Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
(866) 940-2782 or (808) 922-7777
2425 Kuhio Ave.
92 rooms, pool, spa, sauna, restaurant, free Wi-Fi in lobby and pool areas, free high-speed Internet access in rooms, free laptop-sized room safe, coffee maker with free coffee daily, 24-hour business center, free local calls, valet parking, BBQ. A 12-floor 1965 building that’s been turned into a boutique hotel. The atmosphere is very tranquil despite its location in middle of Waikiki. A nice pool, fresh bamboo and Buddhas sprinkled about help add to its appeal, which has sort of a contemporary Asian feel. Their saltwater pool is nice with the sound of a waterfall to drown the city noise. Because of the relatively small size, nothing feels too distant. Service is personalized and warm. Some rooms are pretty small but laid out well, so it’s less of an issue. (The building gets smaller as it goes up.) The rooms are bright and modern with hints of bamboo and dark woods. There’s a docking station for your iPod, a place to secure your surfboard (limited), and free fresh ground-to-order coffee and tea in the lobby 24 hours a day. Hotel-type rooms have a microwave, fridge and coffee maker—add a burner for the kitchenettes. If you’re staying on a lower floor, opt for a room facing the courtyard pool. 2-minute walk to the beach. Self or valet parking is $25. Overall, we like the place a lot. Rooms (170–215 sq. ft.) are $265, studios with kitchenettes (214–362 sq. ft.) are $310. Suites with kitchens or kitchenettes (371–1,078 sq. ft.) are $325–$500.