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“Perfect Location and Great Sleep” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head

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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
Anchorage, Alaska
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Perfect Location and Great Sleep”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

A perfect location on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. We loved being located at the quieter end of things, and being able to walk the shoreline (beach or sidewalk) to access the more crowded things. Our room was on the 12th floor, had a small balcony to the east, and larger one to the south... a great place to enjoy the morning or evening (with a sliver view of sunset to the west). The balconies also allowed a good cross-breeze between them in the room. The bed was extremely comfortable and overall the room was excellent. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The complimentary wine between 4 and 6 was also appreciated. We had a great time taking a glass of wine up to enjoy with crackers, cheese and fruit on the balcony (we provided those). Overall... we wished we had spent the full week here rather than finding another place in Kailua. You could easily stay here and have amazing day trip out and around the island... keeping this as the most comfortable place to sleep you could imagine.

Room Tip: I don't think you could go wrong... higher in the building is probably better.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Varisimo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change to culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.
We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

The Aqua Lotus is ideally situated in Waikiki. You have access to a private beach area and are only a short distance from Diamond Head, Aquarium, Zoo & restaurants. I found the staff pleasant & helpful. The room was fantastic with a wonderful view of Diamond Head.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Varisimo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change to culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.
We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt
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Waterton park, AB
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Super little boutique hotel. Great friendly service. Especially Travis the Bell Man. We thoroughly enjoyed the location, also. Very quiet at night, not so in the morning because the street is the main route to Diamond Head but shouldn't be sleeping in on holidays, anyway!
Great for couples who like to walk. Not great for people who don't want to walk. Wouldn't be good for families because (other than the super beach access and amenities the hotel provides) there is no pool or family friendly places. This is a good thing!
We walked into the waikiki area every day and usually more than once. Very pretty walk up to Diamond Head, too.
We used the fridge for snacks and beverages and light breaky foods. There is coffee in the lobby but I asked for and received a hotel style coffee maker so we could relax in the morning. The Internet was fabulous. We have business affairs which we have to keep abreast of and were able to with ease and not have to pay prohibitive fees!
All in all, a great little place! We will definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: We had read about the corner rooms and didn't ask for one but got one anyway. It was great but...
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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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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Varisimo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change to culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt
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Springfield, Virginia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

My wife and I along with my two adult daughters spent five days a t the Lotus. Every employee from the room service crew to the general manager is focused on the customer and intent on making their time in Honolulu a memorable one.

The property is tastefully decorated and well maintained, the rooms are large and the views of Diamond Head are spectacular. Its location at the Eastern end of Waikiki provides solace from the urban intensity of the Eastern end which is only a 15 minute walk or a short cab ride away.

The only negatives are the lack of a restaurant (the space is available but presently lacking a tenant...breakfast service is available) and a small fitness unit (however, yoga sessions in the park are available several days a week).

A wonderful property with excellent service provided by excellent people.

Room Tip: All rooms have a view of Diamond Head and the ocean
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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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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Varisimo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change to culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt
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Omaha, NE
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We've stayed here a few times and each time I'm so happy we did. This is the secret hotel of Hawaii. The rooms are huge, clean, and well kept. I know everyone says you don't need a big room since you're never in it - but it sure is nice to go back to a hotel that's lovely instead of a trashy hole.

The pluses:
1. Great access to the beach (takes 3 minutes; it's around the corner)
2. Staff is outstanding.
3. Free coffee/tea in the morning
4. Free wine in the evening (yummy)

Possible Negative:
1. It's a walk from the "hot spots" its really outside of the main street of crazy (but a short walk)
2. The "ocean" view is pretty blocked. You can see it but it's between a building and you.
3. No food on campus. (looks like a cafe is about to open soon).

Really - you should stay there. Its the place you will always want to go back to.

Room Tip: Get a floor on 5 or higher for the best ocean view. Even below that the view of Diamond Head is bre...
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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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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.
We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.
Aloha,
Matt
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

We stayed at the aqua lotus for 2 weeks in November. From our arrival we were greated in great Hawaiian style with a big smile and Aloha from Wes. We had excellent service and the staff are very friendly (Carissa, Eric) We enjoyed the Beach and borrowed Boogie boards everyday. We have 2 children and they loved the hotel as well....especially the hot cocoa in the morning! We had a lovely room with great views of the ocean and Diamond head. The yoga classes/instructors were fantastic and such a nice way to start the day. I would fully recommend this hotel. We have stayed at many hotels in Waikiki and this by far has been the best. We hope to come back in January!

  • 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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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.
We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.
Aloha,
Matt
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Pretoria, South Africa
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is a very nice hotel. It is obscenely over-priced but so are the rest of the hotels in Waikiki so you won't find better value elsewhere.

We were on honeymoon in Hawaii and were given a free upgrade to a corner room and were very pleased with a very clean and well equipped room and a nice balcony. Staff were cheerful and helpful and (crazy techno music in the elevator aside) we cannot fault the hotel.

It is about a 10min walk from the main drag of Waikiki which was nice for us as it gave a good chance to walk off heavy dinners and was a little quieter. There is also a very nice view of Diamond Head.

Recommended.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, November 23, 2012
Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.
We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.
Aloha,
Matt
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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
#6 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#6 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#21 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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Lotus At Diamond Head Honolulu
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