10 years later & I still love this hotel. I 1st stayed here in 2004 & going back in 2014 everything was just about the same. As always I check out the reviews to see what may have changed & see what other people had to complain. But, like my last stay I was impressed with my room as well as view. Except this time I was on a higher floor Room 2501 booked an Oceanview Room (the view I had was consider partial ocean view back in 2004 because Oceanview back then was room right along Kalakua Ave which is now consider Oceanfront Rooms) it was a corner room so I had the best of both worlds....open the room door to see Diamond Head...Aston Waikiki best value is location and amendaties. They serve daily breakfast but you can pay a small fee for Omlettes made to order....This time they tact on Resort Fees $168 & some change with taxes. Make use of the DVD/Video game kiosk since it is included in the resort fee. We usually did when we came in for the night, but the movie always ended up watching us....lol
The location is excellent, plenty of places to eat and the hotel bar are restaurant were very good with a good Hawaiian automosphere. They provide valet parking service at $27 per day but instead of renting a car consider the public transportation as the hotel is on the main stop for shuttles to get around.
The check in was fast & friendly...even though we weren't on our Honeymoon he gave us the gift since it was my boyfriend's 1st time there he treated us like Honeymooners. The elevator key system, seems pretty confusing at first, but it actually keeps the elevator from being over crowded. I think a little clearer signage is needed coming from the guest floors back to the lobby or street level as there really isn't a "1st or 2nd" floor and if I'm not mistaken I don't think you need you room key to come down. All and all I think with just a little clearer instructions inside the elevators or on the guest floors would help. Also a better indication of what elevator you need to take to the "lobby" that doesn't require a key card
Otherwise, everything else on the property was just how it was in 2004 but I am sure they remodeled since then.
Although, I feel Waikiki Beach isn;t the same as it was 10 years ago. There more commercialized stores that now is taking over. You don't get the Hawaiian feel anymore. They have taken alot of local shops & restuarants out to make it more high end. I felt like I was in Beverly Hills instead of Hawaii. So, when booking tours take advantage of the island tour as you will see what the City of Honolulu is like besides the resort area.
So, I am sure if I visit again it'll be a major change in the area as well....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking one of the world's most renowned beaches, the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel provides an oceanfront experience at surprisingly accommodating rates. The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is the ideal vacation headquarters for couples, families (children stay free) and groups seeking the ultimate Hawaiian experience. The vast majority of our 645 guest rooms offer a private lanai and stunning full or partial ocean views. Diamond Head rises majestically on one side of the hotel, while legendary Waikiki Beach stretches out from the other. ... more less
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