Choice Hotels enters the Hawaii travel market with the addition of Equus Hotel in Waikiki to Ascend Collection, the only Hawaii property for Choice International.

The Equus Hotel is in the upper westside of Waikiki near Ala Moana Shopping Center, Oahu’s largest mall. Equus has 67 guest rooms in a 10-story building. Equus rooms have pillow-top beds, flat screen TVs, mini fridges, Keurig coffee makers with complimentary organic coffee and tea and complimentary high-speed internet access. Rooms with city views and lanai (balconies) are available in addition to upgraded, higher floor rooms.

Rooms stay true to its Hawaiian horseback and sporting theme with equestrian inspired touches evident throughout.

Polo anyone?

If you want horses to be part of your Hawaii adventure, then The Equus Hotel might be a good choice. There are hotel rate packages including horseback trail riding or polo lessons.

The ownership company of The Equus also manages a magnificent 100-acre stretch of completely unspoiled beachfront property along O’ahu’s North Shore that is the home of Hawai’i Polo Club.

Additionally, during the polo season which runs from April until Labor Day, each guest receives two complimentary admission tickets to the polo matches held on Oahu’s North Shore.

TripAdvisor.com ranks Equus Hotel #21 of 83 hotels in Honolulu on the date of this post. 82% thumbs up after 770 reviews and the hotel received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 and Green Leaders Bronze Level.

Sample rates January 13-17 ranged from $119 Advance Purchase, $134 AAA & Senior and $149 Best Available Rate. One Bedroom suite $242.

Choice Equus Hotel

Equus Hotel, Waikiki, Honolulu (hotel website)

The Equus, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member (Choice Hotels website)

Choice Privileges Reward Nights = 30,000 points per night Dec 1, 2013 – April 15, 2014.

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A New York judge ordered the Modern Honolulu, formerly Marriott’s Waikiki Edition until the hotel owners unilaterally rebranded last weekend and kicked out Marriott management, to be returned to Marriott’s control by 2:30pm local Hawaii time Wednesday, August 31.  See Loyalty Traveler post: Divorce Hawaiian Style at Marriott Waikiki Edition (Aug 29).

About 60 former employees and managers of Marriott’s Waikiki Edition who had lost their jobs in the hotel owners move last weekend hoped to return to work yesterday. The team of Marriott executives who arrived to retake the hotel were greeted with the news that hotel owners M Waikiki had just filed for bankruptcy protection. Apparently this legal maneuver keeps the Modern Honolulu in place despite the New York judge’s order to reinstate Marriott management and the Waikiki Edition hotel.

The most recent chapter in the Waikiki Edition saga is certainly not the final chapter in the Battle for Waikiki.

News Sources:

Bloomberg – Marriott Says It’s Given Back Control of Waikiki Edition Hotel in Hawaii – Nadja Brandt (Aug 31, 2011)

Bizjournals.com Pacific Business News – Owners Bankruptcy filing blocks Marriott from resuming management of Waikiki hotel (Aug 31, 2011)

Hawaii News Now

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