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The Equus Hotel
Ranked #27 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Clean & Comfortable”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the Equus - found it in a travel book as a "lower price" option and it exceeded my expectations. It has recently been remodeled, and our room was on the top (10th) floor so we were a little further from the street noise. Breakfast was included (and was very hearty!), though it is served at a restaurant down the street. It is also very walk-able to parking, a few restaurants, and the beach. Overall I felt the room was clean, comfortable, and safe - I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Higher floors have less traffic noise
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Overall a very good stay at the Equus. Found it on-line and the add/photos were not misleading at all. Beautiful room with lovely furnishings and lanai. Hotel workers, Justin and Yoshi were excellent! They went above and beyond to make our stay go well. Nice touch by having fresh pineapple juice upon check in. Would have been nice to have free, fresh brewed coffee in the morning given the price. Parking was not good; had to park across the street and pay $20/night; this was more than the other places we stayed on Oahu. Noisy downtown location and second night's stay room had issues: ants, main door and lanai door stuck and very hard to open. Staff came and addressed ants right away and sprayed.

Room Tip: On-line hotel reviews turned out to be accurate and true to what we experienced.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, ga
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

First night stay was on the 3rd floor toward the front. The room has a small balcony with sliding glass doors. Unfortunately the street in front of the hotel is big city noisy amplified by the surrounding tall buildings. This sound goes through the doors into the room, especially from trucks and motorcycles. Management moved us to the 10th floor toward the back for following night which was better. Equus also has rooms in the 40 storyMarina Tower right behind but still noisy even at 35 floors above the street. If noise doesn't bother you then location is good and price is OK, and rooms are well appointed.

Room Tip: Higher floor toward the back = less noise.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

I have stayed at many Waikiki & Oahu hotels. Thought I would try this one next. It is not a large hotel, maybe 80 +/- rooms. However, the staff is far more helpful & responsive than most large hotels and as friendly as they come.

The only negative, if you call it that, is the extremely limited parking and size of parking stalls

This would be a great hotel for those who use public transportation; it is a charming spot in a great location and, being on the edge of Waikiki, it is within walking distance of Ala Moana, Ala Wai boat harbor and transit lines.

Two thumbs up!

Room Tip: There is only one side, 10 floors tall with one elevator. I stayed on the 10th floor and didn't...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Belleville, Canada
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to our requests. The lobby is small and cozy, where you can connect to free wi-fi and/or use the internet to check in flights etc. There is also a
sitting area just off of the front desk.
Rooms include a small mini bar area with refrigerator; & an In room coffee maker; and safe. There is no restaurant on site, but there are plenty of restaurant choices within walking distance, both upscale and fast-food including coffee shops.
Excellent location; and neighbourhood, situated a short distance from the canal. The Ala Moana shopping center is a short walk, and Waikiki beach is nearby as well.
The only negatives are stairway which can be difficult when you are carrying bags; and the uninviting shaded, small pool.
We enjoyed our stay very much and recommend the Equus.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Where do I start...lets see ill start with the parking lot. So for the entire hotel there are only 7 parking spots...yes that's right 7 and its a first come first serve basis, so your lucky to get one for $20 a day. We were in a minivan and our driver would have to crawl out of the driver window cause there is no room between the spaces (he dropped the rest of us off before parking); Horrible!! The only way to access the hotel is up a flight of stairs...so no ramps. So, good luck if your handicap or have a hard time going up stairs (or have a stroller like we did). The hotel lobby is tiny...I mean it can fit like 4 people or so. The elevators take a very long time and are also slow. We arrived earlier than check in and had requested a early check in but were told when we got there at 8 am that neither of our rooms (we had 2) would be ready til normal check in time of 3pm. So thankfully we had a rental car to keep our luggage in. We believe they handled this very poorly (I have worked in a hotel before and know that it's about accommodating your guests). Our room was suppose to be a king and we received a queen...the hotel room decor is very outdated and not cute! The only place you can use the free wifi is down in the lobby area; which is tiny. The showers were very small leaving it hard to shave my legs. One of the nights, at the hotel next to us, their fire alarm went off and was very loud. Another night a fight broke out in a room below us which kept us up all night (the people involved had to have the ambulance and firefighters called...it was serious). One good thing about the hotel was the bed was extremely comfortable!! Overall, myself or the other party we were with, would never again stay at this hotel. We were very dissapointed : (

  • Stayed March 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Great experience. Wonderful friendly, polite and professional staff.
Beautiful rooms and amenities.
The service here is outstanding .
At the front desk, Rene , Puka and Yoshi ..also Justin ..thank you soooo much ... made me feel like they cared and went above and beyond.
Exceptional service from all staff members. I will definitely stay here again on my next visit.
Hated to leave but will return!.:).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Property: The Equus Hotel
Address: 1696 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1460
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Honolulu
#6 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#23 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#24 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Equus Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Equus is a charming boutique hotel located on Waikiki's "Upper West Side" where you will find an abundance of restaurants, easy access to one of the world's largest shopping malls, a quick stroll to the beach and gorgeous sunset views. The hotel guestrooms are warm and contemporary, keeping true to the hotel's equestrian theme with Ralph Lauren-inspired touches throughout. An intimate lobby and lanai offer a dipping pool, gazebo and a weekly cocktail reception.All guestrooms are appointed with cozy pillow-top beds, flat screen TVs, refrigerator with freezer, Keurig coffee maker with organic coffee, and complimentary full property WiFi. Portable printers can be delivered for those on business. Best of all, the friendly staff offers the kind of personal assistance delivered with Aloha that only a small, family-run hotel can offer. IMPORTANT NOTES: *Stairway Access Only *Valet Parking Only $25/night *Provide Arrival Time - for luggage assistance ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Equus Hotel And Marina Tower
Equus An Aqua Boutique Hotel
The Equus Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu

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