Aqua Palms Waikiki
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We stayed here for 5 nights over New Year's Eve. Of course prices are high for holidays and I would not have minded if the hotel had been properly maintained. The swimming pool was closed for our entire stay, One of the three elevators was not working for our entire stay (and really caused extremely long waits in this 12 story building) and the furniture was scratched and falling apart. I think the location is good, you can walk to the beach by the Hilton, and lots of restaurants and shopping, but there are many other hotels that would be better choices. The hotel free shuttle only traveled between the other hotels in their chain and one shopping location, not terribly useful. This hotel needs to be refurbished.
This is a reasonably decent hotel, a great location about a block back from Waikiki Beach. Also only about a 1km walk to the Ala Moana Mall and park. Plenty of places to eat in the immediate area, including an ihop pretty much attached to the hotel. Check-in and check-out went relatively smooth and quick, with hotel staff being very friendly and helpful. The free coffee and free ice water in the lobby is a nice touch. The elevators were unfortunately really slow - sometimes we were waiting 5 minutes.The room was large and well renovated, big enough to have a sitting area. The small balcony overlooked the Waikiki hotels and beach – sea views! (At least from the upper floors). The bathroom was pathetically small, hardly big enough for even one person, let alone two. The toilet was sandwiched between the tub and the sink and you couldn’t open/close the door while on the toilet. The AC made a bit too much noise as it cycled on and off all night. The free Wifi was fast and efficient, and plenty of channels on the TV set. They advertise a fitness room, however it isn’t much more than a few busted-up pieces of weight gear and treadmill in a tiny little room.Overall, we had a good stay and we would definitely recommend it to other travelers looking for a reasonably priced base in Waikiki.
We rented a room through vrbo from someone who owns one of the hotel rooms, so I just wanted to say a few things about the hotel itself--not the room we had.Location: It is across the street from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. I walked through the "village" twice (which is really just a mall full of expensive shops) and it takes a good 15 minutes to get to the beach. They do have Friday night fireworks there and that's really fun to watch. We stayed here because in our vrbo deal, reserved parking was included and we had a rental car and a disabled relative with us who needed to be driven most places. The Waikiki stuff that we wanted to do was quite far from the hotel. I drove my friends down to the Kuhio Beach area and then came back to park and walked back to the Kuhio area. It took almost 25 minutes every single time to walk there no matter what route I took--and I was going as fast as I politely could. Driving there is about 15-20 minutes altogether including the garage and traffic. (I think we were on level P3 of the garage which is four sets of ramps.) It takes a good bit of care and time to negotiate all the ramps and corners...THE PARKING GARAGE is a NIGHTMARE. The initial ramp to get in is almost straight up! If you go to fast, you may smash right into cars parked at the top of the ramp. If you go to slow, you will eventually have to gun it a little to get all the way up. It's dicey every single time. The ramps that go from floor to floor are extremely narrow with tight corners you must get around. People hit and/or scrape the walls a lot--there are grooves and chunks of concrete missing from the walls and corners. The paint is severely scraped off and streaks are left from cars scraping by. It is just flat out DANGEROUS.Twice other guests mentioned the crazy garage to me while we were in the elevator. We were so relieved when we made our final descent down that steep final ramp! On the plus side, the staff is genuinely helpful and polite. The air conditioning is often not working well in the reception area--which is not a big deal unless you are waiting in line for help. Then you feel like you are trapped in a sauna.Our room was on the third floor, and there is no view--just other buildings--in case that's important to you.There are more restaurants off the side streets if you walk down past the front of the Hilton area. (Chains like Subway and other sit down places--it's going to take 10 to 15 minutes to get there.) There are a couple of real cheap souvenir shops down the street from the hotel, but we only found IHOP and the Wailana (?) close for restaurants. Walmart has cheap t-shirts if you need them as well and fairly cheap groceries for Hawaii as far as we could tell.Anyway, just some points to take note of. If I were to come back to Honolulu, I would try to get a spot more towards the center of Waikiki for convenience. If stay here and you rent a car--get the smallest car you can and pray for the best.
I was pleasantly surprised. Really nice, clean, friendly, great location! You can hire clean beach towels and beach chairs for free everyday. They have a free bus shuttle service that does a loop around Waikiki, free dvd rental in lobby. Super handy concierge desk and bell boy desk, they booked us into a great luau and everyone was lovely. Room service everyday, comfy beds, big tv.. Pool area was nice but could use some plants and umbrellas, but really the location is key, would go back in a heartbeat.
This is not a luxury hotel. Rather, it is a comfortable, relatively inexpensive hotel that is close to the beach. While we were there, the pool was closed, but that mattered little to us. The staff is very attentive and friendly.
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Aqua Palms WaikikiHonolulu,United States
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1850 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1602
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