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Well, Ive been a little slow in blogging lately as I was having fun in the sun at beautiful Honolulu.
Once we landed after our 8.5hr flight from Auckland it took the best part of an hour just to get through Customs and Border Control. Ok, the flight took off thirty minutes late so we did not get in until nearly 10pm but the number of staff …
So Hawaii was one of my most anticipated places to visit on this trip. I was staying for 4 nights and since I had been travelling for so long I was getting tired of the fast paced life. So I was very excited to be able to relax a little here and take it easy.
I flew out of Seattle at 9.30am so with time difference in …
So we returned to Waikiki for one last night. We thought we should try something more on the American side so visited the Cheesecake Factory - one of the two in Waikiki - but found their wait time of 1 hr 10 minutes a bit excessive. Instead we enjoyed some Thai food before ordering some Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Dan …
Well everyone knows that the tale of any good trip should start with a recital of the many movies watched on the flight - à la The Castle! Sadly Vicki wasn't feeling too well but Dan watched The Adjustment Bureau which he says is surprisingly faithful to the short story.
Our Hawaiian adventure started early - in fact a good 12 hours …
On the 25th we decided to go up North to the surfers paradise. We have stopped at multiple beaches and we saw Haleiwa, which was really the city I could imagine a real Hawaiian city should be. All small wooden houses with surf shops and eateries. First we went to a short walk to the Waimea Arboretum up til the falls. Or the one and only fall which …
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aqua Bamboo Waikiki Honolulu
We were looking for a budget hotel for a one-night stay/layover. Got a great website deal (49US + tax), and the pictures looked great. When we checked in, we noticed the Asian decor, and the big plasma TV. While we were waiting for service, we noticed a double line of ants trekking across the top of the door. Since it's Hawaii, we figured it was maybe due to the door opening constantly, and tried not to think much of it.
Nice Boutique Hotel
I stayed at the Aqua Bamboo two times. It's a great value for the money. The inside is much more attractive than the outside. Although the parking may be troublesome and it may be a bit noisy (depends on room location) when you leave your sliding glass doors open, it is a clean, comfortable place with a great staff! The Japanese influenced decor is beautiful! Much Aloha.
I stayed in Aqua Bamboo in March 23-28, 2003. For the price it's a great hotel. Make sure you have a DELUXE studio rather than regular room. It's only $10 more but it faces the pool (all regular rooms face a VERY noisy street) and you actually will get a partial sea view. The room itself was a bit old, but neither rusty, nor dirty. The neighbourhood was OK, we felt safe all the time. There was a "hookers' corner" a few hundred years away but that was the only annoyance and it didn't bother us at all. When making reservations claim that you saw their ad in "Honolulu Advertiser" - the price would be about 50% off. Also a travel agency from Hawaii (...) has specials - 5 nights for the price of 4, which makes it even a better deal. And don't pay $10 per day for parking. I was always able to find a spot within 5 minute walking distance.
Not Too Bad
I was here on Jan 7 - 12 2003. The hotel staff was wonderful. The hotel itself is descent. I had great service. The only thing wrong with this hotel is the location. Your right in the ghetto. All day there are always some kind of crazy people around especially across the street.
Excellent Value and Location
For a Wakiki vacation on a limited budget, this is great value and location. The price included a daily continental breakfast delivered to your room, free newspaper available at the front desk daily. The room was clean and had a balcony with a good view. The only negative for us was that we needed to run the air conditioner or fan at night to create a "white noise" to drown out the sounds from the street below, because we are used to sleeping with no night noise. No noise from adjacent rooms. Would we go back again? You bet we would - we had a great time. Oh, and staff were courteous and helpful.
This place looks much better on the internet than in reality. When I walked into this hotel, I saw a very large plasma TV behind the front desk staff -- ostensibly to make this hotel seem upscale in that they can afford such technology for their decor. I was only impressed by it until I got to my room, and would have much preferred NO tv at the front desk to 'wow' me, and have them use that money to jazz up their rooms a bit. Cheap air conditioner. Tiny rooms. The bed felt awful. It was very motel-ish.
Rejected first room assigned on the 4th floor as it was dark and worn. Upon opening curtains to gain light, we found ourselves peering into window of adjacent complex.
This is a pretty good value hotel for Honolulu at $79 + taxes for room with kitchenette. But a couple of issues -
A Special Place
September 14-17, 2002
I found the Aqua Bamboo to be a very adequate hotel. The room was neat, the bed was comfortable and the location was great. While not a fancy hotel, we found all of our needs were met and even exceded by the hotel and its staff. We stayed in a duluxe studio room that had a complete set of dishes and pots and pans, a two burner stove and a refrigerator. By staying in a delux room for $5 more, our lanai looked out over the pool and we could see Waikiki beach about a block away; it was a nice place to sip a cup of Kona coffee before breakfast!
I just stayed at a great hotel called Aqua Bamboo. Located just about 1 1/2 blocks off the main street of Waikiki. The staff is wonderful, the ambiance is upbeat. Don't even start me on the decor. Peaceful, peaceful, peaceful. They even print a daily list of to-do's in Honolulu. The room I had was fantastic. 12th floor, had a 180 degree view. The lower floors complained of noise. It's a big city! Easy to walk to Intn'l Marketplace, beach. Would stay again in a minute! Great value!