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“Good Waikiki Hotel Option” 4 of 5 stars
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Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2425 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815   |  
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Ranked #23 of 82 hotels in Honolulu
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13 hotel reviews
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“Good Waikiki Hotel Option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

My husband and I spent our first 2 nights of a 2-week Hawaii honeymoon at Aqua Bamboo on 4/29 and 4/30. Overall, we knew we were not going to be spending time at the beach in on Ohau, so we opted to save some money by not staying at a hotel right on the beach. Overall, I thought the hotel location was great and had a retro Hawaii vibe. Just a few blocks walk (about 6 minutes) from the beach and plenty of shopping and restaurants just outside the door. The hotel also provides beach chairs and towels free of charge. The hotel staff is friendly. The pool area is nice and has a tropical feel. When we were there, the pool area was not crowded at all, so it was great. It's a relatively small hotel, so the pool itself isn't very large which was fine for me.
As to the room, it was fine. Not really luxurious, but suitable. I honestly was expecting the room to be a big bigger as we booked the "Studio Kitchenette Partial CityView". I wouldn't call it a studio. It just seemed to be a standard sized room with a counter and kitchenette. Our view was a parking lot and balconies of the next-door hotel. The bathroom tub has the fabric shower curtains which I don't prefer as I feel that water gets everywhere, but generally, that's pretty minor.
In general, I think Aqua Bamboo was a good choice compared to the hotel prices of the nearby hotels/resorts.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Aloha MTrav,

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 happy to hear that you found the hotel to be a good value and that you enjoyed the intimate and warm atmosphere. We are also thrilled that you found the staff to be friendly and you enjoyed some of our many complimentary amenities such as beach towels and chairs.
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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This hotel is situated a block away from waikii beach. Close to all restaurants. The hotel was very clean and staff were exceptional. This was our first time in honolulu and we have every intention of returning. We would definitely stay at aqua bamboo again and highly recommend it to everyone.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Aloha Kirra8,

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 pleased to hear that you enjoyed the convenient location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach and restaurants and that you found our staff to be friendly throughout your stay.
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
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New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Overall the staff were very friendly and helpful. I also found the bed to be very comfortable too. Having a room with a kitchen made it convenient.

There was a lot of street and air conditioner noise however, which was at times annoying.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Aloha Russell_Stuart,

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 you found the staff to be friendly and enjoyed the convenience of a kitchenette in your room. We would be very happy to assist you to book a quiet, Courtyard View room to ensure you get the most out of your next stay with us.
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
Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We stayed here on two separate nights - first, when we arrive in Honolulu on our way to the Big Island, and then again on our return before heading to the North Shore.

The lobby is quite nice. We had problems with the wifi which is only available in the lobby and was inaccessible for most of our stay. Out the back, the pool area looks lovely but we didn't use it.

We couldn't say much positive about the service. It was a bit like amateur hour and the staff seemed disinterested. I think that this hotel also acts as a serviced apartment facility so this might impact on how the staff behave maybe.

Our room the first night was in the Moderate room and it was really below par. Pretty crappy looking, extremely tiny and very underwhelming. We were disappointed after reading such great reviews. I've included a pic of the bathroom, which was quite rundown, as an example.

The second time we stayed we had a $15 upgrade and the room was SO much better! Heaps of space, room for a family really, with a separate kitchenette. The amenities were much nicer in that room and we had a much more comfortable stay.

I would recommend Aqua Bamboo for its affordability and centrality to Waikiki but don't stay in the cheapest room - pay a small amount extra and get an upgrade, it's definitely worth it.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Aloha HeavyPetal1,

Thank you for taking the time to bring your experience to our attention. We hope that you will accept our sincere apology for failing to meet your expectations and for the inconveniences that you endured. We truly value your patronage and appreciate your honest feedback.
What we regret the most is that our staff was not a memorable part of your time with us. This is of the utmost importance to us and I would greatly appreciate it if you could contact me at nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com with your name and dates of stay so that I may research further into your reservations. I am grateful that you brought this to our attention so that we have the opportunity to retrain our staff appropriately.
Please know that the entire team at the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure that this experience is not repeated.
Should future travel bring you back to Hawaii, we hope that you will give us another chance.

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

This hotel was in a good location, was clean and had a lovely pool area with palm trees, flowers and a tiki hut among other things. They have a welcome party on Thursday nights with munchies, drinks and a entertainer. Everyday in the lobby they have iced lemon water and they also have either iced tea or lemonade. The rooms had full fridge and stove. It also had dishes, pots and pans, flatware and supplied dish soap and tea towel. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: If you can get the room with the Tiki hut on the balcony, it is great for entertaining. Had it's...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Aloha Greerzo,

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 happy to hear that you enjoyed our tropical and private pool area along with our weekly manager’s reception, the Bamboozle. We are also delighted that you found the staff to be friendly and helpful and that you enjoyed some of our many complimentary amenities such as refreshing beverages in the lobby.
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
Hotel Manager
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New South Wales, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stayed at the Aqua Bamboo in February for 10 nights and were very satisfied with the service. Our room was upgraded upon arrival and the room we stayed in was very impressive, very clean and had a beautiful balcony space complete with a bamboo hut, large bbq and a dining setting. We found all the staff to be very friendly and helpful, and the location of the Aqua Bamboo was fantastic, only a short walk to attractions like the zoo and aquarium, shopping malls, markets, and restaurants. Would definately reccomend this place to anyone who was looking at staying in the heart of Honolulu.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Aloha C_Chapman_13,

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 staff to be friendly and helpful and that you enjoyed your upgrade to the Luxury One Bedroom Suite with Kitchenette. We are also very happy to hear that you benefited from the convenient location of the hotel to shops, restaurants and nearby attractions.
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
Hotel Manager
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stayed at the Aqua Bamboo in mid April 2013 and thought it was great. It's not as flashy as the bigger and newer hotels, but it is in a great centralized location for Honolulu activities. The decor is great, the rooms were super clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Aloha Bryan N,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us!
We are very happy to hear that you found the room to be clean and the staff to be friendly & helpful.
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 comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel 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:
#16 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#17 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#23 Top resorts Hotel in Honolulu
#27 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aqua Bamboo Waikiki 3*
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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