Aqua Hotel Molokai
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aqua Hotel Molokai Kaunakakai
Liked it but know what you are getting
We stayed at the hotel from Dec23to 28,04. This is a wonderful place, laid back, friendly people and a gathering place the locals for the cocktail hour. After reviewing a number of reviews on this site I panicked. I called the hotel three times to check on what kind of room and was it true that a can of bug spray in the room (it was!) I even tried to get a reservation at the only other hotel (no rooms). I took roach motels and fly strips along. Well, never used them, I saw four bugs , no big deal. Friendly people, restaurant on site only place open at 6:00am. I will say the beach is terrible, you cannot swim, too much silt. you have to drive a few miles. If you know what you are getting into it is fine. Previous to this visit we stayed at a 5 star hotel in Honolulu and there was a big difference, but if you go to Molokai this is the place to stay. the locals gather there and on friday happy hour there is a come one come all play instuments together in the bar poolarea and celebrate the end of the week. also, the restaurant is on the water and covered but open to the sides, torches lit at night. It turned out just fine. Got along fine with no air cpnditioning. there was a large overhead fan. I suggest you request a second floor room. more circulation and bigger.
Neat hotel, unlike many others!
Hotel rooms in Polynesian style buildings. No A/C, so make sure you have enough fans. Bug spray provided just in case. Rooms have lanias. You'll be roughing it a little, but most people probably come to Molokai to get away from it all anyways. Staff friendly and excellent! Food was good at restaurant. Can't swim on beach as it muddy, but there are other beaches you can drive to. Only place to be at night is this hotel as everything on island closes down at night. The bar closes at 10-11 and it's great talking to the locals. I rated above average for the atmoshpere, service, food, and how different it is from other hotels anywhere, but the rooms are OK, with some problems. It was fun!
Be afraid - be very afraid
Restaurant was OK. However, the hotel itself was nothing short of terrible. You cannot swim in the ocean as it is just a large mud flat. Large bugs in the rooms, bathrooms are in scary shape. The air conditioner sounded like a freight train, so you could be hot and not sleep or be cool and not sleep. We chose to be cool and not sleep due to the noise. Molokai itself is not for everyone....and it wasn't for us. The Molokai Mule Ride was definitely worth a trip to the island, and we highly recommend that.
Stephen King NOvel
This place is a fraud...no swim beach
brown murkey water , roaches in the walls room
cieling plaster falling down...but what the heck it was only 140 per night
the best room in the hotel
but they do supply bug spray and easy access into room...ie no security lock
it doesnt match the website photos are old
they take advaantage of foreign travlers...this place is scary
Fire Sale definitely in order
Saggy, creepy, dingy, a bit scary in an ingrown sort of way ... but it is the ONLY hotel on the eastern half of Molokai, the ONLY real restaurant on the eastern half of Molokai (reservations definitely required or you don't eat that night) and one of ONLY TWO HOTELS on ALL of Molokai at this writing (2004.) Better off renting a house or condo.
A bit leaky
First night was great! my wife and I went to the bar and everyone was friendly, a beautiful location. Food was excellent.Second night the rain came, and so did a leak in our bungalow, right on my wife in bed!!! well the leak had obviously been there a while, as soon as the mattress we were on got a little damp, she statred coughing and sneezing from the mold that we guessed was growing in the mattress.Management was very uncooperative, only offered to switch our room, do discount, no appology, we left and went to a differant island.
Our favorite place to stay!
Excellent!! We loved the place. Very open rooms with flow through ventilation. Centrally located on the island. Reservation services for tours of Kualapapa (the old leper colony) and all other island attractions.Best food on the island! Dining right on the water.Laid back Molokai resort at it's best.If you want upscale, mainland style services, pay more for a west end resort.
Wow, the Hotel Molokai should really have a fire sale. Seriously, they should burn the place down. It's old, run down and poorly managed. They have a decent location and since there isn't much else on molokai I guess that's enough.
True Hawaiian Ambiance
We stayed in one of the more spacious upper level rooms which cost only a few dollars more and is money well spent. There was one queen bed and one single bed, also a small kitchenette. Our balcony was huge and we had many happy meals there. Most nights there were some local musicians jamming on acoustic guitars in the restaurant/pool area. It seemed to be party central for Molokai, but was nonetheless fairly low key (however the music did continue until about midnight and there seemed to be alot of guests and locals joining in and singing along). The ceiling in our room was very high and the upper areas were open to the outside (covered by screens) so noises from the outside could be heard very well while inside the room. We didn't mind at all. It was a refreshing change from the noise of the tourist luaus we heard on other islands. The atmosphere was very old-style Hawaiian and the island of Molokai is quite quiet overall. Best for those looking to get away from the "rat race" or for nature lovers, and this property is a very good, well-priced, but by no means luxurious, property. Our upper level room felt like our own little rustic cabin on an island paradise.
The hotel is actually a dozen or so "bungalows" each with two guest rooms down stairs and a larger "loft" upstairs. Although the hotel is fairly old it is quaint and like most of Molokai very laid back. The resturant inside the hotel is open air and the food excellent. Molokai does not offer much in the way of "touristy" hotels so if you go here you are going for what is offered, peace and tranquility. There are a couple of stores in town and if they do not have what you are looking for you do not need it on Molokai.
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Aloha here we are 6 days in and a Friday, everyday feels like a Friday here. It's a strange feeling being away such a long time you don't have to run and cram all the tourist things in. It's going to be a really great day today expected high 84F which is perfect.
Not sure what the afternoon will bring I'm hoping to find another snorkeling place, we tried yesterday but the surf was a bit high even for strong swimmers...safety first right. ...