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Review of Aqua Bamboo Waikiki

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Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
Ranked #42 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Home away from home!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is the third time I have stayed at the Aqua Bamboo and I can't imagine staying any place else. The staff are so friendly and helpful, the rooms are attractive and comfortable and the location is perfect. The pool courtyard is really an oasis away from the business of Waikiki and the Thursday get-togethers are entertaining, friendly and a nice way to meet other hotel guests.I look forward to my return visit! Many thanks to Nicole, Zenie, Fe and all the other staff members who were so kind and helpful. 'Til we meet again….

Room Tip: a courtyard room is preferable and quieter
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Dollydeer
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Aloha Dollydeer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us!
We are thrilled to have you stay with us for the third time and that you consistently found the staff to be friendly and helpful and the rooms to be comfortable. We are also delighted that you enjoyed our tropical pool area and the central location of the hotel.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Plover, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

The Aqua Bamboo is a quality hotel for a good price...and just blocks from the beach. The furnishings and amenities were very nice and the water pressure was good in the shower. Each person we encountered at the front desk was genuine, friendly and helpful. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank leah2424
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Aloha Leah2424,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us!
We are happy to hear that you found the hotel to be a good value and that you enjoyed the location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach. We are also delighted that you enjoyed the amenities offered and that you found our staff to be friendly & helpful.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a very difficult place to review because there are some great things and some truly awful things and I'm genuinely conflicted.

The good: Great location, very close to the beach, shops, car rental, etc. The staff are excellent, there are free towels and chairs for the beach as well as boogie boards that can be loaned (no charge), good pool area (pool a bit cold and spa a little small, would bother some, but not me), laundry facilities onsite (have to pay) good size room (not massive though) with separate master bedroom (very handy as we were travelling with a 2 year old). Good kitchen facilities.

The bad: very, very dated (but TBH I expected this for the price), bench area in kitchen very small. The absolute worst part though is the noise from the street. We started on level 3 the first night and luckily upon arrival, the staff offered to move us to level 8 for the following night (without prompting), which made things better. The noise on level 3 was unbelievable!!! It was like we were actually on the street (which is a major street), there's no noise insulation at all. Level 8 was still loud, but tolerable. The air conditioner units are also loud, though we did manage to sleep through this. I cannot overstate this, you need ear plugs if you anything like a light sleeper.

This would be a 2 star review because of the noise factor, but have left at 3 because of the little features like the staff that made the stay enjoyable.

I'd still recommend this hotel and would definitely stay again. But... bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. If you think that's an unreasonable thing to have to do then unless you can get a room very high up, probably best to avoid.

Room Tip: Get as high up in the hotel as possible.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank r0r
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Aloha R0r,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us!
We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the central location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach, shops and car rentals along with some of our complimentary amenities like beach equipment. We are also thrilled that our staff made your stay with us enjoyable.
We can certainly understand your disappointment with the noise around Waikiki and we do apologize that this had inconvenienced your stay with us. We have quieter rooms which over look the courtyard (pool area) and we would be happy to ensure you are accommodated in a Courtyard View room for your next stay.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com
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sunshine coast qld
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61 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2014

I stayed here recently with my adult daughter. We had 9 nights. The good points, Location good one block from Kalakahua Ave (main drag).and one more block from the beach. 5min walk. It is close to food and shops of all kinds. The food pantry is 5min walk (groceries) Lots of Starbucks around and Coffee Bean good too. Reception is 24hr and very helpful, they also have a tour desk also helpful. Coffee and water available in the Lobby. There is also the little restaurant called the Lovin Oven on site open for lunch and dinner. The pool and surrounds are just lovely very relaxing. Also a hot tub which was very hot. You can use all the free beach chairs and mats and blow up toys to take to the beach. Free beach towels available all the time. We were in 601 pool side and it was perfect everything you could want. We started on the same floor roadside but way too noisy for us so decided to upgrade to the poolside. Was well worth it. Overall this hotel is a home away from home.

Room Tip: Choose a poolside room much more pleasant and quieter. However if u chose a roadside room pick a hig...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank suey27
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Aloha Suey27,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us!
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the central location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach, grocery stores and shops and that you found our staff to be helpful. We are also pleased that you enjoyed relaxing pool area and some of our many complimentary amenities such as beverages in the lobby and beach equipment.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com
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Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
134 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

After reading all the negative reviews before going l was concern that l may have booked the wrong hotel. After staying 10 night l can honestly say l have had a very enjoyable and relaxing time at this hotel. All the staff are friendly and over the top helpful. I think the negative review failed to tell the hotel of there issues. While the hotel is a little old in style and décor. there is a feeling of friendliness the moment you walk in the hotel. We arrived at 7.30am after flying all night from Australia and got straight in to our room. There is a daily paper available in the lobby which you can take back to your room to read. The Thursday afternoon happy hour at the pool was superb, great entertainment and drinks and nibbles. While the room is a little out-dated in had a comfortable bed and was clean and well serviced each day. The location is perfect for the beach,( one short block from the beach), public transport at the front door ( The Bus in both directions ), the local restaurants are easy to walk to and have great meals at very cheap prices. Tour company can be booked thru the hotel and they pick you up at the front door. Washing you clothes was easy , washing machine and dryer one floor below our room. Easy to use. Food pantry store 5 minutes walk and have all you need for breakfast or snacks, ABC ( like our 7/11 stores ) on nearly every corner .It was the staff and there helpfulness and wanting to help which impressed me most.

Room Tip: As you are in the city all rooms have normal city noise, but the rooms facing the beach are a little...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Peter M
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Aloha Oldman48,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us!
We are so thrilled to hear that you found the staff to be friendly and helpful from the moment you arrived. We are also happy that you enjoyed the central location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach, bus stops & restaurants and that you also enjoyed some of our complimentary amenities such as the daily newspaper and our weekly manager’s reception.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

We booked this hotel because of the good price on a package deal and hoped for the best (you get what you pay for.) We were very pleased when we arrived. The location is great! Easy walking distance to the beach, restaurants and shopping and about 1 block from a major pick up spot, perfect for if you do a lot of tours that include bus transportation. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Chris and the concierge desk helped us plan our stay and we had a great time! We were surprised with champagne and chocolates (it was an anniversary trip) which was very nice! And unlike many other hotels in the area, there was no "resort fee" and the "free" amenities they advertised really were included (no hidden charges.) Overall, we didn't spend a lot of time in the hotel because we were out enjoying our vacation, but our room was clean and comfortable when we needed a break from all the activities.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Nicole B
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Aloha Nicole B,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us!
We are pleased to hear that you benefited from the convenient location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach, restaurants and shops. We are also delighted that you found the staff to be friendly and your room was clean and comfortable.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com
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Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

This place was excellent, the staff were so helpful, the bed was extremely comfortable and the room had plenty of space, even a kitchen. Had a great happy hour on Thursdays besides the pool. Was close to the beach and the shopping, and a market around the corner twice a week into the evening. We never had a chance to try the restaurant, but would recommend this place definitely.

Room Tip: Rooms at the rear are quieter on weekends
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank BnB26
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Aloha BnB26,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us!
We are so happy that you found the staff to be helpful and you found your room to be comfortable and spacious. We are also pleased to hear that you enjoyed our weekly manager’s reception and the convenient location of the hotel to Waikiki beach & shops.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com
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Property: Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
Address: 2425 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3301
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#27 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#29 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aqua Bamboo Waikiki 3*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aqua Bamboo Waikiki is an intimate, Southeast Asian-inspired, boutique hotel located 1 1/2 blocks to the beach. If you're looking for a true oasis in the heart of Waikiki with a lush outer sanctuary including a saltwater pool with waterfall, jet spa, barbeque grill and cabana, look no further. With our hospitality fee, Aqua Bamboo 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 Service, Daily Newspaper, In Room Coffee, In Room Safe, Local & Toll-Free Calls, Water in Lobby, and a Weekly Manager's Reception. In addition, studios and suites include a 32-inch LCD TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and stove-top. ... more   less 
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