The Equus Hotel, Honolulu
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Good value and servicefrom idyllbob
That being said, the rooms are large, nicely remodeled, and have everything except the microwave that you would expect in a mid-scale establishment. The staff is top-notch; knowlegable and friendly! We stayed on the fourth floor, and utilized the stairs whenever not carrying luggage to avoid the slow (very slow) elevator. It was a short, pleasant wlak to the heart of Waikiki (restaurants on Kuhio, shopping on Kalakaua) and about a 20 minute stroll to the Aqaurium. Only about a 10 minute walk to Ala Moana Beach/Park, which is a nice alternative to the crowded beach at Waikiki, we only rented a car on days we were traveling to the Aloha Stadium Swapmeet and Polynesian Cultural Center.
Housekeeping was very good, and unlike other hotels in this price range, they gave us coffee everyday without a $2-3 charge. I am a "bargain" shopper when it comes to hotels in Waikiki, and this was a supirior value to the Ohana properties I usually book at. We spent our last two nights at the Royal Hawaiian (using SPG points) and preferred the facilities and staff at the Equus. Off-peak, I would pay up to about $120 a night for this property, but got this trip for just $80 on Expedia.
TIPS: Rent a car from the Enterprise on Kalakaua about three blocks from this hotel only on the days you really need a car, returning to the enterprise lot at night and save the hassle and expense of parking. Online a base car runs $33 with taxes, and you can book it from the computer in the Equus lobby for .15 a minute. Don't miss the swapmeet at Aloha Stadium (15 miles away) on Weds, Sat & Sun, or the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North side of the Island (40 miles +/-) and their great Luau dinner!
Great room, great pricefrom imso808
Physically challenged beware!from jascomin
I chose this hotel due to the price, its location and the fact it was a strictly no smoking hotel. I must walk with a cane and travel with a respirator. It was a very difficult climb up those stairs daily to the point that I reduced a lot of the activities I would have done.
Another point I must state - when I booked my reservation, I was not told that there is a substantial daily parking charge.
Furthermore, in route to Hawaii, we were stranded overnight in Chicago. The airline we were flying contacted them to let them know we would not be arriving that night and a supposed Equus hotel manager said we would likely not be charged for that first night which had been guaranteed with a credit card. Upon arriving, I found out that I was still charged for the unused night, and no one knew who the person was with the name given, nor when the manager (with a different name) of the hotel would be back. If we had known then when the airline called, we would have been reimbursed by the airline at that time. This I feel is grossly unfair on the part of the hotel.
Overall, the staff is fabulous. The room I would describe as shabby-chic. Fresh paint, granite counter tops, fabulous new plasma tv and remote controlled air conditioner, rooms refurbished with new linens and Hawaiian shutters - except they forgot to do the furniture which is chipped and bashed.
Regarding parking:all hotels in Waikiki (and most major urban areas) do charge for parking.This is only fair in that many guests do not require parking.If the parking was included in the room rate, then all guests, whether they needed parking or not, would in effect be subsidizing the parking fees of those who did use parking.That there is a parking fee is posted on all our literature and on our web site(along with all the internt booking sites I have checked).
I am not sure what happened with the guests concern over the charge for their first night -that they missed due to an airline delay.The credit card was charged for that first night when the reservation was confirmed. However I am pretty certain that the guest was credited for that unused night on his folio during his stay, so that when they checked out , the charge would have only been for the nights stayed ( as is our policy when we are notified by guests of a late arrival due to travel delays).
I note that our guest did give The Equus High Marks for service, cleanliness, business services,room quality,location and front desk and was kind enough to acknowledge the sprirt of aloha and service provided by our staff. Mahalo!
Fabulous time at the Equusfrom Touhuni
The hotel has a small pool and I enjoyed my swim there with a very peaceful surrounding. It was great also to be able to phone to any local number free of charge. I guess my only complaint was walking up the steps from the street to the lobby, but then this gave me a good exercise. Overall we had a fabulous time at the Equus and we would stay there again if we go back to Hawaii.
Just about OKfrom munna82
A work in progressfrom bc399
Only got 1/2 of what was published.from kimonio
Now here is our story...We got a room on Level 9 - and it's a 10-storey building. We DID NOT get a renovated room - or at least I say this because it looked NOTHING like the pictures. The carpet was old and water-stained, the furniture was dilapidated and TV was not an LCD flat screen. We did not have a microwave in the room unlike the published Aquakit thing-a-ma-jig, rather there was a communal microwave on the ground floor behind reception.
On our first day - extremely tired from the 10.5 hour from Sydney, we were kept awake by drilling. The staff would yell and scream down the hallway and even up and down the floors. Even when the "Do Not Disturb" sign was at our door, the housekeeping staff would still try and enter the room - the only thing that maintained our privacy was the door chain. The noisy staff carried on pretty much throughout the first week.
Then on the second week, they seemed to have disappeared. Didn't hear a peep. Didn't even see them. But our room still got fixed - sometimes.
We found that if we left the room after noon, chances are our room would not get fixed/cleaned. We liked the Waikiki nightlife, so we slept in on most days. So all-in-all within our 11 night stay, our room was probably attended to about 6 times. We never got the chance to have the complimentary breakfast either- but I saw it briefly one morning and it didn't look like something worth peeling myself out of bed for.
The well published Linelle was friendly, but so were other younger guys (sorry I didn't get their names). But there were these two older gentlemen- One had a slick ponytail and one had greasy curls. Could someone teach these guys how to smile? They had a "don't you dare talk to me" aura and trigger-happy deathstares. If you don't like your job, quit and stop ruining our vacation! ;o)
We are a young couple working in the IT industry. The internet in our room was reliable and we enjoyed the cable TV. We loved the location as it was 100m to Ala Moana and an easy 10 minute walk one-way to Waikiki. We were packing down food like it was going out of fashion and since we would take about 2 round trips to Waikiki daily (for afternoon beach and for dinners), the walks helped us keep the weight down. The food was also cheaper at Ala Moana so we would lunch there and dinner at Waikiki. We would walk back to the hotel after 11:30 nightly (since all shops at Waikiki closed at 11:00pm but we would have Cold Stone Creamery on the way home) and we never had any issues in terms of safety.
Would I recommend it? Well, I think there is a negative wherever you stay, unless you're willing to pay through the nose. This is a reasonable budget accommodation and perhaps we would stay here again as the location, free internet and cable suited us. I guess I just feel duped by some of what they published and we never got - well mainly the fact that all the rooms had been renovated. We definately would not recommend it to our parents as they would probably feel like they're staying in a motel along a major highway, and I would NOT recommend it to young families as it is right at a main road and it may be tricky getting in and out with kids and the steep flight of stairs from the street to the front door. But if you just want a room that is closer to a nice mall and the Hilton Beach than a famous, over-crowded beach (Waikiki), and you don't mind the street noise - all on a budget - well then this may just be the hotel for you.
Wonderfully renovatedfrom greddygirl83
The room was eloquently renovated and looked EXACTLY like the advertised photos online (at the hotel's website.) Need I say more??? I would recommend it highly. However, as with any of the downtown hotels, prepare yourself for the typical traffic related noises.
The furnishings were very nice and warm and the true granite tops throughout and plasma TV were classy additions. Something noteworthy that you wont catch in the online pictures is the atmospheric recessed lighting throughout. It's the perfect finishing touch to nicely decorated room ... give the Equus a try...it's a great place to stay that's easy on the pocketbook.
staying again and again and againfrom hofdad
Hawaiian Hospitalityfrom EquusHappy!!
Our room was very warm and cozy. It has free wireless, free phone calls and our room came with a coffeemaker and a nice refrigerator with a nice size freezer compartment for our nightly pints of haagen dazs ice cream. The furniture and design of the rooms were very well appointed. We were treated like guests staying at a 5 star hotel. The Equus is the place to be for your money!! Beds were very comfortable.
You can't beat the location. Only 2 blocks from Ala Moana Shopping Center and 2 blocks from the closest beach. We didn't have to rent a car. Parking is only $15 per day . Our friends across the street paid $25 per nite for parking.
The Equus is only steps away from fabulous restraunts. Visit the Shanhai Bistro only a block away, our favorite. The best Happy hour!!
The Equus will be our home away from home and we look forward to returning soon.
The Kona Crew
Top Local Tips for Honolulu
Sunny Side If the weather forcast calls for a rainy day in Waikiki, head over to the west side of the island to it's farest point to Yokohama Beach. The west side recieves a lot less rainfall and it is an absolutely beautiful beach.
Hanaumo Bay Loved Hanaumo Bay! Went there twice. Other Tripadvisor posts suggested going on Wednesdays as it is closed on Tuesdays, so I went their on the 2 Wednesdays of our stay. Grab a disposable underwater camera from KMart and load up on the film as the fish are AMAZING. I like fish - don't care about coral so if you like fish and don't care about colourful coral, then this is the place. I have scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef and the fish are not as friendly or as colourful as Hanaumo Bay. (But the fish in the Great Barrier Reef are bigger but not a friendly or colourful)
Dining Experience If you live towards the Honolulu end of Waikiki, we found the Todai Japanese Seafood Buffet much better at dinner than lunch time. It serves a huge variety of delicious food including desserts. Lunch is still all right but it has a more limited menu. We found the Wailana Coffee lounge very reasonable yet delicious especially their sirloin steak (served with unlimited helping to the salad bar). However, they only serve brewed coffee (bottomless) so iif you expect cappucinos, lattes and the like, they do not serve these. It's a great place to wind down after a long hectic day.
Other names for The Equus Hotel
- equus an aqua boutique hotel
- Address: 1696 Ala Moana Boulevard - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States
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