Off and on this hotel runs specials through hotwire and priceline that bring it below $80. That's a pretty good deal for Waikiki where the most meager of contenders is around $100.
The hotel has all the bells and whistles of a much more expensive hotel like onsite restaurant, concierge, and the like but I never use those things so they don't matter to me.
The room was huge but that was because I was upgraded to a suite. The "superior" (regular) rooms are pretty standard king or double queen with desk and dresser, etc. Nothing special.
For an older hotel, they keep this place pretty good looking. The carpets are relatively new, the linens fresh, the pillows new, etc.
Standard things like a coffee maker, hair dryer, etc., were all present.
The location is just about central in Waikiki - right in the midst of all the action and still walkable to the famous beach. City buses, taxis, trolleys, etc., all ply the street out front and there is a ton of shopping and restaurants all around. It's a busy street day and night with plenty of pedestrian traffic.
It's a pretty nice property all around and feels somewhat upscale.
On the downside, the concierge was useless. No maps, told me to use the GPS on my phone, didn't know the bus routes etc. Instead wanted to focus on selling me "tours" for which I'm sure a commission was earned. But that could be limited to the cranky person who manned the desk during my stay.
At least one (of only 2!) of the elevators was out of service every day and there are at least 14 stories in this building so walking up/down is not quite an option if you're staying on a higher floor. Once I waited 20 minutes (!) before giving up, retiring to my room, and trying again later to go down.
Broken elevators seem to be pretty common in older Waikiki hotels as this has happened to me before.
Waikiki is a bit seedy later at night and there's prostitution and drug dealing. It seems safe enough though and by day you'd never know this type of thing happened at night. Although if you were kept awake late into the night by all the thumping speakers from the discos and cars, you might imagine the scene.
In fact, noise is such a problem that ear plugs are included in the room amenities. Such is central Waikiki.
I noticed it the second night and onwards as the first night I was so darned tired that I fell asleep quite quickly.
They have really cheap flat-screen tvs so the picture isn't always clear but since you're in Hawaii, why would you even want a tv anyway?
All in all I liked the place a lot. Feels upscale, has good sale prices, and is centrally located.
Ask if all the elevators are working or stay on a lower - and walkable - floor.
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21 May 2012
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Thank you for your thorough review. You will be happy to know that our ‘modernization’ program for our elevators are moving forward. We have security on property from 10 pm to 6 am to insure the safety for all of our guests. Although we cannot control what takes place on the street, we can secure the property for our guests.
I am glad you felt the hotel is an upscale property. We feel that we offer a lot of value for our property and our location is very popular with many of our guests.
Contact me before booking your return trip so I may help you make that reservation.
A hui hou (a who-eee hoe) until we meet again,
Area General Manager
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Aqua Waikiki Pearl
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