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"Away from Waikiki's Crowds With Excellent Views of Diamond Head & Ocean"
THE GIST: Does it qualify as a 4-star resort' Absolutely. If you need to be in the middle of chaos, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and people, and you prefer the busy beaches of central Waikiki, then this hotel is not for you. If, however, you like to be ever-so-slightly off the beaten path (about 1/2 to 3/4 mile) and you don't mind the absence of a pool, then read on.... LOCATION: The Lotus Honolulu sits next to Diamond Head Crater and the ocean. You are about 3/4 of a mile into the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, but it's a seriously easy walk AND the hotel provides bikes. Personally, I welcome the walk back after a meal in Waikiki! Across the street is the Kapiolani Park, a large, well-maintained park ideal for runners, walkers, and dog owners (yes, the hotel allows dogs). Overall, you feel like you're just outside of Waikiki and able to perceive the personality of Hawaii, and yet you're a short walk from the eateries and shops. THE HOTEL AMBIENCE: You won't be greeted here in a grandiose lobby with music and sensory overload; rather, it's a serene, if ever-so-slightly dated, lobby complete with orchids and Buddhist influences. It is inviting and calming. The elevator does need an update, as I felt like I was riding a 1970s lift installed at Disney's Polynesian Resort. This was extremely minor, though. THE ROOM: We were in a "Diamond Head View Premium Room" on the 12th floor (the top), which I highly recommend. Looking out one large window, you see Kapiolani Park with Diamond Head in the background, meaning your view is of nature and not a lot of buildings. Out the other window is a view of the ocean, which is slightly obstructed but you can still see the water quite well (see photos). With gorgeous views out of two walls in your room, it feels very bright, open, and airy. Unlike many hotels, this room is exceptionally large with ample space and storage. It also has a mini-fridge, microwave, espresso maker with ceramic cups, water glasses, wine glasses, ample plugs/outlets that are accessible, a PS3, and an app on the TV that will allow you to use your Netflix account (the wifi, however, could be A LOT better). The bed and pillows were on the softer side, which I like, but may not be for everyone. The AC worked very well and didn't seem to fall into the trap of clicking off via a motion sensor (like some hotels these days). The room has two balconies, but only one of them is large enough for chairs and a table. THE BATHROOM: This is one of the larger bathrooms, again with ample storage, that I've had in a hotel. There is a table along the wall that enables you to store all of your stuff so it's not sitting on the counter. That table could use a paint job but it allows the bathroom to be uncluttered, and, frankly, I'm picky and its need of paint didn't bother me. The bath/shower is a European design, where it's a square shower with raised sides so it can be turned into a bath -- but not an American, rectangular bathtub (see photos). Overall, the bathroom is well maintained, clean, and large. It comes with a full-size hair dryer and a magnifying mirror that is attached to the wall. EXTRAS: Like all hotels in Waikiki, you'll pay a "resort" or "boutique" fee. At this particular hotel, that fee also provides you with free valet parking, which was huge for us, a daily morning yoga class, towels and chairs for the beach, complimentary wine each day from 4-5:30, and free bicycle use, among other things. BEACH ACCESS: You are entitled to use the beach that adjoins the Waikiki Canoe Club. It's a small beach, but it was never very crowded. STAFF: If I could give the staff 10 stars, I would, and that is no exaggeration. From the front desk, to the valet, to the cleaning crew, the attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and helpfulness was superb. FOR THE ACTIVE READERS: I'm a serious runner and found this location to be ideal. The proximity to Kapiolani Park, as well as the $1 entry fee to Diamond Head, allowed me to amass at least 4-5 miles each morning without having to run through the chaotic area of Waikiki, stopping at every light and dodging the masses of people. DRAWBACKS: If you need a pool, there isn't one. The hotel isn't right on the beach like many in Waikiki, but its location -- just slightly off the beach -- affords you the unparalleled views of Diamond Head. The wifi could be A LOT better, and the elevator needs an update.
"Great place to stay"
slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the main Waikiki Beach strip, delightful room, great staff. no pool on site ,but the beach is a very short walk away and they nicely provide beach chairs and towels. They also have BIKES(!) to cruise around town, all included as part of the "resort fee". Honolulu and Waikiki Beach have bike lanes on many of their main roads, so it's easier to get around by bike than it is to drive for many of the local destinations. It's small, 12 floors, only 5 rooms per floor, so the staff remember your name when you come down through the lobby and are always ready to help. best service I've experienced in a hotel in a long time. Only gripe I could come up with is the resort fee add-on, but couldn't stay mad about it for long when they told me about how the bikes, beach chairs, beach towels, daily happy hour and breakfast were all "included" for the non-optional $25 resort fee. I've paid similar fees at other hotels but don't recall one where I felt like the services supposedly covered by the fee were things I actually wanted and used!
"Lotus Hotel Stay"
We love this hotel and even though this was our first time staying here with Samata Mag's Adventure Camp we are so glad they selected your place for our accommodations! The staff was great! The view was beautiful and the ambience serene and refreshing!
"Great location far enough away but not too far"
Quiet location compared to "Waikiki" but ~2/3 mile walk to end of strip and Starbucks along sidewalk or beach walk. Hotel very "zen" like vibe to it with larger than normal, updated rooms. Only one elevator for 11 floors, but never seemed to be a long wait. Staff were all very friendly and went out of their way to make sure everything was convenient and comfortable. From Valet and water bottles, to room service and any necessities. Front desk always greeted you coming and going, and even learned names after a couple days! The location adjacent to the park, on the Gold Coast and off the main strip made this a perfect location for a more quiet and tranquil "Hawaiian" experience.
"So nice that we returned"
We loved the Lotus at Diamond Head. We had a room on the 11th, 9th floor. We were situated on a corner with a view to Diamond Head and the ocean. Much quieter than the other end of Waikiki. The staff was helpful and attentive. We liked it so much that we cancelled an already booked hotel to stay here at the end of our trip.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM