Aqua Palms Waikiki
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Day 1. First Impressions
Kim and Glenn got up early with us at 2:30 AM to drive us to Indy. We left Adri behind. After some small check-in problems, we were well on our way! A stop in Chicago for some Garrett's popcorn was pretty much all we had to eat, as the 9-hour flight from ORD to HNL did not serve any meals (although we purchased a snack …
... shapes, sizes and colors! It was simply beyond beautiful and awesome. Somehow I actually got drug away after our fill was had (but I'll be back for sure!) We had worked up quite an appetite and finally found a local joint to satiate our hunger. We found Kahuku Grill where we partook of something called Shem's Big Bad Boy Burger! Some sort of avocado, bacon, cheese, Shem sauce, and grease. They ...
... and couple beers and enjoyed it by the pier on the beach. Very relaxing indeed. Gotta enjoy the small things in life and I've certainly learnt how to do that. On the plane now to LA where I'm staying in a dodgy 20 bed dorm hostel. My expectations for the place are low but I figure if I don't get robbed, stabbed or shot I'm winning. Headed to San Diego tomorrow which I'm pumped for. Be good to see shawn! Think we're going to the baseball as well which is ace. Until next time, ...
... fame! The other two guys did a great job too. During the afternoon we watched a river pageant - each of the island villages have a floating platform with a young guy steering/pushing and they had male/female dancers in island colours and dress perform their traditional dances. The dancing is very primitive and earthy - for the males, it's lots of stamping, leg movements and chest and arm flexing and beating. The females' dancing is very slow and mainly consists ...
Day 1 Shopping. That's it and nothing more to say about the biggest shopping centre I have ever been to. Too big and scary for me to navigate. Except for Victorias Secret - but even it was as big as a level at David Jones. Day2. Back to nature with a green trolley bus up to Diamond Head and a hike to the top. Exhilarating! I donated my shaved ice cone to the native bees- I make it sound generous but the truth is they outnumbered me and stole ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAqua Palms Waikiki Honolulu
Great location, but a little out dated. there are a lot of NICE places in Hawaii but this place is a bargain.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aqua Palms Waikiki Honolulu
The Palms was great!
My wife and I stayed 7 nights at the Palms and thought it was a great deal! Like everyone has mentioned, it was recently renovated and so the rooms are like new. For the price, I was surprised at how nice everything was... I would rate this place higher than a 3-star property. The front desk staff were helpful with sending us to different restaurants, etc, and the location was great. We literally walked through the Hilton to get to the beach. Our room had a new microwave, mini-fridge, and cupboards so it was nice to be able to stock up on basic necessities (mostly cereal and milk and things for breakfast). We would definitely stay there again, for the price I think it's one of the best deals in Oahu!
Love this hotel. The price is great. The service is pretty good. The room is very clean. The location is perfect. It's not too far from waikiki beach and ala moana shopping centre. It's kind of in the middle.
The hotel just renovated, so everything is great.
For sure I will stay there again next time I go back to Honolulu. I strongly recommend it.
And also try the bus instead rent a car. I got 4 days pass for USD$20.00. The bus system is great.
Nice place..good value
We stayed at the Aqua Palms for 8 nights and booked through Travelocity. The hotel is very clean and new, just as the other reviewers have stated--they have undergone renovations, so everything looks new! The front desk staff are very pleasant and helpful and the housekeeping staff are excellent. Our room was small and we didn't have a full balcony but it served our needs. It was nice to have the fridge and microwave and a few dishes for cereal, etc. We walked through the Hilton to get to the beach. The pool is very small, but the area is nice with tables and lounge chairs. We received one free night, but didn't get the breakfasts or massage with our deal, as some reviewers did.
This was my fourth time to Hawaii, and for the price this hotel was definitely the cleanest and best value.
We got a great deal on travelocity. Stayed one night and moved to the Hilton Hawaiian Village to a timeshare because HHV could not give us the exact dates we wanted.
The room was great compared to what we were expecting. It even had a fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Very clean and comfortable. Free local calls vs. $1.00 at Hilton, 10% off at the Wailana Coffee House, great deal all around.
Would recommend as it is close to everything.
Convenient and clean!
This hotel is just completing renovations. As many other reviewers have stated, it seemed as if we were among the first to stay in the renovated rooms. The room was small, but nicely furnished and very clean. The kitchenette with fridge, microwave, and a few dishes was very convenient. There are cute murals in the lobby and along the elevator area. The view of Waikiki was nice from our room and small but functional lanai. The beds were extremely comfortable. Very nice!
The staff was indeed friendly and helpful, very cheerful too. There is no concierge service yet but it is easy to walk across to the Hilton to pick up info, grab a bus, etc., and I was absolutely pleased with our room at the Aqua Palms. I don't think I would have enjoyed a more expensive room at the Hilton any more...the beaches are all public, and that's where we were, anyway, outdoors!
Clean and low-key
With newly renovated rooms, the Aqua Palms is a great deal. It seemed like we were the first ones to stay there after the reno's. It was great to have such a clean room as we were travelling with an toddler. Everything was brand new, even the kitchenette appliances.
We got a deal through Travelocity, approx $110 a night. The fifth night was free and included daily breakfasts (full breakfast, not continental) and 1 hr massage. The hotel itself is very low key, bare minimum staff and small pool. No big deal as we're there for the beaches and aren't high maintenance guests. Our room was a bit small, but for that price, can't complain. The hotel is not close to the beach, so I don't think it would be worth the extra money for an oceanview.
Parking is $15/night and practically every hotel in Waikiki charges for it. We paid for parking the first night, but were able to find street parking on subsequent nights. We were able to look down on our car from our room, so that was a plus. You wouldn't be able to do that in the middle of Waikiki. The hotel is within walking distance to Hilton Hawaiian Village, Ala Moana Shopping Centre and some great restaurants. Keo's (Thai) is great and very busy for takeout. Next door is Wailana Coffee House (breakfast included with our deal). The service is great and the food is great! It's open 24 hours.
As for the free massage, they were nice enough to split the hour into two 30 min sessions so that we could both get massages. You can either get it in your room or go to the Aqua Bamboo's Spa. We opted for the latter. The massage is done in a Cabana-like building beside their pool, which was a lot nicer than the one at the Palm. However, I don't think the rooms would be nicer. There were bedframes being stored on a bunch of the balconies. Anyway, the massage was excellent.
With the hotels in Waikiki starting to age, I highly recommend the newly renovated Aqua Palms. Definitely would stay there again. Maybe next time in a larger room.
We were a bit wary about staying here, as we've never stayed at an Aqua property before, but we thought it was great! Everything here is brand new... They apparently just finished a major renovation. We especially loved the location - Right across the street from the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the beach. The people at the front desk were really friendly, and everything was really clean. We'll definitely be back!
ELEGANT NEW and AFFORDABLE hotel! Should be 4 stars!!!
I discovered this hotel underwent some major renovations. The rooms are BRAND SPANKING NEW and we got a nice peekaboo view of the ocean as well as diamond head. One thing that impressed us was the nice decor and wow, granit countertops in the bathroom? While the elevator was still old, I was told it was because they were still undergoing some renovations in certain floors and the elevators were to be renovated last (so that construction equipment do not damage the interior of new elevators). Other than that, I found the location to be extremely convenient and the hotel to be much more elegant compared to the other 3 stars I've stayed at (ohana waikiki west, marine surf, continental surf etc.)
It is directly across the street from Hilton Hawaiian Village where people are paying over $289+ a night! And that's for a room without ocean view! We just walk through the Hilton Hawaiian to get to the beach. You can check out the penguins on your way through the lobby and if you're there during 3-5 or so, you can get free hawaiian fuit punch drinks. Pretty convenient. I think not too many other tripadvisors know about the palms waikiki. It used to be called the parkside and some other online hotel travel sites still list it as such. I think that's why it's still a bargain. I would definitely stay here again.
Clean, New, Convenient, Friendly
We just returned from a wonderful stay in Honolulu. In the past we have stayed in some old beat up, not so clean hotels so this time we wanted to be sure not to make this mistake happen again. This hotel was just renovated and is still finishing some minor renovations but is as new and clean as you'll find anywhere. The rates are very reasonable and it was just really pleasant to stay at a nice new, clean hotel. I travel a considerable amount for business and this is one of the most friendly, attentive and accomodating staff you'll find. There is not yet a Concierge service but the front desk staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. The hotel is located just across from the beach and its very convenient to catch numerous trolleys and busses to get around the island. We will be going back this winter for a week and have already made our reservations at Aqua Palms.
Alright i guess.... nit bad...
I stayed there for four nights and it was clean but the elevators were unfinished and a lot of work was being done... Our room had a nice view of the ocean but when it came to finding activities to do we were on our own. The hotel staff was kind of nice but they did not offer any information about the island. There was no resturants in the hotel and no room service. It was within walking distance of shops and resturants but it was kind of a far walk compared to other hotels just blocks away. It was nice to have a microwave and a small fridge. For the price it was nice but just keep in mind that the Hilton Hawaiian Village is just across the street so if you need to talk to a consierge or book activities that is the way to go... Also i would not recomend the pool but who needs one... You are in Hawaii!