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#19 of 92 hotels in Honolulu
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The Equus is a charming boutique hotel located on Waikiki's "Upper West Side" where you will find an abundance of restaurants, easy access to one of the world's largest shopping malls, a quick stroll to the beach and gorgeous sunset views. The hotel guestrooms are warm and contemporary, keeping true to the hotel's equestrian theme with Ralph Lauren-inspired touches throughout. An intimate lobby and lanai offer a dipping pool, and an open-air coffee shop and bar.

The Paniolo Bar & Cafe is open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Get an early start with hand-crafted artisan coffee and pastries served from morning till noon. Come back for happy hour with creative cocktails and drinks at night. Enjoy live music every Friday starting at 6:00 pm.

All guestrooms are appointed with cozy pillow-top beds, flat screen TVs, refrigerator with freezer, Keurig coffee maker with organic coffee, and complimentary full property WiFi. The friendly staff offers the kind of personal assistance delivered with Aloha.

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*Check-In: 3:00pm | Check Out : 12:00pm

*Stairway Access Only

*Valet Parking

*Provide Arrival Time - for luggage assistance

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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Boating
Diving
Taxi service
24-hour security
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Poolside bar
Hiking
Snorkelling
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Walking tours
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Telephone
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Green
Languages Spoken
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The Equus hotel emerges as a charming retreat with its prime location lauded by many for proximity to beaches and local attractions. Guests have called out the warm and helpful service, which enhances the inviting atmosphere of the hotel. While the rooms are celebrated for their comfort and cleanliness, some travelers point out that they could benefit from modern updates. The hotel's value proposition appeals to budget-conscious visitors, though unexpected additional fees are a concern. Despite generally positive feedback, reviewers warn of potential street noise.
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Britney J wrote a review Apr 12
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I normally stay at the Ala Moana when traveling for work, but stayed here for the first time since they were booked. I was greeted by friendly staff and enjoyed chatting with the bartender, Matt, at the lobby bar. The welcome/aloha drink is a nice touch. The bed was comfortable and the shower was piping hot with good pressure. The road noise was a bit much at times but easy enough to drown out and they do offer ear plugs if needed. The location was great and within walking distance of everywhere I needed to go for my business trip. I also appreciated the later check out time than most hotels and Linette made checkout quick and easy. I would definitely stay here again. The staff does a wonderful job of making you feel at home and that alone is worth the stay.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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KellyandDean14 wrote a review Jun 2023
Colchester, United Kingdom27 contributions59 helpful votes
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We did a layover in Honolulu and we aren't fans of big brand hotels as they are just high rise concrete jungles. I found the Equus which is a very sweet family run hotel and booked straight away, I'm so glad I did, what a little gem in this big loud city! The rooms are comfortable and the shower is actually the best we have experienced on holiday! There is a lot of road noise but guessing all hotels on the strip would suffer the same problem. I'm a really light sleeper and it didn't stop me from sleeping, just the odd reversing lorry woke me up briefly at dawn! What we really loved about this hotel was the personal feel, anything you need and the staff would assist straight away, and it had a cute bar where we chatted to other guests and Matt the bar man would get involved and had us all laughing. On our check out day, we got stuck up Diamond Head as someone climbed it without water and had a medical emergency so we were stuck for over an hour at the top in the heat waiting for a helicopter to rescue them. We rushed back half hour late and panicked but the team were so sweet and made a joke of it, it really was appreciated as we know how busy they are during change overs and we made their life harder! Not sure I would recommend any changes to this hotel, it's a great price, perfect location, staff are amazing and it just has a good vibe, something you can't achieve in the big crowded hotels. Thanks for making our stay fun and comfortable, we loved Honolulu and will be back!
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Kris White, Guest Services / Front Office at The Equus
Responded Jun 9, 2023
Mahalo for staying with us and taking the time to write such a detailed review. We're so glad you enjoyed our fantastic location and lovely staff. As Waikiki's last family-owned and operated boutique hotel, we appreciate your support and hope to become your go-to spot for many years to come. Aloha
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OnAir28648105116 wrote a review Apr 9
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The friendliness and the hospitality is top tier. The rooms are clean and very well maintained. The room service is on time and courteous. I will definitely stay at this location on my return visits to the isl. And we'll be recommending to my friends who may be visiting the island as well.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for the fantastic review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed our friendly staff, clean rooms, and prompt service. Knowing we provided a top-tier experience makes our day. We look forward to welcoming you back and we appreciate you recommending us to your friends. Mahalo!
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Pam VB wrote a review Apr 6
Acton, Canada22 contributions15 helpful votes
Right across the street from Hilton Hawaiian village, Waikiki, and Ala Moana beach, bus line and dining. This boutique Hotel provided excellent customer service. Kollett greeted us at arrival and couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. Jacquie made sure our room was ready several hours before the check in time. Room was spotless. Great value all round!
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Room Tip: Use Charley's taxi to and from airport. Buy a HOLO bus pass at ABC and catch the bus at the...
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Response from Kris White, Guest Services / Front Office at The Equus
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Mahalo nui loa for taking the time to leave such a fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our convenient location near the hustle and bustle of Ala Moana Beach Park with easy access to bus lines and dining options. Providing excellent customer service is our passion, so we're delighted that our team went above and beyond in that respect. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Equus again soon!
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Jessica L wrote a review Apr 3
Kihei, Hawaii1 contribution
Great amenities, convenient location, friendly staff, and the lobby bar is an extra perk. I book this hotel every time I travel to Oahu and will continue to do so. Their kama’aina rates are the lowest I’ve come across and it’s a perfect choice if you need a sweet and simple hotel during your stay.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Mahalo nui loa for your kind words about The Equus! We are so glad to hear that you enjoy the amenities, location, friendly staff, and of course, the lobby bar! We know there are many hotels to choose from on Oahu, so your loyalty truly means a lot. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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Jacob L wrote a review Mar 2024
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We’re so glad we stayed here! It’s locally owned and operated and it felt that way with all our interactions. Everyone we interacted with was so kind and genuine, especially Linette! The room temperature was nice and cool when we arrived and stayed cool while sleeping. It was also very affordable compared to a lot of places in the area. I’d definitely stay here again because of the service and positive interactions we had.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: If you have a stroller or heavy bags, you’ll have to carry up the stairs to the main lobby but...
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Thank you so much for your fantastic review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Equus, especially the friendly and genuine service from our staff like Linette. We take pride in being locally owned and operated and we aim to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our guests. It was a pleasure having you and we look forward to your return.
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Atish D wrote a review Mar 2024
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Excellent boutique hotel with great location and staff. Great facilities in the hotel. It is actually very close to one of the day tour pick up point. Ala moana beach is walking distance. Bar is great and it has a very hawaii vibe. Rene, lincoln and ben were great - those were the three i interacted with but i am sure rest of the staff was wonderful. 10/10
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Mahalo for the amazing review! We're so happy you loved your stay at The Equus. We strive to provide a true boutique hotel experience with a great location, friendly staff, and all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. It's fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the convenience of being so close to Ala Moana Beach. We're also glad you loved the Hawaiian vibes at our bar! Thank you for mentioning Rene, Lincoln, and Ben—we'll be sure to pass on your kind words to the entire team. We hope to welcome you back to The Equus again soon!
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Explorer38954925086 wrote a review Mar 2024
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The Equus was a great fit for us. The location is very convenient, the staff were friendly and helpful, and we really liked the small size and personal feel. Lincoln at the front desk was so welcoming! Despite the limited on site parking, there was magically always a spot when we needed one. We will definitely stay here again when we’re in town visiting family.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: Easy walking distance to Ala Moana Center and beach, and a manageable walk to the heart of...
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Mahalo for the amazing review! We're thrilled you enjoyed our location, friendly staff, and Hawaiian vibe. We hope to see you again soon!
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Wade H wrote a review Mar 2024
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What a surprise this hotel was. Here on business, I quite enjoyed my stay. Clean rooms, friendly staff, and the absolute best hotel bar I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking at. Matt at the bar is friendly, knowledgeable, charismatic, and makes the best Old Fashioned on the island. I’ve throughly enjoyed my stay here, and will be back if business brings me back to Honolulu.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Wow, what a compliment! We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, especially our clean rooms, friendly staff, and amazing bar. Matt will be thrilled to hear you loved his Old Fashioned—it's definitely one of the best in town! We look forward to welcoming you back for business (or pleasure) next time you're on Oahu.
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Penelope K wrote a review Mar 2024
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There were many nice things about our stay at The Equus. The price was reasonable. The bed was very comfortable. The location was convenient for walking to restaurants in the area. The air conditioning worked fairly well. All staff were very polite and helpful. We enjoyed the little Paniolo Bar & Cafe, though they had limited food offerings. On the down side: The room carpet and bathroom floor were not very clean. There was an issue with the day 3 cleaning that was remedied the next day and we were comped 2 free breakfasts for the inconvenience. The room was not well insulated from the often very loud street noise. TV was difficult to operate as it often did not start with the correct input. We had to adjust it to HDMI2. The instruction and channel list sheet provided was incorrect. Arrival & departure was dangerous on a busy street and one has to navigate stairs to get to the lobby. Overall this hotel would benefit from some upgrades and deep cleaning.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
C$245 - C$358 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
the equus hotel and marina tower, equus an aqua boutique hotel
LOCATION
United StatesHawaiiOahuHonoluluWaikiki
NUMBER OF ROOMS
67
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Equus
Which popular attractions are close to The Equus?
Nearby attractions include Honolulu Cookie Company (0.5 km), Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon (0.4 km), and Waikiki Starlight Luau (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Equus?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Equus?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Equus?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Equus?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Equus?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tropical Tribe, goofy cafe & dine, and Lappert's Ice Cream.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Equus?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Equus?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iolani Palace (3.0 km), Shangri La (5.6 km), and US Army Museum of Hawaii (1.0 km).
Does The Equus have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.