The 3-star newly renovated Aqua Skyline at Island Colony is centrally located in the heart of Waikiki, only 2 blocks from two different beaches. Within walking distance are world class shopping, exciting Waikiki nightclubs and every imaginable type of cuisine you could possibly want, from inexpensive noodle shops to elegant 5-Star award-winning restaurants.
The hotel is the tallest building in Waikiki at 44 stories, so most of the views are spectacular, especially on the upper floors. From the Ko’olau Mountains to downtown Honolulu to Diamond Head and to the Pacific Ocean, there are beautiful panoramic views. The lobby is open air and very comfortable with various sitting areas and offers guests complimentary WiFi in the lobby and computer access in the Internet Kiosk (fee).
There is a large swimming pool and an expansive deck with barbeque grills on the 6th Floor with beautiful views of the Ko’olau Mountains, Ala Wai Canal and the Ala Wai Golf Course. There is also a large jet spa and sauna (located just inside the door to the outside pool).
Other property amenities include 24-hour front desk, access to nearby fitness facilities, ATM, bell services, complimentary local newspapers in the lobby, Dry cleaning/laundry service (fee), laundry facility, fax and copy services available (fee), luggage storage, security, sundry store, ADA rooms and parking available. There is a Weekly Manager’s Reception on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm.
There is no on-site restaurant, but there is a wide selection nearby including Matteo’s Italian Restaurant, Cheeseburger in Paradise and the new Waikiki Beach Walk area, with new shops, coffee bars and some great restaurants from the The Yard House Restaurant, once known for its vast beer selection, but now also well known for its high quality food; Giovanni Pastrami, huge portions of really good food; and the Holokai Grill serving up great fare at reasonable prices. For higher end there is the renowned Ruth’s Chris Steak House, open for lunch and dinner; the award-winning Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine from renowned chef, Roy Yamaguchi at his Roy’s Restaurant, open for dinner only; and, Nobu Waikiki Restaurant, featuring exquisite contemporary Japanese cuisine, at very exquisite prices.
The Aqua Skyline at Island Colony is considered a budget hotel, but like all Aqua properties, it offers a huge amount of amenities for such a reasonably priced hotel. The staff is helpful, the property is maintained beautifully and the price is amazingly low for everything you get. After a day exploring the island of Oahu or spending the day at the beach, come back and take a swim in the pool and watch the lights come on the mountains across from the canal – it’s quite memorable.