Penthouse Studio w/Sunset Ocean vws

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Atkinson Dr, Honolulu, HI 96814, United States

The Space

Relax on our furnished lanai & enjoy a Hawaiian Sunset with nice partial ocean, mtn & cty views from the top floor!

Conveniently located at Ala Moana Hotel, our fully renovated studio is in the preferred Waikiki Tower. Walk over the hotel ramp & find yourself at Hawaii's largest shopping center, with over 250 stores, restaurants & dining options galore! There is even a grocery store & post office at the mall, and is the location of the BUS Hub for the entire island.

It is in the closest main hotel to the Convention Center and to a huge beach park, popular with visitors & locals alike! Activities like swimming, snorkling, surfing, stand up & canoe paddling, jogging, tennis, picnic areas are a mere stroll away.

Back at the hotel, there is a state of the art fitness center, complete with steam & sauna rooms & pool, to enjoy during your stay. There is a popular nightclub open on weekends, fabulous Chinese restaurant, and even a breakfast buffet. There are 2 onsite laundry centers w/ coin op washer/dryers & on every floor, an ice maker & drink machine. Parking is available through the hotel (self or valet charges apply)

Our deluxe studio is comfortable, clean & sleeps up to 4 people on the 2 full size beds. Contemporary in design & accessorized with Island elegance in mind, it has a kitchenette with toaster oven/ microwave appliance, stainless undercounter fridge & coffeemaker. Many kitchenette accessories including service for 4- glasses, mugs, flatware, wine glasses, colander, ceramic baking dish, knives, cutting board, openers, wine pump saver, scissors, chip clips, salt/pepper shakers. Starter complimentary beverage station with assorted coffee, teas. We now even have a Brita Water Filter Pitcher for your use!

FREE hi speed AND now even Free WIFI INTERNET from the studio (previously $10 / day) & FREE use of the in room SAFE (previously $3/day). New Safe can now even hold most laptops!

NEW 37"cable TV with lots of newly added stations! A/C, DVD, VCR & CD players, clock radio, iron, board, hair dryer. 8 sets of towels (sign out pool towels if you need additional during your stay, or for a beach or hiking outing. Ample starter supplies of toilet paper, tissue, shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, body wash & lotion provided. Also a roll of paper towels, dish scrubby & dish soap and starter supply of microwaveable paper plates & bowls for your convenience. We even have beach mats.

Additional Hawaii Transient Accommodations Tax and General Excise Tax (totaling 13.962% on the base room rate) and a $75 departure cleaning fee payable to owner after booking via ABnb. There will be a Service fee for payments via Paypal (3% USA/domestic transactions, or 4% on international transactions)

Also: Ala Moana Hotel has a $40 check in fee & $15 daily resort fee + 4.712% tax that is payable to the hotel at check in.

By renting direct from owner, you can save money and still stay at this nice hotel, popular with visitors and locals alike! The separated fees saves our guests the most!

Guest Access

Free use of Pool, Fitness Center with Steam & Sauna Rooms on 3rd floor. Room Key needed for elevators, Fitness Center access. Sign out pool towels during pool attendant hours, and make sure to return them before check out so you are not charged for them by the hotel. ($20 per) Some guests like to sign out pool towels so they can get fresh towels daily and not worry about staining studio towels or have wet towels piling up.

Interaction with Guests

I like our guests just to relax and enjoy their stay in Hawaii, so if they have questions, they are welcome to call or email me! I leave notes in the studio to explain anything that may be a bit confusing otherwise, as well as suggestion booklet I put together for ideas while here.

Getting around

Great bus system right next door at the largest shopping center in Hawaii! This location is the HUB of the system, and is only $2.50 per ride. I have bus schedules in our studio for our guests to borrow. There are also trolley buses that you can buy daily or several day passes. Taxis are another option if you don't want to rent a car & pay to park at the hotel ($20/self parking per day or $25/day for valet).

Other Things to Note

We want our guests to get their security deposit back in full! If you've left stains on towels or linens, simply spot clean with soap & cold water.

Permit Number: WO2981958-01

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Security Deposit: $250
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Although I wish that all of the fees could have been bundled together for increased ease of payment (hence 4 stars instead of 5), the process did not take away from our stay. We felt very centrally located to everything we needed and wanted to do. If you are attending a conference at the conference center, you could not choose a more convenient location. There are a ton of places to eat that are reasonably priced in the mall next door, both in the food court and on the top level where there are many restaurants. We even saw the Friday fireworks while having dinner one night. Great eclectic sushi place in the ground floor of the hotel. Also within walking distance of both the local park beach and the beach along the resorts where you can rent paddle boards, snorkel gear, etc. The room was impeccably clean, had all the amenities we needed, including beach mats! Thank you so much, Babs!

    March 2014
  • While I would have preferred to have all the payments bundled into on transaction, Babs was very thoroughly and helpful throughout my stay. The penthouse studio was centrally located for all that Waikiki has to offer and Ala Moana Hotel has all the amenities to ensure you have everything that you need at your finger tips. Would certainly recommend any mature adults who aren't looking to bring the party back to rent from Babs. Thanks for a great welcoming to my new home.



    February 2014
  • I find that this unit is perfect for its price and location. The place looks exactly like the photo, it's very clean and cozy & comfortable for 4 people. After all, we only use the room for sleeping and storage and we were out enjoying the sun and beach. It's located (and connected to) next to the largest mall in Hawaii - the Ala Moana Shopping Mall. The unit is on the top floor of the hotel so you get great views from the unit. Yes, the unit is located in a hotel so you can enjoy the amenities offered by the hotel. Babs made it easy from check in to check out so the whole process is easy. Babs is also easy to communicate to, friendly and nice.

    January 2014
  • The small room (called penthouse/studio) was satisfactory in general with adequate supplies. Unlike the ad. it is good for 2 people only (to be comfortable). I am very familiar with Honolulu and particularly the Ala Moana Hotel where we stayed many times in different rooms:.1.The room is advertised at a rate lower than what we were charged. This needs to be corrected by Airbnb and the owner, according to the season. 2) The location of the hotel is wonderful but the location of the room is not. The view is more over a parking garage and the water view is limited. If you try to enjoy sitting in the lanai (balcony) be prepared for a high degree of noise.

    December 2013
    Response from Babs:

    It was unfortunate that Girgis must not have fully read our posting, which clearly mentions that there is a separate cleaning fee, taxes, as well as a hotel check in & daily resort fee. By separating the fees, it saves our guests the most. All other 24 past guest reviews were very positive and very satisfied with our studio and would recommend it! He mentions that the room is only comfortable for 2, yet it was the hotel that determined that our larger style of Waikiki Tower studio is suitable for up to 4 guests on the 2 full size beds, vs 2 max occupants for the smaller studios in the Kona Tower of the same hotel. We have had many parties of 4 stay in our unit that tell us they had a very nice visit. Again, all other 24 reviews from past guests were very positive, and those that even mention the view, had nice things to say. The great part of being on the top floor and far above the shopping center next door, is that our sunset partial ocean view is such that you do not have to look between any tall buildings, unlike many units with "ocean view" on the other side of the hotel! We regret that Girgis was bothered by some noise while outside on the lanai. Perhaps there was some possible construction outside during his stay that is beyond our control.

  • We instantly felt at home - thank you Babs for letting us stay in your nice Penthouse Studio!
    After almost 24 hours of traveltime, we only needed a hot shower and comfy beds for every one of us. We enjoyed Sunrise and the views from the Lanai. Everything was perfect.
    The Location is just round the corner from busy waikiki, the ala moana beachpark only a few steps away. And for Shopping, there's the AM-Center right next to the Hotel.
    Conversation was smooth with Babs,
    I´d stay here again!

    November 2013
  • The Ala Moana Hotel is in an excellent location to the mall and the park. The hotel is noted as 3 stars however I believe it is more. Bab's studio was well organized, prepared and clean. Bab's thought of everything we would need for our week.

    October 2013
  • Babs is very organized and everything was as described. Would recommend anyone for this room as it is centrally located and close to bus/trolley stations + the mall.

    October 2013
  • The penthouse studio had a fantastic view of the ocean, the city, and the mountains from the balcony. It was also well stocked with necessary appliances, so that we could microwave store-bought food or brew coffee. It was a pleasant stay for me and my family.

    October 2013
  • We stayed here for a week and thought it was really great value for money. We were a bit bowled over at how expensive accommodation is in Hawaii so we were so relieved to find this apartment - much better value for money! We were also really glad we booked a bit away from the main drag as it was much more quiet in this area. Walking distance to an amazing beach which was nice and quiet (and great for the soul!). Babs was super helpful and a great communicator - even suggesting places to go and eat and drink. As this was the last leg of our trip we were super grateful for the chance to rent out the pool towels which we took to the beach each day and on a day tour to the North Shore (The Surf Bus company do a great job by the way - and can be booked at the concierge!). We also did some shopping over at the Ala Moana centre which was fun. The apartment is super organised and clean and tidy. Thanks Babs - will definitely be suggesting your apartment to any friends who are travelling to Waikiki!

    September 2013
  • Babs was a wonderful host. Very warm, friendly and open to communication. All paperwork and payment was a breeze. I would definitely recommend her to others!

    August 2013
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Owner of this Penthouse studio with my hubby since 2005, with many satisfied guests from around the world! They appreciate the attention to detail, cleanliness of our vacation rental & surprised that we even have a "pocket pantry" in the studio closet in the event they've forgotten to pack a toothbrush, razor, etc - It even has available snack items for purchase in case you get the munchies in the middle of the night! Shop-a-holics tell us they appreciate the travel scale we have in the unit so they can weigh their luggage before they go to the airport! Others also like extra amenities such as the ionic air purifier that also serves as an emergency light that can be taken off the wall as a flashlight if necessary. We live about 15 min from the hotel, and taking care of our unit is our priority to help make your stay worry free! Really enjoy life here in Hawaii... the ocean, the mountains, the plants & flowers & the people!!!
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