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Are hotels in Waikiki really this bad?

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In all my years of travel planning I don't know if I've ever had a more difficult challenge than the one I've had trying to find the right Waikiki hotel. We will be there for 5 nights in April of 2014, as part of a 15 day trip. We will be celebrating an anniversary as well as Hawaii being my 50th state visited.
I have thoroughly researched no less than 30 hotels in this area and have been amazed at how bad the reviews are. I can live with the negative reviews for the outragious resort and parking fees, but I am reading way too many reviews citing filthy rooms, horrible service, outdated and run down facilites, not being able to check in until hours after check in time, and not getting the room type originally reserved. Even prime properties such as the Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider get one poor review after another.
I have never experienced this while researching ANY other place in the country. Even Detroit has hotels that get regular quality reviews. The only property I researched that did not get a healthy dose of poor reviews was Halekulani, but I'm not paying $700 a night.
What we are looking for is a normal sized, clean room, a lanai with a quality ocean view, laundry facilities on the premises, and something that is less resort/children oriented. We are trying to stay between $250 and $350 per night (including fees). After several months I have narrowed it down to 3 properties...the Aqua Lotus, Park Shore Waikiki, and Waikiki Parc. While each of these hotels have several unpleasant reviews of their own, they are less frequent.
I would appreciate any feedback or opininons you could give on these properties and also any suggestions for others that you think would fit our criteria.
Honestly, I've gone from trying to find a hotel that will enhance our trip, to finding one that won't ruin it.

Thanks,

Bill

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