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Historical Traveler Reviews Aston At The Executive Centre Hotel Honolulu
Okay, but only during weekdays
I guess my expectations were very high after reading the raving reviews of this hotel. While the rooms are large they are dated (circa 1970s/80s). On Friday night the resturant in the hotel closes for the weekend. We just happened to be there on a Friday thru Sunday. The hotel is just steps from Chinatown and the Aloha Shopping Area. Great for lunch and dinner, but NO PLACE to go for breakfast except a McDonalds across the street. We were scheduled to return to the hotel the following Saturday/Sunday after being on the Big Island for 5 days, but decided to change our plans and stay on Waikiki Beach area instead. If you want to poke around the downtown area and visit the Capital and the Palace this is a great place. If you want to be near the shopping/dining/beach, etc this is not the place to be.
Didn't think it was THAT great
My family of 4 stayed at the Aston/ Executive Centre for 2 nights on 2/16 - 2/17/05. We got a great price on the room: $142. I was originally quoted $200, and then asked for a AAA discount and was quoted a price of $142. That's quite a pleasant AAA discount!
They seemed very understaffed, and service was not particularly speedy. When I checked in, the double-queen I had reserved was not available and the only thing available was a room with a King and a cot. My daughter slept in bed with us, which was not very relaxing.
The room smelled of rug shampoo and something else that we couldn't identify. The bathroom had cracks in the tile and was not particularly pristine. The air circulation/ AC was not great, and the walls were pretty thin.
Although I did appreciate the complementary continental breakfast on the top floor, it consisted of just donuts, bagels and coffee (no cereal), and we decided to skip it the second morning and go out to eat somewhere.
The price was pretty good, it was a great location for seeing the sights around Oahu, and the parking garage attendent was helpful in giving directions.
I have not stayed at any other hotels on Oahu so I don't know what to compare with, but we were much happier once we left Oahu and went to a B&B on the big island. Maybe you just can't expect much for a $142 hotel room in Honolulu?
Haven in Honolulu! No where like it for Business Travel!
If you're coming to Hawaii and staying on Oahu for business, this is your haven in Honolulu! The location is PRIME...easy access from the H1 Freeway and the airport, and much less congested than Waikiki. Rooms are more like suites (the 1 bedroom units have a full kitchen and washer/dryer, 2 TV's, separate living room area) and the views are panoramic floor to ceiling windows. AND THEY ARE HUGE --- AROUND 600 SF, which is twice the size of regular hotel rooms. I even stay here when traveling with my family because of the convenient loaction, easy access, room size (they have cribs and rollaways) and also because of the kitchen, which is a value in and of itself. BUT the best thing about the EC is THE STAFF...top-notch all around, and very professional. Just ONE DRAWBACK...for a business hotel, they should have high-speed internet in all of the rooms, and I still don't understand why they don't, since everything else about the property is so great. Another PLUS - rates usually drop on the weekends because they cater more to business travelers like me, so extending your stay for some extra R&R is always an option!
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The Secret's Officially Out
If you want to get away from the fannypack-toting touristy crowd that's destroyed Waikiki, this is your fortress of solitude. The first time I visited my client in Hawaii they stuck me here. I was angry. Wanted to be down in the action. Until I checked in. I will stay NO WHERE ELSE. Only possible downside is that the neighborhood goes bad pretty quickly if you head towards hotel street. I didn't find many dining options around there.
The only Hotel I will stay at in Hawaii
I loved the staff (Eric)... the parking was very affordable. My room (the Executive Suite) was bigger than some of my friends apartments in New York. My trip to Hawaii altough very eventful could have easily been spent in my room that had it's own jacuzzi. Yes!!! A jacuzzi!!!!! I had a kitchen to cook in when I wasn't up for eating out. There were several markets in the area for shopping. I stayed in the Executive for a little over 2 weeks and was very sad to leave it. It became a second home for me in that short period of time. Very affordable. I plan to re-visit Hawaii again in mid 2005. You know where I will be staying.
We just returned from our !st Anniversary trip at the Aston Executive Center from (9-5 to 9-10). Choosing this hotel was a difficult choice, but I am glad I made it. We wanted to enjoy the beach but not be in all of the congestion and also have the option to cook. We were not disappointed. The room was 800 square feet with a separate living and sleeping area. It was clean and the staff was very helpful. There is not a restaurant that serves dinner, but they do have Room Service from different restaurants. After walking around Waikikki, I was very happy that we didn't stay there. Way too much going on! It was very congested. If you stay here, you will need a car, but parking is easily accessible and affordable. We enjoyed driving around the island and seeing different parts of Oahu. By the way, the view was spectacular. There is also a daily continental breakfast. If you are looking for space, the option to cook and nice place without being in the congestion of Waikikki, this is the hotel for you! Maholo!
Exec Centre is the akamai (smart) choice
After a pleasant 2 weeks at the Marriott Waikiki Beach and Spa, we needed more room and needed to get away from the Waikiki congestion. Moved into the Executive Centre after reading reviews about the 600-800 sq ft rooms and after hearing that local neighbor island legislators often stay here when they are in session. Not disappointed in the slightest...super friendly staff, affordable parking and washer/dryers, super convenient location (easy on and off the freeway, great eating places w/in walking distance) and of course, very spacious and comfortable rooms. I believe there are only 8 rooms per floor! Yes, the area around the hotel, downtown Honolulu, is a bit "shady" after 6 pm (McDonalds across the street shuts down at 6 p.m.) but if you are a homebody at night or prefer daytime exploring on foot over night time strolling, then this location wins hands down over Waikiki.
Aston at the Executive Centre is a fabulous find!
I'm almost afraid of sharing this, because once the word gets out, the Aston Executive Centre is certain to become a favorite hostelry for everyone visiting Honolulu. First off, this executive type hotel is not on the beach, but rather well removed from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, yet only a short bus ride away. The rooms are spectacular suites, with floor to ceiling windows of the harbour, and shopping centres and eateries are in close proximity. Also, Ala Moana Beach Park is nearby, and this is the spot favoured by locals. You won't regret staying here, so don't give it another thought--just book it and have a fabulous holiday! It is a most affordable alternative to the over-priced monoliths along the Waikiki strip.
Spacious rooms great views good location
wow a hotel in the downtown area its got big rooms great views and its close to the historic district pearl harbor and the staff was very friendly the best part to us was starting our day enjoying breakfast==--on the 40th floor breakfast club room it was just the basic continetal breakfast but the view was outrageous pastries were fresh and we loved starting and planning our day there Id go back and stay there you can keep waikiki
My fiance and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. I agonized for weeks about where to stay and keep within our limited budget (we are students). I wanted a nice place, but something cheap and away from all the tourists. Aston at the Executive Centre was all this. We booked the cheapest room, a mountain view, when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised to find the room was huge about 600 sq feet and the bedroom had floor to ceiling glass offering an awesome view of downtown Hawaii and the mountains. The bathroom was nice and had a jetted tub. The room had a kitchenette which we used to make meals and stay in. We loved this hotel because it was so isolated from the noise and traffic of Waikiki, it was centrally located with easy driving range of freeways, beaches, restaurants, stores, and many other activities. The room was always cleaned everyday. This is not a hotel if you do not have a car to get around. We rented a car and were able to visit the entire island, something everyone should do. If you do not have a vehicle you should stay on Waikiki. This hotel also offers a contenintal breakfast, which was good, but I got tired of it but it was nice to have. When in Hawaii you must visit Waimea Bay on the north shore and take time to drive around the Island and go on a hike or two. visit the tranquil low traffic beaches on the north shore. we really liked Waimanalo beach, Kailua and LOVED Lanikai beach, hard to find but worth all the trouble!
Loved Hawaii and the Aston at the Executive Centre. I would definately revisit this hotel. It is a good medium price range place to use as a base groud for visting the Island if you want a nice roomy and comfortable place to come home to after a long day of exploring.