About the elevators. Even with only one working elevator it was no worse than other hotels I've stayed at in Waikiki. Many of the hotels in Waikiki were built decades ago and for the most part all plagued with crumy, slow, uncomfortable elevators. The difference here is the elevators give you a great view while you are riding up to your room. Also, contrary to other reviews, at least one of the elevators is airconditioned.
This property is known as a "Condotel" which means all the rooms in the building are individually owned. So whether you get a dumpy room or a fantastic kings suite really depends on what the particular owner put into it. Also, the management is implemting an A,B,C grade from best to worst for the rooms. on my last stay they put me In room 1202 which was very nice. It had many new fixtures, and large LCD tv hung on the wall. everything worked great. Also, the bed was very comfortable. The view was the roof top of another building with a sliver of ocean between the Prince towers, not as spetacular compared to What I've seen from the higher floors, but the payoff was much less time in the elevators! So far this was my favorite room.
About bugs, I'm not sure what the other people were talking about. Maybe they were just real sloppy with leaving food out, but I've never seen any bugs in the rooms here.
A bit more about the property, for a budget hotel, I was suprised to see a Tennis court. There is also a cozy pool and hot tub on the far end of the tennis court. The lobby leaves something to be desired, though they've been making improvements to it. Also note that I've stayed in much more expensive hotels, namely the Waikiki Beach Hotel where the lobby was not much better.
About the location. I saw a few people complaining about parking rates. First of all, like in any major city, you can expect to get rhemed for parking anywhere you go, so don't hold it against the hotel personally. Besides, this hotel is located on the Ala Moana end of Waikiki which puts you in a short walk of just about everything in Waikiki, plus all the stuff in the Ala Moana Area, namely the beach and that great big mall. Also, the bus stops practically right out front. You can take it anywhere on the island, so you really don't even need a car here.
I think this is a really great place. So far I've enjoyed 3 great stays here and am looking forward to my next stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover your own paradise at the highly rated Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai, which provides the perfect setting for your next Hawaiian getaway. Here you'll find spacious and beautifully appointed 500 sq ft City View studio suite accommodations with fully equipped kitchens, private furnished balconies, a swimming pool, day spa, onsite restaurants, 24/7 fitness center, various shops and most importantly NO RESORT FEES. Impeccable service and warm island hospitality is provided at the second floor registration office for Shell Vacations. Fronting the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, the eco-concious vacation ownership resort is adjacent to award-winning Duke Kahanamoku lagoon and beach park. An easy stroll to Waikiki Beach where the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean lap the soft sand. Stay here for all the comforts of home and realize a better way to vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waikiki Marina Hotel Honolulu
- Hotel Waikiki Marina
- Waikiki Marina Honolulu
- Aqua Marina Hotel
- Waikiki Marina Resort At The Ilikai Hawaii/Honolulu