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Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
Ranked #6 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Newcastle
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“Lovely location & atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014

Helpful staff and welcoming ambience. Rooms are larger than usual and the views spectacular. Worth paying for the Ocean View and ours (Rm 825) also had mountain views. Free tea/coffee; iced water in lobby; and free wine were "value add" inclusions. A pool would be a bonus.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Joshua G, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, 11 February 2014
Aloha Samsara43,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Lotus Honolulu. We like to think of our hotel as our home and all guests are welcomed in that manner. I am delighted to see that you took advantage of some of our complimentary offerings and I encourage you to try more when you return.

Mahalo,

Joshua M. Gray
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

This was formerly the W Honolulu. Quiet part of town at Diamond Head, about a ten minute walk to the centre of town. Rooms really nice and contemporary. no pool, but beach a couple of minutes walk and towels can be provided. The staff were excellent especially the guy on reception with initials on his badge something like PK (?), he was friendly, interested and charming. Restaurant food very good, but dining room needs livening up with some candles and flowers on table an better lighting - does not do the food justice.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joshua G, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, 7 February 2014
Aloha bardswalk,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Lotus Honolulu. The peacefulness of our neighborhood and our staff are our greatest assets. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to our staff and Chef. I am happy to tell you that we are in the planning stages of making some decor changes in the restaurant. We hope to see you again soon.

Mahalo,

Joshua M. Gray
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North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

This hotel was wonderful! The people and the location were the best. Far enough away from the Waikiki hubbub, but a stone's throw to walk to Waikiki Beach, amazing restaurants and shopping. Great location. No need for a car.
We preferred the more private beaches right behind the hotel. The surf was gentle, and swimmable (or standable!) not the throbbing body surfing shores of Waikiki (unless you choose to paddle out a ways.
This was the only property that we searched that didn't have a "hidden" amenity fee of at least $50 per day as it included FOR FREE
WIFI, YOGA, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, beach towels, chairs, OPEN WINE BAR during"happy hour" (3pm - 5pm) NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A HAPPY HOUR!
Last but not least one of the most exemplary concierge services I've seen in the world, BAR NONE.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joshua G, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Aloha laurie19552014,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Lotus Honolulu. Our staff and location are truly our greatest assets! Our "private" beach (which technically is public) and amenity offerings truly help to give our property a zen like quality. We are delighted that you had an excellent time.

Mahalo,

Joshua M. Gray
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nova scotia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

Perfect location. The hotel was a quiet refuge from the frenetic activity and noise of downtown Waikiki while still being an easy walk to all amenities. We had a room (1022) with a great view of Diamond Head and the ocean- the beach was a minutes walk away. Free beach towels chairs and mats were provided, free wine every afternoon in the lobby , cheaply priced laundry facilities and a staff that was friendly and accommodating. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joshua G, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Aloha cbislanderns,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Lotus Honolulu. The kind words that you expressed regarding our "quiet refuge" are greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again soon!

Mahalo,

Joshua M. Gray
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

If you like smaller, intimate boutique hotels; then the Lotus on Waikiki beach is for you.

Beautifully appointed lobby and guest rooms with all the modern conviniences. This was our anniversary and splurged on a corner, upper floor room with full ocean and diamond head views. We could see the surfers and hear the waves crash from our two balconies. I recommend the '25 room types - well worth the extra few dollars.

We took part of the hotel's complimentary one hour yoga each morning, at the park next to us. Wonderful way to start your day. The hotel also offers complimentary wine at cocktail hour. The staff is excellent, professional and very courteous.

Take note that though the hotel has a restaurant; it offers limited service so best to double check hours of operations when you check in. The lotus is in a mostly residential location with few outside restaurants nearby (Waikiki strip is a 20 min walk).

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Joshua G, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Aloha LeotheLion75,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Lotus Honolulu. I am happy to see that you took advantage of some of our complimentary offerings during your stay. Anniversaries are important and we are glad that we could be a part of helping you enjoy yours. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Mahalo,

Joshua M. Gray
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

This is the only area on Waikiki where I would book a hotel. It is removed from the noise and crowds of Waikiki, which is basically identical to Miami Beach (countless high rise hotels and shops along a nice stretch of beach). Lotus is next to a large park and has wonderful, unobstructed views of Diamond Head. It is not right on the beach (1 minute walk) and views of the ocean can be obstructed by other hotels, but Diamond Head views more than compensate! Restaurant is excellent as is the room decor. Online photos accurately reflect the high quality and relaxing, uncluttered atmosphere of the rooms. If you are going to be in Waikiki, but want a more peaceful atmosphere, this is the spot.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank TG_Traveler2014
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Joshua G, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, 29 January 2014
Aloha TG_Traveler2014,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Lotus Honolulu. Our location is one of our greatest assets. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed our newly remodeled rooms. It is an honor to have someone from so far away enjoy our home. We hope it will become your home away from home. We look forward to seeing you again.

Mahalo,

Joshua M. Gray
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Binghamton, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

My wife and I discovered the Lotus Honolulu in September 2012 when we couldn't book at the Otani for a night on our stopover from Maui to the mainland. What a gem it turned out to be! When we returned again in January 2014 for a week's visit with our son (stationed on Oahu) we knew that the Lotus was where we wanted to be!
The Lotus is far enough away from Waikiki to miss the the crowds and noise, but close enough to walk there for the restaurants and shopping if you chose. The hotel faces east with great views of Diamond Head. More limited views of the ocean, but you could throw a stone to the balcony to the beach. The beach is very quiet and shared with the Outrigger Club (from The Descendants). We had wonderful swims each morning out to buoy/windsock (300 meters each way) in a beautiful, protected waters. There is a larger beach right next door at the Otani if you needed a bit more. Beach towels and chairs provided at the front desk.
The rooms are very nicely appointed, up to date, and well kept. Our king bed was extremely comfortable. The balconies offer that wonderful Hawaiian breeze that can only be described as heaven! We slept with the sliding glass doors open each night! Complimentary Kuerig coffee and bottled water in the rooms and wine in the lobby in the early evenings. Absolutely no issues at all with the hotel.
The best feature of the Lotus is the amazing staff; from the valet, to the front desk, to breakfast service, to housekeeping! Low key, very polite, and very attentive. They quickly responded to any request or question we had and provided great input on the island and activities. I met the hotel manager at breakfast one morning and he shared his vision of what he wants for the Lotus; a quite, comfortable, welcoming hotel that travelers will want to return to. Well, it is all of the that and much more! We will certainly be back to our quiet heaven in Honolulu!

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor (6th or above) room as he view of Diamond Head gets better the more you go up...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Joshua G, General Manager at Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Aloha EEaton,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Lotus Honolulu. To give a guest the type of experience that makes them want to come back is something that we strive to do on a daily basis. Your kind words regarding the staff is greatly appreciated and I will be sure to pass them along.
We look forward to your next visit.

Mahalo,

Joshua M. Gray
General Manager
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Property: Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
Address: 2885 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Formerly The Lotus at Diamond Head)
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#7 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#11 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head 3.5*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated enclave located on the famed Gold Coast of Waikiki, the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head is a fusion of Asian inspired decor and warm Hawaiian hospitality. Rent beach cruiser bikes and explore Waikiki. Enjoy daily happy hour specials and delicious island cuisine at Wisp Restaurant & Lounge located on-site. Nestled between Kapiolani Park and a spectacular white sand beach shared with Outrigger Canoe Club, this hotel offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki with remarkable views of majestic Diamond Head and the Pacific ocean. With our boutique fee of $25 per-room, per-day, guests will enjoy amenities including: Free valet parking (normally $20 per day), Coffee & tea service, served daily on the 2nd floor from 7am to 10am. (In the loby from 6:00 am to 7:00am), Wi-Fi internet throughout the hotel, Hawaiian bottled water available daily (in your room and car), Illy coffee system and coffee pods in guest rooms, In-room safe, Daily local newspaper, Local and toll-free calls, Wine served daily in the lobby from 4pm to 5:30pm, Beach chairs, towels, mats and other beach accessories (based on availability). See a guest service agent for assistance., Use of bicycles available for a ride around the park., Take a picnic excursion or more! (Tandem bicycle also available)., See our bell/valet agent for assistance., Waikiki shuttle available daily: Let your feet rest up while taking in all Waikiki has to offer aboard our exclusive Waikiki Shuttle service between participating Aqua properties to Ala Moana Center. See a guest services agent for assistance, visit mywaikikishuttle or download the RideSystem app on your smart phone for shuttle tracking., DVDNow Kiosk: Feel like staying in? Use your DVDNow card to enjoy complimentary movie or game rentals. Kiosk available on the 2nd floor., CastNow: Stream videos and live digital feeds to your TV from your smart phone, tablet or laptop. Instructions are located in your room., Yoga! Enjoy complimentary morning yoga sessions in the park offered daily at 7:30 am. Meet in the lobby to take advantage of this great opportunity to start your morning off with the many health benefits of yoga. Yoga mats are provided., Admission for two (2) to the Honolulu Museum of Arts (Use LOTUS room card for proof of stay.), Fruit Infused Water Station in the Lobby., Zumba & Tai Chi. ... more   less 
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