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The Equus Hotel

Honolulu, HI, US (HNL)

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Based on 1315 reviews
The Equus is a great Boutique Hotel with a lush tropical pool area, offering FREE Wi-Fi, FREE newspaper, FREE local and toll-free calls.
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Deluxe or Executive King - The Equus Hotel - 1

Deluxe or Executive King

Located in the Equus Hotel this Guest Room features:
  • One King Bed
  • CD/DVD player and iPod compatibility
  • Free Wired High Speed Internet Access
  • Designer Toiletries
  • Free Daily Newspaper
  • Mini-fridge
  • Hair Dryer
  • Free Local and Toll Free Calls
  • In Room Safe
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City View Double-Double - The Equus Hotel - 2

City View Double-Double

Located in the Equus Hotel this Guest Room Features:
  • Two Double Beds
  • Mini-Refrigerator
  • Coffee/Tea maker with FREE coffee packets
  • FREE Wired High Speed Internet Access
  • FREE Local and Toll-Free Calls
  • FREE In-Room Safe
  • Color Cable TV
  • Alarm Clock/Radio
  • Air Conditioning
  • Designer Toiletries
  • Direct Dial Phone with Voicemail
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Blackout Drapes
  • 270 Square Feet 
  • Free Newspaper Daily
  • Non Smoking Only
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Classic Room with Queen Bed - The Equus Hotel - 3

Classic Room with Queen Bed

Located in the Equus Hotel with City, and/or Mountain and/or Ocean View this Guest Room Features:
  • One Queen Bed
  • Mini-Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker with FREE coffee packets
  • FREE Wired High Speed Access
  • FREE Local and Toll-Free Calls
  • FREE In-Room Safe
  • Color Cable TV
  • Alarm Clock/Radio
  • Air Conditioning
  • Direct Dial Phone with Voicemail
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Hairdryer
  • Blackout Drapes
  • Balconies
  • 370 Square Feet
  • Free Daily Newspaper
  • Non Smoking Only
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The Equus Hotel
1696 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI US 96815


Why Stay Here?
  • Only Steps to Kahanamoku Beach
  • Just Blocks to Oahu's Largest Mall
  • FREE WiFi
  • Dreamy Pillow Top Beds
  • Flat Screen LCD HDTV
  • Outdoor Patio and Pool

Ideal Location

The Equus is located within 5 minutes walking distance to Kahanamoku Beach, (next to the Hilton Lagoon) which came in at number 2 in Dr. Beach's Top 10 US Beach rankings for 2013!


Home Away From Home Accommodations
This hotel has recently unveiled new rooms that are superbly appointed. All rooms have coffee pots and are equipped with dreamy pillow top beds and soft cotton linens. Most rooms have balconies and wet bars.


Attractions
Guests can find snorkeling, surfing, jogging trails, attractions and shopping all within walking distance.


The hotel charges a $20 daily parking fee.

AMENITIES:
  • 24 Hour Security
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • AAA Approved
  • ATM Machine
  • Attraction Tickets Available
  • Business Services (+)
  • Coin Operated Laundry (+)
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Concierge Desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning Service (+)
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Morning Paper
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Great for Nightlife
  • Handicap Accessible Elevator
  • Handicap Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Kids Stay Free (Based on Age)
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility (+)
  • Luggage Storage
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Non-Smoking Property
  • On-Site Check In
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Parking (Fee)
  • Picnic Area
  • Porter / Bellhop
  • Secured Parking
  • Security Guard
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wake-Up Service
  • Walk to Nightlife
  • Water Sports (+)
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wheelchair Access Elevator
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wireless Internet Access
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 1315 reviews
from Huntington Beach, CA
Submitted on 20-05-2016
Nice hotel located on the end of Waikiki. very friendly staff. Walking distance to a few chain restaurants, and just a little further to some of the beach front dining available at the larger hotels. Parking is valet only ($25 per night) and they close at 10am. I missed the tiny driveway my first time around. Rooms are smallish, but comfortable and clean. This was perfect for a solo business trip (me) , or a couple looking to be away from the beach front action. Balcony is nice with a small ta... Read more
from Seattle, Washington
Submitted on 22-05-2016
Had a nice stay at the Equus. I actually took them up on their Polo match tickets on Sunday! A must do. Super fun gathering with tons of locals. The hotel was also a nice place to stay and had deals on tourist attraction. The location was pretty good if you want to be close to the mall.
from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Submitted on 25-05-2016
My Ohana and I recently stayed at Equus for the weekend as we came to O'ahu for a wedding. When we checked in on Friday, we were greeted by the lovely Rene. Check in was quick and easy and we couldn't wait to get to our room. Seriously THE BEST BED EVER! With the AC on full blast and the cool and extremely comfortable down comforter, we had such a hard time leaving the room! When we did leave, the guys downstairs were really friendly an were prompt in getting our car. When we left early Saturday... Read more
from Boston, Massachusetts
Submitted on 25-05-2016
We booked the hotel through a United Vacation Package, and it was a terrible mistake. We will NEVER stay in this hotel again. Their service is very slow, even check-in took almost thirty minutes because the guy managing the front desk went off to attend to someone's bags (and this was around 11 pm at night when we were already supremely exhausted), and at first we thought it was just the pace of the island lifestyle. But then, during our week long stay, our room was not cleaned for three days-... Read more
from Juneau, Alaska
Submitted on 25-05-2016
I had to review this hotel again after staying there last month. Our company has a corporate contract with the Equus, and I'm normally a grouchy traveler when it comes to Hawai'i because our office is over by the airport, and with no nice hotels out there, I have to stay in Waiks which means tourist, traffic, tourists, and of course no parking. While the hotel charges for valet, they seemed to have fixed some of the kinks from my previous visit and I never had to wait more than a few minutes f... Read more
from
Submitted on 30-05-2016
Air conditioning was not working properly in our room. Maintenance man could not fix the air conditioner to make it get cooler. We had to change rooms and lost our king bed but the unit in the room was working properly. Another lady said her room was not very cool. When we checked out the next day the lady at the front desk said we were the second complaint about the room in which we were originally booked. Overall room was ok and good location and staff very helpful.
from Orlando
Submitted on 30-05-2016
We stayed at the Equus on a trip to the Philippines. The location was good and parking while available, expensive per night. There was no elevator from street to lobby; there is an elevator to room floors. We found the staff efficient if not overly helpful. Rooms are comfortable and while you can hear street traffic, i expect you can hear this from all the hotels on Ala Moana Blvd due to the traffic. Hotel is abit long in the tooth, but again comfortable beds. I wish they served breakfast o... Read more
from Williams, Oregon
Submitted on 30-05-2016
When I lived in Italy, I sought out properties like this one, over bigger, flashier hotels. The Equus is simple and elegant with the slightly European feel that all truly-kama'aina establishments offer.
from Honolulu, Hawaii
Submitted on 03-06-2016
My wife and I only had the chance to stay at the Equus for one night, but it was a great night! Staff is friendly and very attentive...my wife and I were traveling with a significant amount of baggage but were offered prompt help in moving everything around. Rooms are clean, cool, and well appointed to make for a comfortable stay after your day out and about. Management is hands on and extremely friendly...you are treated like 'ohana' (family). Location is perfect and this boutique hotel offers ... Read more
from Perth, Australia
Submitted on 05-06-2016
I was staying in Marina Towers Waikiki and they closed the only remaining elevator until the 180 kph winds subsided. The other elevator had never worked. My room was on the 38th floor. Mariah, the General Manager at The Equus, took me in free of charge and I spent the remainder of my Honolulu stay there in safety. She gave me a pass to buy dinner and made me very welcome. The hotel was clean, had everything you needed and was a godsend. Thank you Mariah. Big hug coming your way.
from Alexandria, Virginia
Submitted on 17-06-2016
What a gem to find in the amoung the towering corporate owned hotels in Honolulu. Our room was a little suite complete with a wine cooler, mini frig and sink. NO stove but who cares when there are great locally owned restaurants like the Aloha Kitchen and Goofy's within walking distance. The kitchen and bathroom were newly renovated but the charm about our room was it was filled with antique, hand carved polynisain furniture. General manager, Mariah Dailey, Assu and her staff were wonderful ... Read more
from Honolulu, Hawaii
Submitted on 18-06-2016
Stayed here one night and kept coming back everytime I see it on hotwire or thru another booking site...Aunty RENE from the front desk is the BOMB!!! Always smiling and always asking if everything was ok.....She has alot of aloha and isnt scared to share it with people..The whole staff is actually greast they was also accommading... mahalo again for another great staycation.!!!!
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Submitted on 19-06-2016
You might be seeking the friendliest hotel or the most comfortable hotel or the best location or the best value. I have the answer for each of your goals. The Equus. Complimentary tickets to the Hawaii Polo Club on Sunday's. Walk to Waikiki Beach.
from Honolulu, Hawaii
Submitted on 20-06-2016
Excellent location, friendly staff, great entertainment options, and a happy hour make the Equus a winner! Short walk to Waikiki beach, plenty of restaurants within short walking distance, the Ala Moana shopping mall is right around the corner, and the Ala Moana Promenade is great for a walk or morning jog.
from
Submitted on 20-06-2016
I really enjoyed everything during my stay at the Equus hotel. Rooms and all facilities are very nice, so are the surroundings. I cant forget to mention very friendly staff, especially the guy at the front desk, his name was Ramon and he was very helpful and was able to solve all our inquries! Thanks again and Im definitely coming back!
from Munich, Germany
Submitted on 26-06-2016
The Equus is nice hotel in a great location and offers some of the best value for your dollar in Honolulu. Rooms are big and clean with large flatscreen TVs. The bed was very comfortable. Furniture is in good condition. The fridge even has a freezer. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The location is perfect. Waikiki is a short 10-15 minute walk away, and Ala Moana Center about 5 minutes. I use the bus to get around the island, so being only a short walk away from the main bus terminal was ver... Read more
from
Submitted on 26-06-2016
Travelling with a friend and having just graduated we didnt have alot of money. The Equus was great it was right opposite the big name hotels (The Hilton, The Modern, The Ilikai), which meant you got the experience of staying expensive but without the cost. The rooms were perfect - the staff went out of their way to attend to our requests for two beds and were immacuately cleaned every day. Ala Moana mall (the big shopping precinct) was a 5 minute walk down the road and in the opposite directio... Read more
from Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Submitted on 27-06-2016
We had a short 2 night stay here last october! Is quite central which is handy! Lovely clean rooms abit on the small side but perfect for what we needed! Theres a dipping pool which we never used but looked lovely for cooling off your feet after a busy day of shopping! And receptionists were very welcoming and helpful
from Moruya, Australia
Submitted on 29-06-2016
There are a couple of cliches to consider here..... "You should never judge a book by its cover" and "You get what you pay for". This hotel is trying hard to be a "boutique" hotel but all it really is is a re-vamped block of old flats. When they did the makeover the developers should have spent some extra money on a couple of things they completely overlooked or couldn't stretch the money far enough. 1) One thing they overlooked was the large aluminium framed glass sliding doors on the balcon... Read more
from Hawaii
Submitted on 01-07-2016
Wow it was literally like i was at a Fairmont property but into a boutique. Rene at the front desk was amazing oh my gosh like literally i can't even tell u. I work in customer service at a resort in Maui and i will tell u it definitely can be a struggle deal with guests especially needing ones on a day to day basis. But Rene was so fresh and helpful and amazing. She was so pleasant and had a room ready early and also recommended the most amazing breakfast spot that we went to right away. She ha... Read more
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Submitted on 03-07-2016
After a knight mare of sabotage by a group of criminals whom had used 2 other horrible hotels in Waikiki to commit there crimes i found the Equus The Equus was like a mirage in the desert to me , its rooms and beds where superior to any hotel in Waikiki . The staff and service where honest respectful to my amazement the customer was treated as BoSS , Waikiki and hawaii in general has front desk help whom must of woke up and thought they where king and queen and forgotten customer is king. ... Read more
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Submitted on 04-07-2016
We loved this cute hotel! Room was perfect, bed was SUPER comfy, perfect location (walking distance to everything). Can't say enough about Rene at the front desk....amazing customer service! Street traffic noise was a bit much but overall a wonderful experience!
from Atlanta, Georgia
Submitted on 07-07-2016
Every time I have the opportunity to come to Honolulu, I always stay at the Equus Hotel. The staff at the Equus, from the front desk to housekeeping are absolutely phenomenal. Their willingness to serve and to make your stay an enjoyable one is beyond words. Additionally, Ms. Rene Kahumoku always remembers me by name and greets me with such a warm welcome. Ms. Rene also checks on me along with the staff to ensure that I am comfortable throughout my stay. Overall, you cannot go wrong staying... Read more
from Sydney, Australia
Submitted on 10-07-2016
Renae was so helpful after being stranded by Jeannie Lau at Waikiki Condo Marina we were ushered to another hotel until we could sort out the mess of the original booking . All of the front of house staff couldn't be more helpful and i would recommend staying there . 10/10
from Ottawa
Submitted on 16-07-2016
We stayed there only for 1 night because our condo unit was not ready. I found it very comfortable and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The reception is small and has the hawaiian charm. I would recommend for a short stay.
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 17-07-2016
We liked our short stay at Equus. We only stayed one night there but the desk men were so lovely and helpful. The room was clean and the bed very comfortable. And spacious too. So close to shopping and beach!! Not to mention food and restaurants. Great value for money. We wouldn't hesitate to stay at Equus again.
from Corpus Christi, Texas
Submitted on 21-07-2016
The Equus Hotel had a friendly desk staff, valet, and concierge. Rooms are small, bathroom is small, and the balcony overlooked the busy street. The hotel is small and settled in between condos. However, it is within walking distance to the beach (you do have to cross a busy street), there are a few restaurants close by, and trolley and bus stops are close by. I would recommend downloading the Uber app to call for rides if you do not have a car, which is almost half the price of what a taxi will... Read more
from
Submitted on 22-07-2016
The hotel was in a great location as it was very close to the beach. It was within walking distance to a bunch of little shops and also to the ABC Corner store, which luckily sells a lot of useful little items like toiletries. The hotel seemed a bit dated, but it got the job done. I only use it for sleeping and nothing else. The room and bed were clean and we were provided fresh towels. The hotel staff was very friendly. As soon as I arrived for check in, I was greeted with smiles and some... Read more
from Santa Cruz, California
Submitted on 23-07-2016
For the price, this was a perfect hotel, but if you look at the star rating on certain sites, it's not a 3 star. More like a 21/2. We were only there for 2 nights. They only have valet parking, so it gets expensive to tip on top of $25- parking fee. The rooms are okay, they don't exactly match the pictures or we got a room that wasn't sunny like the picture. Yoshi and the other front desk person was very friendly and helpful. The internet was down for most of the duration of our stay, so ... Read more
from Norcross, Georgia
Submitted on 24-07-2016
We booked this hotel for the two nights we were in Honolulu (specifically for our Pearl Harbor tour) and chose it for the price. The reviews had me a little nervous, so we went not expecting anything all that nice. The room was basic. Full beds, not huge, nothing awful, and nothing to write home about. And it was loud, but it's in a city, there's traffic noise and I'm not sure how any hotel in that area wouldn't be loud - and we certainly slept fine, so it wasn't THAT loud. But the bathroom... Read more
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Submitted on 25-07-2016
We had a hula function this weekend and our stay at the Hotel was perfect the location was so centralize and the front desk employees were so accommodating ty to Ms Rene , she represents the aloha spirt and so willing to help make our stay comfortable and our room was very comfortable..
from el paso
Submitted on 29-07-2016
Everyone at the hotel is wonderful. The Equus is about a 7 min walk to Waikiki beach. If you walk over the bridge it's about a 12 min walk to the magic lagoon and Ala Moana beach (less crowded). It is also about a 10 minute walk to the largest outdoor mall in the world. The front staff was wonderful helped us plan for activities for 2 of the days we were there. The night time noise was non existent. We were welcomed with the most fresh and delicious pineapple I have ever eaten. The hotel provide... Read more
from Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Submitted on 29-07-2016
It was a great stay ... At a great location close to the beach and the center . But most of all Rene you are a such a nice person . Thank you for making our stay one to remember .it was such a nice experience to walk and see the sunset on Waikiki beach . The hula at the Hilton And to do the island tour we booked at the reception from The Equus. Mahalo Anne-Marie & Wim
from London, Canada
Submitted on 31-07-2016
Stayed there to be close to the Ala Moana mall. An average and reasonably clean and comfortable place but being right on Ala Moana Blvd. and having older single pane patio doors the noise of traffic going by all hours of the day or night means I won't be back.
from Anaheim, California
Submitted on 02-08-2016
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights. Great location. The parking is expensive. Also, the AC doesn't work too well. It was on but just not very powerful. Other than that, it was was a nice stay and the staff was friendly.
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 07-08-2016
We stayed here for one night as we had an early flight home the next morning after arriving back in Waikiki from the Big Island and didn't want to pay a lot for accommodation. As we had stayed at the Hilton Waikiki Village for 6 nights prior to going to the Big Island we knew the location was good and it was walking distance to the Ala Moana shopping centre which we intended to visit. The hotel can only be accessed by steep stairs so hard to get heavy suitcases up to reception. Also, there is ... Read more
from Hilo, Hawaii
Submitted on 10-08-2016
There is a definite horse theme, so if you like that (which my daughter does), then that is the one feature that sets this hotel apart. Pros: 1) Good location. Not right on the beach, but a quick walk. Also quick to walk to Ala Moana mall. 2) Great wifi! Speedtest.net clocked it in at over 40Mbps down and over 10Mbps up, which is the best I've experienced in a non-wired connection at any hotel outside of Hong Kong. 3) Staff is friendly 4) The price is a bit less than other hotels... Read more
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 11-08-2016
I had a last minute change of reservations and Renen and Puka were extremely helpful on working with me to make the change. You cannot go wrong with this level of service, and they will ensure to make your trip the best! Thanks again!
from
Submitted on 12-08-2016
Thanks to Renee and Puca who worked with me when I missed my connecting flight due to delays. They really were life savers! Great customer service. Look forward to see them on my next trip to Hawaii. Aloha!
from
Submitted on 12-08-2016
I had to cancel my reservation due flight delays. The staff was willing to work with me in cancelling my reservation for the evening. The staff member Rene was polite, friendly and professional. I appreciate the great customer service over the phone.
from Austin, Texas
Submitted on 16-08-2016
Hotel is older...quaint, very small. Room door was sticking a lot, had to force it open/closed. HVAC unit could not keep up with temperature. Room felt warm, even at night. I adjusted down to 68, no help. The outside unit blew out so much hot air that the balcony could not be used, and was very very noisy. Traffic noise was excessive... sound enhanced by close proximity of other buildings, I was on the 9th floor. Pool is tiny and uninviting. Grandfathered in for ADA... no elevato... Read more
from Tampa, Florida
Submitted on 18-08-2016
Aloha and a special thank you/mahalo to Rene in guest services for going above and beyond to accommodate my company USA Environmental, Inc.??s team of employees at the last minute. He also worked with us on our rate requirements for an important project there in a professional manner. His friendly manner and help that exceeded our needs meant so much. We will definitely return to the Equus Hotel in Honolulu.
from Mackay, Australia
Submitted on 31-08-2016
The staff at this hotel were extremely helpful and went out of their way to accommodate us. It is an older style building with a well equipped room and very comfortable bed. There is some street noise, so a room on the upper floors is preferable.
from Alexandra
Submitted on 01-09-2016
What a pleasant change from the adjacent Waikiki Marina Towers that we had booked for 19 nights but had checked out of after a frustrating sleepless 8 nights. The staff here are very courteous and friendly. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to friends and acquaintances. When we return to Honolulu we will be staying here again.
from Seoul, South Korea
Submitted on 05-09-2016
The Equus was trying hard to deliver more than we paid for. The building is, to be honest, a bit crap, but it was well renovated and the room was extremely comfortable and I thought all of the facilities were really solid. On top of that, the staff were 5-star, amazingly helpful and super-friendly. We actually sorted out the 2 best parts of our trip based on local connections from hotel staff...turns out we didn't need to buy that Lonely Planet after all. Also, excellent location...Ala Moana cen... Read more
from Washington, DC
Submitted on 08-09-2016
I stayed here for work. It was comfortable, and had good AC, and very friendly and helpful staff. It was about a 10 minute walk to the convention center. It is about a 20 minute walk to the restaurants down by Waikiki Beach -- or you can take one of the various buses nearby.
from Lakewood, California
Submitted on 08-09-2016
Would not recommend staying here, bed was funky and uneven, TV did not work, couldn't get anyone on the room phone to respond, no help from the front desk. Wasn't expecting the Ritz but at least a little courtesy or response back in a reasonable time. Will spend a little more at somewhere else next time to get some normal service.
from
Submitted on 08-09-2016
Affordable, comfortable, one night stay. The room was immaculately clean. Nice balcony. Wifi was fast. I was able to connect easily and watch a movie on my laptop with no problem. I would book this hotel the next time I'm in Honolulu.
from Ottawa, Canada
Submitted on 12-09-2016
stayed there 8 nights while at a conference. First impression is not the greatest: weird lay out with very small reception upstairs. building need some update. Rooms are clean if deco is a bit outdated (that is comment that can be made for many building in town). no restaurant on site and not much within 5 min walk. no desk in my room but apparently it can be asked for. On the plus side very attentive and prompt service. I could interact by text message (getting light buld changed, booking ... Read more
from Melbourne, Australia
Submitted on 12-09-2016
We initially arrived mid-morning after a cruise and the hotel was great in letting us into our room as soon as we arrived. The room was a good size and quite comfortable beds and had a fridge and small sink, Staff were fine and it is located reasonably central as to a big shopping center, with Waikiki beach not too far away.
from Honolulu, Hawaii
Submitted on 17-09-2016
This sweet off the beaten path yet a short walk to Waikiki beach. Charming, quaint, comfortable, complete and Aloha come to mind again as I'm relaxing here in the lobby enjoying a complimentary morning cup and snacks... All the staff seem to know me by name, welcoming me, thanking me, sharing ways to make my stay even more comfy!
from
Submitted on 17-09-2016
The Equus Hotel in Honolulu was spendy but small which is a nice feature. Nicely decorated, helpful and professional staff, clean and well maintained. Within walking distance of anything you may need.
from Humble, Texas
Submitted on 18-09-2016
The room was really comfortable,and clean,a short walk to the beach,very good located next to restaurants, the staff were very nice and helpful,I met Rene she is a very nice person,Wifi was fast, overall it was a very nice stay
from Atlanta, Georgia
Submitted on 22-09-2016
I would likely not stay at this hotel again. I was hesitant to book but the reviews are what sold me. However, after staying on Waikiki beach it is definitely a vast difference. I will say I expected this. When we arrived you had to walk upstairs to the small lobby and there is only one outdated elevator. The staff greeted us and was very pleasant with refreshments. However, we had to change rooms due to bugs. Yes, bugs the kind you definitely don't want to bring home with you. We searched the ... Read more
from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Submitted on 24-09-2016
Here are the positives of The Equus: it was relatively inexpensive, especially in looking at other hotels in the area; the staff was attentive and responsive when an issue arose; and it is easy to be away from the crazy traffic of the main street. Prior to booking the hotel, I reviewed not only Trip Advisor, but also another website before booking, so I was a little dismayed that after we became settled, we discovered some creepy crawlies in our room. And let's just say, there were enough of t... Read more
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