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Big, dated hotel popular with locals
The lobby at the Pagoda Hotel is casual and on the plain side, with a wooden cathedral ceiling, couches, and little else besides the check-in desk. The most atmospheric area of the hotel is the Pagoda restaurant and surrounding fish pond and Japanese-style waterfalls.
At the southern end of Honolulu
The hotel is on the southern end of Honolulu, about a mile from popular Waikiki Beach. Ala Moana Beach Park is the nearest beach to the Pagoda Hotel; it is a small but well-maintained state park with calm waters that is a 15-minute walk away. Walmart and other “big box” stores are within a few blocks of the hotel, and Ala Moana Boulevard, one of the premiere shopping stretches on the island, is a 10-minute walk. The property has on-site parking for a daily fee, and can be easily reached from the airport by car (15 minutes) and public transportation (45 minutes).
Dated rooms with tropical decor
Renovated rooms in the Pagoda Tower have basic tropical decor consisting of wicker furniture and floral bed runners, and guests have commented that they are clean and beds are adequate. Amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. Larger rooms have microwaves. A frequent complaint is the level of street noise that reaches both towers from regular traffic as well as garbage trucks servicing the surrounding businesses in the morning.
Many guests have commented negatively on the cleanliness of the unrenovated rooms in the Pagoda Terrace building of the hotel, which holds larger suites with kitchenettes designed for extended stays. Complaints include worn and stained carpeting and insects, though the hotel is undergoing renovations (slated for completion in September 2014).
A restaurant, convenience store, coin laundry, and unheated outdoor pool
The Pagoda Floating Restaurant and Bar is a popular destination for parties; it is laid out in the center of waterfalls and koi fish ponds. There is an unheated wading-sized pool at each of the towers, and coin laundry in the basement of the main structure.
The budget, no-frills, 359-room Pagoda Hotel is favored by islanders seeking an affordable stay and visitors who want to avoid the higher prices of Waikiki Beach. The hotel is divided into two towers -- one that includes the main reception area and another down the street called the Terrace Tower, which houses kitchenette-equipped suites. Renovations at the Terrace are in process (the Terrace Tower rooms are reportedly the most outdated and worn). Rates are kept low by charging for certain amenities that are available "a la carte" including Wi-Fi and parking. Rooms are adequate for those seeking a basic, budget option but both towers can be noisy.