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Aqua Waikiki Pearl
Ranked #72 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
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“2 thumbs up”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2010

stayed in this very affordable hotel and staff are incredibly friendly. the moment i arrived at the hotel i was greeted with a smile and staff are very eager to help with my questions. would totally go back in the same hotel in the future.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Victoria, B.C.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2010

I was a guest at the Aqua Waikiki Pearl in December 2009, & had such a pleasant stay I made a return visit exactky one year later. I would stay here again & in fact may do so in 2011.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled on business
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kapaau
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2010

I am a frequent Traveler to Oahu for business. While in Oahu I only stay at the Aqua Waikiki Pearl for my stay. Here are the reasons for staying there, the price of the rooms are very reasonable, very clean, very comfortable and the location in central in Waikiki with shops and a grocery store around the corner and even a pharmacy as well. Restaurants are at your picking from simple to specialty foods. With all this around you no worries of driving off to other locations for shopping or eating and the beach isn't too far from the hotel as well. You park your car yourself and it is not far to get to the lobby so getting to your room after a long day to relax is easy. For Business there is no other place for me to stay except @ the AQUA WAIKIKI PEARL...Great Job you guys!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled on business
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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2010

Staff was great. But street noise intruded all night (5th Flr).
Rooms are large. But 2BR unit is only 1BR + an alcove

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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The Hague, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2010

We stayed in Aqua Waikiki Pearl twice. The first 5 nights we had a room at the 9th floor and the second 4 nights our room was at the sixth floor.

Because we were on vacation with our parents, we booked a 2-bedroom suite, both new renovated.

The suite on the 9th floor was very spacious with a big bathroom with a tub. The only thing is, that you have to go through an other bedroom to get there, but for us it was no issue.
The suite on the 6th floor was smaller and 1 bedroom was separated by a curtain instead of a door, but this was also no issue for us. The bathroom was from 2 sites accessible (bedroom and livingroom).

The suites were very clean and everyone behind the reception was very friendly. The service is great! We were very glad that we could use the computer in the lobby and that de receptionist was willing to print our boarding passes.

We would certainly recommend this hotel to a friend.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2010

the hotel is situated in the strict city center near the clubs, restaurants and shops and also close to the beach (just a few blocks away). The room is large but a the furniture is quite old. Cable internet is fast and free of charge. Additional 1 PC in the lobby. No breakfest or hotel restaurant. Mircrovave and the fridge is in the room

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, BC
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2010

Usually when visiting Honolulu with my spouse, we book airfare and then use a "last-minute" travel site to snag a sweet deal on a Hilton, Hyatt or Sheraton hotel. This time around, we were travelling with other family members and due to a very convenient direct flight from our local airport, we booked an "air + hotel" package. I was a little concerned about other reviews of the Aqua Waikiki Pearl, but showed up with an open mind.
On first inspection, we were quite appalled by our small, dark and dingy third floor room, with a view that resembled a soviet-era tenement block. Undeterred, we spoke with the very polite and helpful lady at the front desk, and for the price of $10 per day, we upgraded to a larger, brighter room on a higher floor, facing the city. The rest of our party did the same thing.
IMHO, the negatives at the Waikiki Pearl still outweigh the positives.
On the positive side, the hotel is clean, the beds comfortable, in-room internet is free, the carpets and furnishings new. There's a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. The bathrooms and amenities are fine. Our air conditioner was very good.
On the negative side the hotel is located just off Kuhio, which is Waikiki's "low rent" strip. The traffic noise (complemented by garbage trucks, loud motorbikes and obnoxious drunks hanging out in front of the sports bar downstairs) can be pretty obnoxious. The patio door in our suite didn't close all the way, which didn't help with the noise issue. The rooms are very sparsely furnished. Oh, and there's no pool. The safe in our room was missing it's locking mechanism.
Although our 8th floor room was serviced very nicely every day, our family members on the 6th floor received barely any daily room maintenance at all, including unmade beds and no fresh towels four out of seven days.

Overall, the Pearl falls short in several areas. Customer service is uneven at best. Amenities and facilities are barely adequate. But as long as you are prepared to overlook these shortfalls, comfort and security are fine, the beach is no more than a brisk five minute walk away, and hopefully the Aqua people are working to improve the areas that are under their control. I can't say that I would stay here again, but it's probably on par with other 2-star establishments along this section of Kuhio St.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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AquaWaikikiPearl, Manager at Aqua Waikiki Pearl, responded to this review, December 7, 2010
Aloha GoodPlanet,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We value your feedback.

I’m glad that you found our rooms clean and comfortable. I’m sorry that our location did not meet your expectations. Waikiki, like any urban environment, does have the hustle and bustle of a city, and unfortunately, noise sometimes is a part of that. Most people like our location. In the heart of Waikiki, we are close to shopping, dining, and nightlife, all within short walking distance of our hotel. While this property is not a full service destination resort, we do provide safe, clean, and comfortable accommodations at an excellent value.

Again, thank you for your comments. Though this property may not have been a match for you, with a dozen properties in Waikiki , I hope you’ll consider giving Aqua Hotels and Resorts another chance in the future.

Sincerely,

Kalei Lyman
Hotel Manager
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Additional Information about Aqua Waikiki Pearl

Property: Aqua Waikiki Pearl
Address: 415 Nahua St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2949
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #72 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Aqua Waikiki Pearl 2.5*
Number of rooms: 132
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aqua Waikiki Pearl is a mid-rise hotel tucked into the heart of Waikiki. This location showcases the vibrant city, near shops and restaurants. Located just 2 blocks to Waikiki Beach, this comfortable hotel offers spacious accommodations, large balconies in most rooms, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a coffeemaker with full kitchens in suites. You'll also enjoy the on-site sports bar, Legends, with multi-screen TV's, as well as various retail shops and services. With the daily hospitality fee Aqua Waikiki Pearl 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 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. ... more   less 
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