The Ilima Hotel was great. My brother and our wives began planning this trip several months ago and were shocked at how expensive the hotels in Waikiki / Honolulu have become since our last trip many years ago. We wanted to be a short walk from the beach and not in a loud area,
When I came across reviews for the Ilima and saw the affordable (relative to similar places) I thought it might be too good to be true, I am glad to report that all of the great reviews of this place are true.
First the staff: Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. Housekeeping did a great job and the front desk greeted us as we came and went and answered our questions.
The room: We had a Deluxe Studio and were pleasantly surprised how big the room was. We had a King Bed plus a Full sized bed, a dining table, several chairs, a lanai (balcony) with its own table and chairs. The kitchenette had a full sized fridge, a microwave and two burner stove. It was better stocked with plates and cooking pots and pans than most airbnb's I have stayed at. The bathroom was standard sized and everything was clean and working.
The Hotel: The place was kept very clean and in good shape. there are two elevators and they worked great and rarely a wait. The pool was small, but hey, you have a great beach minutes away. They have a tiny gym with a treadmill and something else that escapes me.
Location: I LOVED the location. It was 10 minutes to the beach, and 5 - 15 minutes to pretty much everything in the heart of Waikiki. The hotel next door had some type of pool parties in the pool / bar area that created some noise, but it ended by 10pm or so.
The Parking Garage: Amazingly this place has a FREE parking garage. It is small, I did not count the number of spots, maybe 25 or so, they are fist come, first served, each and every day... we rented a car for a couple days and there were plenty of spots. They spots are tight... the smaller the car the better. You might have trouble with a full sized one.
I saw some folks mention beach towels, some saying they did not have them.... The do have them, just go to the front desk and they will give them to you.
General tips: There is a short term car rental company now in Oahu called Hui, you get the app, setup and account and you can rent cars by the hour or day. Prius' and Camry's ran $15 an hour during our trip (Nov 2022), the company has cars all over the area, typically in nearby hotel garages. You unlock the car via the app, all gas, insurance, etc, are included in the hourly fee, we used them several times for excursions where Uber was too much $$$ and for a Costco and grocery store run.
Another time we used "One's Car Rental" where you can rent cars by the day from $65 a day, all fees included (not including gas) For that you need to think ahead a bit.
I would highly recommend the Ilima for price, quality, staff, location, pretty much everything.