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Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
Ranked #6 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 26, 2013

I absolutely love this hotel! The staff is awesome, the rooms are terrific, and the view of Diamond Head and the park from the corner rooms especially is just perfect. It's close enough to Waikiki to walk but far enough from the madness that you actually can get some peace and quiet. This place is not for families as they do not have many of the traditional amenities like a pool, hottub or even a restaurant. But for the savvy traveler seeking a classy and relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, this place is your best bet.

Room Tip: Get a high corner room, lest you see more of the parking lot than of Diamond Head. I asked to upgrad...
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Verismo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change the culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Our family of four recently stayed three nights at the Aqua Lotus. The staff bent over backward to make sure we had a wonderful stay there. The rooms are very nice and well equipped with fast easy wifi, spa level toiletries, a complimentary bottle of Hawaiian purified water, a filled ice bucket, etc. Easy access to the beach and some wonderful restaurants. Highly recommend!

Room Tip: The higher the floor, the better.
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Verismo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change the culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

We spent 2 nights at the Aqua Lotus and loved it. Our room was a corner on the 11th floor, with a great view of the beach, diamond head and the park. I definitely recommend paying extra for the corner room on the higher floors. We especially enjoyed the large veranda. The quiet location is great with a nice beach a 3 minute walk and they even loan beach chairs and towels. Some nice touches are the complimentary wine from 4-6 daily and the complimentary bicycles that we enjoyed riding to lunch in this quiet area. There are several nice restaurants nearby.

Room Tip: Splurge on the corner room on the upper floors,
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Verismo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change the culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We had booked 11 days somewhere else downtown to only check out after a day due to the constant traffic and truck noise. We sort out somewhere quieter that was actually renovated & actually had a view minus all the noise. We happened upon the Aqua Lotus and were delighted with all of these things. From the moment you enter your room, to the nightly free wines downstairs, to the lovely views across the big park to the water with minimal noise at night, we just loved it. The staff were all a delight and it was hard to leave on the last day we were so fond of it. Our stay there ended up costing us $500 less then we had originally budgeted based on the other hotel, so we came out really in front. Michelle

Room Tip: Ask for corner rooms as these get both the mountain view and an ocean view
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Verismo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change the culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

From the moment we arrived on site, the staff was warm and so accomodating - attentive to all our needs. Our well-appointed room on the 12th floor had views of Diamond head and the beach! We arrived in the afternoon to complimentary wine in the lobby - something that apparently happens every evening from 4 to 6. And the hotel location is away from the hub-bub of Waikiki - peaceful and relaxing. And again, I just cannot say enough about the staff at the Aqua Lotus - they really went above and beyond what was expected of them and made our already wonderful stay, even more wonderful..

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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Verismo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change the culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

The staff immediately make you feel welcome at this hotel. Perhaps because it is a smaller hotel, the staff are much more personable than at larger hotels. There is access to a private beach area which is quite small, but you can easily walk to other beaches. The hotel provides free towels, beach chairs, and umbrellas for guests. The location is great because it's set away from the noise and tackiness of Waikiki but it's an easy walk if you want to hit the stores and restaurants there. The area next to the park along the south side of Kalakaua isn't well lit at night so we chose to cross the street and walk under the street lamps.

The view of Diamond Head every morning is absolutely gorgeous. Rooms are beautifully decorated and very clean. There is no restaurant on site, which would be nice after a busy day when you are tired are just want to grab a quick bite at the hotel before bed. Despite the "no smoking" sign on the glass door leading to the balcony, our neighbors smoked on the balcony every day, and each time they would light up we would have to leave the balcony. It would be better if the hotel would emphasize the no-smoking on the balcony policy upon check-in. There is no business center to print boarding passes, but the front desk was happy to print our boarding passes for us. The friendliness and helpfulness of the entire staff really made an impression on us. Overall, a great place to stay in Oahu.

Room Tip: The view of diamond is beautiful! I'd suggest a higher room to get away from street noise, whic...
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Verismo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change the culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

What a wonderful place to stay!

Our room was large, beautifully decorated, extremely clean and comfortable. The bathroom was filled with soft plump towels, the combination shower/tub was so luxurious - very spacious and lined with stone, not tile. The bed was very comfortable and the sheets rich and silky. My wife wanted to take the bed home, it was that relaxing. The view from our 12th story unit was breathtaking. Walking out of our front door we had a million dollar view of downtown. The view from our deck was Diamondhead and the beach.

Of note the hotel treats guests to wine in the lobby from 4 to 6 PM. It was more than decent wine and fun to talk to other guests. They also offer coffee and tea plus a light breakfast. I cannot eat wheat and many breakfast items contain wheat, so the staff prepared some yogurt as well as a plate of fresh fruit - just for me, compliments of the hotel!

The staff were welcoming, helpful and kind to us.

We also loved the location which was past the parks located at the southern end of downtown. No tourist noise or traffic here. Mornings were walked along the beach-fronted park or through the park next door. Later we visited the zoo and aquarium, both nearby. Yet, we were still in easy walking distance of the downtown.

The hotel does not have a pool, but has esay access to the beach. It also provides complementary bicycles for guests.

Great location for a vacation or extended stay.

Room Tip: The higher up the better.
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mpickett, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for your review of the Aqua Lotus Honolulu. Your sentiments reflect what most guests comment on the most and what we consider the details that separate us from most hotels. Whether it be the excellent location, friendly and efficient staff or the number of value added amenities that are provided, this property will not let you down regardless the reason for your trip.

We are hard at work to improve our product offerings and services. In the past few weeks we have added Verismo Espresso machines and new upgraded bed linens, added small touches to our evening turndown housekeeping service and a daily breakfast offering on our second floor. We are very near to announcing a much anticipated operator for our restaurant space that will change the culinary scene in Honolulu for years to come.

We hope to see you again very soon at our charming little hideaway on the Gold Coast.

Aloha,

Matt

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Address: 2885 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4002 (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: $256 - $505 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Aqua Lotus Honolulu Hotel Honolulu
Lotus At Diamond Head Honolulu
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Lotus Honolulu At Diamond Head Hawaii

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