This was our base for our first 3-nights of our Hawaiian holiday and it turned out to be a good choice. As we were planning to move onto the other islands after the weekend we didn't need a resort type hotel for this visit. We booked a city view room (see photo for the view) from the UK via lastminute.com and the checkin went without problem. We were allocated room 1125, just below penthouse level. Initially we were a little disappointed with the room's basic look and feel but it was late at night and we weren't in the best frame of mind as the flight from mainland USA had been a bit rough. By the morning the room although a bit dated in terms of decor looked and felt a lot better and probably in keeping with the pricing and rating.
The bathroom was pretty small with a reasonably powerful shower above the bath tub. Think the room had a small fridge (how soon you forget when in various hotels or is it age!), plus coffee maker (one sachet provided) but no kettle for tea etc. Decent sized and comfortable bed plus a small settee. Small balcony with chair. The only downside to the balconies is that one or two people had some sort of cooking facilities (eg similar to electric woks) on theirs and so the smells tended to waft into our room on occasions. Can't really blame the hotel for that though.
Room cleaning was a bit haphazard. The first day was maybe partly our fault as we were in and out of the room on a few occasions and maybe missed our 'slot'. But on the second day we were out from 6.30am until 3.30pm and it hadn't been cleaned by then. Got a knock at the door just after that to clean the room but by then we'd just got in we're showering etc so it wasn't cleaned then, so in effect it wasn't cleaned / serviced at all during our stay.
Free coffee was available from the reception area, just help yourself. Various other varieties were available at a small cost. The concierge (Shane I think) was very helpful and the tour we booked via him to Pearl Harbour was very good value.
Five minute walk to Waikiki beach and generally the hotel was in a nice area with a diner iHop and other cafes / restaurants next to it. Plus ABC stores within a couple of minutes. Despite the cleaning issues we would stay again as it was a good base for the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aqua Palms Waikiki is a boutique hotel located 1 block to the beach and across from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This hotel is a short stroll to Ala Moana Shopping Center and in close proximity to the Hawaii Convention Center. During your stay, you'll enjoy convenient guest room comforts like Aqua BLISS pillow top beds, 42-inch LCD TV's, a mini-refrigerator, a microwave, iHome alarm clock radio, credit card laundry facilities, and a coffeemaker. With our hospitality fee, Aqua Palms Waikiki allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include WiFi Internet throughout the hotel and in guest rooms, DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), beach towel and chair rentals, Waikiki/Ala Moana Shuttle service, Daily Newspaper, In Room Coffee, In Room Safe, Local & Toll-Free Calls, Water in Lobby, and a Weekly Manager's Reception. Also includes access to the fitness center, pool and sundeck with a barbeque grill, and coffee and water service in the lobby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aqua Palms Waikiki Hotel Honolulu
- Aqua Palms Hotel
- Aqua Palms Honolulu
- Aqua Palms Spa Honolulu
- Aqua Palms Waikiki Hawaii/Honolulu