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Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
Ranked #42 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Uppsala, Sweden
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Out of date and very disturbing traffic”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Got a room facing the street and cause to the traffic it was like sleeping on the highway. The hotel is in great need of renovation. It is more lika living in a appartement than staying at a hotel. Everyone was nice but they seamed extemly uninterested in you. You hade to approach them and almost interupt if you wanted to aks about something. They were always talkeing to eachother and never said hello when you passed the reception. Small poolarea that perhaps is nice if you have small children. Location is goo and only two minutes from the beach. The cleaning was not good. Kitchen was good (frigde, stove and oven) but they lacked most of the utenciles you need in a kitchen. Only a few balconies hade chairs.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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aquabamboo1, Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Aloha SwedenSweden123,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo & Spa. We appreciate your honest opinions regarding your recent stay with us and we apologize that we failed to make your stay a remarkable one with us.

As we are well known for our genuine and personal staff, we do regret to hear that you found the staff unwelcoming and uninterested. We also apologize that you felt the cleanliness of the hotel was less than satisfactory and the busy streets of Waikiki was an inconvenience for you. Please know that the entire staff at the Aqua Bamboo is committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure this is not repeated.
We hope that you were able to enjoy your time in beautiful Hawai`i and if you ever return to Waikiki, we hope that you will consider giving us a second chance.

Mahalo,
Nicole Yoshimoto
Hotel Manager
nyoshimoto@aquaresorts.com
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Liberty, United States
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

My husband and his co-pastor and her husband and I had the pleasure of staying in Waikiki as he and she performed a beach wedding for two of our church members. We carefully chose this hotel, wanting a lovely, quiet, less crowded environment amidst the "hustle and bustle" of Waikiki. We were not disappointed. We found the staff exceptionally friendly, helpful, ready to please at any moment. Our suites were quite large, with huge balconies, and plenty of space to relax. Great stay! We have already recommended this hotel to friends.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Aloha Jeffrey H,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We’re thrilled to hear that we met your expectations for a lovely, quiet and less crowded hotel amongst the very busy Waikiki. We’re also pleased to hear that you found the staff to be exceptionally friendly and your rooms spacious and relaxing. Thank you very much for recommending us to your friends!
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Kimari Pada
Guest Services Supervisor
kpada@aquaresorts.com
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 20 July 2014

I was surprised by how big the room was - I probably could have brought a couple of friends with me and we would still have fit comfortably in the space! The building was older style, like many in Honolulu, but the room was perfectly clean and well maintained. The kitchen was great for making a simple breakfast each morning, especially as there is no restaurant for breakfast. There was a bit of noise from the street at night, but the beautiful breeze coming through the door made it worth keeping open! It was also nice to have air con when it was super hot. I liked the nice touches like a welcome letter and water/iced tea/lemonade/tea/coffee/apples in the lobby. There was also a desk in the lobby to book tours and activities. Staff were helpful with directions and advice. The pool area was lovely and comfortable. The hotel is also conveniently located to get to Waikiki beach, bars and restaurants in just a few minutes.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Aloha Mela266,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We’re pleased to hear that you found your room to be spacious, clean and well maintained. We’re also very happy to hear that you enjoyed the welcome letter and some of our many complimentary amenities such as the lemonade or iced tea, lemon water, coffee and apples in the lobby.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Kimari Pada
Guest Services Supervisor
kpada@aquaresorts.com
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 July 2014

We loved staying at this hotel! It was so nice to be near Kalakaua, but not in the midst of all the Waikiki traffic. Being a block or so behind the "main drag" is great. Super quick walk to the beach, close to a couple of great restaurants (try ME BBQ for lunch-VERY good Korean BBQ), friendly staff, safe, small, quiet! The price is great, and they will beat any price - just ask! We will definitely come back.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, 19 July 2014
Aloha lovehawaiiKL,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We’re thrilled to hear that you benefited from our convenient location to Kalakaua Avenue, the beach and many great restaurants. We’re also happy to hear that you found the staff to be friendly and that you felt safe and comfortable during your stay.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Kimari Pada
Guest Services Supervisor
kpada@aquaresorts.com
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Fairfax, Virginia
1 review
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Enjoyed staying at this little hotel off the main drag in waikiki. While my view was of the building next door, it didn't really matter to me since I wasn't in the room much and wasn't planning on sitting on the balcony anyhow. rooms were clean, beds comfortable, and staff was friendly. Would recommend.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Aloha Josh H,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We’re very pleased to hear that you found the rooms to be clean, the beds comfortable and the staff friendly.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Kimari Pada
Guest Services Supervisor
kpada@aquaresorts.com
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Dallas, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Traveling with another couple we were able to reserve the 2 bedroom, 2 bath penthouse for slightly more than 2 separate rooms. It worked out great. You get both mountain and ocean (albeit from a distance) views. Great access to beach 2 blocks away. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I would stay at this properly again if in Waikiki...

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank sjensen81
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Aloha sjensen81,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We’re very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our spacious Two Bedroom Penthouse with beautiful ocean and mountain views. We’re also thrilled that you found the staff to be very helpful and friendly.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Kimari Pada
Guest Services Supervisor
kpada@aquaresorts.com
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Kwajaleinns, null, United States
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

I stayed here in 2008 I think. It was sort of hard to spot if your not paying attention since it blends into the busy streets of Honolulu. Though, that doesn't mean it isn't a relaxing hotel. I and a friend of mine enjoyed this hotel on our way home from being stationed overseas and as a treat the hotel manger upgraded us to the 2 bedroom rooftop pethouse that included two free masages at the in-house spa. SCORE!!! The only thing that I will say with a minor flaw with this hotel is that the hot-tub on the rooftop was not working and was empty at the time. Though, I did not complain since the upgrade was already a great gift.

The hotel is a couple of blocks from the Waikiki beach but surounded by tons of things to do. The little spa on site is nice and the courtyard is small but relaxing.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Crystal D
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aquabamboo1, Guest Relations Manager at Aqua Bamboo Waikiki, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Aloha Crystal D,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback of the Aqua Bamboo Waikiki. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us.
We’re thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our beautiful and spacious Two Bedroom Ocean View Penthouse. We’re also happy to hear that you enjoyed our convenient location and our relaxing and tropical courtyard area.
On behalf of all of us at Aqua Hotels & Resorts, we appreciate your patronage and look forward to serving you again! Thank you very much for all your positive comments and we look forward to your next visit!

Mahalo,
Kimari Pada
Guest Services Supervisor
kpada@aquaresorts.com
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Property: Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
Address: 2425 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3301
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#27 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#29 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Aqua Bamboo Waikiki 3*
Number of rooms: 91
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aqua Bamboo Waikiki is an intimate, Southeast Asian-inspired, boutique hotel located 1 1/2 blocks to the beach. If you're looking for a true oasis in the heart of Waikiki with a lush outer sanctuary including an outdoor pool with waterfall, jet spa, barbeque grill and cabana, look no further. With our hospitality fee, Aqua Bamboo allows guests to enjoy many hotel services and activities without having to incur miscellaneous charges. These amenities include WiFi Internet throughout the hotel and in guest rooms, DVDNow (Unlimited movies & PS3 games), Beach Towel and Chair rentals, Waikiki Shuttle Service, Daily Newspaper, In Room Coffee, In Room Safe, Local & Toll-Free Calls, Water in Lobby, and a Weekly Manager's Reception. In addition, studios and suites include a 32-inch LCD TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, stove-top and energy saving sensors for our guest rooms. Located poolside, The Lovin' Oven creates unique hand-tossed Artisan pizzas using fresh, local ingredients. ... more   less 
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