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“Weekend Getaway” 4 of 5 stars
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The Equus Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1696 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815   |  
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Mililani, Hawaii
1 review
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“Weekend Getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

For the price of the hotel, it was great. The hotel lobby was small but the room was just perfect. I had the deluxe king and it was good size. Comfortable bed, quiet a/c, and loved the decor. Just wish that the bathroom had a vent because once someone did "their business" in there in stank up the whole room. Didn't have a lanai/balcony but it wasn't needed because it was raining. Really close to Red Lobster so we ate dinner there and that was awesome. I would highly recommend this hotel if you just want to relax in the room and you aren't looking for a lobby to chill in. Really close to Ala Moana too so traveling wise, it wasn't bad.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Emma L,

Aloha and thank you for your kind review. We appreciate your detail in describing your visit, and the suggestions you have provided to help us improve. We are pleased to hear that we were able to make your stay a pleasant one, and that our location was convenient for you. We apologize for any inconvenience caused from the improper airflow, and we hope that this did not hinder your visit too much. We will certainly keep this in mind for any future renovations :)

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Equus Hotel. The employees did everything possible to make the stay enjoyable. We were in Hawaii to go on the Norwegian Cruise of the islands. We needed to check in early and out late. The hotel stored all of our luggage so we could enjoy the beach while we were waiting. The location was perfect. 2 miles from the pier and 10 to the airport. Transposition was easy and inexpensive to both.

Hotel is clean and offers you a cooling drink when checking in. Has free wifi.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Fisherj2013,

Aloha and mahalo for your recent visit. Thank you for reviewing your stay with us, and providing detailed comments on our location and services. We are happy to have made your visit as comfortable and convenient as possible. We hope that you enjoyed your time with us, and of course that your cruise was excellent! We look forward to meeting you again in the near future.

Ahui Hou,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is my 3 rd trip to Hawaii, my first time in Equus, the hotel staff are the most hospitable, willing to help with a smile. Efficient clean. The location is very central to wherever one has to go. The beach & all other amenities are close. The ever smiling owner is always around to help, on the final day I was lucky to meet the charming General Manager too.

Room Tip: The hotel is situated in a quiet neighbor hood, all the rooms are comfortable
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Green Features: Energy efficient, the hotel follows this practice, recycling & other waste management practices that help staying environmentally friendly
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Gopalan K,

Big mahalos for taking the time to review your first visit to The Equus. We are happy that you took this visit to explore outside the beaten path, and stay at our beautiful boutique. We appreciate your kind comments that will assist fellow travelers in making their Waikiki hotel choice. It was a pleasure to host you, and we look forward to another visit sometime soon!

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Texas, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The Equus Hotel was nice. The staff was pleasant. The rooms were nice. I applaud their eco efforts!
The first inconvenience we experienced is that there is no elevator from the street level to the second floor lobby and elevator. With heavy bags, this was a bit of a pain.
Our room was pleasant. The road noise from the street was loud though.
There is no restaurant in hotel, so you have to walk a block to McDonalds, Outback or Red Lobster. If you want something else, you have to walk further.
They could do a little better on their tourism efforts though. They didn't really have any info of the hop on hop off trolley or other things to do in the area.
The hop a bus trolley picks up a little over a block away, so this was a pleasant way to see the city and get around for the day.

Room Tip: Ask for one away from the street to cut down on the street noise. The buses and other traffic are qu...
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Green Features: Had never seen a system where you have to put your card key in the wall to activate the AC system. Great idea and worked great!
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
5JMR1,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We appreciate every opportunity to improve our services, and are grateful for your constructive comments. We apologize for any inconvenience that the staircase might have caused you. We place a bellman at the bottom of the stairs and in the garage to assist our guests and deliver luggage to and from the rooms. Unfortunately, there is no feasible way for us to solve this issue as we are too close to the ocean to have the elevator go to the ground floor. However we will do our best to improve our bell service in assisting our guests with this obstacle.

We apologize for the lack of restaurant, however we are in a fabulous location to walk in either direction to hundreds of nearby eateries. Our guest service agents would be happy to recommend something. We also provide in-room service for breakfast and lunch from a neighborhood restaurant Hiking Hawaii Cafe- which serves local and organic meals delivered right to your room! If you didn't get a chance to try this, we hope you will give it a shot on your return (fitting right in with our eco-efforts you enjoyed so much!).

Lastly, we appreciate your observation that we could provide more brochures and transportation information directly to our guests. This is a great suggestion, rather than just informing our guests verbally. We will take action on this step immediately, thanks to your great feedback!

We thank you again for your comments, and we do hope to host you again on your return visit.

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Our stay this time was excellent! We were on the 10th floor in the executive suite & loved the room. The wi-fi is extremely slow, but all in all it is a GREAT hotel. Thanx 1 MIL!!! To all the staff at the Equus hotel!!!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
bnickel1,

Mahalo for your efforts to share your recent visit at The Equus. We are pleased to hear that your time here was enjoyable, and that the executive room type was to your liking. This offers a more spacious unit, as it provides an extended room (no balcony) with a King, working desk, cordless phone with city and ocean views. We apologize for any inconvenience the wifi might have caused, and assure you that this is not the usual case. We are grateful for your input, and will look into getting the issue resolved immediately. Please come to visit us again in the near future!

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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New Delhi, India
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The Equus Hotel is the best located boutique hotel on waikiki beach, next to the Waikiki beach & Yacht club, 2 min walk from the Ala Moana Mall for great shopping & eating options. Within walking distance from the park, water sports, night life etc. In addition to charming, well appointed rooms with a distinct polo & equestrian decor. small swimming pool. Attentive & helpful staff, onsite parking, laundry & other facilities. I would recommend the Equus Hotel to anybody visiting Hawaii.

Room Tip: All the room we saw were well appointed, good eclectic decor
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Green Features: Equus is an environment-friendly hotel with a host of measures in place
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Vikram S,

Aloha and Mahalo for your kind comments regarding your recent stay at The Equus. We appreciate the detail you provide to assist fellow travelers in making a decision when choosing a hotel in Waikiki. We are happy that our rooms and location were to your liking. We look forward to your return!

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Douglasville, Georgia
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Very good experience. Clean, large room.

I appreciate that luggage was stored in a locked area before check-n and after check-out.

Might want to consider adding a luggage stand, although there is a bench in the room, it is inadequate for multiple suitcases when not traveling alone.

Room Tip: Try to get a room on a higher floor, there is a lot of street noise.
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Green Features: Great effort, I am very happy to see that the hotel is taking the time and responsibility to become environmentally friendly.
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Judy B,

Thank you for sharing your comments with us. We appreciate your kind suggestions regarding the little comforts that might make your stay even better. We will certainly consider these improvements. We look forward to hosting you again on your next visit to the islands!

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Address: 1696 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#6 Best Value Hotel in Honolulu
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#26 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#28 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Equus Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Equus is a charming boutique hotel located on Waikiki's "Upper West Side" where you will find an abundance of restaurants, easy access to one of the world's largest shopping malls, a quick stroll to the beach and gorgeous sunset views. The hotel guestrooms are warm and contemporary, keeping true to the hotel's equestrian theme with Ralph Lauren-inspired touches throughout. An intimate lobby and lanai offer a dipping pool, gazebo and a weekly cocktail reception.All guestrooms are appointed with cozy pillow-top beds, flat screen TVs, refrigerator with freezer, Keurig coffee maker with organic coffee, and complimentary full property WiFi. Portable printers can be delivered for those on business. Best of all, the friendly staff offers the kind of personal assistance delivered with Aloha that only a small, family-run hotel can offer. IMPORTANT NOTES: *Stairway Access Only *Valet Parking Only $25/night *Provide Arrival Time - for luggage assistance ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Equus Hotel And Marina Tower
Equus An Aqua Boutique Hotel
The Equus Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu

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