hawaii 25 times and every year I stay at the Ilikai. The staff is amazing and the area is just beautiful. Will be back there in 40 days can't wait.
Rooms are clean and beautiful views of the lagoon. The best place to stay hands down.
Loz W
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 2
Likes Received: 2
For us it is the right hotel, right price, right location. The rooms overlooking the lagoon / marina are quiet with great views. We have stayed there 3 times and would not want to book anywhere else. The hotel may be 50 years old but the age has done little to take the shine off this hotel. At the western end of Waikiki with good access to Honolulu and Waikiki by "The Bus" or a nice walk. Most tours pick up right outside the hotel.
Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 26
The Ilikai is highly rated with a 4.5 star average from well over 1,500 online reviews.
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