We moved here after four nights in central Waikiki and prefer this location near the Waikiki Marina. It's more upscale and is distant from the noise and chaos of Kuhio Street. You can walk to downtown Waikiki Beach in 15 minutes, or ride The Bus.
Check-in is 3:00 pm. When we arrived shortly after noon Friday, our room was not yet ready, so the front desk staff stored our luggage while we went to Diamond Head.
Our first night here, the hospitality staff was serving complimentary Mai Tai's (no limit per guest) in the outdoor lounge next to the lobby. This is their custom every Thursday and Friday evening. Each one of the half dozen staff members we met is incredibly friendly, helpful, personable. We enjoyed meeting some of the other hotel guests during cocktail hour.
The décor here is equestrian themed. Furnishings are beautiful. We were shown two types of rooms - The Bamboo Room, which has one queen bed, and a king room. I loved the Bamboo Room décor, but we guessed that my very tall husband would bang his head on the 4-poster frame if he got up during the night, so we chose the king room.
Our room on the 6th floor has gorgeous views from the balcony, where two can sit at the patio table and enjoy the weather. Both nights we've left the sliding door wide open because the ocean breeze here is magnificent. No air conditioning needed. The king bed is exquisite ... just soooo comfortable. Several pillow choices facilitate finding just the right one for pleasant dreams.
The king room is somewhat crowded, with all the furnishings, and we had to get creative to place all of our luggage where it would be accessible, but we found nooks for all four pieces. One entire wall of the room is mirrors, so you don't get a claustrophobic feeling at all.
The king room has a cute wood mini-dinette table with two chairs, a bureau for clothes, two night stands, and a full size luggage bench. The kitchenette counter area is pretty granite with a Keurig coffee maker and Newman's organic coffees. The hotel actually provides raw sugar (hurray!) and Half & Half, instead of the cheap stuff you usually find with hotel coffee service.
The mini-refridge has a freezer so you can bring ice cream up to your room ! No microwave though, so drink your coffee before it cools.
The bathroom is smallish, with the vanity/sink area separate from the shower/toilet section. There is no tub so, if you want a soak, you have to go down to the first floor "Refresh" pool. Towels are thick and fluffy, and our housekeeper left us her personal greeting - a chickadee she made out of washcloths ! We delight in those little "above and beyond" services.
I love the toiletries - non-toxic Earth Tempo brand. And they actually supply body wash, along with the usual bar soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion. A step above 90% of other hotels in this respect.
The free Wi-Fi connection actually works here, unlike the last hotel, which saves money on visits to Starbucks. The wall-mounted flat screen TV is only about 27 inches, but I doubt most visitors to Hawaii are sitting in their hotel rooms watching TV, so screen size is not very relevant.
The safe is the old-fashioned kind with a key. Don't lose your safe key because the hotel will have to charge you $50 to replace it.
I'd read some complaints about the elevator, but we've had no problem with it. There is only one elevator for ten floors, so sometimes it takes awhile to arrive. But there's no problem whatsoever traveling up and down, and it's certainly not in danger of breaking down.
There is no fitness center or restaurant on site, but dozens of restaurants are within a ten minute walk in either direction. I believe the only private gym in Waikiki is 24 Hour Fitness (15-minute walk), and you can pay on a per visit basis if you must work out during your stay.
My one complaint would be that there is no recycle bin in the room, since this is a bronze level "green" hotel. But that won't keep me from staying at Equus next time we return to Oahu.
This is a fantastic little gem in an area of the city where most lodging is ridiculously overpriced.
- 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