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Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
Ranked #6 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Well located hotel ten - fiteen minutes walk from central Waikiki, so in a quiet location opposite a park. Very close to the beach, but not on it. This is a good 3 star hotel. Our room was large with two good quality double beds. The bathroom was also a good size. Everything was clean and well maintained. The room had a view to diamond head and look the other way to see the ocean. We didn't eat there so no comment on dining experience.
We actually had brekkie at a little roadside cafe up near Kahuku. It was the best breakfast! The smoothies were sensational. Sorry can't remember the name of it.

Room Tip: We were really happy in the less expensive rooms which have the Diamond Head view. Its a beautiful...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

I have been staying at this hotel for five years, typically every three or four times a year for a week at a time (It is a former W Hotel). I come to Honolulu for business and appreciate that it is quiet and off the beaten path, but accessible to Waikiki. Just fifty rooms, five rooms per floor and easy in/out access valet parking. They are not on the beach but have towels, chairs and bikes for guest use. The beach is 100 yards away and is small and swimable. They also have complimentary coffee service in the AM, complimentary wine in the PM and free internet.
Staff is very friendly and accomodating.
What prevents an excellent rating is lack of on site food service. I understand that this is coming in summer 2012.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

Wonderful feutre ambiance, great decor in pure Lotus style of well being, luxurious yet tasteful. Rooms offer great amenities and style. Beds are superb! The best I have slept in --to die for comfort. Kings and Queens! Better than Westin and Four Seasons! Bathroom tops too. Wonderful selection of tea's in the morning as well as fresh coffee complimentary--pau hana offering of white and red wine delightful after the beach.
Location is tops - just in the shadow of Diamond Head, the park, zoo, aquarium are a stone's throw. Complimentary bikes for riding around Diamond Head or down the Ala Wai!
Great beach towels and chairs.

Room Tip: Corner rooms best...over 8th floor ocean +++. Lower floors park corner room with Diamond Head and pa...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
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Vancouver BC
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

Met my mom here for a 2 and a half week stay.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a smiling Bill, who took our bags up.

The first thing I noticed when i got to the lobby, was the wonderful smell. It was calm and welcoming.
Vanilla ?

There are 12 floors, each floor has 5 units on it, making it quiet and personable.

The room was wonderful ! Not like a hotel, more cozy. Very clean and bright. 2 balconies, one with ocean view, one with a partial ocean view with a full view of Dimond Head.

Big room. 2 queen sized beds,super comfy with big fluffy duvets.

The only complaints about the room, was that the TV was old, as was the fridge. ( however the entire hotel will be renovated, with flat screens ect by next year)
Not too much to complain about considering.

Housekeeping always did a great job, both during the day as well as turn down service. They always were smiling and accommodated any of our requests.

Happy Hour is 4 - 6 . The hotel serves complimentary wine. White and Red. ( soooooo good! ) a very nice perk.

The beach is steps away. It is somewhat private and shared with the Outrigger Canoe Club. The Lotus provides beach chairs, towels, matts no charge.

The only thing missing was a pool.
And the restraunt was closed. ( it did look nice ! ) I think it will be opened in the future.

The location was great, if you want to be close to Waikiki, but not right in the middle of the loud tourist infested action. It's located between the Outrigger Canoe Club and the Aquarium. It's about a 7 m walk to the main part if Waikiki. Or you can take a bus and be dropped off right close.

There is a conveience store steps away. It sells lots of things, however it is a bit more pricy then ABC.

We felt safe here, actually we felt like family. The people here are amazing ! Bill Carissa Dante Josh - just to name a few.

If you want a safe, clean, quiet, personable service, boutique hotel. Do not hesitate to stay here !

  • Stayed January 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

We have enjoyed many wonderful vacations in Honolulu over the years, this time we discovered The Lotus, a gem that we were in two minds about sharing☺ Crispy clean sheets on beds from heaven, great balconies with wonderful ocean, Diamond Head and park views, rooms that have a clean Pacific/Balinese vibe that are spacious, including the bathroom. Ipod docks/wifi. We love the feel of a boutique hotel where the staff are extremely personable; nothing was ever a problem. No roads to cross to the beach, convenient parking, quieter end of town yet still within easy walking reach of buzzy Waikiki, so you don't feel excluded. The Lotus ticked every box for our family, which included our teenage sons. Nice touches such as newspapers, wine and coffee in the lobby add to the warmth of this fabulous place. Especially enjoyed using the hotel bicycles to cruise around on. We have no hesitation recommending the comfort and service of the Aqua Lotus - We would definitely stay here again. Shepherd Family January 2012. Sydney

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

Just recently stayed at this boutique hotel for a little rest and relaxation getaway. The hotel is a about a good 10 min walking distance to all of the main shops and points in Waikiki and access to your own somewhat private beach.

Accommodation wise the hotel is very clean and well maintained. Staff is wonderful and friendly especially the valet personals. You get free Internet access during your stay and also they provide you with free beach chairs, matts, towels and beach bikes. The beds are very clean and comfortable, I felt like I can stay indoors all day long. The bathroom is also well kept especially the clean showers. Also they have a washer and dryer facility on the third floor if you need to clean your clothes.

I am only giving this place a four star since we were suppose to get a large king or queen size bed before check in. We did informed the front desk and they said they will handle this for us but never did. Besides that, this place is really nice and I would not mind returning for another stay.

Room Tip: Ask for anything above the fifth floor
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

We found it too remote from transport & restaurants as we did not have a car...otherwise we loved it.

Room Tip: Be sure you are able to walk long distances if you don't have a car.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
Address: 2885 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Formerly The Lotus at Diamond Head)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#7 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#11 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head 3.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated enclave located on the famed Gold Coast of Waikiki, the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head is a fusion of Asian inspired decor and warm Hawaiian hospitality. Rent beach cruiser bikes and explore Waikiki. Enjoy daily happy hour specials and delicious island cuisine at Wisp Restaurant & Lounge located on-site. Nestled between Kapiolani Park and a spectacular white sand beach shared with Outrigger Canoe Club, this hotel offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki with remarkable views of majestic Diamond Head and the Pacific ocean. With our boutique fee of $25 per-room, per-day, guests will enjoy amenities including: Free valet parking (normally $20 per day), Coffee & tea service, served daily in the lobby from 6am to 10am, Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel, Hawaiian bottled water available daily (in your room and car), Illy coffee system and coffee pods in guest rooms, In-room safe, Daily local newspaper, Local and toll-free calls, Wine served daily in the lobby from 4pm to 5:30pm, Beach chairs, towels, mats and other beach accessories (based on availability). See a guest service agent for assistance., Use of bicycles available for a ride around the park., Take a picnic excursion or more! (Tandem bicycle also available)., See our bell/valet agent for assistance., Waikiki shuttle available daily: Let your feet rest up while taking in all Waikiki has to offer aboard our exclusive Waikiki Shuttle service between participating Aqua properties to Ala Moana Center. See a guest services agent for assistance, visit mywaikikishuttle or download the RideSystem app on your smart phone for shuttle tracking., DVDNow Kiosk: Feel like staying in? Use your DVDNow card to enjoy complimentary movie or game rentals. Kiosk available on the 2nd floor., CastNow: Stream videos and live digital feeds to your TV from your smart phone, tablet or laptop. Instructions are located in your room., Yoga! Enjoy complimentary morning yoga sessions in the park offered daily at 7:30 am. Meet in the lobby to take advantage of this great opportunity to start your morning off with the many health benefits of yoga. Yoga mats are provided., Admission for two (2) to the Honolulu Museum of Arts (Use LOTUS room card for proof of stay.), Fruit Infused Water Station in the Lobby., Zumba & Tai Chi. ... more   less 
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