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“Was OK for short stay” 3 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 #26 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
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“Was OK for short stay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2005

Room was OK. Had a 1 bed room. Somewhat smaller than I had expected. My stay was for 12 days. Room became VERY SMALL after day 4. The smoke alarm in the room went off at 2 am in the morn. before I had a very important mtg at 7am the next morning. The girl at the desk had no idea what to do, but she did move me to another room so I could finish my sleep. The Bamboo is good for a short stay and if you dont plan to stay in the room much. Very nice walk to the beach and other area around the beach.

  • Stayed April 2004, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2005

I saw so many mixed reviews about the Bamboo that I was wary, but was very satisfied when we arrived. From what I've read, I believe it all depends on the grade of room you book, no matter which hotel you book in Waikiki.

This a 42 yr. old hotel that has been recently refurbished, so if you're used to a brand new motel on the interstate back on the mainland or you're a four and five star type traveller, you may be disappointed. If you understand what three star means, I believe you'll be satisfied here.

We booked a Studio Deluxe, facing the pool. Our room had two double beds and a complete kitchen that was approximately 8 ft. x 9 ft. There were two lanai with an intimate view of the pool, and a third off the kitchen facing the Pacific Monarch.

The room was clean, recently painted, and the beds were comfortable. We were on the go so much we really didn't need the kitchen, but it was nice to have it available. The carpet was older, but other than that, the room was quite nice. There were a few ants in the bathroom, and they were so small I had to squint up close to tell they were ants. They didn't bother me one bit, but my 14 yr. old daughter moved her paraphenalia out of the bathroom, so you decide for yourself. The pool was pleasant, bathtub-warm, not freezing like I had read. The atmosphere in the pool area was quite relaxing. There is a glass enclosed spa near the pool with two massage tables. We did not need a massage, so I can't rate it.

Everything in the area seems quite close and easy to walk to. We had rented a car for trips around the island, but walked in Waikiki every day.

The continental breakfast (a roll, apple or orange, coffee and juice) was included in our package, but was so cheap, it didn't matter. (I tipped the lady who brought it more than they charge for it.)

No matter where you stay, I recommend Keona's on the corner of Kuhio and Kanekapolei just Ewa (west) from the Hotel. We had breakfast there the last morning of our trip, and I regret not discovering it earlier.

This was my first trip to Hawaii, and I plan to return to the Bamboo next year. Good luck with whichever hotel you book.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2005

During our visit to the Aqua Bamboo, we did a bit of exploration and investigation regarding this property. Since there are such different reviews for the Bamboo, we did a pretty thorough check. First, we had a pleasant experience, both with the room and the staff. We arrived at 11 am and found that check in time is after 3pm. During our wait, the front desk staff watched our bags and recommended that we check out the masseuse in the pool area. She was lovely and offered us a free 5 minute chair massage each - actually lasted much longer. She was so good that I booked a full hour massage later during our visit - also very nice.

The location of the Bamboo is 2 blocks from Kuhio beach (there is no actual Waikiki beach, the entire area is known as Waikiki) - turn right out of the front lobby of the hotel and go around the corner to the right. Next to the hotel on Kuhio Ave. if you turn left(going away from Diamond Head) is an apartment building which does not seem to have the very best quality residents. Next to that is a building with numerous small shops, including a tatoo shop, and a bikini shop. If you continue on around the corner in that direction, you wiill be well into the high dollar Waikiki shopping area. If you continue on Kuhio Ave. for another half block is a Denny's, several small shops and the back entrance to the International Marketplace. Across the street within the same block is a nice grocery store.

Within a few blocks of the Bamboo is the Hyatt, the Princess Kaiulani, the Sheraton Moana Surfrider and numerous nice and affordable restaurants. There is a bus stop for the local bus ($2 to anywhere on the island)) across the street from the Bamboo.

As far as the condition of the Bamboo rooms: We discovered that each room of the Bamboo is individually owned. Aqua only manages the rooms for hotel usage. Some of the rooms are occupied as a permanent residence - however as the residential rooms sell for over $250,000 the few full-time residents are good folks.

Since each room is individually owned, the amenities in each room may differ slightly - most have kitchenettes, but only a few have microwaves. Rooms overlooking the street may be larger but also are noisier. Rooms on lower floors on the west side look right out on the not-so-nice apartments. Only rooms ending in 01 and 10 overlook the pool, and they have multiple balconies. Because of the "pyramid" shape of the building, the rooms on upper floors are smaller, but they have better views. Lower floors are cheaper, but have little or no view. We also learned that the management company is in the process of replacing the carpet and painting the rooms in the hotel pool, so any issues regarding carpet and paint (we didn't have a problem with either) should be resolved within the next few months.

Because each room is different, it would be helpful for others if when leaving a comment as to the quality of the room you would advise which room number you are referring to.

We have posted a couple photos of the room we stayed in (602) on this site. It was clean, simple, and had a decent kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, cooktop, sink, dishes, glassware and utensils.

We have stayed in many different properties, both better and worse, in Waikiki and our recommendation is this: If this is your "once-in-a-lifetime" visit to Hawaii, break loose with $250+ per night and stay in the Hyatt, Sheraton or Hilton and have a luxury vacation to remember. If you are looking for a basic clean property at a good price and a good location, the Bamboo is worth considering.

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  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2005

Nice lobby, but that's pretty much it. Our room was dirty, dingy, and ant ridden. Would not stay again if the hotel paid me.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Appleton, WI
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2005

We booked this hotel based on ratings from tripfinder. We couldn't have been happier with our experience there. Our room was spacious, with 2 balconies. Front desk staff were always helpful and cheerful and gave us a choice of rooms. There were laundry facilities on every floor, which was very convient for our 8 day stay. Location was ideal, with great restaurants, bus nearby. A 4 minute walk to beach. We would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed August 2004, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Avondale, Arizona
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2005

My wife, daughter, and I stayed at the Aqua Bamboo for three nights (5/17-19) in two rooms. We had booked into the nearby Aqua Aloha Surf but when we arrived there they told us they were undergoing renovation and had "upgraded" us to the Bamboo. At the Bamboo we were given an upper floor room with a tiny view of the beach two blocks away if you stood on the tiny lanai (balcony) and looked between buildings. However the room was very small and had an overpowering deodorant like odor. We went back to the lobby and registered a complaint. While the staff was trying to locate another room, my wife and daughter went back to the Aloha Surf, examined the room we could have there, and came back and said the rooms offered to us there were even tinier than the ones at the Bamboo. We were then offered a room on a lower floor that was larger, without any odors and without any view from the lanai. The staff was extremely helpful and cooperative throughout our stay. The ice machine for the entire hotel shared an outside balcony spot on the seventh floor with paint, brushes and debris that was a hazard and challenge to overcome to get near the machine. As noted in earlier reviews, parking is extremely limited and we had to park next door for a fee (now $14) and hike up and down to our car. The second day we were able to obtain parking at the Bamboo (now $12 a day). In our opinion location was fine with great shopping and dining nearby. Ultimately, if you are looking for bargain rates for motel like rooms on Waikiki, the Bamboo is okay but if you want nice rooms go elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Prescott, Arizona
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2005

The most impressing thing about this hotel was the ability to make a run down dingy building with run down rooms look so beautiful on the fliers and the website pictures! When my husband and I arrived to the hotel the lobby was nice(much smaller than it looked on the flier) and the staff was very friendly, our room was not ready and they watched our bags so that we could explore the city.
First impression of our room was old, run down and very quickly cleaned. The room was not at all like the picture. We made due and stayed here for 7 nights. We realized that the guests in the room next to ours actually lived there.
Location was okay, only a short walk to the beach. Many restaurants and shops(including tatoo and very promiscuios clothing stores nearby). Breakfast was a nice lady who came to the rooms with stale pastries and a pitcher of juice mix pouring cups. Grocer nearby, fridge came in handy.
I would recommend this hotel to those looking for good location for minimal price, who will not be spending much time in their room.

  • Stayed May 2004
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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