Aqua Waikiki Wave
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This hotel is two blocks from the beach, but only 100 feet from the newly build "International Market Place" shopping mall (and from the night market). So, a great spot to spend more money on the way to the beach :-). Anyway the hotel just got a complete renovation and is especially from the room design just great. The bathroom has a great walk-in shower, the room itself shelves has a huge TV, etc. all with a very nice coloring and style, the beds are comfortable - Really great! The pool is small, really small, but for a short dip after a day at the beach or after sightseeing just fine. The Valet parking people are very nice, but the room you have to park your car before they can drive it away is very limited, so it happened twice that we couldn't drive into the valet parking area and blocked the street for some time with all the typical side-effect of the other drivers.We had a little challenge with the room availability and also with the noises from the bar, but one thing they did solve, I guess on the noises they couldn't do anything, but they waived some fees as the room almost directly at the bar entrance..Hendrik
Loved the decor of the rooms, tv was massive for a hotel room and had Netflix which was great. Staff were friendly and Jason at the concierge desk was awesome!Had a great time here. Only downside was that the pool was a bit small/crowded and hotel wasn't on the beach.
Made the reservation to stay at LayLow early in the year before it actually opened. Was hoping that it would be nice, and overall it did not disappoint. I thought the location was great, close enough to the beach to easily walk there. Plenty of shopping and other eating establishments in the area. While waiting for our trip to arrive, I read the reviews as they grew in number. Yes, some things could be handled a bit differently especially for elite members, such as better controlling access to the 15th and 16th floors, but they kept the food offerings pretty well stocked. When the coffee machine went on the fritz, we could go downstairs to obtain one at no cost. It was promptly repaired. I had a corner room which had a small round table with two chairs and a bench along the wall, with USB and electrical outlets. So, it was well suited for working. When first arriving, the welcome package did not have the flip flops I had read about and seen in pictures. I had not brought any as I was planning on using those. I mentioned it at the desk and was told that they had run out and were awaiting more. Later that day, however, as I was passing the Concierge desk, I was stopped and informed that some had been located. My feet were happy! Mahalo. Of course, the shaved iced that others mentioned was available in the early afternoon and appreciated. All in all a pleasant stay.
My spouse and I spent three nights here last week. The staff was phenomenal from check-in to check-out. I used my Marriott points as a platinum member and was given a high level corner room with walk out balconies on both sides. Views were stunning. Bed was very comfortable and amenities at the hotel were better than I expected. The beach is a short two block walk to Waikiki. Not a long walk at all and you're actually in the best part of Waikiki. The Laylow was just remodeled! Fresh and new!Pool was small but enough for us. The king-size adjustable seating mats made this more appealing and comfortable than the crowded beach. We regret not spending more time at the pool. Morning sun only though.Go to the hotel bar for (pricey, but this Honolulu) cocktails. This is a hip hotel geared for any adult, but it is hip and cool. Don't shy away from the swanky bar. The DJs at the bar Friday & Saturday spun some pretty cool music. Everyone was happy to be there - great vibes. High end shopping is close by on the Rodeo Drive or 5th Avenue of Honolulu. Public transit was very regular. Cheap breakfast $4.95 special a block away across street from Starbucks.All in all I would recommend this hotel to anyone. When I go back, I will fork over $$$ to stay there.
I stayed at the Laylow in late May 2017 and stayed at its next door neighbor, the Hyatt Centric, a few days later after returning from Maui, and let me tell you these are the two coolest new hotels in Waikiki. Both are great hotels for different reasons and both are very welcome additions to a tired Waikiki hotel scene. If you haven’t been to Waikiki lately, you will be amazed by how these two hotels and the all-new International Market Place next door have transformed Kuhio Ave. I actually preferred staying at these hotels over the beachfront resorts because, with the exception of Halekulani, the beachfront resorts are anything but chill plus I never sit on the beach anyway. Also worth noting that the Laylow and Hyatt Centric are not just next door neighbors but they seem to have the exact same target market, and it was clear that neither hotel wanted to be outdone by its neighbor (e.g., live music at the bar most nights, gift baskets upon arrival, welcome drinks, etc.), all of which benefit the hotel guests. The Laylow marks Marriott's return to the Waikiki hotel scene after the disastrous Waikiki Edition. It was formerly the 3-star Aqua Waikiki Wave and was extensively renovated and reflagged as a member of The Autograph Collection (as a side note, which, The Autograph Collection adds even more confusion to Marriott's already confusing hotel brands (for instance, in Los Angeles, the hierarchy of Ritz Carlton to JW Marriott to Renaissance to Courtyard to Residence Inn is clear as day as you drive down Olympic Blvd, yet in Phoenix, the Camelback Inn, arguably the most iconic Marriott of all, is branded as a JW Marriott and is much nicer than the Ritz Carlton, which was just re-branded as an Autograph Collection). Apparently the Autograph Collection designation is more about the uniqueness of the hotel than its level of luxury. It's also worth noting that the Laylow's sister hotel in Hawaii is the iconic Mauna Kea on the big island, which, along with the Kahala Hilton, was considered among the very finest hotels in the world. Anyway, who could have ever imagined that the Mauna Kea might one day not only end up in the same sentence as the former Aqua Waikiki Wave but also end up as its sister hotel?!?! But I digress...so let's get back to my Laylow visit:Pros:• An long exterior escalator transports you from the unassuming exterior of the hotel to an amazing open air lobby and pool area, which feels you have entered another world...an urban escape that somehow feels a million miles away from the madness of Waikiki below. Possibly the coolest lobby in Waikiki, especially because it’s so unexpected (think 10 Downing Street).• All rooms have private balconies. I realized what a big deal this was when I stayed at the Hyatt Centric the following week, where none of the rooms have balconies or even windows that open• Rooms seemed well-insulated except that the doors slam shut. Need to add a soft-close mechanism• Beds, pillows and linens are excellent• Location is perfect, especially with the recent opening of The Street social house, a high-end food court/social house on the ground floor (facing Kuhio) of the all-new International Market Place. • Room service (but hours are limited unlike at the Hyatt Centric next door, which has 24 hour room service)• Great restaurant and bar with live music on the terrace many nights• Awesome gift basket with many treats including my new favorite candy, Hi-Chew• Pool is stunningCons:• After checking in, I walked to the elevators and was suddenly reminded that this was an older hotel. It feels like the owners spent 80% of their renovation budget on the amazing lobby and pool, and the rest of the hotel (e.g., the hallways and, to a certain extent, the rooms) were an afterthought• The hotel and especially the rooms are a mix of luxury and kitsch. The lighting in the rooms is terrible, as they opted for these tacky outdated retro lamps with incandescent bulbs and no dimmers, which means you could choose between having the room as bright as a Target store inside or pitch black. Other furnishings include a futon sofa, which was fine, and a tacky lounge chair which was not at all comfortable. The designers should have opted for consistent luxury and quality instead of mixing in so much kitsch. Speaking of which, the Hawaiian dolls at the front desk in the lobby must go!• The bathroom was the same story. The plumbing hardware, vanity and lighted round wall mirror above the sink were of excellent quality; the fake wood-paneled shower was tacky and felt out of place. If they wanted a retro look, marble always works. There was also a very cheap small non-lighted vanity mirror attached to the wall which seemed like an afterthought. Overall, it felt a little bit like some corners were cut with finishes in order to meet a construction deadline, and hopefully this will change over time. The guest rooms themselves are actually better at Hyatt Centric except for the lack of balconies (I also had a suite at the Hyatt Centric so I'm not sure how the standard guest rooms compare).• Staff tried to be helpful and friendly but it was clear they were still learning. By comparison, the staff at Hyatt Centric was excellent and on it. In fairness to The Laylow, the hotel had literally just opened a few days earlier.• No ice machines in hallways, which means you have to call for ice every time you want it. This is a big deal to me. I loved how Hyatt Centric not only had ice machines but also water stations to refill water.• Another big deal to me was that room service is not 24 hours at the Laylow. Hyatt Centric has 24 hour room service.• Alarm clock was difficult to set and came with no instructions. I had to finally look up the owner’s manual online. It was not at all intuitive.Despite the cons listed above, I am still giving the Laylow a 5 rating because it’s such a unique and welcome addition to the Waikiki hotel scene. If you are looking for a chill spot to lay low and escape the madness of Waikiki, this is definitely it.If you are considering Laylow vs Hyatt Centric, it’s a really tough call and you really can't go wrong with either one. For me, I give the edge to Laylow because of the balconies. As much as I loved the Hyatt Centric, I’m not sure I would stay there again because of the lack of balconies or even windows that open, which seems crazy in Hawaii.
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- 247 Rooms
- 2 restaurants
- Fitness centre
- Spa (fee)
- Tour desk
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- Parking (fee)
- Smoke-free hotel
- Two queen beds
- Flat screen TV with DVD player
- In-room safe
- Alarm clock radio
- Hair dryer
- Iron/ironing board
- Complimentary Internet/Wi-Fi
- Complimentary bath amenities
- Complimentary local newspaper
- Free local & toll free calls
- AquaBliss pillow top beds
- 328 square feet
- Located on the lower floors
- Partial views of Waikiki and surrounding neighborhoods
- Maximum occupancy of 4
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Aqua Waikiki WaveHonolulu,United States
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2299 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2632
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