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Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
Ranked #42 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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101 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Still expensive but good value for Waikiki”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

An excellent choice if you want space and proximity but don't require luxury. Yes, the lobby and the elevator's a bit dated and worn but it is a good choice if you want to be close to the beach and save a $100-150 off the luxury hotels. The one bedrooms are great - around $230-250/night and have rolling wooden doors to partition it off from the seating area (which also has a futon bed). It had two little fridges, a microwave, stove, and dishes. No free breakfast but there are so many fast restaurants around like the Korean-run Me BBQ, KFC, Subway, and many other little mom and shop restaurants. This is the next street over from the Hyatt Regency, around the corner from the little cute King's Village shopping center, and down the street from the Courtyard by Marriott. It's half-a-block from the Waikiki TroIley and Hilo Hattie bus stops as well as close to a great grocery store (Foodland) and a pharmacy. It's also near the urgent care at the Princess hotel. There's free WiFi in the rooms and lobby as well as coffee. We ordered a taxi on the way out and got a great,new, clean taxi.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 25, 2014
Aloha Mongoose30,

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 our central location to the beach, many restaurants, trolley stops, grocery store and more! We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed our complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee.
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,
Kimari Pada
Guest Services Supervisor
kpada@aquaresorts.com
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2014

For our family this is the best hotel in Waikiki!

If you are looking for a five star resort, this may not be the property for you.

If you enjoy a BBQ, with a glass of good wine, under a palapa enjoying the sound of a waterfall, tikki torches blazing, in a jungle setting then this is the best kept secret in Honolulu. For us, we get to enjoy all the amenities a big city has to offer but then when we choose time for some tranquility we are in the perfect location.
Our family has a tradition of what we call "the dine around" which means one family member is responsible for one meal over the holiday. It is fun, saves money, offers a few laughs and everybody gets a holiday with the exception of the one day you are, "on". One family member even threatened to order in pizza, which would have been a treat had they picked it up at the onsite restaurant called, "Luv' n Oven".
The hotel is showing its age, the décor is dated but the rooms are exceptionally clean, very comfortable, with great beds. The mini fridge, sink and two burner cooktop offered some manageable challenges for the cook. It was tough to find enough room for the beer and vegetables in the mini bar fridge.
Saving the best for last, thank-you Nicole for your understanding and the effort put into fixing my internet diabolical. Zenie, a delight to see you again and Kimari, what a treat is was to see your sparkling smile every morning. And forgive me that I didn't get the names of the porters who always made it seem like it was nothing but a privilage to retieve our complimentary beach chairs no matter how many times of day we checked them out, then in, then out, then in.
Started a savings jar for the next trip! See ya then!

Room Tip: An afternoon cocktail and game of cards is best enjoyed from the garden view lani and the higher flo...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 22, 2014
Aloha Canadianvisitor09,

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 welcome you back to the Aqua Bamboo and that you are so comfortable in our tropical and private outer sanctuary. We are so happy that the rooms were clean and comfortable and the staff was welcoming and accommodating.
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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

in a quiet area of Waikiki but still four great restaurants around the corner. room was fantastic with a frig and two burners and a microwave and three balconeys. wow. if you can request a upper floor on thep ool side do so as thereare incredible sunset views. small restaurant onsite that serves breakfast and lunch. decent sized pool and a hot tub. oh I forgot they have a bbque that you can use for free.

I think there are probably many good things I forgot.

wifi is free

btw -- management responses to every review make some of us suspicious

Room Tip: upper floor pool side
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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2 Thank l1jjc0x
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Aloha I1jjc0x,

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 - away from the hustle and bustle of the main strip, yet close enough to walk to the many attractions Waikiki has to offer. We are also very happy that you enjoyed some of our many complimentary amenities such as our BBQ grill and wifi.
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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

We were traveling with friends and booked a 3-night stay prior to cruising NCL Pride of America. Our kitchenette room was 705, on the street side with a partial view of the mountains from our balcony. Although this hotel is showing her age, our room was very clean and had been modernized in recent years. The kitchenette was modern and well equipped with all that you could want. There is a grocery store a block away and ABC stores on almost every block in town. The room size was adequate and seating was good with two tables in the room. We had two queens. The AC is a window style but we liked the white noise for sleeping. We experienced no problem with street noise at all. Se rented a car and used valet parking at $25/d. Our car was always delivered promptly. The free concierge service was very helpful planning our day trips all over Oahu. The staff was friendly and happily loaned free beach towels and chairs to those walking the short 2 blocks to the most popular stretch of Waikiki Beach.

Room Tip: Our friends room, 703, was a king and somewhat smaller. Their partial view of the sea was no big dea...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Thank Ken M
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Aloha Ken M,

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.
It is wonderful to hear that you found your room to be spacious and clean and that you enjoyed the central location of the hotel to Waikiki Beach and the grocery store. We are thrilled that you found the staff to be friendly and efficient.
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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

We were very happy we booked this hotel. It was our first trip to Honolulu and the location, value and quality of this hotel really made our trip enjoyable. We were upgraded to a suite on the top floor (12th) and had plenty of space: two queen beds, a kitchenette with all the basics, and a balcony with a view of Waikiki Beach. Well, a small view, but we could see a sliver of the beautiful ocean ;) Will stay here again and would definitely recommend the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2014
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1 Thank JessicaBoyd
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Aloha JessicaBoyd,

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 of good value and quality and that you enjoyed your upgraded suite!
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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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014

My favorite hotel in Waikiki! Yes I know there are the big names around the area but they just don't do it for me. I've traveled to the islands at least 5 times in the last 2 months and Aqua Bamboo has been my go to hotel. Staff is wonderful, they are very attentive and offer great service. Very quick check in and check out process. Very secure hotel to stay, after 11pm the hotels doors are locked (for security purposes). You can still access the hotel but with your room key. Great location, very close to the beach and many places to eat right down the street on Kuhio. Hotel offers free wifi, unlike the other hotels that charge for it (which is ridiculous). Overall this hotel is great. What keeps me coming back is the staff and the comfort of the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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2 Thank Mark P
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Aloha Mark P,

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 feel comfortable and safe at the Bamboo and the staff provided great service during your stays with us. We are also pleased that you enjoyed some of our many complimentary amenities such as wifi and the convenient location of the hotel to restaurants and Waikiki Beach.
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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Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

Stayed at the Aqua Pearl last year and decided to try another Aqua property this time. We were very pleasantly surprised. Bamboo is an excellent location, well maintained, with a very helpful staff that seems genuinely interested in you enjoying your stay. Beautiful pool area with teak lounges, cabanas, landscaping, waterfall, jacuzzi spa, outdoor shower and even a great little on-site pizza cafe offer a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Rooms are very nice and very reasonable; like all of Waikiki - there is a premium for a pleasant room view. This is not a 4 or 5 star resort, but you won't likely find a nicer 3 star hotel anywhere and I will gladly stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2014
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1 Thank Adriftintheislands
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Aloha Adriftintheislands,

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 that you found the staff to be helpful and involved and that you enjoyed the tropical and relaxing atmosphere of our outer sanctuary.
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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