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Old Feb 12, 04, 1:50 pm
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Old Jan 29, 16, 5:34 pm
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Originally Posted by nikitta28 View Post
think long and hard before you stay at this property

1) $25 resort fee
2) $25 self parking $30 valet parking fee per day

OMG the birds, the birds are insane.... if you don't stay in the makai (?sp) building expect pure misery with the birds. Carefully read the tripadvisor reviews.

There are some fantastic awesome features of this property as well but an informed consumer.

If you are mobility compromised in any way or just want to get in and out quickly on business DO NOT stay here.

If you love loud squawking birds, hate upgrades (if you have status) but enjoy meandering around a HUGE beautiful property that has access to excellent trails, plenty of pool space, $$$$$ food, and walking .5 miles to your car this is the place for you.
I really think people ought to post more reviews like this. Thanks to your review, I realize, I'll probably be better of in a condo rental than an award stay here.
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Old Feb 11, 16, 12:11 pm
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I've been reading through the thread, and seeing some issues that were a bit dated and hoping they've been rectified, as I'm planning on staying here for a few days in April. That being said, some TripAdvisor reviews are hammering Hilton on the Makai experience--anyone with a recent stay have anything good or bad to share?

Second question: Which view would be best in the Lagoon tower (I mean, if the ocean view isn't that great, is it better to try to get something overlooking the dolphins)?

Thanks!
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Old Feb 17, 16, 11:04 am
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Bike Storage?

Has anyone brought a bike/rented a bike (not from the hotel) during their stay? I'd like to know if there's valet bike storage or if they would allow you to bring the bike into your room/put it on your lanai or something like that? My hubby plans to rent a high-end road bicycle and cycle every morning during our stay and would prefer to grab the bike from our room and head out from there, rather than deal with a daily rental or getting the bike from a storage locker (and maybe even have to pay for that). We will be staying in the Makai rooms, which look rather tight, so not even sure about space...

I can call the hotel to confirm, but I find that sometimes the desk clerks aren't fully informed in such rare requests like this and they might not know. Hoping someone who has stayed here knows something about storing your bike?
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Old Feb 17, 16, 11:09 am
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I called hilton to make a reservation and i twas transferred to their HGVC promo line. For a timeshare presentation, they were offering 5 nights for $799 with 25k HH points and a rental car. I didn't feel like it was a great deal esp since it's a non refundable rate and books into the lowest category room.
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Old Feb 18, 16, 8:30 pm
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I called hilton to make a reservation and i twas transferred to their HGVC promo line. For a timeshare presentation, they were offering 5 nights for $799 with 25k HH points and a rental car. I didn't feel like it was a great deal esp since it's a non refundable rate and books into the lowest category room.
5 nights at the HWV or 5 nights at the HGVC? Big difference.

And for your reply to another post, are you basing your wanting to stay on one post? I was there and had a fantastic time. Birds are part of the atmosphere and I found them in no way annoying. I guess if you are extremely sensitive to any kind of noise it may be a problem. But once in my room I did not even notice the birds unless I had the sliding door to the balcony open and even then they were not annoying. And I got a great upgrade to a full open view room at the end of the ocean tower near Buddha point. Great room and fantastic views from the balcony. So you should definitely read lots of reviews and make a fully informed decision if you want to go there and not base it on one persons negative review.
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Old Feb 21, 16, 8:05 am
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Bicycles

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Has anyone brought a bike/rented a bike (not from the hotel) during their stay? I'd like to know if there's valet bike storage or if they would allow you to bring the bike into your room/put it on your lanai or something like that? My hubby plans to rent a high-end road bicycle and cycle every morning during our stay and would prefer to grab the bike from our room and head out from there, rather than deal with a daily rental or getting the bike from a storage locker (and maybe even have to pay for that). We will be staying in the Makai rooms, which look rather tight, so not even sure about space...

I can call the hotel to confirm, but I find that sometimes the desk clerks aren't fully informed in such rare requests like this and they might not know. Hoping someone who has stayed here knows something about storing your bike?
I stayed last year during the lavaman. There were signs posted everywhere to walk your bikes through the walkways. Based upon that, I would say that they allow bikes in the rooms. Some elevators aren't too big. Get a lower floor if you are planning on keeping the bike. There are ground level Makai rooms.
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Old Feb 22, 16, 3:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Baze View Post
5 nights at the HWV or 5 nights at the HGVC? Big difference.

And for your reply to another post, are you basing your wanting to stay on one post? I was there and had a fantastic time. Birds are part of the atmosphere and I found them in no way annoying. I guess if you are extremely sensitive to any kind of noise it may be a problem. But once in my room I did not even notice the birds unless I had the sliding door to the balcony open and even then they were not annoying. And I got a great upgrade to a full open view room at the end of the ocean tower near Buddha point. Great room and fantastic views from the balcony. So you should definitely read lots of reviews and make a fully informed decision if you want to go there and not base it on one persons negative review.
It was HWV. I confirmed twice with the rep as I thought it was be the HGVC property and not this one.

You are correct about not basing it on one review. It's just that the resort fee and parking fee along with $10 breakfast vouchers is making it hard to justify to go here. I can save the resort fee on a points booking but the parking fee is harder to swallow.

I may stay here if I get a good rate but I'll also watch teh farimont great rates great dates emails. I have a free night cert and suite upgrade certificate as well!
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Old Feb 23, 16, 5:57 am
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If you are hhonors diamond, would you be able to maximize your diamond benefit at this resort?
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Old Feb 25, 16, 12:57 pm
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Originally Posted by ksyrah View Post
I stayed last year during the lavaman. There were signs posted everywhere to walk your bikes through the walkways. Based upon that, I would say that they allow bikes in the rooms. Some elevators aren't too big. Get a lower floor if you are planning on keeping the bike. There are ground level Makai rooms.
Thanks! That helps. I called, and of course the desk clerk was very non-committal in saying she thought it should be okay to have the bikes in the rooms or on the lanai...
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Old Mar 4, 16, 7:07 am
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Long time lurker, first time poster...

Staying here later this spring. Currently booked on points in a Makai/mountain side/lagoon tower room. Just checked to see if any rates changed and noticed that I can now book in a Hale Ike/resort view/palace tower room for the same rate; can also snag an ocean view in the same for a nominal increase in points.

The Hale Ike rooms seem to be newly renovated (looks like this may have wrapped up in December?), so 2 questions:

1) Has anyone stayed in -- or seen -- one? Is it worth the swap from Makai?
2) If not, is Makai worth the upcharge vs. getting say an ocean tower/ocean view room?

We're diamond, but not counting on upgrades here. Thanks in advance!
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Old Mar 5, 16, 8:40 am
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Stayed there February 2016 for a week. Worst service ever. HH Gold benefits $10.00 coupon per day... tacky. Makai benefits a joke. Highly impersonal. Nickle and dimed all week. To sum it up, stay elsewhere.

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Old Mar 5, 16, 1:11 pm
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Stayed there February 2016 for a week. Worst service ever. HH Gold benefits $10.00 coupon per day... tacky. Makai benefits a joke. Highly impersonal. Nickle and dimed all week. To sum it up, stay elsewhere.
I think if you had read the T&C's of benefits or even read this thread before you went you would have known what benefits you would have gotten.

This is from the T&C's, I bolded the pertinent section. Sorry you felt you were cheated but at seat now you know you need to do a little research before you go somewhere. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will go again. I am Diamond and looked at what I would get before I went. We did not use all the coupons and turned 5 in when checked out and they took $50 off the bill. And if use points the resort fee is waived.

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Old Mar 8, 16, 11:51 am
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Long time lurker, first time poster...

Staying here later this spring. Currently booked on points in a Makai/mountain side/lagoon tower room. Just checked to see if any rates changed and noticed that I can now book in a Hale Ike/resort view/palace tower room for the same rate; can also snag an ocean view in the same for a nominal increase in points.

The Hale Ike rooms seem to be newly renovated (looks like this may have wrapped up in December?), so 2 questions:

1) Has anyone stayed in -- or seen -- one? Is it worth the swap from Makai?
2) If not, is Makai worth the upcharge vs. getting say an ocean tower/ocean view room?

We're diamond, but not counting on upgrades here. Thanks in advance!
I'm in the same boat as you - booked a 2 Queen Makai mountain side room - but I'm paying with cold hard cash (groan). I thought about switching to a Hale Ike room, but then I remembered reading reviews that the Makai building location was just better/more convenient.

What I'm thinking of doing is selecting the e-upgrade to Makai oceanside for $62 (not a bad deal considering the Oceanside Makai room rates are currently $100+ more than my booked rate). But, I'm not sure if I want an ocean view that badly - especially considering I'm Canadian and I'm gonna get stuck paying another 35-40% extra on top of the exorbitant amount I'm already paying...
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Old Mar 9, 16, 10:21 am
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I'm in the same boat as you - booked a 2 Queen Makai mountain side room - but I'm paying with cold hard cash (groan). I thought about switching to a Hale Ike room, but then I remembered reading reviews that the Makai building location was just better/more convenient.

What I'm thinking of doing is selecting the e-upgrade to Makai oceanside for $62 (not a bad deal considering the Oceanside Makai room rates are currently $100+ more than my booked rate). But, I'm not sure if I want an ocean view that badly - especially considering I'm Canadian and I'm gonna get stuck paying another 35-40% extra on top of the exorbitant amount I'm already paying...
From this picture you can see the distance of the towers from the parking lot and their relative distance to the water and lagoon. Ocean tower is about a 10 to 15 min walk to the parking lot.

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