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Paniolo at the Equus

1696 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1460
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 16/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 16/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#17 of 92 hotels in Honolulu
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The Paniolo is a charming boutique Honolulu hotel located on Waikiki’s “Upper West Side” where you will find an abundance of restaurants, easy access to one of the world’s largest shopping malls, a quick stroll to the beach and gorgeous sunset views. This Honolulu Hotel is Waikiki’s only “North Shore connection,” as the ownership company also manages a magnificent 100-acre stretch of completely unspoiled beachfront property along O‘ahu’s North Shore. This is the home of the Hawai‘i Polo Club where polo matches, polo lessons and spectacular trail rides become available to hotel guests. We encourage our guests to make the beautiful drive to the hotel’s sister property on the North Shore for a day of riding, picnicking, swimming or beachcombing.

The Paniolo Bar & Cafe is open daily from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Get an early start with hand-crafted artisan coffee and pastries served from morning till noon. Come back for happy hour with creative cocktails and drinks at night. Enjoy live music every Friday starting at 6:00 pm.

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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Kids stay free
Business Center with Internet Access
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Canoeing offsite
Evening entertainment
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Filipino
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Renie53 wrote a review 2 Apr
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania2 contributions2 helpful votes
We needed a place to stay for two weeks while we visited our kids and grandkids in Honolulu, near Waikiki. We wanted something simple and inexpensive but clean and comfortable (we didn't want a fancy, large hotel), and having free off-street parking was really important. Paniolo was perfect for us! Rene was warm and welcoming after our long trip from Philly, and continued to be attentive and helpful throughout our stay. There's a sweet little cafe/bar on the first floor where you can stay to have breakfast or grab some coffee, and which becomes a lively little bar at night. The parking situation is kind of an adventure (there are a limited number of spaces in the hotel's parking lot, but if you miss them, you can park in the adjacent parking garage, but someone has to let you in and out)--but Clarence and Wayne were incredibly friendly and helpful and we never had a problem. Julia, one of the baristas, was so sweet and accommodating that we wanted to adopt her. We didn't spend a lot of time in our room since we were visiting family, but it was clean and comfortable with good TV and wifi reception. There is some noise from the street (it's Waikiki after all), but with the air conditioning on, we slept well. We will stay at the Paniolo whenever we come to visit our kids. Many thanks for a great visit!
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Date of stay: March 2021
Room Tip: Rooms on higher floors are best if you want to avoid street noise.
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fernwehfervor wrote a review Mar 2021
Santa Rosa, California106 contributions29 helpful votes
This place is right by Ala Moana canal and Ala MOana beach, which is one of the premier beaches in Waikiki area. Waikiki beach is few minutes drive away. There are lots of restaurants around this place. The best thing is parking, you have guaranteed parking validated in the garage with 2 or more nights reservation. This facility is not easily available at other BnBs. The front desk receptionists are very hospitable and let me checkin coupla hours prior because I had appointments to run to and wanted to keep my luggage. Shoutout to Rene and Kollett who were very hospitable and accomodating at the front desk- Mahalo! I highly recommend this place.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Response from Kris White, Guest Services / Front Office at Paniolo at the Equus
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the excellent review! We're so glad you enjoyed our ideal location and friendly staff. We appreciate you recommending us to others and we hope to see you again soon.
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Jk wrote a review Mar 2021
3 contributions
We stayed here for about a week. The room we had was on the corner end so it was extremely loud all Hours of the day and night. Horribly loud. The room was old, carpeting and everything needs to be updated. The staff was super friendly and the Paniolo Cafe on the lobby level has fabulous food and great lattes!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Kathryn X wrote a review Mar 2021
Honolulu, Hawaii2 contributions
I come here once a week from Maui and I’d rather stay here than any ritzy hotel. It’s got a very local welcoming feel and it’s so homey. It’s like staying with family. They are family run and you can feel it. I also love that they give you a free drink at the bar when you check in. The Paniolo is my home away from home. 5 stars alllll the way! P.S. Auntie Renee at the front desk is the best!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled on business
Michelle wrote a review Mar 2021
Turlock, California5 contributions3 helpful votes
Loved our stay from start to finish. We were greeted with a warm reception and yummy cocktail after a long day of travel. Our room on the 9th floor was clean, bed comfy and our little balcony even had a water view, which was totally unexpected. The location is excellent - right between Ala Moana & Waikki, lots to do, see and eat within walking distance and the bus stop is only a 4 minute walk from the hotel. We would certainly book here again when coming to Honolulu.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Kris White, Guest Services / Front Office at Paniolo at the Equus
Responded 3 weeks ago
Aloha and thank you for recommending the Paniolo! We're glad you enjoyed our comfortable rooms and fantastic location. It was a pleasure having you and we sincerely hope you'll consider us for your next Waikiki getaway. Mahalo
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US$142 - US$221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesHawaiiOahuHonoluluWaikiki
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Frequently Asked Questions about Paniolo at the Equus
Which popular attractions are close to Paniolo at the Equus?
Nearby attractions include Honolulu Cookie Company (0.5 km), Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon (0.4 km), and The Study (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Paniolo at the Equus?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Paniolo at the Equus?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Paniolo at the Equus?
Guests can enjoy a lounge, breakfast, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Paniolo at the Equus?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Paniolo at the Equus?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tropical Tribe, Lappert's Ice Cream, and The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Paniolo at the Equus?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Paniolo at the Equus?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Filipino.
Are there any historical sites close to Paniolo at the Equus?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Shangri La (5.6 km), Iolani Palace (3.0 km), and Queen Emma Summer Palace (5.5 km).
Does Paniolo at the Equus have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.