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dustin
09-05-2007, 02:16 AM
I know almost nothing about Hawaii, other than that it sound like a nice place to go. I have a brother who is planning to go to hawaii nov 2008. they are going for a convention that is in Honolulu. I believe the convention itself is at a place called Hawaii convention center. I have some timeshares in Sedona and I told my brother I would look and see if I would be able to trade into a timeshare near enough to be practical for his family to stay and his wife to go to stuff at the convention center. I dont even know which island honolulu is on. let alone what timeshare resorts are close to the convention center. I have deposits in rci and in sfx to look with. They have 6 people total in their family. Is it going to be tough to get a 2br or more likely to trade into 2 1br or studios. any suggestions

TimeshareVon
09-05-2007, 02:42 AM
The Hawaii Convention Center is on the island of Oahu in Honolulu. It is near the world fameous Ala Moana Shopping area and about 2 blocks from the hotel with the same name. It is most frequently the hotel used as "headquarters or host" for conferences and conventions held at the Hawaii Convention Center.

I don't know of what specific resorts are "close" (as in a couple of blocks). When I was at a conference there in 2003, we used our timeshare in the Royal Kuhio highrise building (there are several timeshare companies with units in there). Since my conference had shuttle service from the hotels down long Waikiki, I simply walked down the four blocks to catch the shuttle to the convention center. My husband, however, did the walk of about 10-15 blocks a couple of times (he wasn't in a suit and heels!).

By the way, most larger conferences (more than 150-300 hotel rooms per night) will have multiple hotels for attendees as part of their contracted "discounted" room block. If they are spread out "city wide" the convention/conference organizers will have negotiated shuttle services for attendees. So finding a resort close to the convention center isn't as important as finding a resort close to the shuttle pick-up locations. With that being said, the public transportation in Honolulu and Waikiki is pretty decent and at a reasonable price.

Many of the resorts in Oahu are studio and 1BR's . . . but that's not to say you can't find a 2BR unit. My opinion, in general is that all of Hawaii can be a difficult exchange. You may find you will need to get two studios or 1BR's to accommodate a group of six.

Depending on when in November the conference is, you may be hitting a shoulder season of lesser demand. And if they're traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday week, in either direction, he may find high airline ticket prices however.

Hope this helps some :)

T. R. Oglodyte
09-05-2007, 02:45 AM
If I've got my geography straight, Hilton Hawai'ian Village would be closest, and would be within reasonable walking distance.

barndweller
09-05-2007, 08:32 AM
Aren't there timeshare units in the Ilikai? I'm not sure what "brand" owns these, might be Shell Vacation Club, but it would be the closest to the convention center I think. There is a bunch of availability at TPI, too. Hilton is right next to that and would be my first choice.

I think 2 bedrooms anywhere on Waikiki would be a super difficult trade. Two 1 bedrooms or studios would be very doable in November.

BocaBum99
09-05-2007, 08:55 AM
There are a few timeshares near the convention center. In my opinon, the best is the FF/Wyndham Waikiki. There is also the Imperial which is right next door to the FF resort. The Shell Vacation Club resort is nearby as well, but the location isn't that great.

T. R. Oglodyte
09-05-2007, 09:06 AM
Aren't there timeshare units in the Ilikai? I'm not sure what "brand" owns these, might be Shell Vacation Club, but it would be the closest to the convention center I think. There is a bunch of availability at TPI, too. Hilton is right next to that and would be my first choice.

I think 2 bedrooms anywhere on Waikiki would be a super difficult trade. Two 1 bedrooms or studios would be very doable in November.

Yeah - if there's ts in the Ilikai I think those would be closer. When we stayed in Ilikai back in 2002, I'm pretty sure there weren't any.

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OT - when we were staying in the Ilikai in 2002 one day we were walking through the grounds of HHV. Suddenly we hear someone calling our names; we turn around and it's my wife's cousin and her husband.

Neither couple knew the other was in Hawai'i. Turned out that for the last five days we could have been talking to each other from our lanais - them in HHV and us in Ilikai.

CatLovers
09-05-2007, 07:37 PM
Aren't there timeshare units in the Ilikai? I'm not sure what "brand" owns these, might be Shell Vacation Club, but it would be the closest to the convention center I think.

Shell Vacation Club has the Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai. Very nice and upscale ... but they only have luxury studios, no 1-bedrooms or 2-bedrooms. On the opposite end of the spectrum, in November, you'll get loads of availability with RCI at the Kuhio Banyan Club - mainly studios - but the resort is definitely NOT upscale, so it depends on what you're looking for. While KBC is not close to the Convention Center, it is an easy bus ride, we did it all the time.

barndweller
09-05-2007, 08:45 PM
I stayed at the Ilikai back in the 80's when there were a lot of privately owned units. They were pretty roomy studios with a fold-away screen wall to close off the bed. The kitchen was complete and there was a nice balcony with a fabulous view of the lagoon & beach. I know the whole place has been redone with new pool, etc. If those Shell Vac. Club units are updated studios like the ones we rented, I'd stay there in a minute! Especially if I was attending a convention. The kitchen is perfect for fixing a Mai Tai and the Hilton is right near by for eating & shopping. At one time the Ilikai was considered one of the top hotels in Hawaii with a fancy smancy restaurant up on the top. Is the Top of the I still there?

CatLovers
09-05-2007, 10:06 PM
If those Shell Vac. Club units are updated studios like the ones we rented, I'd stay there in a minute!

Don't know if they are the same ones you would have stayed in, but SVC owns 80 studio units in that building. Here's a description from the SVC website:
The property’s 80 luxury studios were entirely refurbished in 2002. Each unit sleeps four, and is equipped with well-appointed kitchens, king or double beds and a sleeper sofa. Rooms enjoy views of the twinkling Waikiki skyline or the tropical blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. All units feature private lanais (balconies).


Is the Top of the I still there?

It's now called Sarento’s Top of the I. From the SVC website:
Open for dinner, Sarento's is an Italian eatery that offers delicious regional cuisine and panoramic views of Waikiki, Honolulu, Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. A stone pizza oven, colorful murals and tile accents add Mediterranean touches to this popular island eatery.


I've not been to this resort myself, but I've heard nothing but positive comments from several who have.

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