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“Good hotel for budget minded travellers” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki

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Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   444 Kanekapolei Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815   |  
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Ranked #57 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
Winnipeg, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good hotel for budget minded travellers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We found this hotel clean, safe, and great for being in Waikiki. We were very happy with the complimentary breakfast.....fluffy pancakes, good coffee, hard boiled eggs, oranges, cereal,
toast, etc. Being a little further from the beach, it was quieter and we enjoyed our morning walks along the Ala Wai Canal.I feel our room needed updating ........very dated shower stall and bathroom and a chair and small table would be nice.Otherwise, it was fine for us because we were
out for most of the day. We were on the 4th floor and I do believe they are renovating floors from the top down. Another nice feature was complimentary beach chairs and towels available at the front desk. The staff was friendly and helpful. If you travel like us and enjoy the sights, this hotel may be all you want and need.

Room Tip: Try booking a higher floor, we tried to change, but it was too busy. Also book a room with a lanai...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaSurfHotelMgr, General Manager at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Aloha "blesstotravel",
Mahalo for staying with us here at the Aloha Surf. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience here on tripadvisor. I am glad you enjoyed your time with us.
We hope you come back soon.
Mahalo and Aloha,
Tim Clark
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Loddekopinge, Sweden
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We arrived at noon. We were met by a nice lady. Very strict and professional. But nice. Waiting for a couple of hours before we got our room.
The room was a chock. Very small, no visitor's chair, no balcony, really bad view out of the window.
Breakfast next morning was also a chock.
Chinese style. Very bad logistic. Very bad coffee. Birds in the restaurant!! Not enough with seats.
Free wifi in the lobby.
The slowest elevator ever experienced.
There were a shop and a bar/restaurant.
Both were closed.

No, this hotel was really not good

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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AlohaSurfHotelMgr, General Manager at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Aloha "thoMlca",
Thank you for sharing your experience here on tripadvisor. I am not sure what "chock" means, but I am guessing it's not good. Our goal is to provide our guests with a good value in an environment that is relaxing and fun. I am sorry we were not able to achieve that goal for you.
Best Wishes,
Tim Clark
General Manager
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Ditto the review by KimAust.
Highly recommend this hotel. Repeat customers is a great recommendation.
Beds are very comfortable.
Water pressure for showers very good.
All staff and help are friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: Rooms along the canal are my choice with the mountains in the background. Higher floors have better...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaSurfHotelMgr, General Manager at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Aloha "Claire7765",
Mahalo for staying with us here at the Aloha Surf. I am Glad that you and KimAust enjoyed your time here with us. We hope you will all come back and visit us again soon.
Mahalo and Aloha
Tim Clark
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Considering how expensive Waikiki can be this place is fantastic value. The building isn't new but it is kept very clean and the beds are so comfortable. The staff are so friendly and helpful and lots of guests stay here regularly (a good sign!!).
Can't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaSurfHotelMgr, General Manager at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Aloha "KimAust",
Mahalo for staying with us. I am glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Mahalo and Aloha,
Tim Clark
General Manager
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Leuven, Belgium
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33 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Aqua Aloha Surf is located a few steps from Waikiki Beach, with lots of shops around. Our top floor room was very spacious and comfortable, with amazing, 270 degree view over Honolulu. There was no breakfast offered by the hotel, you can buy buffet access in the lobby but this is served by another company. Hotel staff was not amazing, maybe due to the high season and lots of traffic. Overall, good choice in great location.

Room Tip: Definitely go for the premium rooms on the top floors!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaSurfHotelMgr, General Manager at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Aloha "Malinowynet",
Mahalo for staying with us here at the Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki. I am glad you enjoyed your time with us.
Please come back and visit us again soon.
Mahalo
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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

great staff at this hotel, Kalai was accomodating and friendly. stayed last year well and enjoyed our stay. Great beds and very clean. Location is good. Near to everything but on a quiet street.
Lobby nice place to sit and relax. Only problem with the hotel is there is no wi-fi in the rooms. you have to go to lobby.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaSurfHotelMgr, General Manager at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Aloha "833Pat59",
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience here on tripadvisor. I am glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Mahalo and Aloha,
Tim Clark
General Manager
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San Diego, California
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights at the end of January.
Booking process was a major hassle. We had contacted their Sales team to get a government rate, since this was government travel. Their Sales Manager contacted us and offered us some great rates, but after that it went downhill. It was like pulling teeth to get a confirmation, then it was done wrong, then we never knew if the reservation had been made or not. We ended up booking the room ourselves and cancelling with the Sales Manager, and again, we never received a cancellation confirmation email from her.
We ended up booking a package that included breakfast and some drink vouchers. When we checked in, the Front Desk had to be reminded that we had the package. No drink vouchers available. Conflictive information in how to solve the problem.
Rooms were pretty nice, modern but rather small. There is no privacy as you have a building right across from you. The room however was clean and the daily housekeeping was excellent. The room also had a refrigerator, microwave and dishes.
There is no wi-fi in the room, only high speed internet in the room, but the internet was extremely slow. Wi fi is offered for free in the lobby, but since this is the only place with wi fi, there are tons of people there and the internet is very slow.
The hotel offers free coffee, tea and water 24 hours, nice touch.
Gym is a joke, as it is part of the lobby and it has 3 work out machines.
If you book directly you have breakfast included. Breakfast is served in a restaurant that is in the hotel, but privately operated. The staff there was not extremely friendly and the restaurant can clearly not handle the amount of guests trying to have breakfast.

Overall our stay was not bad, the staff was very friendly, specially Helene at check out.

Aqua Aloha Surf is perfect for budget conscious travellers, who don't need all the amenities that other hotels offer.

Parking is offered in their underground garage at $20 a day.

We would probably have a better opinion of this hotel if the reservation process would have been more satisfying and the check in process with the package would have been better resolved.

Room Tip: Request a room on a high floor
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AlohaSurfHotelMgr, General Manager at Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Aloha "Nola76",
Mahalo for staying with us here at the Aqua Aloha Surf. I am sorry for the challenges you had while trying to make your reservation. I appreciate your persistence and really appreciate you staying with us. We hope that you will come back and visit us again soon. Mahalo for mentioning Helene in your comments. She is one of our Stars!
Mahalo
Tim Clark
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Address: 444 Kanekapolei Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki 2.5*
Number of rooms: 202
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, one of Waikiki's most popular hotels, is a boutique hotel located 2 blocks to the beach and steps from world class dining and shopping. The large, open air lobby connects to a fitness area and Internet cafe as well as a relaxing pool area with cabanas and barbeque grill lit by tiki torches every evening. Continental breakfast is served complimentary daily for bookings made directly through Aqua. With our hospitality fee, Aqua Aloha Surf allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include WiFi Interent throughout the hotel and in guest rooms, DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), Beach Towels and Chair rentals, Waikiki Shuttle Service, Daily Newspaper, In Room Coffee, In Room Safe, Local & Toll-Free Calls, Water in Lobby, and a Weekly Manager's Reception. In addition, Aloha Aqua Surf guest rooms offer AquaBLISS pillow top beds, LCD TV's, mini-refrigerator, a microwave, coffeemaker and safe. Select accommodations offer views of the magical Koolau Mountain range and Ala Wai Golf Course. ... more   less 
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