History Of Our Waikiki Hotel

History of Our Waikiki Hotel

Equus Hotel is a charming boutique Honolulu hotel located just steps from the beach and from Oahu’s largest shopping mall, AlaMoana Center. The hotel guestrooms are warm and contemporary, while keeping true to its original Hawaiian equestrian theme with Ralph Lauren-inspired touches sprinkled throughout. The central location, inviting style, personal service and abundance of amenities provide guests with the best value in Waikiki.

Equus Hotel has a unique history that gives rise to its name and equestrian theme. It is owned by a family that is rooted in the elegant and exciting sport of polo, making it a one-of-a kind hotel where every guest checking in during the season receives two complimentary admission tickets to the polo matches held on Oahu’s spectacular North Shore. The Mokuleia polo grounds are the home of Hawaii Polo Club where “the sport of kings” is played every Sunday from April until Labor Day. During the weekly Manager’s Reception in the lobby, you will meet Mike Dailey, the hotel’s owner, who will be happy to tell the story of his family’s involvement in the Waikiki hotel business and the sport of polo.

Guests of Equus can refresh in the swimming pool, soak in the sun with a book on the quiet poolside deck or engage in the many Waikiki activities within easy walking distance. All of our Waikiki accommodations in the Equus Hotel are appointed with cozy pillow-top beds, flat screen TVs, mini fridges and complimentary high-speed Internet access.

The Equus

1696 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815


As family-owned and operated hotel in Waikiki’s “Upper West Side” for many years, The Equus has become a staple in the local community. We’ve seen the ups, as well as the downs, and have always persevered thanks to the support of our loyal guests. Whether you’re local or visit from afar, we think of you as family.

Holding true to our roots, we remain open and eager to serve those that have given so much to us over the years. We are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for both our team and guests, and are proceeding with guidelines and recommendations from health authorities.

Da HI Brew Cafe, located on property, is open (6:30 am to 2:00 pm) for guests and community members alike. The Paniolo Bar is open 2:30pm to 10:00pm. In-house guests may pick up and take out food items from the bar, as well as order cocktails to their room.

With an amazing location near world-class shopping and dining, we are exploring ways to act as a pick-up point for local restaurants offering take-out services to customers in our neighborhood.

We’ll see you soon.