Lotus Honolulu At Diamond Head
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We've got this idea of exploring the island of Oahu today - we've pointed the car in a northerly direction and are heading up the freeway until it ends and the roads get smaller. We'll continue along the north shore as it curves around to the east and eventually we'll make it back to Honolulu.
As we …
Aloha, my name is Heilani, i'm 18th and I'm a BYUH online students. I was born in Hawaii but I grew up in Tahiti. Since August 31st I live in Hawaii and I really enjoy it. Life is so beautiful here.
I was attended to be part of the students for the winter semester, but my request has been dined.
I enjoy my time here.
I'm the big …
Last day in Hawaii, the land of Aloha.
It's over so quick. I go to check the surf (sort of) early but the winds up and the tide is dropping. J-she relaxes in bed in true holiday style. Along the beach walk I'm endlessly harassed by folks wanting a ciggie. If your puffing or pull out a pack you're an immediate target for the gimmie, that's for …
... And what a beach it is: soft white sand, calm, warm waters protected by a barrier reef a few hundred feet offshore. It makes for some decent snorkeling, with shallow waters all the way out to the reef.
It is quite amazing getting snorkeling out into the water a bit, then looking back to the shore, seeing this beach lined with Palm trees with the dramatic backdrop ...
... t have long to go. What would go down nicely right now is 19 crispy M & Ms. I have never heard so much whinging about the time to disembark, and coming from many of my countrymen - Australian, and I am ashamed to say it, but it was very un-australian. We had a wonderful taxi driver from the dock to our hotel in Waikiki - the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. The hotel has probably seen better years, but it has wi-if! The hotel is ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLotus Honolulu At Diamond Head
The hotel is awesome, there's a lot of advices, you have a pool, a place where you can do sports, also there's a park close to the hotel. The thing that I prefer the most, is the quiet place, even if it's an hotel. Also it's near to Waikiki, so I'm able to walk to Waikiki. I like this place.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Lotus Honolulu At Diamond Head
Do it! But a few facts first...
I reviewed every hotel possible before making a reservation and I was really stressed about making a good choice. I am glad we stayed at the W and I think it is a lovely property. I've been to several other W hotels and I do think this is one of the top properties, despite the fact there is no pool and no spa. Why? The ambience there is lovely, very zen-like, with asian influences, great music in the lobby, and generally very relaxing. It's a small hotel, which was quite different from other properties in HNL. This adds to the ambience and relaxation.
The rooms are great, very spacious, immaculate, and a lovely view of Diamond Head. Big bathroom too. Note that this is not "right in the middle" of the tourist action, but is a quick drive away, which we had no problem with and in fact is a good place to stay if you are going to other parts of the Island, like Lani Kai beach. It is steps away from San Souci beach, which is also very relaxing and not as crowded as say, the beachfront at the Sheraton. The restaurant is worth a visit even if you choose not to stay at the hotel, if you enjoy a hip, post-modern setting with very good food, albeit expensive. The only other hotel in the immediate area that I think might be a more "posh" experience is the Kahala Mandarin, which has amazing grounds and a whole dolphin program right at the hotel. The Kahala is prohibitive on cost, however, and does not run specials as it caters to people who can afford to stay there. For the rest of us...try the W.
Low Key and Stylish, But Not For Everyone
I have stayed at the W Honolulu/Diamondhead three times and have enjoyed it very much each time---and I will be returning there in November.
That being said, it should be emphasized that this hotel is not for everyone. There are few amenities of the type that are found in the major Waikiki hotels (no health club or pool, for example).
What makes the W stand apart from any other luxury hotel in the Waikiki area is its small size---just 48 rooms, and the maximum number of rooms per floor is 5. Apart from Friday nights (when the Diamond Head Grill restauarant is converted to a nightclub), the hotel is very quiet, as it is located about 1/4 mile from the eastern edge of Waikiki.
The atmosphere is stylish and low key and the rooms very comfortable.
Each room---whether on a low floor or high floor, and I have stayed in both---has a terrific view of Diamond Head. Although I have read complaints about the staff, I have never had any problems and as a repeat guest have become friendly with some of them.
Less is really Less here
Failed to honor our reservation for a king and screwed up other things without rectifying, the restaurant only opens for dinner (expensive & mediocre), no turndowns, views are not "ocean" but of parking lots and condos, hotel is not on the beach despite its ad claims, disco music blares incessantly in the lobby at all hours, restaurant mutates into a drunken dance club on weekends. $2 for local/toll free calls. Pluses: rooms have a basic balcony and a five minute walk to the pleasant San Souci beach. However, this W is far far removed from what W's should represent.
Less is more!
If you want quite and free vacation in Oahu, this hotel is most recomend. But If you want luxurious vacation in Oahu, this hotel isn't recomend.This hotel is a niche target customer.I love this hotel.
Super short beds
Stayed at the W Honolulu in Feb. 2003. Bottom line: not on par with other Ws (e.g., W San Francisco offers bigger rooms, nicer furniture) and would have stayed at other hotels in Honolulu had I known. Have stayed at many hotels for work and play and this W is at best average among its category.Nice "Bali" ambiance in the lobby, but the beds in the room were unexpectedly and uncomfortably short--this after being told upon arrival that the King-size-bed room reserved far in advance was not available. Also, security guard stopped us in the lobby upon returning from day out---not friendly.No beach; blocked view of Diamond Head and ocean (full view of parking deck though); away from, but within walking distance to, Waikiki (which is can be a plus). Also a plus is the park, trees, and lawns nearby.
Not enough bang for the buck.
This hotel is quant but not at all plush. There is very little in the way of amenities offered. The 'ocean view' is obstructed by other buildings with only a small slice of ocean truly in view. The Sheraton Surf rider or the Royal Hawaiian are better bets if you are looking for a 4 star hotel.
W is wonderful!
ProsLocation, decor, views, service, atmosphere.ConsLack of pool and restaurant on-site; some street noise, not beachfront.The Bottom LineLocation, Beauty, Service - We'd return without hesitation!My husband and I have been to Hawaii 5 or 6 times, but not once since our children were born, because it is such a long flight from the East Coast. We decided the boys were old enough now (10 and 13) and visited a few weeks ago. We spent 5 nights at the W. It was lovely. Our room, on the 9th floor, had 2 balconies. One was small and faced Kapiolani Park. The other was huge and mostly faced Diamond Head (which is RIGHT THERE) although lots of ocean was also on view. The room was beautifully decorated in a Balinese motif. On each bed was a small jointed Teddy for the boys; also two pairs of "W" boxers; all complimentary. The service, from our welcome with juice, to continuous volunteering to meet all our needs - was excellent. The boys enjoyed the games in the lobby and we all enjoyed the votive candles in the lobby at night. We aren't trendy enough to have enjoyed the bar (yes it does have a bed in it); but there were lots of folks there particularly on Friday night. The location was wonderful. Not too far from Waikiki - not a bad walk at all thru the park, but away from the in-city feeling. And the hotel is small enough that it's not a long walk and wait to get your car (I remember previous stays at the Hilton Hawaiian Village ...). All in all, we hated to leave, even though we were heading -not home, but to the Big Island, but that's another story. Please note that the rate below included $30/day toward breakfast.RecommendedYesRoom Rate: US$ 254.00Room Type: Double
Very "OK" W hotel
Stayed there on a weekend in March. Hotel is far from everything, walking distance to major Wikiki beach. I do like the room decor, bathroom is nice furnished. High tech support with internet access if you needed and wireless phone. However their service level was very "ok" only. We checked in early, I knew no rooms were avaliable at the time. They told me they can call my cellphone to let me know when the room was clean, I never got a call. If you are going to stay during Fri/Sat, req a room on higher floors. Because their bar/restaurant is really loud on those two nights. Not a very Hawaiian hotel, but if rate was cheap. You can stay there
Classy & Chic in Honolulu
The W Hotel Diamond is located at the far end of Waikiki, appropriately, near Diamond Head. Although a stroll away, it feels worlds away from the crowds and craziness of central Waikiki.
If you are looking for a standard-issue convention hotel, then don't bother with the property. However, if you are looking for a smart, chic, & friendly hotel stay, look for further. Don't let the unassuming facade and lack of grand entrance fool you (really are you going to sleep in a porte cochere anyway?).
The lobby is cozy and low ceiling with a calming modern Asian influence. There are only five rooms on each floor, the hallways are open to the lovely tropical breezes.
The rooms are light, airy and gorgeous in keeping with a contemporary yet Balinese decor. The bed was extremely comfortable. White plantation shutters on the sliding glass doors added to the elegant feel. The bathroom was roomy with a Japanese style tub and shower combination. A beautiful live orchid was the crowning touch to the bathroom amenities.
Yes, the hotel does not have a pool. But, quite frankly, I don't understand why any would want to swim in a pool with the beautiful enviting waters of the Pacifc are just a few footsteps away.
Obviously, this hotel is not for everyone, just those with excellent taste.
Expensive, over rated, poor value
Don't believe the hotels web site. This is a horrendously expensive hotel that offers ordinary rooms, plain food, no pool, an uninviting entrance, cold lounge. It lacks atmosphere and has the feel of a very ordinary motel. One to be avoided.