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 …
... the best lemonade which was right at $4. Afterwards it took everything we had to get up and head back to the hotel. Needless to say it was early to bed for us (in this time zone at least). We both got good 8 hours sleep, which unfortunately had us waking up around 3 am. Managed to go back to sleep thankfully. Woke up to a rainy day, but looks like he is going to have an easy day and I am going to hang around here and get settled in little more so we aren't living out of suitcases.
It was raining on our arrival which was a little disappointing however we decided to utilize this time for shopping which we did very well. We managed to spend two whole days at the Ala Moana centre and Wei Kele Outlet Mall where we spent lots of money! We managed to get a good beach day in to start working on our tans, we also got a couples massage for an hour which was absolute heaven! We also did a fantastic tour of Pearl Harbour. We had the best guide ...
I'm guessing you are wondering why several entries came through together. Well the international wasn't working for several days, hence all update sent at once. Questions that have been asked, the group photo I posted is of our dinning companions. We share the same table every evening for dinner, it's a lively table lots of chat. Roy and Marion Doreen and David have all done several world cruises and know all the ropes so it's great to have an ...
... the name most of you would recognise this iconic landmark as it was immortalised in cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry. The military used it as a look out post during the war and built a track including 100m or so of tunnel through the rock and god knows how many steps! It's a great bum and thigh workout if nothing else but the Panoramic views of Honolulu and Waikiki beach from the top make it worthwhile :-) On our last day we took a trip to a marine reserve called ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Equus Hotel & Marina Tower Honolulu
Older building with outdated cabinetry and an old, firm bed.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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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.