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Both Plus and Premier Units have water/ice dispenser from the refrigerator.


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Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations Club
69-699 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738
Phone: 808-881-3000

Kings' Land Resort HGVC Club Info (Photos, Point chart, Map)

Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations is a spectacular resort located on the exclusive Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island. Nestled directly between two of Hawaii's championship golf courses, Kings' Land offers a super pool with lava rock formations, slides, plunge pools, sand-bottom kid's pool, kid's activity area with video game systems, and the delectable King's Bistro. Guests of Kings' Land by Hilton Grand Vacations also have access and charge privileges to the abundant facilities and amenities of the nearby Hilton Waikoloa Village hotel, including an enticing array of pools, lagoon beach, restaurants, boutiques, spa and recreation. Complimentary shuttle service is available between the resort, the Hilton Waikoloa Village and area shops.

Room Information:

Kings’ Land was built in 3 phases I, II & III.

· Phase I only contains the larger 1 and 2 Bd rooms plus 3 Bd rooms

· Phase II only contains the smaller 1 and 2 Bd rooms.

· Phase III contains both size rooms which is split 50/50 between Phase I/II room sizes. It also contains some 3 Br rooms.

· Phase I are buildings 1-11

· Phase II are buildings 21 & 22

· Phase III are buildings 23-25

· Future KL Phase IV/V (after Ocean Tower project) will be to the left of Phase III.

Discussion of the 3 phases including location and rooms at KL

Discussion on Why go the HGVC on the Big Island at all

Discussion on Which Waikoloa (Big Island ) HGVC to select

Room Codes:

  • 1BR Building #1-11, #23-25 (Standard Phase 1 first floor)
  • 1BP Building #1-4 (Plus Phase 1 first or second floor depends on availability)
  • 1KP Building #5-11, #23-25 (Plus Phase 1/3 second floor)
  • 1BX Building #1-11, #23-25 (Premier Phase 1/3 third floor or second floor end unit)
  • BR1 Building #21-22, #23-25 (Standard Phase 2/3)
  • BP1 Building #21-22, #23-25 (Plus Phase 2/3)
  • 2BR is a standard phase 1/3 first floor (Note: First Floor 2 bedroom units in Bldg 5-11 are all standard 2 Bds with room code {2BR})
  • 2BR2 is standard phase 2
  • 2BP is a plus unit phase 1/3 first or second floor (Note: 1st floor units are only in Bldg 1-4 because the 2 bedroom units in those building were all sold as "Plus" and "Premier" units, not standard 2 bd units)
  • 2KP is a plus unit phase 1 second floor
  • 2BP2 is plus phase 2
  • 2BX is premier phase 1 third floor
  • BR2 Building #21-22, #23-25 (Standard Phase 2/3)
  • BP2 Building #21-22, #23-25 (Plus Phase 2/3)
  • 3BR is a 3Br unit end unit on the first floor in Phase 1
  • 3BX is a 3Br unit end unit on the second floor in Phase 1
  • 3LX Building #23-25 (Premier Phase 3 first, second, or third floor end unit).

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Thanks so much. This is more detail than I expected. How do I search for this for other properties?


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Legacy HGVC


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The Land of Ice and Snow
Resorts Owned
HGVC: The Flamingo, The Boulevard
Here is a photo album form our visit to HGVC Downtown Chicago/Magnificent Mile. We stayed in a 1 bedroom plus (August 2021).


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Starwood/Vistana, Disney, Hyatt, HGVC
Maui Bay Villas
575 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Hawaii 96753
+1 808-856-0900
HGVC Maui Front Desk text - 808-809-5757

Maui Bay Villas opened October 1, 2021

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Maui Bay Villas Point Chart

Videos and Blog on the current resort:

Pictures of the resort by @Denise L in October 2021

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La Pacifica Los Cabos by Hilton Club
Carretera Transpeninsular Km19.5, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur 23400
+52 624-145-6500

La Pacifica resort map
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Notes from @CalGalTraveler
  • La Pacifica rooms are on the right wing (quieter side) of hotel
  • The room designations are by floor: first floor mainly angled to ocean studio but larger balcony with couch than straight to ocean views. Little privacy.
  • Second and third are floor plus units.
  • Fourth floor and 5th are premier.
  • 6th floor premier plus.

La Pacifica Inventory and Point Chart
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Videos on the resorts:
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Legacy HGVC
The Hilton Club - New York

HCNY is a club within a club. In order to book at HCNY, you must own there and book there with your HCNY points. Attached you will find the 2022 HCNY rules.


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Number of Units at each HGVC Resort

2022 SOURCE: HGVClub Disclosure Statement 2022 (updates in Orange Font)

2019 Source: HGVC Form 10-K filed on February 28, 2019 (pages 41 - 42)

As of December 30, 2018, our resorts included the following locations and units:

Property Name / Ownership(1) / Location / Units
Hilton Grand Vacations (U.S.)
SeaWorld Orlando, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Orlando, FL 516
Tuscany Village, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Orlando, FL 440
Parc Soleil, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Orlando, FL 312
Las Palmeras, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Fee-for-service (2) Orlando, FL 225
McAlplin Ocean Plaza, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Miami Beach, FL 52
Flamingo, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Las Vegas, NV 200
Paradise, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Las Vegas, NV 232
The Boulevard, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Las Vegas, NV 714
Trump International Hotel Las Vegas, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club(3) Developed Las Vegas, NV 205 312
Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Fee-for-service Las Vegas, NV 1,201 975
The Grand Islander, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Fee-for-service Honolulu, HI 418
Lagoon Tower, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Honolulu, HI 236
Kalia Suites, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Honolulu, HI 72
Grand Waikikian, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Honolulu, HI 331
Hokulani Waikiki, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club(3) Developed Honolulu, HI 143
Kohala Suites, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Waikoloa, HI 120
Kings’ Land, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Waikoloa, HI 435
Ocean Tower, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Waikoloa, HI 72
The Bay Club at Waikoloa Beach Resort Collection Waikoloa, HI 168
The Hilton Club—New York Developed New York, NY 127
West 57th Street, a Hilton Club Developed New York, NY 166
The Residences by Hilton Club Developed New York, NY 47
The Quin, a Hilton Club Developed New York, NY 207
The District, a Hilton Club Developed Washington, DC 108
Anderson Ocean Club, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Fee-for-service Myrtle Beach, SC 172
Ocean 22, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Fee-for-service Myrtle Beach, SC 220
Ocean Enclave, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club(4) Fee-for-service Myrtle Beach, SC 330 112
Ocean Oak Resort, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club(4) Fee-for-service Hilton Head, SC 125
Sunrise Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Fee-for-service Park City, UT 83
Valdoro Mountain Lodge Collection Breckenridge, CO 70
MarBrisa, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club (Phase 1 & 2) (3)(4) Fee-for-service Carlsbad, CA 232
The Cottages at South Seas Island Resort Collection Captiva, FL 14
Harbourview Villas at South Seas Island Resort Collection Captiva, FL 10
Plantation Bay Villas at South Seas Island Resort Collection Captiva, FL 4
Plantation Beach Club (I, II and III) at South Seas Island Resort Collection Captiva, FL 56
Plantation House at South Seas Island Resort Collection Captiva, FL 12
South Seas Club at South Seas Island Resort Collection Captiva, FL 24
Casa Ybel Resort Collection Sanibel, FL 74
Hurricane House Resort Collection Sanibel, FL 15
Sanibel Cottages Resort Collection Sanibel, FL 28
Tortuga Beach Club Resort Collection Sanibel, FL 54
Seawatch On-the-Beach Resort Collection Ft. Myers Beach, FL 42
The Charter Club of Marco Beach Collection Marco Island, FL 80
Eagle’s Nest Beach Resort Collection Marco Island, FL 96
Club Regency of Marco Island Collection Marco Island, FL 32
The Surf Club of Marco Collection Marco Island, FL 44
Plantation Beach Club at Indian River Plantation Resort Collection Hutchinson Island, FL 30
The Central at 5th a Hilton Club, New York, NY 50
Chicago Magnificent Mile, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Chicago, IL 13
Liberty Place Charleston, a Hilton Club, Charleston, SC 27
Elara HC Vacation Suites, Las Vegas, NV 90 (Currently under construction, opening January 2024)
Maui Bay Villas, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Kihei, Hawaii 31 (Under construction; 31 Suites will be available January 2022, 24 Suites available November 2022, and 60 Suites July 2023.)
Hilton International Grand Vacations (non-U.S.)
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Coylumbridge Developed Scotland 61
Craigendarroch Suites,a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Developed Scotland 32
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Craigendarroch Lodges Developed Scotland 99
HGVClub at Dunkeld Developed Scotland 22
Borgo alle Vigne, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club Fee-for-service Italy 31
The Bay Forest Odawara by Hilton Club Developed Japan 10
The Crane, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club(4) Developed Barbados 38
La Pacifica Los Cabos, a Hilton Club, Mexico 74
The Beach Resort Sesoko by Hilton Club, Japan 30
From the HGVClub Disclosure Statement 2022
  • Shell Island Beach Club, Sanibel, FL 43
  • Sunset Cove, Marco Island, FL 36
  • Hilton Vilamoura Vacation Club, Quarteira, Portugal 69
  • Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, Carlsbad, CA 95
  • Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, Carlsbad, CA 163
  • The Explorean Kohunlich, Chetumal, Mexico 40
  • Fiesta Americana Villas Los Cabos, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 67
  • Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun, Cancun, Mexico 110
  • Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco, Acapulco, Mexico 80

(1) Fee-for-service and collection properties are properties that were funded and constructed by a third-party developer. Collection properties are properties that were contributed by a third party during Hilton’s joint venture with Grand Vacations. A developed property is a property that was funded and constructed by Hilton Grand Vacations or acquired through a just-in-time arrangement. Hilton Grand Vacations also manages the operation of the developed properties.
(2) As of December 31, 2018, we acquired 20 units as part of a just-in-time arrangement.
(3) Property sub-managed by a third party.
(4) During the year ended December 31, 2018, we pre-sold certain units to be occupied beginning in 2019..

Termination of affiliate agreements
NOTE 1: HGVC membership is unavailable at Sunset Cove and Shell Island Beach Club on resale and direct purchases. Existing HGVC members were grandfathered when the affiliation agreement was terminated. (See Aug 2019 update below)
NOTE 2: Club Intrawest & Anantara were internal exchange agreements
Aug 2019 Update
A TUG member has been able to add Shell Island Beach Club weeks to their HGVC account since the management change including in 2018 (link).


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McAlpin Ocean Plaza
1430 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
+1 305-604-8225

From a post by lawren2...

The main building for check-in is Ocean Plaza, building 1 and the other is McAlpin, building 2. Fifty-two units consist of small one and two bedrooms. Numbering plan is building number, floor, unit. There are only eight two bedroom units. 1200, 1202, 1300, 1302, 2200, 2202, 2300 & 2302. Of those only 1200, 2200, 1300 & 2300 are oceanview. The XX02 2BRs are immediately adjacent to the XX00s on the south sides of McAlpin and Ocean Plaza.
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The Quin, a Hilton Club (added by @Eric B)
(aka Central Park Vacation Suites)

101 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Typical floor plan:
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Rooms - codes - nominal area:
37 Studio - STD - 236 square feet (SF)
37 Studio Plus - STP - 261 SF
36 Studio Premier - STX - 295 SF
74 Studio Premier Plus - SXP - 322 SF
4 Studio Penthouse - SPH - 281 SF + terrace 170 SF on 17, 292 SF and 251 SF on 18
5 One Bedroom Premier - 1 BX - 525 SF floors 2-7 on the 6th Avenue side
8 One Bedroom Premier Plus - 1XP - 529 SF floors 8-16 on the 6th Avenue side
6 One Bedroom Penthouse - 1PH - 692 SF + terrace on 17, 18, and 19

Decoding the listings for the Penthouses at The Quin:
Studio Penthouse SH2 - this is room 1803 on the 18th floor. The listing shows 271 SF, but the floor plan in the disclosure package for the 18th floor shows 251 SF and shows it with a lock off entry of 38 SF to combine it with 1804, the 1 BR Penthouse on the corner of W 57th and 6th. Room 1803 does not have a terrace and looks out on W 57th.

Studio Penthouse SHL - this is room 1802 on the 18th floor. The listing of 293 SF is close to that of the disclosure package, which has 292 SF. Room 1802 does not have a terrace and looks out on W 57th.

Studio Penthouse SPH -1 is a Studio Penthouse (275 SF), room number 1703, on the 17th floor with a 160 SF terrace facing 6th. It is a non-accessible unit.

Studio Penthouse SPH - 2 is a Studio Penthouse (285 SF), room number 1705, on the 17th floor with a 174 SF terrace facing W 57th. It is an accessible unit with a roll-in shower and is hearing accessible equipped (notification devices for doorbell or knock and incoming telephone calls).

1 BR Penthouse 1H2 - this is room 1901 and spans the 19th and 18th floor. The portion on the 19th floor is 798 SF and has a 923 SF terrace on the 6th Avenue side and a 335 SF terrace on the W 57th side. There are stairs down to the 18th floor where the bedroom is. There is a 129 SF entry lobby on the 19th floor and a separate elevator that goes down to the 17th floor, where you have to shift from the regular elevators. There is a 60 SF lock off entry between it and room 1802 on the 18th floor.

1 BR Penthouse 1HL - this is room 1804 and based on the disclosure occupies 913 SF on the corner of the 18th floor on 6th and W 57th while the listing shows 914 SF. It has a 456 SF terrace looking north. As mentioned above, there is a lock off entry between it and room 1803.

1 BR Penthouse 1PH - this is rooms 1702, 1704, and 1706. Room 1702 is in the northern corner of the 17th floor on 6th. It is 620 SF, has a 770 SF terrace, and has a 28 SF lock off entry with room 1703 (SPH). There is an additional 43 SF lock off entry outside of the 28 SF one that can combine rooms 1702, 1703, and 1704. Room 1704 is in the southern corner of the 17th floor on 6th and W 57th and is 475 SF with a 436 SF terrace that fronts on both 6th and W 57th. Room 1706 is 449 SF with a 373 SF terrace on W 57th.

1 BR Penthouse PH1 - this is room 1701 and is 427 SF with a 210 SF terrace on the northern side of the building and has a view of W 58th and an obscured view of Central Park.

The Studio Penthouse and One Bedroom Penthouse units are all sold as fixed week fixed unit ownerships and don't seem to appear in the reservation availability. Room 1901 includes two large terraces on the 19th floor along with a 798 SF sitting area and 489 SF bedroom on the 18th floor.
Fitness center is on the second floor and the Owners' Lounge is on the third floor on the corner of 6th Avenue and West 57th, above the restaurant space on the lower floors.
There are decent views of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade available on the 6th Avenue side; all of the 1 BR Premier and Premier Plus rooms are on that side and would be a means of guaranteeing a room with a view. The windows only open about 5 or 6", though.
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Liberty Place Charleston, a Hilton Club​

475 E. Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403
+1 843-974-3300

STD - Studio (3rd Floor Only) - 375 sqft
STP - Studio Plus (4th and 5th Floors Only) - 375 sqft
STX - Studio Premier - 375 sqft
1BR - One Bedroom - 820 sqft
BR1 - One Bedroom - 580 sqft
1BP - One Bedroom Plus - 776 sqft
1BX - One Bedroom Premier - 868 sqft
BX1 - One Bedroom Premier - 580 sqft
2BR - Two Bedroom - 1,172 sqft
2BP - Two Bedroom Plus - 1,145 sqft


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Hilton Grand Vacations Waikoloa Ocean Tower, Disney Saratoga Springs, Disney Bay Lake Tower, and Disney Copper Creek
Ocean Tower - Pre-Construction Information

(From @Rancher) Well not new exactly but they have started the conversion of the north tower of the Hilton hotel At Wailoloa on the Big Island. While this news had been reported quite a while ago they have now started the work. The person I talked to did not know how many units they would end up with or when the work would be completed but everyone seemed happy that work had begun. The first phase is expected to open 4th quarter 2018.

Construction Picture on January 18, 2018 posted by @Rancher.

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This is what we believe the point chart will be for Ocean Tower as reported by @GregT
Platinum points (same weeks as current Platinum season)

Studio Standard - 3,400
Studio Premier (Ocean View) -- 9,300

I was informed that following unit types have sofabed, small dining table and mid-size (not full size, but not your typical small hotel size) refrigerator:

Studio Penthouse Premier - Ocean View - SH3
Studio Plus - STP
Studio Premier - Ocean View - STX

I was informed the other two unit types - Studio - Resort View - STD and Studio Plus - Partial Ocean View - SP3 do not offer those features.

1BR Standard -- 4,800
1BR Plus Standard (Partial OV) - 7,200
1BR Premier Standard (OV) - 9,300

1BR Large -- 7,200
1BR Plus Large (Partial OV) - 9,300
1BR Premier Large (OV) -- 16,800

2BR Standard - 10,500
2BR Premier (Luxury Ocean) - 19,200

2BR Penthouse - 17,500
2BR Penthouse Plus (Partial OV) - 21,000
2BR Penthouse Premier (OV) - 24,000

3BR Plus (Partial OV) -- 23,000
3BR Penthouse Premier (OV) - 28,750

Pre-Construction Floor Plans, Unit Type and Room Pics posted by @SmithOp

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Resort Name: Hilton Grand Vacation Ocean Tower
Part of the Hilton Waikoloa Village located in Waikoloa Beach, Island of Hawaii (aka “Big Island”), state of Hawaii
Post is current as of Spring 2023

Hilton Waikoloa Village (Note: HGVC Ocean Tower is an individual building withing the Village) maintains a web site at www.HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com . Note that the web site is focused on guests or the hotel rather than the HGVC timeshare facility, but many property features are relevant to both.

Developer: Hilton Grand Vacations. Development began in 2017 and is on-going. HGVC is converting legacy hotel rooms in a stand-alone building within the Hilton Waikoloa hotel; that building is named “Ocean Tower”. Ocean Tower shares most amenities with the legacy hotel.

Resort Reviews: https://tug2.com/resorts/resort/Hilton-Grand-Vacations-Club-Ocean-Tower/description

Resort Images:

Resort Location:
Reference “Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii” on most mapping software.
Address: 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, Hawaii 96738 USA
HGV Front Desk Phone: 808-886-5900


In 1988, Hyatt opened its new 1,200 room Hyatt Regency Waikoloa on the Kohola coast (northwest side) of Hawaii’s Big Island, a 62-acre complex of 4 main buildings, connected by a long, semicircular museum walkway with arts and crafts from Asia and Polynesia, a tram, and a waterway with custom boats. The complex also contains 3 freshwater pools, a large saltwater lagoon with sand beach, a full-service in-house spa and fitness center, and multiple interior restaurants. Three of the main buildings were designed as high-rise guest accommodation towers: Ocean Tower, Palace Tower (now called Hale ‘Ike), and Lagoon Tower (now called Makai)

At the time of its opening, nearly $360 million 1988-era dollars (or nearly $1 Billion 2023 equivalent dollars US) had been invested in transforming barren lava fields into a tropical paradise, making it the most expensive hotel built in Hawaii at the time. It became popular as a convention resort (convention space is the primary use of the complex’s 4th building), but struggled to maintain high occupancy rates between conventions.

Hilton Hotels purchased the complex in 1994 and renamed it Hilton Waikoloa Village.

The Hilton Waikoloa Village (including Ocean Tower) is part of the larger Waikoloa Beach Resort, which offers two large retail/dining open air shopping centers, multiple golf courses, and various additional timeshare and condo/townhouse properties.

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Property Map of Hilton Waikoloa Village, showing both the existing Hilton hotel and Hilton Grand Vacations’ Ocean Tower (upper right corner)

Property Characteristics
  • Sprawling 62-acre resort to explore
  • Generally nice weather year round; the Kohola coast is one of the most consistently sunny and dry areas in all of Hawaii
  • On-site Dolphin Lagoon – free dolphin viewing and paid in-water dolphin encounters
  • Three freshwater pools – two with water slides - and a large saltwater lagoon
  • Full-service on-site spa and salon
  • Two fitness centers: one for hotel guests, and another (6th floor of Ocean Tower) for Hilton Grand Vacation guests.
  • Multiple onsite and nearby dining options, including a Luau and an excellent sunset dinner venue: Kamuela Provision Company (KPC)
  • Multiple onsite and nearby ocean recreation opportunities, including snorkeling, paddle boarding, and whale watch boating in-season
  • Ocean Tower owners can use the Ocean Tower’s Owner’s Lounge within HGVC’s Welcome Center through reservations with the Owner’s Checkin Desk. The lounge features men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers – especially useful if owners have a late flight and check out well before their flight.
  • Two nearby shopping centers (with shuttle service) and some on-site shopping
  • Good base-camp location for exploring the island to visit:
  • Tropical gardens in Hilo
  • Coffee plantations in Kona
  • Macadamia nut plantations and processing factories in Hilo
  • Western town life in Waimea (aka Kamuela)
  • Zip lining in North Kohala
  • Astronomical observatories on the top of Mauna Kea
  • The southernmost point in the US
  • Numerous area restaurants specializing in seafood, excellent pork and beef, and farm to table veggies
  • Blue Hawaiian’s nearby Heliport for popular helicopter tours
  • And of course, the Hawaii Volcanos National Park and its active Kilauea volcano
Ocean Tower Background

In 2017, Hilton Grand Vacations, Hilton’s timeshare spinoff, bought one of Hilton Waikoloa Village’s three existing guest accommodation towers, Ocean Tower, and is gradually renovating its legacy rooms into timeshare-based studio, one, two, and three bedroom units with varying views.

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Ocean Tower, shown in the middle of the above picture, is designed as three interlocking, multi-story rings with heights up to 8 floors above the ground. The leftmost circle is the West (Ocean) Tower, the rightmost circle is the East (Ocean) Tower. The terrain slopes gently from East Tower to West Tower, resulting in variation between top and bottom floor designations within the towers. A golf course is shown in the upper part of the picture. The inverted V-shaped building at the bottom is Palace Tower, which is part of the legacy Hilton Hotel and not part of Hilton Grand Vacation Club.

Ocean Tower Check-In is not done at the Hilton’s main lobby, but at a large HGVC Welcome Center within Ocean Tower itself. Once you enter the open interior of Ocean Tower (arriving via tram, boat or museum walkway), you quickly see which rooms are HGVC converted and which remain legacy hotel rooms. Legacy hotel room sections have deeply recessed doors and are flanked by pinkish walls accessed by tile walkways. HGVC units are medium grey exterior walls with dark room doors flanked by wood trim and carpeted walkways.
  • As of 2023, approximately one third of Ocean Tower’s units (specifically the north side of West Tower and north side of East Tower adjacent to the golf course) have been gutted and fully converted to HGVC timeshares available on HGVC.com to Hilton Grand Vacation (HGV) owners. Booking is also available at the 6 month window to those Hilton Vacation Club (HVC) owners who bought into the Max program.
  • The remaining Ocean Tower rooms remain configured as legacy hotel rooms, furnished much as they were when HGV bought the tower in 2017. These rooms are rented to the public on the Hilton.com website under the identifier “Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean Tower Waikoloa Village”. During 2023, many of the rooms in the West and Central Tower were repainted and recarpeted, though it appears the legacy furnishings remain.
Note: HGVC vs legacy proportions will change as Hilton gradually converts more legacy rooms to timeshares.

Room Numbering and Status

Ocean Tower rooms are labeled as XYYY where X is the floor number and YYY is the individual room number.
  • In HGV’s timeshare section, room numbers are not always consecutive, as some legacy rooms were converted into second and third bedrooms in the timeshare. Therefore, those original room numbers were skipped.
  • YYY room numbers run counter clockwise from the south entryway.
    • East Tower has 7 floors numbered 2 through 8.
      • Rooms labeled X001 through X039.
        • X001 through X019 are legacy hotel rooms.
        • X020 through X039 are HGV-converted timeshare units.
    • Central Tower has 6 floors numbered 2 through 7
      • Rooms adjacent to the golf course are labeled X040 through X053
      • Rooms overlooking the lagoon are labeled X094 Through X102 (Note: Due to access for tram and boats, these rooms go from Floor 3 through floor 7. Additionally, many of these rooms are legacy one bedroom suites.)
      • All rooms in the Center tower are legacy hotel rooms, except for rooms 7040-7053 which are currently used for HGV administration and HGVC model room.
    • West Tower, closest to the Ocean, has 6 floors numbered 1 through 6
      • Rooms labeled X054 through X093
      • X054 through X074 Are HGV-converted timeshare units
      • X075 Through X093 are legacy hotel rooms
Ocean Tower's Floor 2 is "lobby level" across all three towers. Floor 2 contains tram and boat stops, HGVC’s reception/check-in desk (aka "Welcome Center"), an adult pool, a gift shop, and a coffee shop. Public restrooms are adjacent to HGVC reception. There is also a water bottle refill dispenser adjacent to reception beside the main elevator bank.

Features Common to all Ocean Tower Timeshare Accommodations:
  • At least one balcony (or lanai/patio on ground floor) through a double-wide, sliding glass door with two rattan chairs with pillows and a small side table.
  • Under-bed storage space: suitable for 4 or 5 pairs of shoes on one side and 2 medium suitcases on the other side for accommodations with king beds.
  • US-style 120 volt electrical outlets with two USB-A type charging ports near each bed, usually on both sides of the bed.
  • In-room light control from the balconies is a top mounted, roll up blind controlled by either electrical controls OR a manual chain. There is no screen door, so it is not possible to leave the sliding doors open without inviting insects and the occasional curious bird.
  • Large wall mounted, flat panel television in each accommodation, equipped with InnSpire software through a rechargeable remote. One bedroom and larger accommodations have additional similar TVs in each in bedroom.
    • InnSpire’s software provides:
      • a local TV channel/program guide with extensive channel selections, including some audio-only music channels. HBO, Showtime and Starz are offered in English. Channels for Chinese and Japanese-speaking guests are available.
      • built-in app to access selected streaming services (in February 2023, those services were: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, HBOMax, CNN News, ESPN, Sony Crackle and Pandora). Since most of those services require a paid subscription and a personal login, InnSpire offers an option to both save and later erase/wipe your personal passwords from the TV.
      • wireless “casting” (i.e. displaying content – usually videos - from your handheld device on the TV)) is supported from your Android or Apple devices.
        • Ocean Tower’s InnSpire software in their Smart TVs is apparently based on Google Android software. Therefore, InnSpire’s casting and remote features work seamlessly with Android phones and tablets but are awkward to use with Apple/IOS products. Apple’s native casting software (Airplay) is not supported by InnSpire. The only Apple apps supported for are App Store apps compatible with Google Cast (aka Chromecast). You can Google for a list of Google Cast-compatible IOS apps.
      • an option to connect your device (laptops, usually) via a standard HDMI cable (cable provided by the guest).
  • At least one of each accommodations’ telephones is connected to a digital alarm clock, which itself doubles as a radio, wireless charging station, and Bluetooth speaker.
  • All kitchens in each room type (including the Studio) are equipped with a deep stainless-steel sink including garbage disposal, 1200 watt microwave, full height (yes, full height even in the Studios) LG stainless steel refrigerator with separate freezer/ice maker in lower compartment, standard (not Keurig) coffeemaker, 2 slice toaster, hot water kettle, and a good deal of cabinet storage space.
  • Instant Hot Water faucet at the kitchen sink. Separate from the regular sink water faucet, this sink-side dispenser produces instant hot water suitable for instant oatmeal or a quick sanitary rinse of a utensil.
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Full length wall mounted mirror in the living space.
  • Fair to good lighting in the bathroom, including a lighted magnifying shave/makeup mirror at standing height
  • Bathrooms can be closed off with a sliding barn-style door. Showers are dedicated stalls. Each shower has both a handheld spray and a regular tall, wall mounted spray.
  • Bathrooms have a Toto Washlet – equipped toilet (essentially a high tech toilet seat with built-in bidet features)
  • Décor is earth tones: browns, wood looks, blacks. Paint finishes are generally neutral (beiges and blue/greys) with white trim.
  • Artificial wood flooring in the living and entry area. Large slate-looking tile in the bath and shower.
Key Features that Vary by Unit Type
  • 1 Bedroom and larger units are equipped with in-room stackable washer/dryers. Studios can use laundry rooms within the tower.
  • 1 Bedroom and larger units are equipped with 4 burner cooktop, and an under counter oven in addition to the standard microwave and refrigerator freezer.
  • Some one bedrooms have a soaking tub in addition to the standard shower.
Other features of the Hilton Waikoloa Village and its Ocean Tower resort
  • Ocean Tower maintains its own Fitness Center for HGV guests on the 6th floor of Ocean Tower (between rooms 6093 and 6094), separate from that maintained for Hotel Guests located in the Kohala Spa.
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    • Above: Fitness Center for Ocean Tower guests.
  • Resort amenities – including dining venues, pools, and interior transportation – are shared with the Hilton Waikoloa hotel which services the two remaining guest room towers: Palace Tower and Makai Tower.

  • On-site parking – via valet or self parking - is available. However, parking incurs an additional daily fee ($44 per day in January 2023), even for Ocean Tower owners. Valet parking is usually ~$10 more per day than self-parking, and tipping your valet is customary. The self-parking lot is more than a mile away from Ocean Tower, so Ocean Tower guests walk or rely on interior transportation options and Bell Services to get themselves and their luggage and groceries to their accommodations.
Floorplan: Studio (Room type codes STD, STP, SP3, STX, and SH3 in Ocean Tower’s HGV room inventory):

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Above: Studio seen from the sliding doors to outside

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Above: Studio kitchenette. Door to interior walkway access is upper right.

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Above: Studio bathroom. Toilet to the left, shower to the right.

Floorplan: Regular/Standard One Bedroom (2 double beds) (DR1, DP1, and DX1 codes. The King Bed BX1 accommodation also shares this floorplan)

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Above: Std 1 BR seen from the entry door. Bedroom is on the left, bathroom and Laundry closet is on the right as you enter.

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Above: Std 1 Bedroom. Note that the BX1 accommodation substitutes a king bed for these two double beds in the same space.

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Above: Bathroom for Std 1 BR, seen from entry hallway. Shower is to the left. Toilet to the right.

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Above: Laundry area and small utility closet. Bathroom is to the far right .

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Above: Std BR Kitchen Area

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Above: Std 1 BR as seen from sliding glass windows to the outside.

Floorplan: Large One Bedroom (1 King Bed) (1BR, 1BP, and 1BX accommodation codes in Ocean Tower’s HGV room inventory)

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Above: Living area as seen from dining area. Note that the living area has its own balcony separate from the bedroom.

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Above: Dining and kitchen area. Entry door and laundry door are upper left of photo.

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Above: Closeup of the kitchen area

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Above: Laundry Room beside doorway to the outside walkway.

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Above: bedroom seen from hallway from living room to the bath. King Bed just past the partition on left.

Floorplans for the Two Larger Accommodations (all 2xx and 3xx accommodation codes in Ocean Tower’s HGV room inventory)

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Note design similarities with the smaller units. For instance, the Three Bedroom is usually made up of a Two Bedroom accommodation with an adjacent “lock off” Studio.

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Above: living area for 3 BR. Doorway to lockoff Studio is upper left. Doorways to adjacent two separate private bedrooms are against the rightmost wall, but not shown in photo.

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Above: Larger Master Bedroom for 2 and 3 BR accommodations. Except for entry door placement, this bedroom layout is similar to the "Large One Bedroom" accommodation.

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Above: Master Bath for larger Master Bedroom in 2 and 3 BR accommodations. Note both the soaking tub (lower right) and enclosed shower (upper left). This layout is very similar to the bathroom in the smaller "1 Bedroom Large" accommodation.

Booking Criteria: Room Variations and Views

When HGVC owners book Ocean Tower, they choose:
  • a Season (Ocean Tower has only two defined seasons), based on calendar dates:
    • Platinum for most of the year or
    • Gold for calendar weeks 19-22 (roughly 2nd week of May through first week of June) and weeks 36-41 (most of September after Labor Day through mid October)
  • an Accommodation: Ocean Tower offers studios with one king bed, 1 bedrooms in two configurations (choice of king bed or two double beds), two bedrooms, and three bedrooms. Pull out beds are offered in most 1 Bedroom or larger accommodations.
  • a View: Each Ocean Tower room has sliding glass doors looking outward to the resort grounds; all doorway entries from the covered exterior hall are in the interior center of these connected circular towers. Ocean Tower offers “Resort View”, “Partial Ocean Views” and “Ocean Views”
    • “Resort View” – may include the adjacent golf course or the resort’s landscaped grounds. Some “resort views” have a bit of an ocean view to their far side, especially in the upper floors (each tower has up to 8 floors, though the concentric rings slope downward towards the ocean so actual height/altitude varies by a floor or two depending on which of the three circles in the tower you are in).
    • “Partial Ocean View” – of the three original guest towers at Hilton Waikoloa Village, the west-most ring of Ocean Tower’s tri-ring cluster is arguably the closest to the ocean, partly because it sits on an dogleg in the property with the ocean-fed salt water lagoon on one side and the Pacific Ocean in front. But because of Ocean Towers’ circular design, ocean views vary dramatically from room to room, even on the same floor.
    • “Ocean View” – Note that due to Ocean Tower’s tri-ring tower design, there are no rooms in Ocean Tower that most would consider “Ocean Front”, since in all cases there is a significant area of lawn between Ocean Tower and the actual Pacific Ocean coastline. HGVC exacts a points premium of up to 4 times Resort View points for Ocean Views. When HGVC renovations to Ocean Tower are complete, I’d estimate that less than 20% of all rooms will qualify as good Ocean Views.
  • Some Ocean Tower accommodations – usually the top several floors of each ring in Ocean Tower - are a subset of rooms assigned to the category of “Penthouse”. Studio, two bedroom, and three bedroom accommodations offer the option of penthouse level. Points charts for one bedroom accommodations do not currently list a Penthouse option. The original brochure indicates that the Penthouse category features “upgraded accommodations”; however, my experience is that Penthouse rooms are furnished very similarly to lower tier rooms of the same size but are located on higher (though not always the highest) floors. Views from penthouses vary by category.
Transportation to and from the Hilton Resort

Hawaii Island ("Big Island" to the locals) has two commercial airports. One on the east side in Hilo (airport code ITO) and the other on the west side in Kailua Kona (airport code KOA). KOA is closest to the Hilton Waikoloa Resort. KOA is 19 miles from the Hilton and roughly 40 minutes. ITO is 72 miles and roughly 90 minutes.

KOA offers rental cars from most major US rental companies. Uber and Lyft are usually available in daylight hours. Hawaii’s public transit Heleon bus service (heleonbus.org) has several daily routes between the KOA airport and the Hilton Waikoloa.

Hilton Waikoloa Village has a National/Enterprise Rental Car office on-site. Car selections are limited and sometimes sell out at this location, so advanced reservations are highly recommended.

Hawaii Occupancy Tax

Hawaii (not HGV or Ocean Tower specifically) imposes a daily Occupancy tax over and above timeshare interests that is not usually included in quotes for timeshare use or regular hotel room rental. The tax varies by unit and is payable at check-in. In 2023, the occupancy tax for 1 bedrooms was around $13 US per day.

Room Requests

Ocean Tower’s front desk will accept room requests (applicable for your booked room type) at least 3 days before your checking by directly calling Ocean Tower’s Reception Desk at 808-886-5900. Typical Room requests might include “higher or lower floor” or “West Tower or East Tower”. Remember: the view of your room, and in some cases the specific floors, are constrained by which room type you booked, so study HGVC.com room descriptions (generally found by clicking the grey circle with the “i” in it beside the room names).


At HGV Ocean Tower, housekeeping usually occurs every 4th day, with your check-in day counting as the “first day”. So if you check in on a Saturday, your housekeeping most likely will be Tuesday and the next Saturday. But your mileage may vary, so check with Ocean Tower reception if you aren’t sure about your day. Extra towels, shampoo and soap, and supplies (coffee, utensils, cookware, etc) can be requested anytime via the in-room phone or by texting the Ocean Tower Concierge at 808-202-2280.

On-site Dining and Groceries

Hilton Waikoloa’s signature in-house dining experience is the dinner-only outdoor lanai at its Kamuela Provision Company (aka “KPC”) restaurant. Situated on the highest point of land in the complex and facing west northwest, its sunset views are often spectacular.

Hilton Waikoloa Village offers other on-site dining experiences, including a buffet breakfast-only venue (Big Island Breakfast – which appears to operate seasonally); casual, counter service lunch at the Kona pool (Orchid Marketplace); a lunch/dinner outdoor seating service at the Dolphin Lagoon (Lagoon Grill); and a midrange sit-down restaurant for breakfast and dinner (Nui Italian) near the Palace Tower. Menus and reservations for Kamuela Provision Company and Nui Italian are often available on Opentable.com. Coffee/light breakfast service is available by a third party contractor (currently Honolulu Coffee) in each guest tower (including Ocean Tower). The Hilton runs its own Luau with dinner service on select days. Drinks and light snacks are usually available at the Kona Pool bar during daylight hours. The Kohola Pool has a small, seasonal bar with limited hours. Menus and dining hours can usually be found on the www.HiltonWaikoloaVillage.com website.

Outside Hilton’s Waikoloa Village complex but within reasonable walking distance, two small shopping centers (Kings’ Shops and Queens Marketplace) offer a range of food services from nice sit-down to food court-style offerings. Hilton Waikoloa Village usually offers scheduled shuttles between these shopping centers and the Hilton’s lower main lobby for a small fee ($5 per person each way in February 2023). The nearby Marriott has in-house restaurants. A somewhat hard to find dining venue on the beach behind the Marriott (Lava Lava Beach Club) is a favorite for come-as-you-are casual sunset dining.

Despite nice kitchens in Ocean Tower accommodations, grocery selection within the Hilton resort is very limited. However, both nearby shopping centers offer a grocery store, though the Gourmet Market at Queens Marketplace is the largest and offers the most variety, including a small butcher shop (with fresh fish and poke’ selections) as well as a popular deli. Some HGVC guests find that getting groceries from Hilton’s front door to Ocean Tower is problematic: that distance is about one mile. I either drop off my groceries at Bell Services and wait for their delivery (tips are expected) or wait a few minutes for the internal Tram and ride with my groceries from the lobby to Ocean Tower in air-conditioned comfort.

It is unclear what impact HGV’s timeshare unit continuing buildout – especially those with full kitchens – will have on Hilton Waikoloa’s future internal dining options or internal grocery availability.

Summary of Impressions

Renovated HGV Ocean Tower room accommodations are upscale, comfortable, well appointed and recently completed. The Hilton Waikoloa Village resort itself remains both relaxing and impressive despite 35 years of operation.
  • The Studio accommodation is a good choice for solo travelers or couples staying a week or so. Larger than a typical hotel room and equipped with king bed, nice bathroom, large fridge, sink and microwave, it has plenty of room for up to two for shorter stays, with an occasional heat-up meal in the room. The STP studio accommodation variant might be appropriate for two adults with one or two small children on the pullout couch unique to that studio accommodation. There is no washer/dryer in studio units, but Ocean Tower provides guest laundry rooms.
  • The STP-coded Studio accommodation might be a good choice for a family with one or two small children. It has a king bed and a pull out queen sized sofa, plus a table with seating for 4. Otherwise its very similar to the standard studio described above.
  • The 1 BR with 2 Double Beds (aka 1 Bedroom “Small” or “Standard”) is a good choice for two to three friends traveling together who want separate beds OR as a room for kids (where parents stay separately) or for a solo traveler who likes to sleep late. It has good table workspace, a large living area, and cook-in kitchen. The positioning of the bedroom without windows allows much better control of sunlight; in both Studio and 1 BR Large King accommodations, the bedding area is so near the large sliding glass doors, light may wake you just after sunrise each day. The washer/dryer is handy for longer stays.
  • The 1 BR with King bed is a good choice for travelers who want a little more stretch-out space and/or guests staying longer than a week. It also works well for a couple where one or both may be working during vacation. The large kitchen is ready for as many dine-in meals as you wish. The washer/dryer is handy for longer stays.
Note that the terminology around the one bedroom units can be confusing. For example, the one bedroom with two double bed version goes by several names: “Standard 1 BR”, “Small 1 BR”, and “1 BR Two Double Beds”. If you are booking a one bedroom accommodation, make sure you verify which type of one bedroom you are booking.

Important Note: During conversion from the legacy hotel rooms to HGVC rooms, Ocean Tower has a blend of room types. HGVC owners traveling on points and (usually) guests arriving on Hilton’s timeshare promotional packages are accommodated in the new HGVC units. Guests paying cash for Ocean Tower rooms, including those booking through Hilton.com, are generally housed in the non-renovated hotel rooms. As of 2023, when you go on Hilton.Com to book a hotel room within the Hilton Waikoloa Village complex, you are offered two choices: (1) “Hilton Waikoloa Village”, offering rooms in the Palace/Hale ‘Ike Tower and Makai/Lagoon Tower hi-rises and (2) “Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean Tower”, offering (for now) the legacy, pre-conversion hotel room inventory in Ocean Tower. There are numerous complaints about Ocean Tower's legacy rooms on travel boards, though HGVC appears to be renovating some of these rooms to address these concerns.

Notice: Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Ocean Tower, Ocean Tower floorplans, and Hilton Waikoloa Village are trademarks, service marks and copyrighted materials. The author makes no claim to any such items.


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