Photos and Review by Oyster.com Investigators
Swanky 50-room boutique hotel with a mellow vibe and solid prices
In many ways, the Aqua Lotus still feels like its predecessor -- the W Waikiki -- albeit a small, extremely laid-back one. The lobby is airy and bright, and the large guest rooms have lovely teak molding and wonderfully comfortable beds. And, after a 2012 renovation, the spaces are even more stylish and accomodating, with modern technology like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks to boot.
And for many guests, the Lotus' distance from the action is its best attribute. New York City's Central Park, sits both across the street and adjacent to the hotel. That big, beautiful ol' volcanic cone called Diamond Head looms over the hotel. But until the hotel opens a restaurant, the only place to grab a bite for lunch and dinner without getting in the car or taking a 15-minute walk is the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel or Michael's Restuarant next door. For breakfast, the hotel offers a Continental spread on the second floor (for a fee). There is also free coffee and tea in the lobby each morning, as well as a free nightly wine reception., Honolulu's equivalent of
The Aqua Lotus offers several other solid amenities, including free yoga four times a week and bicycyle rentals. For a fee, there are personal fitness conceirge available (though no fitness center is on-site) and in-room massage for guests to enjoy. The hotel also has free Wi-Fi.
Near Diamond Head hiking and away from the action of central Waikiki
The hotel is located on the eastern outskirts of Waikiki, a half-mile fromand the eastern boundary of Waikiki, and another half-mile from most of the restaurants, shopping malls, other hotels (a 15-minute walk). Many guests seem to enjoy the hotel's quiet and relaxing location, but for some it may be too isolated. The only place to grab a bite that doesn't require a 15-minute walk or short drive is next door at the , which has two restaurants and a small convenience store.
The nearest, San Souci, is about a block away.
The hotel is a half-block from the ocean, but it doesn't have direct beach access. (The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel next door does.)
The nearest beach is, a calm, small beach on the far eastern end of that's a bit out of the way and attracts more locals than tourists. Since there's no direct path from the hotel to the beach, guests have to walk about a block, around the New Otani, to actually set foot on sand.
Large and stylish; lots of comfort for the buck
Rooms were renovated in 2012, taking rooms from basic to urban-island-chic with wood floors, rich earth tones, and mordern accents. The generous space (455 square feet), teak furniture, and coral-and-coffee color scheme give them an airy, beachy feel, and the featherbeds are supremely comfortable.
No pool, no gym, and the business center is just a desk
Nothing for kids; just quiet nights and the nearby
With no pool, the Lotus at Diamond Head doesn't qualify as a kid-friendly hotel, though the large, 455-square-foot standard rooms can easily accommodate a family and the calm waters at the nearby, Sans Souci, is perfect for little ones.
Nearby dining options are thin until the hotel opens an on-site restaurant
Formerly the W Waikiki, this scenic and stylish 50-room boutique hotel is about a block from the standard rooms are huge, and though they still have the W's chic decor and incredible beds, they now cost much less.and a half-mile from crowds. Features are few -- no pool; no fitness center -- but the