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TravelPod Member ReviewsAston At The Waikiki Banyan Honolulu
Aston Hotels & Resorts, a Waikiki Beach side Hotel has a smoke free ambiance & is a great place to stay. It has breathtaking view from its balcony. The staffs are friendly and the hotel is situated right at the heart of the town where the beach is a walking distance! It has free Wifi. The Honolulu zoo is a walking distance from the hotel if you have kids or want to do something different.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aston At The Waikiki Banyan Honolulu
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Just got back from Honolulu and I'm a little dissatisfied with the accomodations at the Waikiki Banyon. Maybe I was on the tower that hasn't been renovated yet, but the room I stayed at was horrible. It looked like it was 50 years old. The paint was peeling from the walls, there were scratches everywhere, and the carpet was a complete mess.
There were stains everywhere. To the staffs credit they cleaned it immediatley after I complained about it. It looked better, but still pretty nasty. Another thing was the smell. Apparently we got stuck in a smoking room and it wreaked. We asked to move to non-smoking but they didn't have any available, so they put an Ozone machine in the room that they said would clear the smell. It didn't work. Overall I thought the room was just dirty, I wouldn't dare walk around bare-footed in that room even after they cleaned the carpet. However I thought the staff was great, they really tried to make it better. Fortunately we didn't spend much time in the room so we were abel to tough it out.
Good Value for Waikiki
Stayed at the Banyan in July 2002. Nice hotel for the price. We had booked a room at the Pacific Monarch and confirmed it the day before leaving and were pretty disappointed when we got there and they didn't have a room. The Pacific Monarch transfered us to the Aston at the Waikiki Banyan. We found the room to be clean and roomy. The barbeque area was nice but they were renovating at the time so that was kind of inconvenient. Nice pool. The check in staff were pleasant. For the money this hotel is great. The location is a bit out of the way as you have to walk a bit to get to the International Market Place area, but the beach is only 1 long block away.
Loved the Aston
We were a family of five and stay at the Aston from Dec.31,2003 intil Jan.6.2004. I loved the room we had on the 26th floor and had an awesome veiw of the beach and Daimond Head. The only thing we were disappointed in was that it rained the first two days there. But my kids still enjoyed the pool even in the rain. Everyone was great and when the sun came out Hawaii was like a peace of Heaven on earth. We were only a 3 min. walk to the beach and the hotel was easy to find driving. We had rented our own car. I did not find the garage that hard and just purchased a week pass for $30.00 . It was fun exploring the island and we saved allot of money on meals having a kitchen in our room. We will be staying at the Aston at the Waikiki Bayon again!
We went to Hawaii in October 2003 and we found the Banyan to have a lot of pluses. The renovations look great, they double up-graded to an ocean view. The little mini-mart didn't look like much but their prices were as good as FoodLand's. The deck was great. Tennis, basketball, playground, BBQ's and a big pool. Oh yes, the pool, the only really down fall. The security was so strict at the pool that the sign should have read, "No Fun Allowed". But for my dollar I got a great deal and we say thanks.
Loved Aston Waikiki Banyan
We were Four Families traveling together. There were 17 all together kids ages ranging from 7-18yrs. We had 4 rooms with great views. We were there for Christmas and stayed right thru till New Years weekend.
It was great! The kids were able to go to the pool and the playground area. We were able to go down and have a cook out and have a birthday party for one of the kids. We really felt as if we lived there for 16 days. We had maid service every day. Our kitchen was great we had home cooked meals in our room which saved us a great deal of money. We shopped at a grocery store out side of town where it was cheaper and even signed up for their bonus card. The really only complaint that we could think of was that there was no resturant in the hotel. But, we did know that before hand. Which come to think of it may have saved us more money. I would with out a doubt stay there again.
Best deal for the Money
I have stayed at the Aston Waikiki Banyan every year for the past 3 years. I totally recommend this place, especially for families. They have a really great pool area, tennis and BBQ. The rooms were clean and provided everything you needed to prepare your meals. I take a group of High School graduates every year and they love it! Bathrooms are little small, but still a fantastic deal! One year during renovation it was a little distracting, but still an awesome place to stay.
For our honeymoon, we decided to get a room with a kitchen at the Banyan, as we were staying in Waikiki for 12 nights. They did give us 2 nights free and a fairly good rate. We arrived late in the evening and were given a mountain view room )which was really shabby) when we had paid for an ocean view. On relocating, the room we were in was not alot better. There was stained and worn shag pile carpet, an incredibly noisy air con unit, stained sofas and sheets on the bed which did not fit, so they came untucked all of the time. We left a note for the maid to change the sheets and we ended up with sheets which were still too small and with rips in them.
The other problem was the curtains did not block out any light, so at approximately 6:15 am every morning the sun streamed through and we were wide awake every morning.
The pool was OK, but the area was being renovated so for most of the day there was someone drilling on the hotels lanais.
In all, I would never stay here again and would not recommend it, even for families. On complaining to Aston, I got the standard "we will pass your comments on and advise you in due course." I am still waiting after 12 months.....
Best Value for Your Money
We were absolutely thrilled with our accommodation at the Waikiki Banyan. The rooms have been refurbished (hey, even the sofa bed was comfortable!), and was kept clean and neat by a friendly housekeeping staff. Having a full kitchen in the suite certainly helps to cut down on expenses. Close to everything. Front desk staff very helpful. The VIP Aloha Tour desk (located at the front desk) was most useful for booking outings/tours. We couldn't have been more pleased, and will certainly stay at the Waikiki Banyan on all future trips to Hawaii. We highly recommend this family-friendly hotel!
No blues at the Banyan
We had a one-bedroom suite on the 29th floor with an awesome view of the ocean and the city. The room was clean and well maintained. The bellhop was pretty slow when we arrived and we lugged our bags ourselves. The desk clerks were very helpful and friendly. I prefer staying directly on the beach, but for a place to stay, it was pretty nice.
Don't be fooled
This place is a dump. Cleanliness is a major problem. The carpet was stained and dirty, and the ceilings were stained from water leaks. I stayed there because of the kitchen and family room, but it certainly wasn't worth it. We had to cover the couch cushions to set on them. Whatever you do don't stay on one of the lower floors - the sound of the busy street corner below will keep you awake all night. The lobby was being remodeled - what was done looked pretty good. I honestly cannot say anything good about the room. One of the worst hotels I have ever stayed at.