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“Great location, average hotel”
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The Equus Hotel
Ranked #27 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great location, average hotel”
Reviewed 14 February 2014

The Equus Hotel is in a great location being on the edge of Waikiki and within walking distance of central Waikiki, Ala Moana Mall and and many places to eat. It is also very convenient to buses that take you to Diamond Head, downtown Honolulu, Pearl Harbor and the airport.
From street level you have to climb a flight of stairs to get to the lobby and elevator. The elevator is very slow but you'll get where you are going eventually.
The room itself was very nicely decorated and clean. There was also a balcony although the main sight you can see is the building directly across from it. You can easily hear the traffic noise coming up from the street which probably won't keep you up but which you can often hear. There is a small refrigerator in the room along with a K-cup coffee maker which you sometimes need to ask to be replenished.
Interestly there is also a very small pool off of the lobby although we never saw anyone in it.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tacoma, Washington, USA
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Reviewed 12 February 2014 via mobile

I come to Hawaii 3 times a year on business and every so often I get adventurous and try a new hotel. the Bad: Parking off site about a block away and $20/ day. Not handicapped friendly so if you have lots of luggage and/ or are old you will battle a flight of stairs. And no desk to work from. Room was clean bed is comfortable and they have complimentary wi-fi.

Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

I have stayed here several times now, and place is always consistent! Helpful staff at check in and during stay! Always there to answer any questions and guide you in right direction. Location is ideal as Waikiki beach is few blocks away. Plenty of good restaurants close by, whether it be big name or good chain steak house. Most if all, it is a fabulous "Value" and rooms are comfy as can be! A liitle noise from main drag Ala Moana Blvd, but that dies down in evening!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

The Good: Friendly staff, good location. The Bad: Booked a King Deluxe, but put in a Bamboo Queen - charged for the King Deluxe!. Still waiting for a refund on the rate difference. Surprised at having to carry luggage up a flight of stairs to get to the lobby and elevator. Cleanliness was a problem in the shower and around and under the bed. Tip: Probably not a good idea to look under the bed in any hotel - this one was particularly gross. Thankfully we were only there two nights.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Martinez, California
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

We are in an Equus unit in the Marina Towers for a month. After two weeks we can say the service has been excellent. Fely (Felicia) for example has provided excellent service in cleaning our room. Other staff have provided us with extra towels, resloving a problem with the T.V. and patiently giving us the code again for internet access. All of our encounters with Equus staff have been pleasurable. We look forward to our final two weeks in our unit.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
jtheether,

Big Mahalos for your review during your current visit! We are pleased to hear our team has been able to assist with every need. It truly is a pleasure to serve our visiting guests, and host them with Aloha in our beautiful Islands.

We look forward to making your visit a continued success, and sharing our knowledge for the duration of your visit. Please come visit our newest addition in The Equus lobby, our concierge team "Experience Hawaii" so that they can make your visit even more enjoyable!

Mahalo Nui,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

I've been to Hawaii many times and this trip I had the pleasure of staying at the Equus Hotel in downtown Honolulu. To begin, the location of the hotel is really great - one block from Waikiki beach and one block from the big Ala Moana shopping mall, plus lots of restaurants. My room was spacious and kept meticulously clean by Ricky. And the bed was very comfortable. I usually find it difficult to sleep the first night in a new place, but not this time. There is parking under the hotel which is an added plus. Also, getting to and from the H1 highway is very direct making it very easy to get around, something I can't say for other hotels I've stayed at. The staff was always friendly and would go out of their way to help in any way. While this is not a five-star hotel located on Waikiki beach, you will not pay a five-star price. In short, this is a great hotel and I would definatlely stay there again, and would recommend it to anyone else.

Room Tip: I was on the tenth floor toward the back of the hotel so there wasn't much street noise.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 6 February 2014
Dave M,

Aloha and Mahalo for taking the time to review your recent visit to The Equus. We very much appreciate your efforts in sharing your experience with us and your fellow travelers. It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed our property, our team and that the location was convenient for all of your needs. We will be sure to share these kind comments with our team, and they will serve to inspire us to provide outstanding service.

Thank you again for your consideration, and choosing to stay with our Equus 'Ohana. We do hope to make your next visit even more enjoyable!

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

This was a birthday getaway and a really good find. It's close to everything as far as transportation, restaurants, stores and the room was cozy. Staff was excellent.
The price was budget friendly and although I could see some of the ocean from my room, views may be more city like.




  • Stayed January 2014
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
w8ongod1,

Aloha & mahalo for your recent visit to The Equus. We are grateful to have such wonderful guests visiting us and sharing their opinions about their stay. It is great to hear that you were able to enjoy our location and our team took good care of you. We hope your birthday celebration was a memorable one, and we hope to invite you back again to celebrate the next!

Mahalo,
Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Property: The Equus Hotel
Address: 1696 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1460
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#6 Best Value Hotel in Honolulu
#16 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#23 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#24 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Equus Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Equus is a charming boutique hotel located on Waikiki's "Upper West Side" where you will find an abundance of restaurants, easy access to one of the world's largest shopping malls, a quick stroll to the beach and gorgeous sunset views. The hotel guestrooms are warm and contemporary, keeping true to the hotel's equestrian theme with Ralph Lauren-inspired touches throughout. An intimate lobby and lanai offer a dipping pool, gazebo and a weekly cocktail reception.All guestrooms are appointed with cozy pillow-top beds, flat screen TVs, refrigerator with freezer, Keurig coffee maker with organic coffee, and complimentary full property WiFi. Portable printers can be delivered for those on business. Best of all, the friendly staff offers the kind of personal assistance delivered with Aloha that only a small, family-run hotel can offer. IMPORTANT NOTES: *Stairway Access Only *Valet Parking Only $25/night *Provide Arrival Time - for luggage assistance ... more   less 
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The Equus Hotel And Marina Tower
Equus An Aqua Boutique Hotel
The Equus Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu

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