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Staying at Imperial of Waikiki

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Checked in today for our first time using our owner's week. If anyone has any questions I'll try and get some answers.

For the record, it's 75 and gorgeous here today. As we were flying in to land at HNL this afternoon there were several humpback whales visible from the jet window. They were maybe a mile offshore. Cool!

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I would love to have updated info on the resort along with photos of unit, building, etc. Are they units old and outdated, are they clean, any bugs, etc? Also what is it like outside around the entrance to the resort?

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I would love to have updated info on the resort along with photos of unit, building, etc. Are they units old and outdated, are they clean, any bugs, etc? Also what is it like outside around the entrance to the resort?

Suzanne
We stayed last year a few days in the resort because of its central location. It's near the ocean, close to the big hotels and all the restaurants, We could only get a studio, which I would not recommend, because it was small with only a Murphy bed. The problem was that the studio was on a low floor and the balcony was fully covered to keep the sun out. It was so dark inside because the balcony was so deep. And we could not see outside! So no view, only traffic and street noise, and a dark room inside! But I guess bigger units on higher floors will be great. And it's so close to everything: you can walk everywhere.
 

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Dave

It's 28 degrees, cloudy and snowing here. Just plain crappy. Have a Mai Tai for
me and enjoy your first stay at the Imperial.:D
 

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As we discussed a few months ago, the Imperial isn't the fanciest place, but, I think you will enjoy staying there as much as any of the more upscale timeshares. At least that's how we feel after 18 years of ownership there. You're going to find you are near everything and the staff can't be beat.
When you get a chance let us know what room you got. We used to like the Diamond Head side, but now, we like the Lewers Street side and checking out what's going on in plaza area and the Beach Walk.
Have a great time!!!!!
 

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We will be checking tomorrow, maybe we can have a drink in the owners lounge.

We have always enjoyed our time at the Imperial, as said before, it is not fancy, but my experiences have always been good.

--Shanna
 
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Imperial of Waikiki??

did a search on the TUG resort database and did not see a "Imperial of Waikiki" listed.

there was

Imperial Hawaii Vacation Club (2605)

Imperial Hawaii-World Wide Vacations Club (0961)

which one are you located in? I am guessing by the comments on it age the 0961 would be a good guess..?? :whoopie:

aloha
 

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did a search on the TUG resort database and did not see a "Imperial of Waikiki" listed.

there was

Imperial Hawaii Vacation Club (2605)

Imperial Hawaii-World Wide Vacations Club (0961)

which one are you located in? I am guessing by the comments on it age the 0961 would be a good guess..?? :whoopie:

aloha
World Wide vacations Club sold their units (13 I think) and their parking spaces back to the Imperial about 2-3 years ago so now there is only the Imperial Hawaii Vacation Club although in our 18 years of ownership I've heard it called The Imperial", "The Imperial of Waikiki" and "The Imperial of Hawaii". It is resort 2605 with RCI.
 

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BMWguynw and california-bighorn. We are staying there Feb 11-18 in a Palm unit. From a trader to Imperial owners, what is our chance of getting a high floor unit when checking in? Do we call a week or so before arrival or is there a trick?
 

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Even as as owner it is hit and miss getting on one of the highest floors, but as a rule, owners are placed on the higher floors. Since check in is every day of the week, rooms are assigned on availability. Rooms are assigned at check in so the sooner you arrive on the day of check in the better chance you have of getting your request. As long as you are on one of the top 10 floors there isn't much difference. As an exchanger, I don't believe you will be keyed for entry into the owners lounge on the 26th floor, but, at least once, I would follow an owner in there just to see the view. There are also some great views from the rooftop pool area open to all. We will just miss you as we check in on the 26th of February.
 
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The best views are above the 19th floor and I have heard they try to give owners a high floor every other year to be fair. Last time we were here we had the 25th floor this time it wthe 15th. I would check on the owner lounge thing because I think when we rented here before we owned we had access
 

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The best views are above the 19th floor and I have heard they try to give owners a high floor every other year to be fair. Last time we were here we had the 25th floor this time it wthe 15th. I would check on the owner lounge thing because I think when we rented here before we owned we had access
Since renters are considered to be guests of the owner, renters are given access to the Owner's Lounge. At least as of last year, exchangers don't get access.
 

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Checking back to update this thread. (We've been out and about most of the time we've been here. Imagine that! :D

We started in Palm unit 2011, a nice location on the 20th floor, with a good view on the Lewers Street side of the building. But the second day the sink cabinet developed a leak that was flooding out the place, and we asked to move to another room. They were willing to put us in another Palm unit up on the 25th floor, but since we have a friend with us, I asked about upgrading to a 2br unit, if they had one available. They did, so now we're in a 2br Hala unit on the 8th floor. It's a much nicer fit for us. (Nice enough that I'm considering trying to change my ownership from a Palm to a Hala unit. The 2br is a lot more spacious. The Palm is a snug fit for two, but was positively tight for three adults.)

The two units I've seen are both very clean, and in good repair (notwithstanding the leak in 2011.) I haven't seen any bugs anywhere. Beds are excellent. The 8th floor unit is in slightly better condition than the 20th floor unit. The desk clerk I talked with explained that everyone wants a view room, so the upper floors have much more use than lower floors, and show more wear and tear.

Now that I've been here a few days, the thing about the need to have a fancy view is that, for us, it is overrated in this location. The view from the top floors is really nice, but unless you're sitting on the lanai angled toward the water, the view is less important because about all you'll see is other high-rise buildings and a patch of blue water here and there. We also found the 20th floor was so high up, sitting on that open lanai was a bit vertigo-inducing. Our room on the 8th floor has a much more usable lanai, and the view is more in touch with the street. If we look between the two hotels across the street, we can see the water, so there is a peekaboo view even from this floor. If we want that amazing unrestricted view, the Owner's Lounge on the 26th floor is awesome, with views from all sides. And for the ultimate view, a short walk between those two hotels puts you right on the sand. (It literally is less than a five-minute walk to the beach from here.)

My overall impression of the Imperial so far is that it's a nice building in a fantastic location. It is a high-rise surrounded by other high-rises, but has some very nice neighbors. (President Obama is currently vacationing on this island, and he and his entourage came to have supper at Roy's restaurant, which is directly across the street from where I'm sitting.) Beach access is easy, the street is clean and safe, and I am perfectly at home here. I will gladly stay here again.

I have found the staff to be very accommodating, as long as you keep in mind this is a timeshare with hotel units, not just a timeshare. The rooms are smaller, compared with other timeshares where we've stayed, but it's an urban setting in a hugely popular vacation destination where land comes at a very premium price. For a building constructed in the 1970's, the Imperial is typical of its era, but is well-maintained and worth the cost. I know I'll enjoy my ownership here, and I can't wait to come back in six months for our next stay here.

For now, Hanauma Bay is calling my name. I'll catch up with everyone later! :)

Dave
 
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