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 …
... have not been to Hawaii, we feel its a bit hyped up and not at all as you would expect. The beach it ok but way overcrowded and no where near as pristine as ours. The shopping very overpriced but in general it's a relaxed place. The hotel is ok and well priced, nothing special but we can see the beach and its clean. We can't complain. It is hot here so we booked a mustang for Sunday, we plan to ...
... the car back in one piece 5. We found 'cool whip' frozen whip which they stopped selling in the UK years ago, I used to love it. So because we didn't have a freezer it meant we had to eat the whole tub! 6. Got to see Twilight ! 7. On walk back from cinema got to watch fireworks Pretty amazing day ...
... room serves the same food but no dress up required.
Following dinner we head to the theatre for the first show of the cruise. It is the comedian from check in and his entire show is pretty much ad labs as he got various members of the audience on stage and had them acting out a scene from the wizard of oz. He was very funny. We then tried the karaoke but quickly decided this was not a good idea and headed off to ...
... the North Shore. Unfortunately the weather was horrible so we didn't get into the water. We stopped at the famous Giovanni's Shrimp Truck. The place was packed and the Garlic Shrimp were fantastic. We stopped at roadside stalls and picked up some fresh produce. Much cheaper than the stores in Waikiki. Despite the weather, Waimea Bay was packed. It was the wrong time of year for the massive surf but still an awesome beach.
Finally some luck for Lachie. We did ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Equus Hotel & Marina Tower Honolulu
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.