"The condo unit was very nice! Not only was the condo great, with nice amenities and a wonderful view, but the host, Trieu, was an absolutely fantastic host! He greeted us when we arrived and gave us a detailed introduction to the condo unit, the building and the surrounding area. He was extremely considerate and made us feel very welcome! He provided a variety of refreshments, including a Kuerig coffee maker with coffee pods, and also an assortment of beverages and tasty snacks. Unexpected but greatly appreciated! There is also a parking garage under the condo with a reserved space, which was nice.
The property is right on the beach. There are numerous great restaurants an easy walk away, such as Roy's and Ruth's Chris, and other more casual restaurants. The Outrigger Hotel next door has restaurants overlooking Waikiki beach also. Although we didn't avail ourselves of them, it looked like there were surfboard and other water activity rentals available.
Even though you are in the heart of downtown Honolulu, the road noise wasn't bad and there is virtually no honking in the city, as in New York and D.C., for example. It was very safe, with families and other tourists enjoying the city at night. There is an ABC store, also a short walk away, where you can get groceries and other supplies, including many fresh foods, as well as wine and liquor.
We rented a car, so we didn't use any public transportation, but bus service seemed readily available. We didn't need Uber or Lyft, so I'm not sure of their availability. A GPS or Apple/Google maps was a must when driving. Definitely!!!
I went scuba diving, which left from a nearby marina. They took us a few hundred yards offshore, and the diving was OK. Visibility was good. Lots of reefs (of course), but a moderate amount of damage to the reefs also, probably from being right out from the marina. However it was still enjoyable and I saw many fish and two juvenile white tipped sharks (no threat at all). Also saw a Green Moray Eel and a Spotted Moray Eel. Depth was @45 feet. There are also deeper dives on wrecks available, but I just did the one 2 tank reef dive.
Hanauma Bay is a short drive away, which offers great snorkeling.
We drove around the island and enjoyed the diversity of the island. It is quite diverse!
Anyway, I can't over emphasize what a nice person and great host Trieu was! Highly recommended!!!"
Guest: Douglas P.
Date of Stay: October 2016
Review Submitted: November 1, 2016