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Had a decent night's sleep last night - we badly needed it. Got up around 7am local time and took the shuttle to the airport before 9. It was raining. This rain would become heavy snow in the nearby Sierra area - they would get more than 5 feet of snow! The skiers would be in heaven for it!
By the way, I need to take back some of the good …
... last passport stamp and collect the free shirt. I wasn’t sure what time our shore excursion would finish tomorrow so best to do it today.
When the shuttle arrived, he was going to the ship - so a change of plans for us – no more waiting for 20 mins which might turn out to be an hour, so on all of us climbed. When we got to the ship, the Hilo Hattie’s bus to their flagship store was there. Judy and Phil decided to join us ...
... and pulled pork sandwiches. We tried to find Hilo Hattie's, but I put in the wrong address and it took us through the old downtown and back to the mall. We finally gave up and drove home. Down to the beach, fought with the tent, but conquered it and watched Carly swim. We decided we were pretty tired and made pasta and garlic bread for dinner. Another post dinner stroll and ...
... hits a hitch, like she'd be more comfortable with someone who'd take her to gentler places. But we still get to the top together, and I'm pretty sure her kind rarely gets to the places I take her. Afterward, I have to be especially careful when she goes down, because I can hardly trust her to stop when I want to -- or have to. After we go out, I sneak her back into our room ...
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My December trip to Oahu was a little getaway for me from the everyday hustle and bustle at home. Being that I was alone and wanted to spend more on shopping and visiting attractions, I decided to go with a valued hotel. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the staff immediately. I was truly amazed at their professionalism and spirit of aloha. I automatically felt right at home! Throughout the stay, I was always greeted with a smile and the girls in the morning even greeted me by my name! I was stunned on the day of checkout that they remembered my room number, too! Now that's not the kind of service I expected from a small property. Whenever I inquired about directions to somewhere, the staff were so efficient in assisting me. They always went out of their way to print out maps and directions to make sure I didn't get lost. The condition of the room was a bit tired but the hotel is currently undergoing renovations. I was fortunate enough to be shown their newly renovated models. Wow! What an awesome transformation! You have to see it to believe it! In addition to the beautiful rooms, they have the greatest staff on board--from the front desk manager & housekeeping manager to the front desk personnels and housekeepers. I definitely recommend this place! Oh..and I forgot to mention, it took me roughly 2 minutes to walk to the beach. How great was that! The hotel provides beach towels, boogie boards, and beach mats.
We walked into this hotel after a problem with our original hotel. We had walked around Waikiki for several hours before finding this hotel which had one room left. After about 10 hours of travel, we had walked around Waikiki looking for a new place to stay and found this. The lobby was very nice but the room was not. However, it did not have a cockroach infestation, like our original hotel, so we thought it would be a decent place to sleep. We were wrong. First of all, make sure that if you book this hotel you do not have a corner room, the noise from the street is never ending. The worst thing is that we were woken up very early to what seemed to be drilling in the room next to ours. It continued for hours. Not joking the pictures were turning sideways and almost falling off of the walls. After no sleep whatsoever, we went down to speak with someone about all of the trouble with the noise. We got absolutely no apology and were told that yes they have no control over when their contractors start remodeling (even at 7 am!). The manager said, "Most people get up really early because of the time change." and "Well, you got a few hours of sleep." When we asked if there was anything he could do, like discount our rate, etc, he said, "Sorry, you paid at check-in, there is nothing I can do." Terrible customer service, we will never be back to this hotel or any of it's partner Aqua hotels.
I needed a hotel for four nights for a solo trip to Oahu, where I would be exploring the island and taking pictures. Nothing romantic or special needed, just something clean and basic and convenient...but CHEAP.
My family and I recently stayed at the Aqua Ocean Tower. After about a week of moving from hotel to hotel around Waikiki, we were immediately impressed by the level of quality and service at the Aqua Ocean Tower hotel.
My girlfriend and i booked not knowing what to expect... for the price we were thinking it was just like a travelodge... it was so much more; although the room was older (the building is under renovation right now) it was very clean. the half a block walk to the beach was an amenity on its own... when you could be paying 4 times as much for the marriot next door, why not just stay in a cheaper, more personal hotel? the service was exceptional, and the staff was very friendly... i highly recommend this hotel.
Well kept secret in Waikiki
This well kept secret has excellent and friendly service with reasonably priced rooms. The absence of a restaurant and bar in the hotel is barely noticed as numerous restaurants and bars are only steps from your room. I would put this hotel up against any on the beach with service and cleanliness. The hotel is updating all the rooms, which are slightly dated, to reflect an Asian influence. This includes projection TV and steam shower. I can't wait!
We just returned from a 6-night stay at the Ocean Tower and we loved it. Great location- less than a block from the beach. We knew it was an older hotel with rooms that needeed some updating, but the rooms were fine. Very clean and with comfortable beds. Our room (906) had a terrific view of the ocean and it had a balcony with a view of Diamond Head. It was probably the best room in the hotel.
I really had trouble deciding whether to give this place 2 stars or 3. I chose 3 because the room was clean, there were no bugs, and the service was great. However, 3 stars means this is average for a BUDGET hotel in Honolulu. The rooms facing away from the beach have a view of other buildings and there's no reason to look out the windows. The rooms facing the ocean have a lovely view with palm trees and the beach, but cost $30 more per night. None of the rooms has a balcony, which is nice when in Hawaii, to enjoy th sunset. The hotel has free wireless internet on each floor, but you have to bring your laptop. They have a free continental breakfast from 730am to 930am daily, but it's just cheap icky-sweet pastries, coffee, and canned juices. I only went for the breakfast on my first day since there was nothing even remotely healthy to eat. Free daily paper, including Sunday, in the lobby too. This hotel has a lot of free stuff that others charge for in Honolulu, including in-room safe and local phone calls. You are only 1.5 blocks from the beach here. I booked my room through discounthotelshawaii.com and only paid $64 per night plus tax. I was shocked to see the same rooms at almost $100 on Expedia. If I had paid that much, I would have started looking for a better deal after the first night, because it just isn't worth that much. I was willing to stay for the price I paid though. The wallpaper was peeling in places, the fixtures were cheap in the bathroom. There was a mini fridge, but no microwave. I guess I would stay there again, but I would look at other places first. If I couldn't get a better deal elsewhere, I would stay here again. The staff was always friendly and the maid service excellent. It's just that the place is kind of old, and it's difficult to make something old look clean sometimes.
The best thing about this hotel is the location. In a side street 50 metres from the main Waikiki strip and close to everything in Waikiki. The hotel is only 9 floors high and is situated between two very large hotels so not much privacy if you care to leave the curtains open, but that was not a great concern. It had that rundown seaside town feeling of decreptitude. Definitely a fabulous view from the room - pity the windows were so small and no balcony. You could at least open the window and hang out. This is a budget hotel, although we paid $150 AUD per night. The furnishings and fittings were tired and old. Wallpaper peeling off the walls in the bathroom, the usual poorly ventilated no window bathroom. Room was small, thankfully we had booked 2 queen beds to ensure more room, but you did need to sidle around the beds to get around. Yellow net curtains at the windows didn't really do it for me, and the beds and pillows were hard. Perhaps this is good value for Hawaii, but not for me. At least their was a refrigerator in the room for a change, although no coffee or tea making facilities. Definitely time for a major refurbishment here - they are doing it on the cheap. We found out on our last day about the free coffee and pastries in the foyer for breakfast - no one bothered to advise us of that on check in. It didn't really bother us as most of these "free" breakfasts are just sugary pastries and fake fruit juice - nothing fresh or real about them.
We have surfed Tripadvisor a LOT looking for properties with 'okay' traveller reviews, but when we booked our last-minute trip to Honolulu, we went to this property with the knowledge that it had changed management/ownership and had no reviews (and the old ones were awful). For the price and the location, we decided on a leap of faith and booked in from April 24 to May 1st (and having seen MANY 'like-priced' properties during my stay, I got the best deal possible).