Aqua Aloha Surf & Spa Hotel

, Honolulu, United States
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Aqua Aloha Surf & Spa Hotel

, Honolulu
2 star

Rooms: 202

444 Kanekapolei Street - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States Hotel Website | | 808 923-0222
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sucked stayed 12/29-1/6

from A TripAdvisor Member
rooms are very small, was blamed for breaking stuff in the room but never did, hotel staff blame us for the their mistakes. if u go to Honolulu do not stay here!!

Rooms are small but ok for two people

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Aston Aloha Surf Hotel for 5 nights during Christmas week (Dec. 21-26) and found the hotel to be average. I had read some of the horrible and average ratings that had been posted earlier to this website and was not expecting something great about the hotel because of them and what I found is that it wasn't so bad. The way I look at it is that if you are an extremely picky person you will not like it, but if you are not so critical you will find it okay.

The higher floor you get the better, we stayed on the 15th floor where the noise is not so loud up there but you can still hear music and noise from people partying all night. The music was not loud everyday during our stay, it was particularly louder during Christmas Eve and Christmas. I was not impressed with the continental breakfast and decided to skip it a few times. The beach is very close only 3 blocks from the hotel, the grocery store is next to the hotel and the Intl.
Marketplace is about 4 blocks from the hotel so we didn't have to drive to get something from the store or to shop for souvenirs. There are many choices of places to eat around the hotel from sit down restaurants to fast food places. Overall this hotel was ok for the price.


not overly impressed

from sunworshiper7153
We didn't find the staff that friendly, and the noise in the a.m. was horrid! As previously posted, the garbagemen were out collecting refuge in the early hours of the morning. According to other guests that we spoke with, we were very fortunate to be on the 11th floor as the noise from the partiers on the streets at night was disturbing. The smell outside of the hotel was smelled like rotting something ALL THE TIME!!! The hotel gives you one package of coffee for your first day and after that you have to buy the packages. The rooms were clean, however the kitchenette in the deluxe rooms are a joke! The countertop was peeling and very very small! The hotel staff were not one bit accomodating to our very late departure from Honolulu. We asked for a later checkout, but were told that we had to pay for an extra day if we wanted to have the room after 12p.m.

Bottom line here is that you get what you pay for....

Small but ok

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at the Aloha Surf Hotel in mid-November 2003 and it was ok. My room was clean but small. One other problem was that the air conditioner really did not work too well. Thank goodness it was peak summer.

I'd recommend this hotel for the following types of travelers:

1) College students who have some free time in the summer and want to get away without paying a lot of money. No frills come with this hotel, but for me, cleanliness is the most important thing, and this place has it (at least in my room). Our room rate was only $69/night for a double.

2) People who want to be in Waikiki and are only looking for a clean hotel, but not necessarily one close to the beach. (This hotel is not within easy walking distance to the beach even though it is not geographically far from the ocean.) Staying at this hotel will allow the traveler to not spend a lot on lodgings and can put the money saved toward other things.


Never again! Me too!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My Wife and I started our honeymoon in Oahu and found it to be anything but Island Paradise. This was our first trip to Hawaii and were planning on seeing paradise. But Waikiki was everything but paradise. So if you are looking for quiet away from every day city life stay out of the Honolulu area. The hotel staff was fabulous! But like most of the other reviews we have read here the rooms were not. The pool was a very sad site. It reminded us of the movie Vacation. It looked very dirty! Be prepaired, the view from any window in this hotel is going to be of high rise apartments with washers and dryers and hanging clothes from every single balcony as far as the eye can see. But if you look straight up you can see the beautiful blue sky. The walls outside the hotel on nearby buildings are ridden with graffiti. Yes it is close to the beach, 3 blocks. And many stores and restaurants close by as well. But every hotel has that. Our first room which we spent a whole 10 minutes in was so small that when we got our 4 bags of luggage in it we had to clime over the bed to get to the door! The bathroom was so small you could touch all 4 walls without even moving. We were lucky enough to get a 2 level upgrade. Unfortunately the room smelled like someone had a college party in it the night before! We went out and bought insensce to help. This wasn't something we even expected to have to deal with on our paradise honeymoon. But it was the only alternative and it was quite a bit bigger with a sofa area and small kitchenette equiped with a microwave and fridge. The staff was great and when they found out it was our honeymoon they sent up a bottle of Champagne and a box of Chocolate covered Macadamia nuts. This hotel was so bad we decided to leave the do not disturb sign on the door all day while we were out becuase we didn't want anyone touching our stuff. We may have been a little over paranoid but better safe than sorry. Thank God we were only there 2 nights. BEWARE!!! If a man walking on Waikiki beach asks you if you want your picture taken with his parrot. RUN! He assaulted me! Our first day in Paradise was not even close! But everything got much better after that day.

Never Again

from A TripAdvisor Member
If sleep and relaxation are not your thing, then this is the hotel for you. (Thank you, Travel Agent!) Yes, the staff was friendly and helpful, but that hardly makes up for being waken at 7:00 a.m. every morning to the sounds of the Honolulu Waste Disposal department trucks taking trash away from all of the establishments on the street. If you are unlucky, as we were, to get a room facing the street, then you will find out exactly what I mean. The noise was incredible. The rooms, especially the windows, were not soundproof at all. Many of the room features are outdated. I would never stay here again. Spend the extra money to stay somewhere else, and make your entire vacation a positively memorable one.

They Paved Paradise and Put in a Parking Lot

from TravelerMassillon_OH
The rooms are very small and the elevators are sometimes very frustrating. But the rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance, as well as the beach.
You have got to try the Ahi Steak Sandwich at Chili's which is near the hotel. There is a grocery store next door to the hotel. The bathrooms in the rooms are very small with out of date fixtures, but I uess the price of the hotel makes up for this inconvenience. The only other thing that I can say is that they are stingy with their towels, but will bring more if you ask.

Should have stayed somewhere else...

from A TripAdvisor Member
The rooms were incredibly small...and the two elevators from the lobby are the only way to get up and down floors...sometimes it was a 15 minute affair waiting to get up to our room. The walls were very thin, and we heard our neighbors talking all night long...I was quite frustrated with the accomodations.

Great Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed at Aloha Surf September 15 to September 22, 2003. Room was small, but very clean. Staff was friendly and responded quickly to a problem I had with the safe. Parking is a problem. They only have 36 parking spaces and 200 rooms. Everytime we went somewhere, we did not know if we had a parking space or not. If no spaces are available at the Surf, you can park right next door in the Food Pantry parking lot.
Fee is $7.00 if you park after 6:00PM. If you are looking for a clean room that does not cost much, then this is the right place for you.
There are a few "ladies of the night" in the area, but they never presented a problem and I never did see one of the "working girls" around the Aloha Surf. I would stay at the Aloha Surf again. Very close to everything we wanted to do.

Aloha Surf...Made this surfer feel at home

from A TripAdvisor Member
Spent 10 thru 18 Sept. at the Aloha Surf. Upon check in 2 hours early, was given a free room upgrade from a standard to deluxe without even asking. The room was on the 8th floor, and though small, had two double beds, and a futon(pull out bed). The bathroom and sink area were very clean, and the view from the lanai was beautiful. I was more than pleased with the room after reading some of the reviews on this hotel. The staff was friendly, and I drank the coffee supplied to my room every day, and didn't have to pay extra for it. The lobby was beautiful, and open aired, and the continental breakfast was OK. The best part of the trip was that everywhere we went the people remembered us from our last visit in March(see review Ohana East Hotel). For those coming to Hawaii in the near future, there is no city transportation att. The BUS is currently on strike and has been for over three weeks and there is no end to the strike in sight for the forseeable future, so if you come you better know the Hawaiian directions because there is no I repeat no North, South, East or West, nor will anyone use those words, and I will not give you the Hawaiian words. If you want to learn these words buy a Fodor's or Frommer's to learn them and I guarantee, with no bus transportation, you will definitely need to know them. I guarantee you will not want to use the Waikiki Trolley at 20 dollars a day, so you will be spending a great deal of time hoofing it (taxis are expensive). Because of no citywide transportation, we decided to to to the free breakfast sponsored by Aloha VIP tours. The breakfast was great and we learned that by attending this breakfast we were able to get substantial discounts on the tours that we took. My son won a free luau at Germaine's and I bought my ticket for the luau ( we weren't planning on going to the luau, but I am glad we did). The food and show were great and I would do it again. On Monday, we went on a 2 hour horseback tour of the Kualoa ranch (I won that ticket for two at the breakfast) and the tour was perfect, after that we took the 2 hour ATV tour of the ranch( I bought that tour because my son wanted to ride horses and since we won the horseback tour we did the ATV at the same time for the same price at the tour we won). Both tours took us to where they filmed Godzilla, Mighty Joe Young, George of the Jungle, Tears of the Sun, Jurassic Park and others, we even walked in Godzilla's footprints. On Tuesday we did another circle island tour, this one by Robert's tours of Hawaii, a reverse of the tour we took with E Noa in March. On Tuesday evening we participated in the "Great Waikiki Beach Endless Summer 2003 Pub Crawl" where we hit 24 nightclubs in 12 hours. It cost us 35 dollars each but each bar gave is one mixed drink ($4.50) or a beer, your choice. My son had 28 mixed drinks (rum and cokes and one 180 proof tequila and I had 40 mixed drinks 36 rum and cokes 3 blue hawaiis and one fuzzy navel). We started with 63 persons and at 4 in the morning when the crawl ended there were only me my son and two young females from Sacramento standing. The reason we were standing is our martial arts knowledge of the Dim Mac (presure points) which enabled us to move the alcohol from the drinks to various points of our bodies enabling us not to get drunk. My son won 50 dollars of a cop because he bet him that with what we drunk we would come in under the .08 that Hawaii uses to consider a person under the influence. I was .05 and my son was .03, and the amout of drinks we consumed was confirmed by our pub crawl cards that were punched at each pub stop. on Wednesday we took a hikeing tour in the Koolau range near the Pali lookout. The first tour was on the Hono side of the lookout and the 2nd was from the Koolau golf course just below the Pali Lookout to about 150 feet below the lookout a climb of about 1050 feet. I highly recommend this tour through Hawaii echo if you like hiking. We saw the Don Ho show again and it was outstanding, He didn't try to promote his kids as much as last time, but he did show Hoku's new video. He didn't sing one of his normal songs that he always does, and I mentioned this to him and he gave me and my son free tickets to see his show two nights later (Saturday the 13th) and I wound up singing that song along with another song on stage with Mr. Ho., plus receiving every CD that he ever did. We also continued to start our days at 4am by getting up, going to the beach where my son worked out, and I surfed before the beach got crowded, then going back to the hotel about 5:30 to change and eat breakfast and do what we wanted to do before 10. We also did some snorkeling at Hanauma Bay (highly recommended), and lots of shopping at Ala Moana and the IMP. With no bus I do not recommend going to Pearl unless you can get a tour to get you out there by 6:30 so you can get on the first couple of boats out (Good luck), or rent a car. If you get there much after 7, you will probably have a wait of at least 2 to 4 hours just to get a ticket for the boat. I am not trying to scare anyone from coming to the islands, but as I said at the beginning, with no bus transportation around the island, you will need to know the Hawaiian directions because they will not use N S E W nor can you get them to say those words. They also use those words on the news and for the weather reports, also be prepared for major traffic backups if you rent a car, no bus means everyone is driving to the city. Good luck on your trip to the islands and I hope this helps somebody out. The reason I mentioned Fodor's and Frommer's is because If you buy one of these books at least you will learn the directions and not get lost, and you will also learn a little about your hotel before you get there. Aloha and Mahalo Nui Loa

Top Local Tips for Honolulu

Don't Bother With Rental Cars Unless You Have To! Taxi from the airport is about US$35 - Minibus US$10 per person so for three people or more, a taxi is cost-effective. To get about Oahu, "The Bus" is cheap (US$2 per person with one bus change allowed), reliable, frequent and only a few minutes walk from the Aqua Aloha Beach Hotel.

Buses or shuttles? I would definitely pay $6 or $7 for a shuttle van that doesn't make a million stops going from the airport to your hotel. We must have been on the bus for an hour and a half. It was a long day already. So, I would get one of the shuttle vans -- we used VIP shuttle from the hotel to the USS Arizona for only $9.00 two ways and they were on time and right there at the end of our tour. They took us directly to our destination without a hundred stops in between. The public bus is crowded and makes a lot of stops but is only $2. However, you may wait at the bus stop all day and the bus will go right on by if it is already fulll -- this happened to us on our trip to Haunama Bay so we ended up takiing a beat up old limo for $5 a piece but it got us there and much quicker.

Shuttle is the way to go! We arrived at noon on a Thursday and took the Roberts Hawaii shuttle to our hotel. Though it took a little time to drop everyone else off before we reached our hotel (and we were starving, but that was our own fault), it's $9 per person to Waikiki--or $15 roundtrip. Well worth it--our flight was early on Saturday, and we didn't want to leave on the shuttle at 6:45am, so we took a taxi to the airport at 7:45am--and it cost us $36! Not horrible, but definitely would save money next time and take the shuttle both ways!


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  • Address: 444 Kanekapolei Street - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States
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