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Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2425 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815   |  
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Ranked #26 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
Sydney, Australia
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“big little oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

My family have travelled numerous times to Honolulu, having stayed at all the 5* hotels (I am an oz travel agent). Without a doubt, the AQUA BAMBOO & SPA is the best little oasis in Honolulu.The staff, from the front desk (Zenie and Nicole) to the cleaners/room service, there was always a smile and friendly face. Nothing was a problem for any request we had (exrtra towels, more coffee packs). The rooms are all a good size, comfortable and the kitchen is a real bonus for those that wish to having a toast and vegie, instant noodles or cooking a meal.
The pool area is the Oasis, cool, shady trees, plenty of lounges and chairs and the BBQ, well, everyone loves a BBQ don't they?
I am already organising next years 2013 return (it will be our 9th time at AQUA BAMBOO).
If you are thinking of travelling to Honolulu, either as a couple or with a family, there is only one place to stay, AQUA BAMBOO & SPA.

Room Tip: book the courtyard rooms overlooking the pool. sitting on the lanai, sipping a drink, bewdifull.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Aloha Dragons80,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We are so happy that you have chosen the Aqua Bamboo as your home away from home, here in Hawai`i. We are thrilled that the staffs, from the front desk to our housekeepers, have been friendly and accommodating during your many stays with us. We are very pleased to hear that you found the rooms to be comfortable and you found the convenient kitchenettes to benefit you and your family. We are also delighted that you found the serenity in our lush and private Outer Sanctuary, the pool area.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Guest Services Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

I booked this hotel on the sole basis of previous reviews and price - I was not disappointed!! This is a great little hotel with a heart - the heart being the staff!! The staff really are the key here - helpful, genuine, willing to go that extra mile and with great recommendations!! I was sorry i didnt take more care to remember their names. If you have the opportunity to go to the Managers Reception - Go!! Its a lovely way to connect with the staff and enjoy some nice entertainment and a tasty wee cocktail. The hotel itself has a great location, minutes walk to Waikiki beach, shops, restaurants and the bus stop is right across the road. One of my fav aspects was that the hotel provided beach towels so no need to buy and fresh filtered water/coffee/tea in reception. Our room was great - maybe in need of an upgrade although the furniture appears alot newer than the room itself - bed was very comfy, basic kitchen with everything we needed - for the money it was more than what I expected - the only down side was the view, which was an apartment block with very colourful inhabitants literally 3 meters from our balcony - they weren't noisy just very colourful :) If you're planning a trip to Diamond Head using the bus you maybe lucky to get an offer you can't refuse from a taxi driver or shuttle van driver :) Check hotel website for deals before booking - I saved $100 doing just that!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Aloha Snowbabies1,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We are very proud to hear that the Aloha Spirit and family oriented service was apparent and effective during your stay with us! We are thrilled that you enjoyed our weekly Manager’s Reception, the Bamboozle along with the many complimentary amenities we offer such as beach towels and refreshing beverages and convenient location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach, shops and restaurants!
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Guest Services Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We stayed here Nov.2-10 and absolutely love the Bamboo! It was our second time staying here and we will be back whenever we return to Waikiki! It is steps away from beaches and restaraunts. The rooms are comfortable and perfect. We stayed in a Kitchenette suite (room 810) and saved alot of money making breakfast and lunch and some dinners in our room. You can't beat having the Food Pantry a few blocks away and the fresh fish they have! The Aqua Bamboo is clean, the staff are friendly, and the pool sanctaury area is awesome. Also a nice touch is the lemon water and iced tea in the lobby at all times. The only thing I wish was that the rooms offered a full coffee maker to enjoy the fine Kona Coffee! They have those single server pod coffee makers. We ended up going to Don Quijote and purchasing one for 19.99 and just left it in the room for the next guest. So it was fine. Anyway, I highly recommend this hotel, it is a gem in busy Waikiki!! Mahalo to the staff for making our stay awesome!!

Room Tip: when booking, ask for a room on a higher floor if possible, some people complain about the street no...
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  • Stayed November 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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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Aloha Tricia81,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We are very proud to hear that the Aloha Spirit and family oriented service was apparent and effective during your stay with us! We are thrilled that you enjoyed our weekly Manager’s Reception, the Bamboozle along with the many complimentary amenities we offer such as beach towels and refreshing beverages and convenient location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach, shops and restaurants!
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Guest Services Manager
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Hubbard, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I used to be a travel agent and have seen many Hotels/Condos in Waikiki.
This one is very clean w/ large rooms. We love the fact that we can walk anywhere.
We just happened to stumble on this property by staying somewhere else that didn't have a pool The Bamboo let us use theirs and then the next time we traveled we stayed there.
The pool gets shaded in the afternoon by the trees but that works out really well because you are usually at the beach all day and need a break from the sun.
They have tea and a small breakfast in the lobby every morning.
We had a complimentary massage and drinks in the lobby one night.
What a fun place.....you will not find another as nice for the price
I've always felt very relaxed and welcomed at this place. Never crowded.

Room Tip: I personally like the city view at this property. You can sit on your balcony and people watch.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Aloha Daphne b,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We are so happy that you found your home away from home here at the Aqua Bamboo! It is wonderful that you found the convenient location and clean, large rooms to benefit you during your stay. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our many complimentary amenities such as beverages and apples in the lobby along with our weekly Manager’s Reception, the Bamboozle.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Guest Services Manager
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a good hotel in the middle of busy waikiki. Loved the boutique feel and the pool area. An oasis of tranquility, yet you could walk almost anywhere. We stayed 16 nights. We travel to Hawaii every year and usually stay at the five star hotels. While this is not a 5 star hotel, there were lots of little extras to make up for that. The staff was very friendly, beach chairs, rafts, and towels were provided, coffee, water, and lemonade in the lobby were a nice treat. Thursday night manager cocktail reception with live music was also a nice treat. Very clean everywhere! If there was any problem, it was corrected immediately. The only negative thing I have to say is that the pool was freezing which was odd. When I asked about this I was told that the pool does not get enough hours of sunlight. I would imagine this to be less of an issue in the summer. The other issue which was really the most important has to do with a foul odor in the room which came and went. In all fairness to the Aqua Bamboo, the sewage problem is a city problem and something that is being worked on in several locations. During our stay, several areas near the hotel were having new pipes installed under the sidewalk. Therefore, this may have been a problem for us due to the location of our room. I would stay at the Aqua Bamboo again.

Room Tip: Pool view rooms are very nice!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Aloha Alohajoborg,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
It is wonderful to hear that the staff was friendly and accommodating and you enjoyed our complimentary amenities such as beach equipment and refreshing beverages in the lobby. We are delighted you enjoyed our weekly Manager’s Reception, the Bamboozle. We apologize for the inconveniences you encountered due to the pool temperature and the discrepancy in your room. Did you have an opportunity to advise our team of these issues? If not, please contact me at nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com so we may attend to these matters specific to your room.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Guest Services Manager
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Melbourne
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is a good hotel in the heart of Waikiki, just a couple of blocks from the beach. A couple of minutes walk and you're on the beautiful Waikiki beach. We stayed here for two separate nights before and after a cruise. Both rooms we had were great. They were very big with a king size bed, good bathrooms, kitchen and sitting areas. The beds were quite soft though. The staff were great and helped in any way they could. I recommend this hotel and if we return to Hawaii we would definitely stay here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Aloha Jparker65,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We are thrilled that you found the convenient location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach to benefit you during your stay with us and that you found the staff to be friendly and helpful. We are also very happy to hear that you enjoyed you spacious room with good facilities.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Guest Services Manager
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Great Hotel.
I was staying for 5 nights in this hotel on part of my Honeymoon. When we got there, our room had two double beds so we went down and explained that we were on our Honeymoon, the lady was very nice and said she'll move stuff about and get us a room with just a king size bed in it. It only took them about 20 mins. When we got in our the new room, they had left champagne chocolates and put fresh flowers all out for us a round the room, which was very nice of them. We also had a good view from the room.
It doesn't hurt to ask :-)
The Hotel was very clean, and all the staff in this hotel were very nice and friendly with us. Booking trips was really easy in this hotel as well. We didn't feel pressured or rushed into anything. They were also good at letting us know which place's are really nice to eat at, for a quick snack to a sit down meal.
The location of the Aqua Bamboo is great as well. 5 mins from the beach if that. Shops and Restaurants around the corner, and the bus stop just across the road, which is very handy.
The Pool Area is very nice too, with a nice lay out, and very well done.
The Aqua Bamboo is a very nice, friendly, cheap place to stay for Hawaii, and in a great location.
It may not be on the beach but, for a cheap nice friendly Vacation to visit Waikiki in Hawaii, i would say stay here.

Room Tip: The Higher the better, for a good View.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Aloha BigSexyHorridge,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We are so happy that you chose to stay with us for such a special occasion and we could add a little, special touch to your stay with us! We are thrilled that the staff was friendly and accommodating and that you enjoyed the convenient location to Waikiki Beach, shops and restaurants.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the future! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Guest Services Manager
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Address: 2425 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#21 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#23 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#24 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aqua Bamboo Waikiki 3*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aqua Bamboo Waikiki is an intimate, Southeast Asian-inspired, boutique hotel located 1 1/2 blocks to the beach. If you're looking for a true oasis in the heart of Waikiki with an on-site restaurant and lush outer sanctuary including a saltwater pool with waterfall, jet spa, sauna, barbeque grill and cabana, look no further. With our hospitality fee for all stays beginning August 1, 2014, Aqua Bamboo 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, studios and suites include a 32-inch LCD TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and stove-top. ... more   less 
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