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“Second time round” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head

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Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   2885 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Formerly The Lotus at Diamond Head)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
Willenhall, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Second time round”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

This was the second time for us staying at this Hotel, the first time was back in 2009 and we had no reservations in booking the Lotus again for 2 weeks in November 2011. This hotel is in a quite part of Waikki but close enough to walk to the night life. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean and included in the room there is a Fridge which is handy if you require to eat food in the room. All members of the staff are polite. courtious and helpfull. Parking is easy and Bill and Travis will help with maps and directions. On reception Carissa and Dante are helpful if you require change for Travellers cheques and the hotel supplies Beach Chairs, mats and towels if required and there is a secluded beach a short walk away. There is a small shop close by which stocks all items. We shall certainly be returning to the Lotus on our next trip to Hawaii

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Beverly Hills, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2011

This lovely boutique hotel is located near the foot of Diamond Head away from the hussle and hassle of Waikiki proper but easily accessed if you want it. It is steps from one of the better beaches in the area, Kapiolani Park and the Diamond Head Tennis Courts. The rooms and bathrooms are large and spacious with a magnificent view of Diamond Head and the Park. A very friendly and helpful staff keeps everything clean and efficient. Complimentary wine every evening helps kick-off of your evening activites.

I understand that plans are in the works to upgrade the facilities even more and a restaurant is planned adjacent to the lobby in the near future. All this will make this hotel and even better place to stay in Honolulu. Privacy and peace when you want it, Waikiki nightlife when you need it. . .a great vacation combination.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2011

We went on a late honeymoon last December 2010 after getting married in May 2010. We loved the hotel. We were upgraded to a corner room facing partial ocean and Diamond Head views. super comfortable bed and nice patio to watch the sunrise over Diamond Head. We will stay there again. It was such a great hotel. Staff very very friendly and helpful. Recommend it to everyone.

Room Tip: corner room 325
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  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Honolulu
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

Pros: It was outside of the traffic in Waikiki, but close enough to walk to restaurants in Waikiki. The hotel was steps away from Kaimana Beach and Kapiolani Park. The hotel was clean with a helpful, friendly staff. There was a wine happy hour and coffee/tea each day in the lobby. There were also free newspapers in the lobby.

Cons: There was no restaurant in the hotel. The convenience store next door was expensive with limited selection. There was no coffee pot in the room. Room had a musty smell when the doors were closed.

We stayed for two nights and enjoyed our stay. There was some confusion when we checked in with our reservation, but after about 10 minutes, it was straightened out. The valet/bellman was very friendly and showed us to our room right away.

The best part of the room were the views. We stayed in one of the upper floors on a corner room looking out at the beach in one direction and Diamond Head in the other direction.

The room was rated as a 4 star hotel, but it was more along the lines of a 3 or 3.5 star hotel.

Room Tip: Corner rooms (room #25) are the best rooms with two sliding doors and views of the ocean and diamond...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Pros: The rooms are large, clean and bright, and the staff are very friendly. We had a nice view of Diamond Head, and we could still see a bit of the ocean. They offer complimentary wine between 3-5 in the lobby, which is a nice touch. Great shower and great bed.

Cons: 10 minute walk from the Waikiki strip or the beach. so it might be difficult for those with kids or difficulty walking. They nickel and dime you on the internet (they charge you twice to have two computers in the same room on the internet at once), and they have mandatory valet service if you park there. They literally park your car in front the front door to the hotel, and back it up for you when you want it. I suggest parking across the road. It's cheap and there are a tonne of parking spots.

Overall I was happy with my stay there.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Mateo, CA
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

I recently stayed at the Aqua Lotus, formerly a W Hotel, located on the Gold Coast of Waikiki. The hotel is located in a great location, very close to the Zoo and Kapahulu Avenue. It's a short walk to the International Market Place. Having stayed in other W Hotels, I hoped the Lotus would be trendy and chic. I was very impressed with the property. The public areas were very nice and the rooms were quite large and were decorated in a combination of tropical and Asian theme. I stayed in an upper floor premium ocean view room that had excellent views of the ocean and Diamond Head. The sunset could be enjoyed from the balcony. The bed was very comfortable and unlike other hotels in Waikiki, you were not awaken daily by the sounds of sirens, tour buses idling, or garbage trucks collecting trash. I enjoyed the complimentary wine hour in the lobby. Parking was Valet only. The Valets did an excellent job and were always ready to offer assistance. If you called down for your car, it was ready and waiting for you when you got to the lobby. The Valet, Bill was very courteous and friendly. He provided directions and offered suggestions of where to eat and always welcomed you back when you returned. The entire Lotus staff was very professional and welcoming. Their hospitality was definetly first rate. If you come to Oahu, you need to try the Lotus!

Room Tip: Corner ocean rooms have a two sliding doors with great views of the ocean and Diamond Head.
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  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Sacramento,CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

This is my second stay at The Lotus. This property was once a W Hotel, so it has very nice comfortable rooms with docking stations, down comforters and large rooms. Most of all it comes with a VERY nice staff. There isn't a sour sack in the place! Everyone is very friendly and anxious to help. They have a nice wine happy hour which always was the same time I would head back to my room, shower and sit on my balcony with a complimentary glass of wine! This is the kind of hotel where you look forward to going back to at the end of the day. I look forward to my next stay and I would highly suggest staying there if you are interested in staying in a nice place on The Diamond Head side.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Address: 2885 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Formerly The Lotus at Diamond Head)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Honolulu
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#6 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#22 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head 3.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated enclave located on the famed Gold Coast of Waikiki, the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, formerly W Honolulu, is a fusion of Asian inspired decor and warm Hawaiian hospitality. Nestled between Kapiolani Park and a spectacular white sand beach shared with Outrigger Canoe Club, this hotel offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki with remarkable views of majestic Diamond Head and the Pacific ocean. With our boutique fee guests will enjoy WiFi Internet access, in room safe, complimentary coffee and tea service in the lobby, daily wine service in lobby, valet and concierge services, banquet/meeting facilities, beach butler service, complimentary bicycles and complimentary use of beach towels & chairs for Waikiki, which is just steps to Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head. ... more   less 
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Aqua Lotus Honolulu Hotel Honolulu
Lotus At Diamond Head Honolulu
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Lotus Honolulu At Diamond Head Hawaii

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