My wife and I travel extensively, myself professionally as a medical practitioner for conferences, and both of us for recreation. We decided on aqua lotus based on reviews on trip advisor, the other hotels we contemplated were Halekulani and The Modern. We stayed for 7 nights.
The hotel was generally as described in previous reviews, furnished in an islander style. We opted to upgrade to a premium diamond head view room based on previous reviews suggesting the ocean view rooms were obscured by propoerties closer to the beach (true). Our room was on the 5th floor and we really had no view of the mount as there was a large tree at the front of the property obscuring it. We did however have an excellent view of the large car park next door. Although disappointed by this, the room itself was well furnished and comfortable, the king-size bed likewise comfortable. The TV was a large screen plasma although there was no pay tv...In Australia most hotels would have this avaialble, not sure if the lack of this is the norm for Hawaii??
As previously described on this site, there is no pool, the beach being about 200 meters away. The hotel provides towels/ mats/ beach chairs gratis. The hotel provides free wine with the oddly named 'happy ending' although we only partook of this the first night as it would best be described as cheap, and we stuck to Japanese beer purchased at a nearby convenience store. There is no restaurant or really any conveniently located reasonable option for breakfast.
We also had a concern with the reception staff's lack of local knowledge. We sought information regarding directions via bus to the local clothing outlets and were given a convoluted google based route involving about 4-5 different buses. We eventually worked out that there was a direct trolley to these. Then we wanted a bus to the northern beaches which were lovely. Again we were given misinformation and almost missed our intended bus as a result. Unfortunately there is no dedicated tourist information and therefore most tourists would rely on front of house staff. Aqua Lotus would do well to keep this in mind.
Overall we had a pleasant stay, but I'm not sure against what benchmark those that rate this hotel consistently at 5 are using. We had a chance to inspect the Halekulani and when we return will be staying there.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Aqua Lotus Honolulu Hotel Honolulu
- Lotus At Diamond Head Honolulu
- Lotus At Diamond Head Hotel
- Lotus Honolulu At Diamond Head Hawaii