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All,

I know it's been reported already that Lagoon is being renovated, and from talking to maintenance, they appear to be more than half done.

We checked in yesterday into 2370, 23rd floor, room 70 on the Ewa side. It has the fabulous marina/sunset view without being the DR 68. I was very surprised to get this room because I know 100% I booked a 1BP (dedicated 1BR) and this is a lock-off room. I don't mind, was just surprised. My room request was 1) not DR 68 and then 2) highest room possible on diamond head side. Actual room was THE highest room possible (excluding penthouse), but on Ewa.

My wife thinks its a little bigger than 61, but I can't tell. The renovations are well-done and the room is very clean. I will post pics before I go.

Interesting comment considering Phyllis recent experience. When we checked in, the previous tenant trash was still in the trash can. Odd - but the rest of the unit is terrific.

I love this place - truly a gem in my timeshare world.

Best,

Greg
 
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Greg

Sounds like you got a great room. Hope you two enjoy the weekend, weather should be good.

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Great to hear you got a good room with a nice sunset view, enjoy your stay.
 

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Greg, have a great time. We are always thinking about Hawaii now. Aloha!
 

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All,

We checked in yesterday into 2370, 23rd floor, room 70 on the Ewa side. It has the fabulous marina/sunset view without being the DR 68. I was very surprised to get this room because I know 100% I booked a 1BP (dedicated 1BR) and this is a lock-off room. I don't mind, was just surprised. My room request was 1) not DR 68 and then 2) highest room possible on diamond head side. Actual room was THE highest room possible (excluding penthouse), but on Ewa.

I checked a niece into 1963 this past weekend. I also booked a 1 BP ocean view and this was a lock off room. I did not call in any requests re the room. 1963 is 19th floor, room 63 on the diamond head side, great view and high up enough that it doesn't get the noise from below. :whoopie:
Greg, hope you're having a great time. Glad the Hawaii Kai power outage didn't extend to Waikiki. ;)
 

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All,

Okay, I've uploaded the pics to Shutterfly -- I think I'm sharing the album together, but we all know how hopelessly untechnical I am.

I hope this works? And apologies for the picture quality....DougP and AlywaysonVac's pics are much much more helpful...

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Greg

http://hhvrenovationsviewpics.shutterfly.com/pictures#n_5
 

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Looks like the Gran Waikikian

Hell oGreg,

just saw your pics of the renovated kitchen. Same materials as they have used forthe kitchen of the Grand Waikikian.
 

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All,

Headed to the airport now - another great stay at HHV-Lagoon. This is a great spot for shopping/eating with my lovely wife and good opportunity to meet BocaBum99 and see Slum808 again. Sorry to have missed other TUGgers and hope for next time.

It really is remarkable to be able to "exchange" in using HGVC points (because I own Orlando) and stay at such a wonderful property in a prime location (and prime view). I'm accustomed to II trades where true exchangers get worst view, but the way HGVC works is just incredible. This mini-system rocks.

I look forward to next trip - this time bringing the kids. I think they will love the lagoon and the Waikiki waves.

Best,

Greg
 
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Glad to hear that you had a nice time! I'm headed there in about 6 weeks, but wasn't able to get Lagoon tower this time.

What performers were there during your stay?
 

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Glad to hear that you had a nice time! I'm headed there in about 6 weeks, but wasn't able to get Lagoon tower this time.

What performers were there during your stay?


Enjoy your trip in 6 weeks and please let us know how the renovations are going!

I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't even look at the performers list. I will have to pay closer attention next time!

Best,

Greg
 

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Is that your grill, or is that grill provided in the unit? Was looking at your photo of the balcony.
 

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Is that your grill, or is that grill provided in the unit? Was looking at your photo of the balcony.

That's my grill that I bring with me. I absolutely love to cook, and can't stand going days with BBQing. My wife says its a panini maker (because that's what the box says) but I know it's really a grill.

It's electric so it's safe on the balcony. I bought it for HHV and HRA because neither property has on site BBQs.

Best,

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Greg,
Glad you had a good trip and it was great to see you again. If you ever forget your grill you can borrow ours.

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All,

Headed to the airport now - another great stay at HHV-Lagoon. This is a great spot for shopping/eating with my lovely wife and good opportunity to meet BocaBum99 and see Slum808 again. Sorry to have missed other TUGgers and hope for next time.

It really is remarkable to be able to "exchange" in using HGVC points (because I own Orlando) and stay at such a wonderful property in a prime location (and prime view). I'm accustomed to II trades where true exchangers get worst view, but the way HGVC works is just incredible. This mini-system rocks.

I look forward to next trip - this time bringing the kids. I think they will love the lagoon and the Waikiki waves.

Best,

Greg

Yes sorry to have missed you.. I never thought our guests for my son's party would stay from 10 am until 7 pm!! But will love to meet up next time you are here.. :)
 

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It really is remarkable to be able to "exchange" in using HGVC points (because I own Orlando) and stay at such a wonderful property in a prime location (and prime view). I'm accustomed to II trades where true exchangers get worst view, but the way HGVC works is just incredible. This mini-system rocks.

All,

I'm repeating a quote because I thought the same thing yesterday.

We arrived for quick 4 days, followed by 5 at Aulani next week, then MOC in our fixed week. My kids first time to HHV.

We are in room 1969, another high floor Ewa. By now, I love the marina view and beautiful sunsets. Interesting to note that 1969 is far enough forward thati can see totallypast the Illikai west, and can see the mountains, and Ko Olina, as well as the coastline. I like being this far forward.

And this makes DR 68 not as D. That has a better view than I appreciated.

This places still, absolutely rocks. My son (age 8) and I went straight to the pool & lagoon yesterday on arrival. He loved it - andI feed on my kids excitement and energy. This morning I did my customary Waikiki walk, which is a very therapeutic walk to the Groin and back.

Sorry for rambles, but putting in a plug for 1969 (a dedicated 2br) and offering a balanced view on DR 68.

Best,

Greg

Edited:I look back at my Feb pics (earlier post in thread) and you can see the coastline from 1970 so less difference than I thought. 1969 is up at the end of the Illikai, so it only feels more open. I edited my comments above to reflect that 1970 also sees the coastline (and mountains/Ko Olina). Thx
 
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Sounds great. Thanks for posting the info and the unit #'s.
 

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Glad your having another amazing time!
 

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Thanks for the update GregT. I'll be checking in there on Wednesday in a 1 BP. Now I know what to ask for.
 

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I just booked a week at Lagoon for next March. 2 BR premier. We have always stayed on the big island or been on business in a hotel in waikiki area, so its our first time at HHV lagoon.

If you can give advice on which unit/which side to request I would appreciate it. Having not been there, I cant exactly decipher the points.

Also just started the purchase process on an ebay sale (gulp, I dont do ebay). I'm reasonably certain it wont pass ROFR as it was under $2 a point at Parc Soleil, but worth a try. I'll let you know how it goes.

Happy Father's Day to all.
 

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We have been staying in the Lagoon Tower since it opened as a timeshare in 2000. We stay several weeks each year. It feels like home. HHV has such a great feeling. Seems like home. Love the place. Today, in the USA Today newspaper, Honolulu is listed as the most expensive US city to visit. Makes owning at the Lagoon Tower quite a deal. Compared to Marriott MOC and Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas North, the maintenance fees are a bargain!
 

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Thanks for the update GregT. I'll be checking in there on Wednesday in a 1 BP. Now I know what to ask for.

Remy,

Sorry we will miss you when you arrive! You may wish to call today and put in the room request. I typically call a week or two before arrival and have been so pleased with our room choices.

We've now been in 1668, 2061, 2370 and now 1969. Only 2061 has been on Diamond Head side, and our first trip (on an RCI exchange, put us in DR 68). I've liked them all for different reasons -- and only DR 68 gave me any pause, but it wouldn't bother me now that I now how I use the unit (spending most time on the balcony).

But all are high floors, which has been our request. I think it's worth calling and making that request? It does mean a longer wait for elevators, but a tiny price to pay.

Yesterday, we rented a paddle board for the day and the kids absolutely went nuts over it. They all took turns with it (and I was proud, sharing it quite well), and Jack in particular couldn't spend enough time on the water. Caroline (age 10 -- 11 next month) took great pride in paddling me around the lagoon, and it gave us a great opportunity to just talk about things. Priceless opportunity.

Best,

Greg
 

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Remy,

Sorry we will miss you when you arrive! You may wish to call today and put in the room request. I typically call a week or two before arrival and have been so pleased with our room choices.

We've now been in 1668, 2061, 2370 and now 1969. Only 2061 has been on Diamond Head side, and our first trip (on an RCI exchange, put us in DR 68). I've liked them all for different reasons -- and only DR 68 gave me any pause, but it wouldn't bother me now that I now how I use the unit (spending most time on the balcony).

But all are high floors, which has been our request. I think it's worth calling and making that request? It does mean a longer wait for elevators, but a tiny price to pay.

Yesterday, we rented a paddle board for the day and the kids absolutely went nuts over it. They all took turns with it (and I was proud, sharing it quite well), and Jack in particular couldn't spend enough time on the water. Caroline (age 10 -- 11 next month) took great pride in paddling me around the lagoon, and it gave us a great opportunity to just talk about things. Priceless opportunity.

Best,

Greg

I'm in the Village, just at the Ali'i hotel tower until Wednesday. 7 days didn't seem like enough and I had some of those HH shekels to unload on an AXON award before they became peso-like in value.

I made the call a few minutes ago. Looks like they'll accommodate the high floor. Thanks for the advice!

I'm the same way with using the room. I live on the balcony or I'm not in the room at all.
 

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Remy,

Sorry to miss you -- please let us know what room you finally end up in, and how the view stacks up?

We're checking out today, and heading over to Aulani. I'm excited for the first time visit to Aulani, but I really really like this place. I had a great few days with the kids.

We ended up doing surf lessons (for them) on Saturday, and Sunday was spent in the lagoon/pool/ocean. Wonderful times here at HHV -- HGVC remains a rocking system.

Best,

Greg
 

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Will do. Enjoy the rest of your trip. We are here until the 24th.

I still think surfing should be called "paddle, paddle, paddle, surf, paddle, paddle, paddle".
 

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Ended up in 63. On the 17th. Great view. There is the small matter of the Rainbow tower blocking the ocean.

Did the owner update today for $200 activity dollars and a full day in a Tapa Pool cabana. If you haven't seen, the Tapa pool underwent a $4.something million renovation. They price the cabana at $195 a day. Not a bad haul for 40 minutes.
 
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