This boutique style hotel was originally I believe a Holiday Inn but has been taken over by Aston and renovated to such a point that it looks like a new property.
The rooms appeared brand new and were decorated more in a style one would expect from a European hotel. There were no balconies in most of the rooms but a large picture window overlooked Waikiki Beach, less than half a block away. This is a moderately priced hotel offering excellent value and is a real favourite amongst Australians.
We were warmly greeted on arrival and offered an ice cold pineapple drink. This is basically a no frills hotel but very comfortable and staff were most willing to please.
Complimentary daily newspapers were available in the foyer as was cold lemon water.
Each morning a complimentary continental style breakfast was available in the foyer with a limited number of tables and chairs, with most guests taking their coffee, fresh cut fruit and Danish up to their rooms.
Bathrooms were a good size with a selection of toiletries.
Literally two minutes walk to the sands of Waikiki and many restaurants, this hotel was well positioned. Next door to its big brother, the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower.
A big plus was a key card giving access to the poolside and gym facilities of the large Marriott Hotel opposite.
A trolley stop is virtually right outside, taking one to the shopping haven of the Ala Moana Shopping Centre, a twenty minute trolley ride away.
The hotel is situated at the end of the Waikiki strip, towards the Diamond Head end.
There was very little to find wrong with this property except their lack of reading lamps by the bed. The rooms were not large but more than adequate for a short stay, or for those just wanting to enjoy the delights of the Waikiki area. The bar fridge was a welcome addition as was the pod coffee maker.
All Hawaiian hotels seem to have added a new tax, called an Amenity Tax, around $15 per night. This usually includes free internet, which somehow does not seem free when you are paying an Amenity Tax.
For those that have not been to Waikiki before, there are a plethora of convenience stores called ABC selling everything one could possibly want from beach wear to beverages, both alcoholic and soft and every kind of high quality snack food from sandwiches to fresh fruit. One of these stores is situated virtually next door and most people pop in every day.
One room item that impressed me greatly was perhaps the biggest wide screen TV I have ever encountered in a hotel. The picture quality was exceptional and it brought back memories of sitting in the front row of the drive-in movies (for those readers old enough to remember same). 1 minute walk to Waikiki and great value.129 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu - Phone: 808 687 7700
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the center of it all, yet a world away from ordinary, Hotel Renew is an oasis of calm for savvy travelers seeking a more intimate Waikiki experience. This designer boutique hotel is a one-of-a-kind property offering sophisticated serenity throughout its 72 freshly designed rooms. Situated at the center of Waikiki's vibrant shopping and dining area, the hotel is a retreat that promotes wellness and rejuvenation with natural elements reflecting the beauty of Hawaii. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renew Hotel Honolulu
- Ocean Tower Hotel
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