Hotel Overview

A Quiet Corner in the Heart of Waikiki. Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki, while situated just a short stroll to Waikiki Beach, is actually set in a quiet neighborhood free from the hub bub of Kuhio Avenue only a half block away. Hawaii embraces guests the moment they arrive into our unique open air lobby with its vintage edgy art-deco surfer ambiance featuring large screen films of surfer classics.


Honolulu, HI, USA - Honolulu International (HNL) : 10 miles

Property Information

Year Built: 1968
Last Renovation: 2000
Floors: 16
Nonsmoking rooms: 202
Total rooms: 202


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Hotel Advisories

Advisory The standard cancellation policy applies to all room categories unless booking a non-refundable room category. Non-refundable room categories will be 100% fully non-refundable at the time of booking.
Advisory A minimum mandatory hotel-imposed fee of $25.00 (plus tax) per room, per day, will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. This fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees that they may be responsible for but is not a guarantee of the final amount due. For a detailed description of what is included in the mandatory fee, please see hotel policies.
Advisory A minimum self-parking fee of $28 (plus tax) per room, per day, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. This is a discounted parking fee (which is normally $35 retail) and the amount is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due.

General Policies & Fine Print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies: Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

Hotel Spring Break Policy:
This hotel cannot guarantee a spring-break-free environment.

General Information:
Room taxes are included in vacation price.
Minimum night stay restrictions may apply.
Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Resort Fee: A mandatory hotel-imposed fee is charged and collected by the hotel either at check-in or check-out.

Mandatory hotel-imposed resort fee inclusions:
• In-room safe
• In-room coffee & tea packets replenished daily
• In-room DVD/Blu-Ray Player & PS3 Console
• Unlimited DVD/Blu-Ray/PS3 game rentals
• Chilled water in lobby
• Daily local newspaper in the lobby
• Use of beach towels & sand chairs
• Macy's shopping discount
• Oahu Savings Pass: exclusive shopping, dining, and attractions (value $300)
• Shuttle Service from Waikiki to Ala Moana
• Discount for the parking fee (see hotel advisory)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Mandatory hotel-imposed fees may not include tax and are subject to change. The hotel can provide current fee and inclusions.

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Customer Ratings & Reviews

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

3.5 star tripadvisor rating 1772 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Short Walk to Waikiki Beach

    The Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki Hotel is perfectly located near the Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. I recommend asking for a high-up room that overlooks the canal because it is a gorgeous view. The hotel has a pool and underground parking available for guests. The rooms are in good condition and we greatly enjoyed our patio with chairs to sit in. I would definitely stay here if I were in Waikiki again.

    Aug 31, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Good Hotel terrible staff

    The Hotel was good and close to everything awesome little coffee shop in the lobby which we loved! But the staff in the hotel (There was one nice lady) were so grumpy especially the older man in the restaurant he was terrible, it was so unbelievably we nearly laughed, it’s ashame the staff bring down this place

    Jul 30, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    If Snakes on a Plane were a hotel

    Sometimes something is so bad that it makes it comically good, thats almost the case here and then you realise that you did actually pay money to stay here so its not that funny. On the positives - it is relatively cheap for the area, it is located close to the beach and the room did have a bed in it. Thats about when the good parts of the experience end - I cant speak for all the check in staff (so there might be some good ones), the one we had was just particularly surly (always a top trait for someone that works in hospitality), there is the $25 a day resort /amentie fee which is of course a joke as you have no option to pay it (just include it in the room price ffs) but this is a standard gouging across Hawaii so I wont blame this hotel specifically for that, however where it does get amazing is when you do look at the amenities - the gym aka "Exercise Area" which is a single broken wieder multi gym sitting outside the lobby, Im not sure if you could legally describe it as something safe to exercise on, Ive added a photo as I found it particularly amusing - note the fact that if you did roll the dice and actualy use that machine it is located almost in the lobby and next to the vending machines adding to the special ambiance they have created. The rooms have a bed, TV and bathroom in them, we were concerned the bathroom door was going to fall to pieces in our hands every time we touched it but it did manage to survive our stay (win!), the use of PS3s as inroom DVD players is an interesting one I guess you could look at that as a positive. The air conditioner definitely worked you had a choice of either OFF or MEAT LOCKER COLD, we chose to dance between the two settings throughout the evening to keep things interesting. A few reviews have mentioned the breakfast and they are reasonably spot on, the angry greeting by the woman cooking pancakes is a bit of a low light but then the pancakes themselves are somewhat of a highlight of the whole hotel experience so its a real roller coaster of emotions throughout breakfast. It is served in an Asian buffet restaurant complete with large fishtank and ornate oval tables which does make for an interesting touch. If you are looking for a cheap hotel close to the beach and can overlook getting any sort of pleasure out of the hotel you are staying at on holiday then this is a fabulous choice, if not perhaps spend a few more dollars and keep hunting around

    Jul 29, 2019
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    No Aloha at the Aloha

    We stayed here through VRBO and the Ali'i beach rentals. The property is a bit dated, but pretty nice overall. The staff, however, is what I'd call apathetic and unfriendly. They are often also unavailable. They have a hotel where they have regular guests, Airbnb, and VRBO all staying under one roof. They freely admit they treat their guests differently than the VRBO or Airbnb. Understand you only need staff for onsite issues like parking and use of facilities. Seems easy right? These guys sold our parking space while we were still parked in it! They couldn't tell my wife where the swap meet is? You live here, right? They refused us pool towels causing a trip all the way back to the 16th floor? Like we wouldn't bring them back. Worse than all of that, they are flat out rude. Their apathy is obvious and they are unapologetic about it saying we are here staying with their competitors? Just wow. If they had treated us equal they may have gotten good reviews. Heck, I may have considered them as an option next time I come here, but after this experience I never would. Ali'I beach rentals are thoughtful and listen to their guests. I'd use them again just never to stay here!

    May 07, 2019
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Boutique Hotel to Avoid

    We stayed at the Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki on our recent vacation in Honolulu. It wasn’t a pleasant experience. During our first night our air conditioner put out a horrible moldy smell all night. We complained and were moved to another room. All the rooms are very cramped and old looking. The breakfast buffet provided isn’t very good. The person running the buffet each morning is grouchy with guests and rude. My wife complained to the hotel of the way she was treated by this person. She was told that it was t run “officially” by the hotel, but was contracted. No excuse! I wouldn’t recommend this hotel.

    May 06, 2019
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