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“Aqua Waikiki Pearl is a Pearl” 4 of 5 stars
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Aqua Waikiki Pearl
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   415 Nahua Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815   |  
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Ranked #56 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Aqua Waikiki Pearl is a Pearl”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

We have just spent two weeks from 2nd to the 15th January 2013 at the Aqua Waikiki Pearl in a three bedroom apartment on the 10th floor. It was great. We travelled with my parents and two teenage sons (there were 6 of us in total). The kitchen was adequate with a large fridge, two hot plates and a microwave oven. There was only enough plates and cutlery for four so we mentioned this when we were heading out on the first morning. When we returned the additional cutlery and plates were stacked neatly on the kitchen bench. Our room was serviced everyday with fresh towels, bins emptied and our beds remade. The cleaning ladies were always friendly and when we were leaving on the last day at 6am in the morning they were just arriving for work and came across to say goodbye to us. The front desk staff in particular Harry and Jamar who gave us the best breakfast cereal tips were always friendly and helpful. The Aqua Pearl is located right in the heart of things just across from the International Markets a quick short cut through to the main shopping strip. Starbucks is located right next door and good for the morning pick me up with the Food Pantry just on the next block for all your food supplies. The trolley and bus stops are also just around the corner. We stayed in Waikiki two years ago at the Ohana Waikiki West and if we had to chose again we would definitely pick the Aqua Waikiki Pearl for value for money and the spaciousness of the rooms, it was also really quiet compared to the Ohana West which is just around the corner on Kuhio Street. We will certainly stay at the Aqua Pearl again when we return.

Room Tip: We had a three bedroom apartment on the 10th Floor. It was large and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Michelle L
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Winnipeg, Canada
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We stayed at the Pearl from Dec 27-Jan 3rd after not being able to book a room at the better rated Aqua Bamboo. We settled on the Pearl based on need for a kitchen and a separate bedroom - and the positive reviews on Trip Advisor. All the other reviews are totally accurate. It is well located, but in a busy area that can be noisy at night - there's a sports bar right next to the hotel lobby. We saw lots of folks walking down Nahua Street at night and it seemed to be a very safe area. As mentioned, we stayed in a 1 bedroom suite with a full kitchen and it was a VERY large room. The living room was remarkably under furnished - I suppose to have enough space to pull out the sofa bed (?), but the atmosphere certainly would've been improved by even a coffee or side table to place a beverage on. The kitchen was fairly well equipped (we did buy a non-stick frying pan of our own as the room's wasn't the greatest) and we ate breakfast on the balcony almost every morning. The balcony was nothing to scream about - pretty basic, table and a few chairs. A small love seat would've been very welcome! The bathroom was fine (although the soap dish in the shower appeared to have been fastened with caulk, which was coming loose), the beds/pillows were quite comfy and the air conditioning was not excessively loud and kept the rooms quite cold (there were two units - 1 in the bedroom and another in the living room area).

A number of reviewers have commented that the room was clean; which I would agree with...to a point. At the beginning of our stay, the room was spotless, but became less so over the 7 days we stayed. By day 5 I really wished there was a mop so I could give the tile kitchen floor a good going over. I am unsure as to whether the room was vacuumed every day and the balcony certainly was NOT swept for sand. That being said, it wasn't bad enough for us to complain about. As mentioned several times, one elevator was out of service and nobody seemed to be getting around to it, but we made the most of it and used the stairs most of the time we were there. The front desk staff was helpful with directions and beach towels; but with such a basic hotel (pretty much no special amenities; not even a pool) I wouldn't say the front desk service went above and beyond. They were simply nice people. We travelled with a nine year old child and he thought the Pearl was the greatest hotel he'd ever been to...even with no swimming pool! I think it's because the staff were kind to him and he enjoyed going to the lobby in the mornings to get some fruit to bring up to the room.

Some notes on food: The continental breakfast offered by the hotel was pretty weak - grapes, what looked like really sugary mini-muffins and coffee pretty much every day. Having a kitchen, we made our own breakfasts, thankfully! Starbucks was on the corner and Food Pantry grocery was just a block over. We had a Hula Dog for lunch one day (just at the corner of Nahua and Kuhio in the International Market) - they were interesting for a change, but not something I'd eat every day (vegetarians note: you can get a veggie dog option there and they are cooked separately from the meat dogs - yay!). We really enjoyed the Veggie Star restaurant, which is right next door to the hotel, as well as it's sister restaurant Ruffage, which is closer to the Aqua Bamboo. They served great smoothies, a delicious vegan burger with avocado, and really tasty rice bowls (I had a yummy vegetarian one, my husband had a curried chicken and they were great!). We took a long walk to Bogart's Cafe (near the zoo) which is a very popular place (cash only!), very hard to find a table, but once we did we enjoyed yummy breakfasts and I experienced my first Acai bowl. They also had lots of options for vegetarians.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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4 Thank pumpkin049
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Fairmont Hot Springs, Canada
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

A wonderful gem in the heart of Waikiki. All the staff go above and beyond and are very friendly and accommodating. We had a basic hotel room which was very spacious, comfortable and clean and included a small fridge and microwave. Besides the great staff, the location is within walking distance to all the restaurants, shopping, beach and even the Aquarium. We stayed here for a week over New Year's and were very happy with our choice. I would not hesitate to recommend the Pearl to anyone looking for a hotel in central Waikiki. Check out the restaurant Bene Pesce across the street for a great dinner and Keoni's for breakfast is a nice restaurant with a friendly, comfortable feel to it.

Room Tip: Upgrade to a room with king size bed. Basic hotel rooms do not have a balcony which might be a cons...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank littlelizzie47
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London, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
100 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The attitude of the staff in this hotel were first class, really genuine and friendly, always greeting people and offering advice or help. The rooms on the other hand are very basic so if you don't expect too much you will be ok, we had an outward facing room, if you end up with an inward facing room you will be disappointed as they look very dark.
A huge negative was the 1 functioning elevator, waits can be up to 10 minutes during peak times.
Overall though this is an acceptable hotel with exceptional staff.

Room Tip: Higher the better, lot of street noise so if you go higher you are less likely to be affected
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank wilrc1
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Murten, Switzerland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Very friendly and helpful staff. A plus is also the spacious room equipped with microwave. Almost all places of interest in Waikiki and beach within 5 to 10 min walking distance. Good price for the location and the quality of the hotel and hotel room. If we visit Hawaii again, we try to stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank HansK99
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for designed rooms and architecture, this not the place.
If you are looking for a friendly, fully equipped place to come back to after a beautiful day at the beach or a shopping spree in honolulu, this is it!

all the + here:
- spacious room with microwave, fridge, hair dryer, tv, bath tub.
- location: close to waikiki beach AND close to shopping area AND close to restaurants, but still pretty quiet.
- laundry room available
- free coffee, muffins, fruits in the morning
- extremely helpful and friendly staff AND cleaning personell
- good wifi connection
- reasonable prices

the down sides -:
- they only had 1 elevator working for guests AND cleaning personell!! the other one was being renewd, which caused a long waiting time going up or down.
- the parking lot was full twice (over new years) so we had to park the car outside.

we stayed afterwards at the aqua lotus and were very disappointed. aqua waikiki was friendlier, better equipped and quieter at nights!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank ayleen2010
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ny, ny
Level Contributor
44 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

So this isn't a five-star beach front resort, but it's really great for hotel the price. The hotel is centrally located, right by the international market and a short walk from Waikiki Beach. The rooms are clean, spacious, and much better than the unimpressive exterior would suggest. The staff was warm and gracious too. I ended up having to leave Honolulu early and the hotel was extremely helpful without sorting everything out. All in all, i really enjoyed staying here.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor room away from the street if you're concerned about noise.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank dozy42
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Address: 415 Nahua Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #56 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Aqua Waikiki Pearl 2.5*
Number of rooms: 132
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aqua Waikiki Pearl is a mid-rise hotel tucked into the heart of Waikiki. This location showcases the vibrant city, near shops and restaurants. Located just 2 blocks to Waikiki Beach, this comfortable hotel offers spacious accommodations, large balconies in most rooms, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a coffeemaker with full kitchens in suites. You'll also enjoy the on-site sports bar, Legends, with multi-screen TV's, as well as various retail shops and services. With the daily hospitality fee Aqua Waikiki Pearl allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include WiFi Internet throughout the hotel and in guest rooms, DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), Beach Towel and Chair rentals, 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. ... more   less 
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