A nice place to have a short stay in Waikiki. That was my plan after time in the neighbour islands and it served this purpose well. It is close to shops restaurants and beach. The staff were friendly and although the studio room i booked was compact it was adequate. My only disappointment was the pool area which poor.
I stayed here for a week in August 2016, in a "deluxe studio" room.
The Ilima may only be rated as a 2.5-star hotel but the room amenities outshine those of many 4-star hotels while only costing half the price. You get a kitchen with a proper fridge, cooker, microwave oven, space to prepare food and a table to eat at. They even provide pans, plates, cutlery, etc.
It may be a few minutes walk to the beach but its location in central Waikiki makes it convenient for restaurants, bars, shops and buses. So what if it doesn't offer an "ocean view"? Nobody comes to Hawaii to sit in their room all day looking out of the window.
It may lack the historic grandeur of the Moana Surfrider or the legendary service of the Halekulani but it provides all the essentials for a great vacation at a fair price.
Tip - although there are many convenience stores nearby such as the excellent Food Pantry, if catering on a budget you can save money by heading to the Safeway supermarket at 888 Kapahulu Ave, a 10-minute drive from the hotel or hop on the #13 bus southeast-bound on Kuhio which runs every 15 minutes. If you fancy a taste of authentic home-style Hawaiian cuisine pop in to Ono Hawaiian Foods, a few minutes walk from Safeway at 726 Kapahulu Ave. The Laulau Plate is worth the trip - but bring cash, they don't take plastic.
Tip - rooms with a balcony facing the mountains offer the best view. Higher floors are quieter, traffic noise can be a problem on lower floors.
We enjoyed our room and stay very much. The recommended parking was not as convenient (down the street) and the front desk staff were helpful amidst their multiple responsibilities. The room was great with views all around and a nice size lanai, a fully stocked kitchenette, nice living and dining space, comfortable bed and very clean bath and shower. The views from the roof pool and spa area were fabulous!!
Good location as the hotel was near the beach, bus routes and stores. The apartment complex had a nice sized pool, hot tubs and play area for the children (ages 4, 6 & 8). Our room wasn't great - it felt like it has never been updated since the 80s and it smelled a bit like that too. However, the kitchen was equipped with everything you would need (except cleaning materials) and the suite was an OK size for the 5 of us. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. If you're looking for a basic, cheaper holiday base, then this is your place.
staff very helpful except for 1 staff who did not respond and follow-up on my request to extend check out time. She was african american. Everyone else was helpful, nice and professional especially Kent.
They can improve on housekeeping. It is only done every few days. We stayed 1 week and we had cleaning done 1 day only.
Very nice and clean hostel. Friendly front desk staff. Rooms cleaned daily. Bed was decently comfortable. Block from the beach. Located at the end of waikiki, but only takes 15 minutes max to walk waikiki. Definitely recommend this hostel for those looking to stay in waikiki.