First of all, we booked directly through the hotel website and got a great rate...especially considering the astronomical prices of hotel rooms in Waikiki. I think we paid something like $130/night including all taxes, fees, etc. To be honest, before arriving, I was a little scared that it might be a "you get what you pay for" kind of experience. We arrived late at night, and our airport shuttle dropped us in the alley (more of an issue with the shuttle drivers than the hotel), so I was afraid my fears were being realized. However, once we were in the room, I was pleasantly surprised. The furnishings are updated and clean, even though you can see the traces of the older shell of the room (door fixtures, layers of paint). There is a kitchen area that provides dishes, pots and pans, a sink, microwave, coffee maker, etc. The room has an old fashioned wall/window type air conditioner that is quite noisy, so if you are a light sleeper or not used to such sounds, that may be an issue. Our room was not on one of the high levels (I think we were in the middle), so our view was not fantastic or of the ocean (overlooked the canal and golf course), but we didn't really care. It was high enough to be quiet! The bathroom is tiny, but manageable. So, there were a few small issues: the key cards kept becoming deactivated, which required multiple trips to the lobby; the concierge was less than friendly/helpful (isn't that his job?) but the front desk staff were very friendly; the lobby mysteriously smelled like garbage sometimes; our room was not cleaned one day; the A/C was noisy; the other rooms at our level were privately owned vacation rentals, which was kind of weird. They offer free replacement items (toothbrush, sewing kit, etc.), but when I asked for a sewing kit around 8:30 pm to fix an item of clothing that ripped, they said that housekeeping provides those items, and they had already left for the day. Overall, the issues were small and didn't make us regret our decision to stay at this hotel. However, it appears from other reviews that not all rooms at this hotel are created equal, and I can believe that. I think we were lucky.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aqua Skyline at Island Colony infuses the Honolulu cityscape with contemporary urban design in an ideal location just 2 blocks to the beach and near Waikiki's best shopping and dining. Soaring above the city, the hotel is the tallest building in Waikiki at 44-stories. Here you'll find modern 3-star accommodations and spectacular panoramic views of Waikiki's skyline and Diamond Head. With our hospitality fee for all stays beginning August 1, 2014, Aqua Skyline at Island Colony 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, you'll enjoy renovated studios and suites appointed with modern decor, deluxe bedding, kitchenettes with granite countertops and stovetops, spacious balconies, and 40" flat screen LCD TVs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aqua Island Colony Hotel Honolulu
- Hotel Island Colony
- Island Colony Hotel
- Aqua Skyline At Island Colony Hawaii/Honolulu