Nice mega resort with a lot of options.
Posted Feb 22, 2017
This mega resort has a lot of options to appeal to many different types of travelers. While everyone will find something to like, this resort is best suited for families. Everything a family could want to do is located on the grounds. The pools, slides, the lagoon, and the dolphin adventure are a big draw for children.
I would definitely recommend staying in the lagoon tower, since most of the things to do and see are nearby. Yes they do have a monorail, but it was broke down the morning I had to check out! About the only thing not near the lagoon tower are dining choices of the Boat Landing Cantina, Imari, and Dona's and Tony's Pizza. These 3 restaurants are near the monorail stops.
The Hilton Waikoloa Village is nice, but many travelers have stayed in far nicer hotels. And even though the resort is very large, it can be very crowded at times. I remember seeing over a 30 minute wait for ice cream at Shaka Cones. The food in the restaurants is above average for a large resort. The prices for everything is what you would expect from a large resort in Hawaii.
At first, I didn't care much for a crowded resort showing some signs of wear and located 30 minutes from Kona, but after seeing the other choices while in Kona, maybe the Hilton Waikoloa Village is the best choice on the big island. The choices in Kona were near all of the excursions with tour provider pickups (often not the case with the Hilton), but they were all 3+ star hotels with few amenities.