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“I adored this gem of a hotel in downtown Waikiki!!”
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The Equus Hotel
Ranked #27 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Austin, TX
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“I adored this gem of a hotel in downtown Waikiki!!”
Reviewed 29 May 2010

My husband and I booked this hotel online and were hoping that we would be happy with the accommodations. We arrived in Honolulu and upon entering the hotel, I immediately fell in love with feel of the hotel. Not too large and very warm and inviting. What I adored was the room! We booked ours on the top floor (10th) to have quiet from street and it was so very quiet! The room was amazing, pillow top mattress, luxury thread count sheets, flat screen tv, internet (free), mini kitchen with fridge and granite counter. Cool inset lighting around room. I loved this room and the price was awesome! The service was fast and friendly, anytime I needed anything! The only negative I could say would be for their ice machine in the main hotel to be functioning, there was ice in their other hotel, the tower behind this hotel but it was not as handy as in the same building. The staff would run and offer to get the ice for you as well. Also, the elevator was quick! No wait usually. The pool is small and I did not care about that as I planned to spend my time at the beaches of Waikiki, not at a hotel pool. Location was right within walking distance of everything, an ABC convenience right at the corner, the mall a block away! Renee the manager was so sweet as was the rest of the staff at this great hotel. Highly recommend and will return when we are able to visit this beautiful island :)

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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theequushotel, Guest Relations Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 8 June 2010
Many mahalos for your review. We are so glad to have been able to give you the holiday you were looking for. Our staff strives to exceed their duties and provide you the quality service you deserve with aloha. We will be sure to extend your gratitude and compliments to them. Please do not hesitate to contact us upon your return so we can ensure you have another unforgettable vacation! With Aloha, Mariah Dailey, Director of Guest Services, mariah.dailey@equushotel.com
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Reviewed 28 May 2010

The rooms are adequately depicted online. I stayed in the double city view. The beds are very comfortable in a nicely decorated room. There is a nice refrigerator, coffemaker station, with remote control air conditioning and very nice flat screen tv. ROoms are very clean. The only small drawback is there is one closet in the bathroom but there are about six or seven drawers to store items in the rooms. Other notes about the hotel is that there is no air in the elevator(but its not hot), there is a vending machine with prices ranging from $1.00 to 1.75, there is access to a microwave(a plus), A bag of ice(upon request). There is internet access in the lobby by one computer that charges .20 per minute and 3.25 per printed page.
The staff was the best, they were nice, friendly and very accomodating.
one note is that i stayed on the 9th floor at the end of the hall in room 908, there was no lighting in the hallway and it was dark which was a little disconcerting but there was no incidence- The hall should be well lite-I did notify the desk but no lighting was placed-this could be difficult for people with poor eyesite or single travelers.

  • Stayed May 2010
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theequushotel, Guest Relations Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 8 June 2010
We appreciate your feedback and detailed account of your stay with us. It is our goal to provide quality service and access to every amenity you might require. It is important to us to keep up to date with new ideas and suggestions, and we will certainly look into the lighting issue you bring up. We hope to accommodate your every need, so please do not hesitate to inform the desk upon your return and we will see to it that you are given a room more adequately sized for your needs. Much Mahalo, Mariah Dailey, Director of Guest Services, mariah.dailey@equushotel.com
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 27 May 2010

I enjoyed a great spring vacation with my boyfriend in Hawaii and we stayed at the Equus Hotel. We were welcomed very warmly by the front desk staff and were surprised on how nice the room was. The bed was so comfortable and I really like the atmosphere in the rooms with the polo theme. I am usually very picky when it comes to the cleanliness of hotel rooms, but our room at the Equus was very clean and it also smelled fresh and clean!. The location is ok, there are a couple of good restaurants in the area and also waterfront dining right across the street. It is a short walk to the Ala Moana center with good shopping and nice bars. All in all we had a great stay at the Equus and I hope I can return for another vacation!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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theequushotel, Guest Relations Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 8 June 2010
Mahalo for reviewing our hotel. We are pleased to here that you enjoyed your stay and that we were able to exceed your expectations. Please contact us upon your return and we will see to it that you are given much more detailed information about the activities in our area. With Aloha, Mariah Dailey, Director of Guest Services, mariah.dailey@equushotel.com
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 26 May 2010

I recently stayed at the Equus with my boyfriend and had a wonderful time. I prefer boutique hotels and have found that good ones are hard to find in Waikiki, but the Equus was excellent. The rooms make you feel as if you are staying in a Ralph Lauren catalogue, full of luxurious charm. The service is wonderful and the hotel is well kept and clean, which is very important to me! Don't let the not-on-the-beach location deter you. Everything is within walking distance and the distance from the strip is very nice. Access to the hotel is easy and we were happy not to have to deal with the mess of Waikiki traffic. Like I said, we'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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theequushotel, Guest Relations Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 27 May 2010
Thank you for your review! We are glad to have provided you with the great service and amenities that you would expect from a boutique hotel. I will be sure to cascade your remarks to our team, and ensure that we strive to maintain such high standards. Please do not hesitate to contact us upon your return, and we will ensure that you have another outstanding stay with us. Mahalo, Mariah Dailey, Director of Guest Services, mariah.dailey@equushotel.com
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Bamberg,Germany
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Reviewed 26 May 2010

Quality and friendly service
Fantastic location
Beach within walking distance
Reknown shopping center within walking distance
Accessible to all tours

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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theequushotel, Guest Relations Manager at The Equus Hotel, responded to this review, 27 May 2010
Mahalo for your kind remarks regarding your stay with us. We appreciate your feedback, and look forward to your return. With Aloha, Mariah Dailey, Director of Guest Services, mariah.dailey@equushotel.com
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Reviewed 26 May 2010

We loved the unique room decorations. The beds were very comfortable. The service was adequate. The morning breakfast was delicious and true to Hawaii. We can't wait to come again!

  • Stayed July 2009
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 26 May 2010

Have stayed at the Equus with my husband a few times in the past and in November was there by myself. The rooms are beautiful and the beds comfortable. Got the best sleep I have had in a hotel. The value is amazing in Hawaii with the hotel being so close to the shopping center (Ala Moana Center) and around the conrner from the convention center not to mention that it is only a block to the Ala Moana Beach Park where there is always something going on and a great beach. It is also located right at the beginning of Waikiki so you can walk to the sidewalks or take the beach all the way almost to Diamond Head. Looking forward to staying there again and recommend it to everyone that goes to Oahu but doesn't want to be in the heart of Waikiki. Great rooms, great value and a great staff that truely tries to help in whatever way they can....

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
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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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Also Known As:
The Equus Hotel And Marina Tower
Equus An Aqua Boutique Hotel
The Equus Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu

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