Check it Out! “DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Alana – Waikiki Beach” Explicit Review

I chose “DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach,” because I had a Hilton-affiliated voucher. There were other hotels I could have stayed at, but this was the hotel that I wanted to stay at.

What is the appearance of the hotel? Check the entrance and reception

The entrance was slopped.

You can park about one car at the entrance. There were stairs leading to the inside.

There was a bell counter at the entrance.

An escalator leading up to the lobby.

If you go up the escalator, the atmosphere changes all of a sudden.

The front desk was not very big.

There were chocolate cookies being sold bu the front desk.

Free coffee, water and fruit was provided.

First floor elevator hall.

Inside of the elevator.

Guest room floor corridor.

What is the Two Queen Bed Partial Ocean View Room like?

Guest room entrance door.

Card key and a DVD rental card.

There was an air conditioner.

The rooms were spacious and there was plenty of space to open up my suitcase. I don’t know when this hotel was built, but it felt a little old. For me, it made it feel more like a resort hotel in Hawaii which was very exciting.

The queen bed was soft and very comfortable. There were four large pillows per bed, and there were a total of eight pillows.

There was a bedside table between the beds with a telephone, memo set, alarms and etc.

There was a TV and a desk across the bed.

TV.

Under the TV was a PlayStation 3, which could be used as a DVD player as well.

A cabinet under the TV.

There was a desk next to the TV.

There was a trash can that divides burnables and plastic.

There was a veranda.

The veranda had a small table and and two chairs. I saw a couple of bird poop on the veranda.

On the left is the Royal Hawaiian Center. You can’t see the whole view, but you can see Trump International Hotel. In front of it is a green park, and you can see the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the direction of 45 degrees. I could see the ocean as well.

There were many tall buildings around.

Unfortunately, you ca see the veranda of other rooms very well.

Bathroom

There was a shower in the bathroom.

The shower room had a glass door, but it opens in the direction that is a little inconvenient when trying to get a towel. Therefore, the floor got wet.

The water head was big, and you can adjust the temperature and water pressure.

Toilet.

On the sink was hand soap. There was a hair dryer under the sink.

There was a small counter with a stool and towels were prepared under it.

There were hooks on the wall to hang clothes and towels.

On the counter, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap were prepared. Shampoo and conditioner was not the best quality. It was hard to get the insides out of the bottle.

Hair dryer.

Closet and safe

There was a closet with a full length mirror on the inside of the door.

There was an iron, an ironing board and enough hangers prepared in the closet.

There was also a safe. It was big enough to fit a computer inside.

There was a luggage stand next to the closet.

Mini bar and cafe

There was a cafe corner next to the TV with a coffee machine. In addition, an ice bucket and glasses were prepared as well.

The coffee was the same as the coffee prepared at the front desk.

There was nothing inside the fridge.

Restaurants and shops in the hotel

There was a restaurant called “Trees Restaurant & Bar” on the first floor. They serve breakfast here, but also turns into a bar in the evening.

There were no staff around and I was a little confused with the system.

Inside of the restaurant.

There was “Hiking Hawaii Cafe” on the LL (lower lobby) floor where the entrance is located.

It is open from 7:00 to 15:00.

There was a small convenience store beside the front desk. There were drinks, cut fruits, cup noodles and snacks being sold.

It was a little more expensive than ABC Mart and a normal convenience store.

Facilities in the hotel

The hotel had a small outdoor pool. You need your room key to get inside. There was a restroom and a towel dispenser in the hallway near the pool.

The pool at night.

There were deck about six chairs by the pool.

There were tables as well.

You can see the Hawaiian Village from the pool.

There is a gym on the 4th floor.

There is a business center by the front desk. There were two computers.

You can also use a printer as well.

There was also a microwave and a public telephone.

There was a meeting room with glass doors.

You can rent a DVD with this machine.

An ATM by the front desk.

There are ice machines on the guest room floors.

Hotel surroundings

There was a homeless person sitting near the hotel. I saw the same homeless person every day. I did not feel any danger, but it would be best not to walk alone at night. There was a sports bar next door, a convenience store, ABC Mart, and Hilton Hawaiian Village which was very convenient to get to.

A convenience store a 3 minute walk away.

An ABC Mart 3 minute walk away.

A clothing shop a 3 minute walk away.

Staff and guests

The staff were helpful. I was supposed to check in at about 15:00, but I arrived around 12:00, but still got to check in. The staff greeted me every time they saw me which felt very nice.

I saw many pilots staying here. I was staying during off season, so the hotel did not seem too crowded.

Access

It was about 20 minutes by shared bus from the airport. When you arrive, it’s not a place to feel the ocean, but it feels like you’ve come to the resort somewhere in the park opposite the Hilton Hawaiian Village. There are plenty of restaurants around the hotel. If you want to eat at a famous restaurant, you might want to go the Hilton Hawaiian Village across the street. I could go to 7-Eleven, souvenir shop, ABC Mart in about 30 seconds which was very convenient. The Royal Hawaiian Center is about a 10-minute walk away, and the Ala Moana Shopping Center is about a 15-minute walk away. You can choose to take a bus at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 5 minutes on foot or from the DFS or Royal Hawaiian Center. The pink trolley has a long line of people waiting, so I usually walked to places.

A takeout cafe 3 minutes away on foot.

“Tony Roma’s” was a good restaurant.

Summary

This time, I had a Hilton accommodation voucher, so I decided to stay here. The staff were very kind and greeted me with a smile. The shops are not too crowded and there are many good shops around. However, when I came to the resort, I realized that the hotel pool was not very attractive, and that I had to take my own towels. I was glad that there was a Hilton Hawaiian Village nearby, but I cannot recommend this hotel to those who are not familiar with Hawaii’s geography. Ala Moana Shopping Center and Royal Hawaiian Center were within a 15 minutes walk away, but I do not recommend walking alone at night. Overall, it is a hotel with a beautiful view of Hawaii. I recommend young tourists to stay here to enjoy their trip.

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