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“Secret Hideaway in Honnolulu”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Equus Hotel

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The Equus Hotel
Ranked #26 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Petersburg, Ontario
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44 reviews
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“Secret Hideaway in Honnolulu”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

We stayed at this charming boutique hotel in March 2014. Unfortunately we were only there for a cple of days. The staff were wonderful. We were made to feel welcome from the moment of arrival. The room was clean, actually very charming. It is well worth staying there. It was within walking distance to many restaurants, stores and most importantly "the Beach".
Yes, the furniture is not new or ultra modern but this is what adds to the comfy, warm feeling of staying there. Definately a spot we will return to and recommend to our friends.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 23 May 2014
Beth P,

We are pleased to have hosted you during your short visit to Waikiki! We appreciate your feedback and your efforts to share your experience with your fellow travelers. At The Equus, we strive to create an experience of Hawai'i- not just a hotel room. Our elegant in-room decor, historic photos and local staff create something more. We are pleased you were able to experience our corner of paradise, and look forward to serving you again in the future.

Mahalo!

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We had a wonderful stay at The Equus. Their staff did an amazing job in making my wife and I feel welcome during our visit to Hawaii. They were extremely friendly and very accommodating. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. We now know where to stay when we go to Hawaii. We will definitely choose The Equus on our next visit as well. Keep up the great work!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
John S,

Many Mahalos for choosing to stay with our Equus 'ohana during your visit to Waikiki. We are pleased that you enjoyed our team and felt at home on your vacation. We hope to see both you and your wife again sometime in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly upon your return!

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
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Pignans, France
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We stayed in two different places in Waikiki. The Shoreline hotel, and The Equus. We had two different experiences, at the same price. Shoreline is really nice, with comfy - but really small - rooms, cleanliness at is best, and really really good location. But it is also quite impersonal. Wich Equus is not. Equus location is good because it is between Honolulu and Waikiki, and because Ala Moana center is very close. Otherwise, it is in a big road and very noisy. We enjoyed being in a more "hawaiian" hotel, with a very good staff, a well decorated room with a balcony. Negative point : bed was too soft, and we can feel that the carpet is definitely not brand new... In short, it is a good option if you want an hotel with a different note.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 25 April 2014
lesgrandsours,

Many Mahalos for taking the time to review your visit. We appreciate the honest comparison, as this is a great assistance to future travelers in making their decisions. It was a pleasure to host you, and we are pleased to offer the authentic Hawaiian Hospitality experience. Our goal is to treat each guest as our ohana, and host them as our family while they visit Hawaii. We always enjoy getting to know our guests and their stories, and appreciate that you chose to stay with us.

We very much look forward to your return sometime in the near future. Please let us know when that might be.

Mahalo,
Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

The Equus is a great place to stay in Waikiki. Friendly staff, clean rooms, comfortable bed. They even had a Keurig coffee machine, and supplied coffee daily. Close to the Waikiki Beach, 5 minute walk away. The Ala Moana Shopping Centre is only a 10 minute walk with lots of great shops. You can take the bus to Chinatown, where you can get souvenirs for half the price as at the stores. The ABC Store is just next door for anything you need. You don't need a car while there as there is a bus stop close by, for anything you don't want to walk to. When going on a bus excursion they will pick you up in front of the Hotel. The taxi ride from the airport was expensive, but when going back to the airport we booked a shuttle (at the front desk) for $20, $10 each. Every Friday evening they have fireworks at the beach, you don't want to miss this, it's amazing! Would love to go back to Waikiki.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
BobbyandJanetCarter,

We are pleased to have had the pleasure of your company on your recent visit to Waikiki. It is great to hear that you were able to enjoy our convenient location to both the beach, Ala Moana Center & The Bus. We appreciate your kind remarks and detailed comments. This is incredibly helpful to our future guests and your fellow travelers when choosing a hotel. We invite you to return and visit us again as part of our Equus 'ohana.

Ahui Hou,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

The hotel was in the right location and its accommodations were awesome. Although it did not serve any breakfast, its location made it easy to remedy that predicament. I recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to be down town and still far enough away to be able to breath.

Room Tip: They have wonderful rooms all around. Anyone will give you all that you want. :-)
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Green Features: loved it! people, place and atmosphere was awesome! :-)
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
Ina R,

Thank you for your recent review! We are grateful to hear your feedback, and that you enjoyed your time with us. It is a pleasure to have provided a location to your liking with our friendly team at your service.

We appreciate your concerns regarding breakfast, and are pleased to hear you found some great alternatives nearby. We also offer an in-room delivery menu from Hiking Hawaii Cafe (if you didn't get the chance to try it, please let us know upon your return- this onolicious locally grown and organic food is awesome!)

We look forward to serving you again soon.

Mahalo,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 18 April 2014

Genuine, knowledgeable, helpful staff throughout. From phone reservation to booking shuttles to get me to Pearl Harbor, to finding the best bus routes to wander around town, to letting me freshen up in lobby restroom prior to departing to even carrying my bag to van. The staff is great. The rooms are nicely decorated and everything - room, bathroom, public spaces, front steps are spic-and-span clean. I don't know how they charge so little for this location, quality of property and service.

A tip about getting food nearby. The Ala Moana Mall is within a ten minute walk and has tons of great local and cheap food. The three locations are spread throughout the Mall, so make sure you find what you're looking for. There's the "official" Makai Food Court with national & local fast food chains. Other national chains like Starbucks are within the Mall proper. But my favorite is the two floors of food within the SHIROYAKI department store, near Macy's and the end of the Mall nearest the Equus. Great, Japanese/Hawaiian local food, and a beer garden where they perch your own tankard of beer on your table. Aloha!

Room Tip: Request a quieter room. I was on the 3rd floor near the front and had a LOT of street noise so could...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
unsyncsteve,

Big Mahalos for your great review and wonderful recommendations! This is such a great tool for future travelers, as it takes some time to get to know all the great places in our neighborhood. Shirokiya is a fantastic place to experience and enjoy the Japanese culinary tradition with a great addition of beer towers- very unique indeed!

We appreciate you taking the time to truly detail what your experience was at The Equus, and we are pleased that you enjoyed our location, rooms, and service so much. It is always a pleasure to host such a wonderful guest as yourself, and we look forward to another visit in the near future.

Many Mahalos,

Mariah Dailey
mariah@equushotel.com
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

Just arrived from a tiring 20-hour flight from Singapore. It's just 9am and we're not expecting our room to be ready till after lunch, but we were lucky enough to be settled in our hotel room now and resting. Thanks so much to Puka & Rene who assisted us warmly. Our check in was a breeze, didn't even take longer than 10 mins! Plus our room is fab, very clean and we got wifi in the room! Our trip is just starting but already loving it here!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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equusmgmt, General Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 30 April 2014
MrsMegia,

What a great way to begin a vacation after such a long journey! We are pleased to have been able to accommodate your needs with such aloha. It is our pleasure to host you during your visit to Waikiki. Please provide us with any further feedback during and after your visit so we can be sure your stay was awesome!

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:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Honolulu
#6 Business 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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