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Old Feb 12, 04, 1:50 pm
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Old Mar 16, 16, 12:19 pm
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How to avoid pesky resort fees in Hawaii?

Other than booking on points (which are exaggerated anyway), is there any way to avoid paying those nasty resort fees in Hawaiian Hilton hotels?
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Originally Posted by FlyinPete View Post
Other than booking on points (which are exaggerated anyway), is there any way to avoid paying those nasty resort fees in Hawaiian Hilton hotels?
Book with points for the stay and there is no resort fee. (not points and money). This is a nice Hilton perk, Marriott still hits you with the fee on reward stays.

Pick a hotel without the fee (on Oahu only) DoubleTree Waikiki, Hilton Waikiki Beach. The new HGI on Kauai i'm told will have a fee but it has "yet to make it to the Hilton webpages" per the hotel.

Sadly Hawaii hotels are full of the rip off resort fees.
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And on top you will still get hit with the parking fee because obviously thats not incl. in the resort fee....
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Originally Posted by little_dc View Post
Book with points for the stay and there is no resort fee. (not points and money). This is a nice Hilton perk, Marriott still hits you with the fee on reward stays.

Pick a hotel without the fee (on Oahu only) DoubleTree Waikiki, Hilton Waikiki Beach. The new HGI on Kauai i'm told will have a fee but it has "yet to make it to the Hilton webpages" per the hotel.

Sadly Hawaii hotels are full of the rip off resort fees.
Also the Embassy Suites Waikiki has no resort fee. But it is normally a bit higher in price than the other two. Parking is $35 per night. The manager's reception and great breakfast ease the pain. Stayed there last week and loved it.
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Depends on the tradeoffs you are willing to make. If this is a line in the sand, either don't stay at properties which impose them (which is most) or call and see if you can't negotiate it out.

Alternatively, accept that when just about everybody does it, they get away with it.
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Originally Posted by FlyinPete View Post
Other than booking on points (which are exaggerated anyway), is there any way to avoid paying those nasty resort fees in Hawaiian Hilton hotels?
Offer to pay $25 more per night in exchange for them waiving the resort fee.
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Originally Posted by FlyinPete View Post
Other than booking on points (which are exaggerated anyway), is there any way to avoid paying those nasty resort fees in Hawaiian Hilton hotels?
Maybe stay somewhere else.
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... The new HGI on Kauai i'm told will have a fee but it has "yet to make it to the Hilton webpages" per the hotel.

Sadly Hawaii hotels are full of the rip off resort fees.
Nope, that hotel (the former Aston, I believe, which used to be a dump) also features the fee on the booking pages.

Skipping Hawaii seems to be the best option .... hotels in Asia are about a quarter of the price and offer better service / product.
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Originally Posted by FlyinPete View Post
Nope, that hotel (the former Aston, I believe, which used to be a dump) also features the fee on the booking pages.

Skipping Hawaii seems to be the best option .... hotels in Asia are about a quarter of the price and offer better service / product.
Yep.. They must have just added it. I booked a prepaid rate last week and was NOT charged the resort fee. They better not play any games with that, as it was not on the Hilton pages when I booked.
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Low costs haven't been part of the lure of Hawaii in a long, long time. There are substitutes for some elements of a Hawaain vacation - but not for all of a good one.
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Low costs haven't been part of the lure of Hawaii in a long, long time. There are substitutes for some elements of a Hawaain vacation - but not for all of a good one.
I was not looking for a "low cost" vacation, but merely a reasonable cost stay for one transit night only. But the prices that Hilton wants to charge, are nothing short of exhorbitant, IMO.

BTW, I was hard pressed to imagine even one element of a Hawaiian vacation that cannot be had elsewhere for much less ... the only thing that I could think of was watching the active volcano on the big island.
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For a volcano alternative there is Tanna Is in Vanuatu, Mt Etna or for a cheap option Darvaz in Uzbekistan
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Also the Embassy Suites Waikiki has no resort fee. But it is normally a bit higher in price than the other two. Parking is $35 per night. The manager's reception and great breakfast ease the pain. Stayed there last week and loved it.

...ill be there next Tues. it's my go to property / Happy Place. Way nicer than the other non-beachfront properties. The HHV has its own pluses being truly beachfront, but otherwise ES blows it away in space, breakfast, service, non-kidzoo, etc.

And no resort fees.


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I stay, when on Oahu, the Hilton Waikiki beach (it's on Kuhio ave.) does not have resort fees. I prefer to skip the Hawaiian Village resort. Too many children, resort fees, crowded, sprawling, and it feels feels you are in the disney version of Hawaii with fake overpriced shops. The other one on Kuhio is still a block from the beach without all the drama.
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