The Equus Hotel & Marina Tower
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I left Kwaj at 6:00 on Wednesday and arrived in Hono at 2:30 in the morning on Wednesday - love that international date line. Wednesday, day 1. Worked, ran around Kwaj trying to get everything together. Refused to feel bad because my room is a mess - I couldn't find my stateside drivers license and responded in the same manner a tornado would - and …
... at 5:30 in the afternoon, I was entering the tour agent's office. "I told you I would be back if it turned into an unlucky day", I told her. We laughed and I told her my story.
At 6:45 a.m. I was waiting for my pick up at my hostel in Waikiki. I noticed I had forgotten to shave after my shower. It is Friday the 13th, but I don't know if that matters.
I ran back in and got a quick shave. I was back waiting for the van to pick me ...
... around 6pm. After a cup of tea and shower we went out to dinner. Didn't feel like much and found a local cafe where we met an English couple who were spending five days in Hawaii before flying off to catch an Alaskan cruise. The cafe had a bar so we decided to have a few drinks and chat. There was a Hawaiian Karaoke troupe practicing for their upcoming competition being held in Las Vegas. There were three guys who all had amazing voices and would give any of the contestants on ...
... br> Following last minute confirmation of flights, spent the day back down the beach, relaxing, soaking up the last of the warm weather (before heading to winter) reflecting on our amazing journey about to come to an end and trying to prepare head space for returning home.
So fortunate to have seen a little of many countries, met up with so many wonderful people, learnt a little of many cultures, ...
... other level. If you lick your lips after putting your face under the water, it seems like you're sucking on a salt dispenser
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Older building with outdated cabinetry and an old, firm bed. Elevator noise was omnipresent and too much, and I would not recommend staying there. The view from the 35th floor was gorgeous, but I admit my fear of heights got the best of me on the outside glass elevator ride.
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Booked online at the last minute for mid-January; arrived as they were taking down the "Hawaii Polo Inn" nameplate on the front of the hotel and putting up an "Aqua Equus" sign.
what can i say i was simply blown away, I'm irish and we know about hospitality and a bit about trying to keep things authentic. The hawaii polo inn was a real revelation, i found a real sense of hawaiian culture and hospitality the staff were all so friendly and warm. the rooms were also magnificent, the attention to detail was fantastic. With the newly renovated rooms i felt like i was getting a 5 star room for the price of a 2 star. It passed all of my tests and if i ever go back to honolulu the polo inn will be the only stop for me.
I am a returning guest who has repeatedly staye with the Hawaii Polo in due to it's great hospitality and affordability. I had never expected more for my money then the most simple accomodation and fantastic location, but they really have surpassed themselves!! They are just finishing a renovation and a name change to the Hotel Equus, which is rather stunning. I was shocked to see that such brillant accomodation could come with such awesome friendly service and customer care. This hotel is truly a gem, never will you experience hawaii until you have met the colorful, caring and lovely staff and witnessed the magnificent makeover of this once simple hotel!! The new rooms are simply incredible with flat screen TV's, a wonderful newly finished bathroom, and large wonderful beds filled with pillows. They also allow you to use the tennis courts and pool adjoined with another hotel. It may be a five minute walk to the beach, but you can access all of waikiki as well as the ala moana shopping center in 5 min. everything is quite convenient and within an easy walk. I truly enjoyed my stay and I am very impressed with the improvement, you even get breakfast included, served in the lobby with the company of the friendly staff to 'talk story' with. I hope that anyone looking for a personal touch and a true hawaii feel will take this advice and come experience the splendor and alohas of the Equus!
Beware of unadvertized parking charges $15 US +Taxes p/day.
My travel agent says she checked and the rental car parking was free. It is not. The Hawaii Polo website mentions the safe fee but no mention of the hefty parking charges.Several outdated review web sites also list parking as free. Lots of street noise after midnight garbage trucks, backup alarms bring earplugs. Definitely not a five star but they do not claim to be. Would not recommend.
It's a Jeckle and Hyde inn. The older rooms are what I would expect to find on skid row.
New and much improved
I have had the opportunity to see the hotel during its facelift. The rooms are beautiful and the atmosphere altho always very warm and inviting is much more so now. For anyone that has stayed there in the past and has had a great experience I know they are going to be pleased with all the improvements and for those that may have not had such a great experience I would strongly suggest that they give the hotel another try. For location and costs of the rooms and service The Equus, formly the Hawaii Polo Inn is a property well worth staying at in Honolulu.
The best deal in Waikiki! We could never have dreamed of finding a better price or value. With the Inn's low price and convenient location within walking distance of all the attractions of Waikiki, we saved a fortune by not having to rent a car while we were visiting O'ahu!
Pitch a Tent Before Staying Here!!!!
Hawaii Polo Inn is the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. The balcony door in our room would not lock which made it hard to get a restful nights sleep. We later discovered upon trying to shower that there was no hot water! The hotel is also incredibly noising being on a major road. In addition to these issues we were charged $20 to park our car, when the hotel advertises parking as included in their room rates.
I would pitch a tent before staying at the Hawaii Polo Inn again.