Hotels >Aqua Continental
2 blocks from the beach is not enough.
We chose this hotel as it was the cheapest package to stay in Hawaii for 9 days. I think I would have opted to pay extra for a better hotel. Our stay here progressively got worse.
First off, the sign on the building says "Continental Surf," instead of "Aqua Continental." We were confused, but our taxi driver assured us it was the correct hotel.
The room we had on the 14th floor was much smaller than I imagined, but it wasn't horrible since we didn't really plan on staying in the room that much (come on, we were in Hawaii!). The first thing that I noticed, though, was a strange smell in the room. The bathroom especially smelled of old cigarette butts. That was mostly remedied by a trip to one of the many ABC Stores and getting a spray air-freshener.
The room had a microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. All were plugged into a power strip, but the cords were too short so the power strip was dangerously suspended in the air behind the very hot coils of the fridge. The placement of the other outlets didn't make much sense to us either. If you like to use your cell phone as your alarm but need to charge it at the same time, you won't have an outlet near the nightstand between the beds.
Now, I'd say I have a good amount of experience taking showers, but for the life of me I could not figure out how to shower in that tub without getting water all over the place. The sad excuse they had for a shower curtain kept billowing inward (if I kept the end of the curtain on the inside of the tub like it's supposed to be), so I would end up with the shower curtain plastered to my body as I tried to wash off. I tried lining up the bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion we had but they weren't heavy enough to anchor the curtain well enough. Obviously, having the end of the curtain on the outside of the tub kept it from attacking me during a shower, but then it left me stepping out into a flood. I ended up washing my swim suit in the shower and laying it over the curtain to hold it down. If I had a towel to spare, I probably would've done that the whole time.
There were times when we didn't care to have room service come in, so we didn't have them clean our room every day. However, when they did come in to clean, nothing really ever got clean. Big indicator of this was we accidentally spilled some coffee grounds on the floor. After room service was done, there were still coffee grounds on the floor.
Every time a maid saw me, she would ask if I was checking out that day. It made me feel like they really wanted me to leave, so I didn't feel very much like a guest.
We were there long enough to want to use their laundry room. For those of you that are thinking about it, make for darn sure that you have plenty of quarters and only quarters. There is no change machine in the laundry room. The laundry room is on the 6th floor, so you'd have to go all the way down to the front desk to ask for change (if necessary), and that's assuming they'll give you all the change you actually need. They seemed reluctant to give me any more than $2 change, when I needed something more like $4. It's really the lady that works the desk at night that's frustrating. I didn't catch her name.
There's a little notice that tells you that there can frequently be unwanted guests in your room, meaning little buggies. We sure got those, but they were small enough and not frequent enough for us to care too much. Also heard that little pests in rooms can be quite common in Hawaii, so we just spent more time outdoors than worrying about what could be in our room.
Finally, some upsides to this place:
* Suki, whom you'll meet during the day, is very nice and very helpful.
* Their shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion all smell very nice.
* Just about 2 blocks to the beach, which is awesome and all, but not awesome enough for me to add any more stars to my rating.
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