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Historical Traveler Reviews Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel Honolulu
Hidden Gem on Kalakaua Ave.
I had a few reservations about booking this hotel online, but several tourist guides recommended this hotel as one of the best for the money and they were definitely right on in that aspect.
The location is ideal. Finding it for the first time can be tricky. As you drive along Kalakaua Ave., the hotel isn't well marked. Reading previous reviews of the hotel, it was told that it is right next to an "ABC" store. While this is true, it should be noted that there are "ABC" stores all over the place. So, that doesn't really help much.
What I can say is this ... as you travel east on Kalakaua Ave., if you passed the McDonald's on the corner on your left hand side, you've gone too far.
The staff of the hotel are super friendly and helpful. They genuinely seem to want to help make your stay as nice as possible and when it comes to recommending activities, they don't appear to be so commission driven as a lot of concierge out there. I also read that the staff is willing to break out their ukuleles and sing to, or even with guests at any time. This is true ... my wife & I can confirm this.
A couple of small criticisms to make this review fair ...
We found the decor to be all right, but the hotel is in need of new beds & carpets:
We had a look at three of the four categoried rooms ... standard, partial ocean view & ocean view. (Ocean View VIP 9th Fl + was sold out.) By all means, get the ocean view. We booked the standard room as a cost-cutting measure, but eventually upgraded to the ocean view room simply because it increased the enjoyment of the stay. One helpful note ... booking ocean view online can be approx. $70/night more then a standard room. Once my wife & I arrived at the hotel, we were offered the upgrade for $30/night. If you're staying for any considerable amount of time, that adds up quickly.
Parking gets a neutral comment:
It didn't bother us that it was an additional $9 a night. It is worth noting that you have to walk next door to another hotel and the parking garage is shared with them. You're allowed to park from levels 2A & up ... and the walk up the garage stairs isn't the most pleasant. I didn't mind it much because we were on a pretty tight budget ... but it isn't for everyone. They do offer valet for a few extra bucks each time you use it ... comes in handy if you have to unload a lot of things, although we never needed to use it.
The free continental breakfast could use some variety!!!:
Ok, it's free ... but if you stay a week, you'll get tired of it as my wife & I did. But, it's an added bonus ... it gives you a chance to have a chance to read their complimentary papers and socialize with other guests.
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to book this hotel again. It might be quite some time (I visit HI every 5 years on average.) before my wife & I can afford to go again, so maybe by then the bed/carpet issue might be resolved. But, for the $$ ... look at what all the other hotels on Kalakaua Ave. are charging. The Aston Waikiki Beachside is a solid value and definitely gets my vote!
Much Better than Expected
After reading several of the reviews here on the Beachside, I was most anxious about staying there. I wrote the Hotel several times to express my concern and communicated with 1-2 persons writing here. I was PLEASANTLy surprised! The location could not have been better. I would not have traded it for any Hotel on Waikiki. It was on the edge of everything. The room was definitely SMALL but the bath was fine. I managed to find enough space to store everything out of the way for 5 days. The VIEW was marvelous!!! We were on the 9th floor, having been upgraded by the Hotel from the 8th. The staff were always gracious and helpful. It is an older Hotel but I got what I paid for and I could not have bought a better view. The air conditioner was wonderful It was loud and kept out all the noise and it was cold.!!!! I would stay there again for the good things it offers and the price. I did not pay for a 5 star Hotel.!
Would Definitely Go Back!
The location of this place was our initial draw to it...it is right across the street from the beach. But the staff made it great. They were very friendly, offered lots of advice, and arranged all of our activities. The place is slightly run down but I didnt mind. I thought it was charming. Get an oceanfront room - it's worth it!
Smartly priced across Waikai Beach. Parking garage close by and nice service from garage attendents This must of been an awesome hotel at one time. Still it is very quaint. The rooms are small but comfortable and clean. No problems with air and there was a balcony for air vs air (back of building) I loved the bathroom shower. Brass and marble, amble room... The staff was awesome! Friendly and paid attention to guests! They spent the time to give directions and make suggestions. You would of thought they were getting commissionings, but you found out they weren't. I didn't spend a dime on activities. Many of the things they suggested were free. They even provided matts, towels and books for the beach.Only thing I would suggest for this hotel is try and get new carpeting for the rooms. It can only be cleaned so many times... As for the entrance they were out there everyday with windex and vacums.
Enjoyed our stay
We stayed here x 2wks in mid April.2003. If you are looking for a hotel w/lots of bells and whistles go elsewhere,but we were very pleased w/ our accomodations (O.F. /12th floor. )Yes the rooms were tiny but the location on Waikiki Beach, it's price ( internet site gave great rates ) and the pleasant/helpful staff made for a pleasant stay. I would reccomend to the mgmt. that new beds are way overdue, as ours sagged alot. Otherwise, I loved the quaint place . I would stay here again.
I liked the Hotel
We just came back from Hawaii and loved it. We were there from 05-12-03 to 05-17-03.I checked out all the hotel rates on the internet and found this hotel to be one of the lowest. We do not spend much time at the hotels so It was not a big deal not to have a 4 or 5 star hotel. Just clean.The hotel is very different. The entrance is between a ABC store and some other store. Luckily I'd read a review about the place before or I would not have found it. Its like the hotel is hidden between other hotels. The lobby was nice looking. People very friendly and helpful.Here is the good things:Cheap. I paid $88 a night. Clean - though first room smelled of smoke, they switched me to other room. Very GOOD location. Right across the street from the beach and all around you is shops and eateries.Bad things:Small rooms - ok for 2 people. If you have kids, must have two rooms. No Pool No parking. You must go around courner and use a condos parking lot (Don't use valet, just go to 3rd floor and park yourself to save time and $). Ceilings were dirty and overall the place is older. Only one elevator that just barely fits 2 people and carrier cart.We just wanted a place to stay - we did 3 islands and this was the first. Overall we like the place. If you are expecting a resort - forget it. Just a cozy place with friendly people. We would stay again at it.
Can't wait to come back to the Aston Waikiki Beachside!
We stayed here in mid-April 2003 and would definitely stay here again when we return to Oahu!Yes, there were a few negatives: 1. the rooms are REALLY small 2. the hallways and rooms are showing wear and tear, especially the carpeting 3. the air conditioning unit was musty-smelling, so that we had to keep the balcony door open all the time (not necessarily a bad thing though, with the balmy weather outside, but you do get the traffic noise) 4. would have been expensive had we not used our Entertainment cardThat said, the positives FAR outweighed the negatives: 1. location couldn't be beat--right across the street from Waikiki Beach (crossing the street was not a problem for us) 2. the location is great! 3. oh, and did I mention that the location is perfect?Other positives: 4. everything was nicely decorated (the bathroom was really cool) 5. but most importantly, the staff was absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! I travel quite a bit and have never encountered a more friendly and helpful staff anywhere. Aside from the location, they truly made our stay incredible.One other note to address another person's comment--we had a third floor room which did have the big banyan tree partially blocking a full ocean view, but we actually liked seeing the banyan tree with the water.Can't wait to go back to the Aston Waikiki Beachside.
Staff Service was Awesome
I booked this trip through expedia and it was my first trip to Hawaii. I just chose a moderately priced hotel along Waikiki, so we ended-up booking at Aston Waikiki Beachside. We only have limited view at our room but was offered an ocean view. We decided not to do it since we are not planning to be in the hotel for the major part of the trip any way, and who needs a oceanview room if you have the beach right across from your hotel. For me, the number one feature of this hotel is the staff. They are awesome!!! They are very friendly and helped us in so many things. Booking all our events like Luau, Dinner Cruise, PCC trip, etc. is a little bit difficult for us since this is my first time in Hawaii, but they did all of this for us. They set us up on all the activities that we wanted to do that all we have to do is show up at the pick-up point which is next door at Hyatt. They also provided us with helpful informations like directions, best means of transportation, where to eat, what to bring or not to bring to the activities or tourist spots. We stayed here for seven days and we were booked for the whole week with activities and we did not even need or felt the need to rent a car. The location is perfect for almost all of the stuff you want to do in Oahu. If you are a couple wanting to go on a trip to Oahu, this is the place to stay. I could say that this was the first time that a hotel "really" catered to my personal needs. Thanks to the wonderful services of the staff.
Lukewarm on the Aston Waikiki Beachside
The Aston Waikiki Beachside's best feature is the LOCATION. Right across the street from Kuhio beach (part of Waikiki) and nestled between ABc Stores (like 7-Eleven), Jack in the Box, McDonald's down the same block, Japanese restaurants, etc.
Kalakua Avenue is pretty busy to get across, but all up and down this street is all the shopping (International Marketplace, etc.) and eating you would like to do. We found the staff at the ABC store next door to be extremely helpful, especially April, the manager. They have EVERYTHING.
The hotel itself was billed as a "luxury, boutique hotel". It may have been in luxury status 15 or 20 years ago, but is showing years of wear.
Our room air conditioner smelled so bad that we
kept the balcony door open while it was running
most of the time or just plain left it off. Be sure to
ask for an Ocean View and on the 8th floor or
higher. There is a large banyan tree that will be
your only view under the 8th floor!
The view from 8th floor was to die for. We took lots of sunrise and sunset pictures. The beach across the street is kept immaculate with regular crews
each evening and early morning. We paid an extra
$30 a night for this view but it was great and worth it. We were there 12/19 through 12/23.
The hotel will give you mats and large towels to take across the street. I was hoping to find a place that had some chairs available for reaching.
Our bed had a sheet of plywood between the mattress and the box springs. The furnishings were rather battered and the carpet was dirty. The hallways were "crunchy" under the newer carpet from pad that was not replaced. Just lots of things that told us they were cutting corners everywhere.
At least the bathroom was neat and had no mold or other "yucky" stuff. There was a glass shower that was unusual and the plumbing all worked. Room was tiny, but no big deal. You only sleep there anyway.
The continental breakfast was acceptable. Nothing to write home about, no milk because mild is extremely expensive in highway (about $5 a gal).
We added to the breakfast with things from ABC
next door and it worked out fine. It's more fun to
eat on the balcony facing the ocean than in the
The Italian fountain in this area is basically on the
back of their building between another building and
everything is painted white with lattice-work over
it and fern plants in pots. Pleasant, but nothing real special.
I don't think we would stay there again unless there was some major updating done with the carpets, wallpaper and air conditioners. We loved the location but there were all kind of hotels up and down the street in the same few blocks to choose from. We like to feel a little pampered when we go on vacation and spent a lot of money because it was "high season".
When I booked my trip to Hawaii, I did it myself and wasn't really sure where to stay. booked through Pleasan Holidays and on there web site they have pics of te hotels. This hotel seemed nice, small, but affordable. When we finally got there, the cabbi dropped us off on the side of the road and we were like, "ah hello, wheres the hotel"? The entrance is a door between two shops. We started to get the feeling like this wasn't going to be the best place to stay. Well first, they upgraded us from a partial ocean view to an ocean view with balcony out front. If you do stay here, you have to stay in one of these rooms! We opened the door and I saw the balcony, stepped out on it, and never wanted to leave. I could not believe the view! I have pics that I've actually entered into photo contests with. Sunsets are incredable. The rooms themselves are small, the bathrooms too. But they are beautiful. They give you everthing you need. Besides, who stays in their hotel room in Hawaii? We did find ourselves going back to the room alot because it was in the middle of Waikiki and the beach was about 10 feet from the hotel door. It was very convienant. And lastly, the staff. I've stayed at som supposed five star hotels (hard rock hotel orlando) where the staff was soooo rude it made our stay so unpleasant it almost ruined ur trip! Not this place. What they lack in room space is made up for in service. The front desk and bellhop (wose names escape me i'm sorry) were always helpful. They even took time to try and find where my boyfriends great uncle was buried with as little info as " he's buried somewhere on Oahu". Funny thing is they found it! If you wouldlike pics I can send them to you. I'm sure there are nicer hotels in Waikiki, we saw them. but you will pay for them. Believe me, when we left to go to Maui, we were this close to just staying in Oahu. So don't always be discouraged by smaller hotels. This one is a hidden jewel!