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Aqua Waikiki Wave
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2299 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Formerly Aqua Coral Reef (~2006/9/30))   |  
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Ranked #44 of 82 hotels in Honolulu
California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good value accomodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We stayed at this hotel during thanksgiving for 5 days. We had a great time as the three queen bedrooms well met our expectations and was roomy. It is in a good location close to Waikiki beach and shops. There are lots of restaurants for food near the Teddy bear world. If you are planning to use bus which we did it is very close to bus stop. Hanauma bay, ala moana center, chinatown are about 30 to 45 minutes from here one way. Rooms were cleaned daily and fresh towels provided. I gave 4 stars because the travel agent in the hotel was not very helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Pros: Two blocks from Waikiki Beach and easy access to great shopping and restaurants...anything from the outdoor market to Macy's and high end retailers. Super variety of restaurants all around. Luggage storage after checkout. Very fast check in/check out. Friendly staff. Clean room, updated furnishing and linens, microwave, minifridge, coffee maker, blow dryer, free wifi access. Comfortable bed. We were on a higher floor and enjoyed coffee on the balcony with an obstructed but still nice view of the beach and immediate area. Fantastic price as compared with other hotels in the area. Good sized room, larger than average. Good pre-cruise option.

Cons: Tub/shower surround looked dingy, low water pressure in shower, and slow drains in sink and tub. Low lighting in bathroom. Slow wifi speed, not worth trying. Beware of scammers who call rooms and try to get credit card information from guests. They have information warning guests about this next to the room's telephone. Also, elevators are a little slow. Be sure to look for the elevator in small alcove to the left of the main bank. You can push buttons for both sets and stand in the doorway of the alcove to watch which one will open first.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the Diamond Head side with a balcony. Can't see Diamond Head, but that's...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BC
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Rooms are relatively nice inside, except for the rusty old tub and bathroom. Rooms seemed relatively clean.Rooms seemed to be renovated in the last coupe years. Rest of the building seems dated. Lobby extremely small for size of hotel and fronts busy street. A place to avoid when a tour bus arrives.
Location of hotel is extremely busy. Lots of street noise, especially at night. I get the feeling that this could be considered "the red light district" of Waikiki Beach, as both nights I stayed there were women screaming in the alley below. Can only guess what that was about. Night clubs and lots of late night noise.
Pool access is strange. Like entering a prison. Down the alley, up some stairs through a locked fence gate. Cement walls on all sides. Not very appealing.
Access to Waikiki Beach through the MarketPlace is a short walk.

Having stayed at literally 1000 of hotels I rate this one a 2.5 out of 5.
Place to sleep. Bring your ear plugs (or ask front desk for some) and you will be fine.

Room Tip: Do not take a room facing Kuhiu/Diamonhead. Try to get a room on the beach end of the hotel.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Aloha to everyone there for making our holiday so memorable, we stayed at the aqua on the first leg of our holiday and stayed there at the end of the holiday, thank you to Issac who upgraded our room on the last leg to level 15 which gave us awesome views of the ocean, the accommodation was very clean and we were treated well by all staff members, highly recommend aqua waikiki wave, we will be back

Mahalo

Robyn & John Cromwell

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Waikiki
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I am in the hotel right now. It's 12:57 AM on November 23rd. You can heard every rap song paying in every car driving by. The night club down stairs doesn't help. Thank God we only booked it for one night before going somewhere else.. I have never wrote a review about a hotel but I had to about this one. This is not the Hawaii experience you want for your family. Go somewhere else!!!!

Room Tip: Top floor!!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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WaikikiWave, General Manager at Aqua Waikiki Wave, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that your experience did not meet your one night expectation. You actually stayed in the hotel on 11/23, a Friday Night on a holiday weekend. Yes the night life of the city can be loud, however, it isn't that way for just Waikiki Wave. Every hotel in Waikiki, especially on Kuhio Avenue, has this challenge from time to time.

Thank you for your review.

Lynette Eastman
Area General Manager
Aqua Waikiki Wave
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melbourne
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

...for the price. Hotel was in a pretty good location, couple of blocks from the beach. If you walk through the International Markets (good experience) then you can walk through to the beach. Dukes Bar is on the beach, not cheap but good food, drinks and ambience. Back to the hotel...rooms were a good size, we got upgraded to the 14th floor because the room wasn't ready when we arrived. Bathroom was ok, clean but outdated. Front desk staff were ok. The bar attached to it The Big Kahuna is average. A bit expensive, adequate food and ok for a drink if you want one close to the hotel. I would stay there again, for the price and location but if you are looking for a bit of luxury, you should probably stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Aiea, Hawaii
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

We needed a place to stay one weekend for a getaway, and how convenient was it that zanzabar was walking distance away! Me and my friends had a blast, the room was neat and spacious, and the staff were very friendly. The only thing I would complain about is the fact that I had to call for towels three times and actually had to go down to the front desk to get me some towels. Other than that, the security was tight, and the convenience of the hotel was amazing. There are so many places to eat around the area. Parking is a little tight though.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2299 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Formerly Aqua Coral Reef (~2006/9/30))
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#41 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aqua Waikiki Wave 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aqua Waikiki Wave is a contemporary boutique hotel featuring spacious rooms with a hip decor located 1 block to the beach. The beachy-urban vibe and stellar location will make you feel like you're living the dream. With affordable accommodations, staying at Aqua Waikiki Wave is the way to experience life in Hawaii. With our hospitality fee for all stays beginning August 1, 2014, Aqua Waikiki Wave allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), Waikiki Shuttle (Complimentary 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, you'll have access to the business center, activities desk, retail shops, convenience store and two restaurants. ... more   less 
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