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“Best ending to a great trip” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #6 of 83 Hotels in Honolulu
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East Windsor, New Jersey
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75 reviews
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“Best ending to a great trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights at the end of our cruise. What a way to spend the last days in Hawaii before heading home. We had a room on the 8th floor overlooking Diamond Head and the Ocean. Everything about this hotel was right in line with a Boutique hotel you would find on the mainland. The hotel is small enough that after a few days the staff knows your name and where you are from. Even coming down to retrieve your car from the valet he doesn't need to ask for your name. We arrived very early the day of check in, but the staff held our luggage while we went out and explored. And we had a very late flight the day of our departure, and again the staff held our luggage. Housekeeping was fantastic, they came twice a day. They actually surprised us on the first day as we were not expecting a turn down service and left everything out. They did not disturb any of our personal belongings. Everything you would expect from a hotel is right here. The walk to the restaurants can be a bit far for some people. My wife did feel a bit nervous walking the route to Waikiki in the early evening hours as the lighting is not great and the park seems to fill up with homeless, but we made it safely. The other evenings we chose to drive to the main part of Waikiki instead. The only downside we found was with the internet speed. The wifi was a bit on the slow side, but it was free! Overall a fantastic stay and would recommend highly to couples traveling without the kids.

  • Stayed December 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, January 15, 2013
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 the 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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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

We visit Oahu at least once per year and this was our first experience staying at the Aqua Lotus. We were pleasantly surprised and extremely pleased with the location and proximity to so many attractions: Diamond Head, Waikiki beaches, Kapiolani park/tennis courts, restaurants, the Zoo and Aquarium. We also appreciated the friendliness and responsiveness of the staff, cleanliness/quality of rooms (added bonus: great sunrise view over Diamond Head and sunset view over the beach) and overall vibe of this hotel. This particular visit was a family vacation and traveling with 3 young children can sometimes be challenging, yet we found we were all quite comfortable in our room and as an added perk, we discovered the kids (or just the young at heart) could play Wii in the lobby and there are even laundry facilities available to guests. We all enjoyed walking from the front door of the hotel to so many places nearby and felt this was truly a hidden gem unlike larger hotels that lack the intimacy and privacy that this hotel has to offer. We would highly recommend the Aqua Lotus Honolulu for business travel or a family vacation and will definitely be back on our next visit to Oahu!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
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 the 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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Lahaina, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Quiet location away from the bustle of Waikiki. Rooms were very clean, super comfy bed, enjoyed having a complimentary glass of wine in their lovely lounge area, awesome in-room coffee maker, (could have used some half & half) restaurants within walking distance, nice beach walk and park . . . The next time I'll make sure to take advantage of the bicycles! Will stay again.

Room Tip: The hotel faces east and west so I believe most views are of the surrounding hotels. . . but you can...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 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, January 15, 2013
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 the 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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Texas City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Awesome hotel --- thanks to the staff and quality of the rooms and hotel. It was a great experience for my first trip to Oahu. The main purpose of this trip was to take my 2 1/2 year old grandson to the Zoo, Acquarium and see Santa Claus at Ala Moana Center. The hotel was convenient to all these places. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and the great view of Diamond Head and the Beach from our balcony. We will definitely stay here again and will recommend to my friends and family on the Mainland.

  • Stayed December 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, January 15, 2013
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 the 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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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

After spending one night at the Marriott Waikiki the Aqua Lotus was a welcome oasis from the giant outdoor shopping mall that is most of Waikiki. There are so many reasons I loved this place. The location was perfect. The staff all went above and beyond in service and friendliness. The room was gorgeous an very clean. The hospitality was second to none! Are you going to the beach? Here is a beach chair for you! Heading out to explore? Take one of our bikes! Ready to relax? Have a glass of wine!
I will be making an effort to stay here again, and to spread the word to anyone and everyone about this AMAZING place!

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
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 the 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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Vancouver, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Have been travelling to Oahu/Hawaii for years. First time staying at the Aqua Lotus. Clearly, Management focuses on service and overall comfort for their guests. Staff is always smiling and friendly. Rooms are newly renovated, ultra clean and spacious. Views from guest suites are ocean view or of the incredible Diamond Head crater. Beds are comfortable and BIG. One of the best experiences ever in the islands. Incredible location, easy access to the beach/nightlife/restaurants, at the eastern edge of Waikiki near Diamond Head, right across the street from the Kapiolani Park, which is the finish line for the Honolulu Marathon. Close to the Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo. Great property, friendly staff, outstanding experience. Perfect location for business or vacation. This medium-sized boutique property is a genuine competitor with the "big-box" hotel chains. Will be back for sure.

Room Tip: Request a room with a Diamond Head view for a great morning sunrise experience.
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  • Stayed December 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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This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
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 the 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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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Truly flawless experience with the staff, a great room, and beautiful area that seems a little quieter / less annoying than that of the hotels further north.

Bathroom is relatively no frills, but clean and nice, and the bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in.

Some potentially useful insight for first time visitors:

- There's parking and a valet, helpful if you'd like to get some basic groceries, which you can put in the mini-fridge. There's a Whole Foods in a reasonably drivable distance. The market next door is convenient but pricy, and the only liquor source in the area.
- Call the front desk for a taxi, it'll be there within minutes (for late night dining/drinking).
- Bicycles are available from the valet with no hassle, and make short work of a ride downtown.
- If you're there for the Honolulu Marathon, buses to the start are about a 15 minute walk away, it is still quite convenient.
- The beach next door is pretty great! Borrow some chairs from the front desk.
- No restaurant at the time, but basic food available for breakfast on the 2nd floor.

Likely to be home base for next year's visit.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
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 the 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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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 ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Honolulu
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#7 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#11 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 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 amenities including: WiFi Internet access throughout the hotel, Valet Parking, unlimited DVD movies and Playstation 3 games, in-room Coffee, in-room Safe, Coffee and Tea service in the lobby, daily Wine Service in lobby, Concierge Services, daily Newspaper, Bicycles and use of Beach Towels & Chairs, outdoor Yoga Classes, and Waikiki Shuttle Service. We also offer admission for (2) at the Honolulu Museum of Art. ... 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

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