The 3-Star Aqua Pacific Monarch is a renovated condominium hotel and great for budget minded travelers. It’s less than two blocks from world famous Waikiki Beach and a short walk to Kuhio Beach, part of Kapiolani Park. The park is home to the Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu Aquarium, a world-class bandstand with free entertainment every weekend and the Waikiki Shell, home to outdoor concerts.
Kuhio Beach is more laid back than Waikiki Beach with more residents enjoying the beach and park area with its picnic tables and shaded lawns. It’s also the site of the city’s free Sunset on the Beach movies, usually held every other Saturday and Sunday evening. It draws thousands of people including local residents and visitors.
The hotel features the only rooftop swimming pool in Waikiki. It’s not large, but the view is breathtaking and if you want more water space, there are the beaches nearby. They also feature a sauna, large jet spa and a hospitality lounge for those who are taking a later flight or arrive earlier than the standard hotel 3 pm check in. Other amenities include parking (fee), laundry facilities, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, security, Activity Desk and more. There is a Weekly Manager’s Reception on Wednesdays from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
The on-site restaurant Jinroku Restaurant, featuring Teppanyaki-style cuisine, a really delicious introduction to Japanese food with the cooking taking place in front of you, usually with a great display of skill by the chefs. This is a great property for those who want to spend money on doing things, rather than having a luxurious hotel room to stay in. You can save dollars by making your own breakfast, even picnic lunches if you’re planning to tour the island, then have extra money for specials dinners or activities.
Aqua Pacific Monarch will be renovating select common areas including the front desk, lobby, lobby restrooms and the hospitality room showers and restrooms. The project is scheduled to begin October 3, 2016 with an anticipated completion date of November 30, 2016 (subject to weather and unforeseen circumstances). Work will be limited to Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm (excluding holidays).