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Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel
Ranked #75 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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“A dissapointment”
Reviewed 6 May 2005

Great staff & location but room was a serious disappointment. There wasn't a window in the room so be sure to ask before you book!

  • Stayed January 2005
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Reviewed 28 April 2005

We stayed at the Beachside based on photos on the net (never again). They show an elegant couple strolling through a marble walk way. They fail to inform you that the picture has to be about 10 years old. We originally got booked into one of the non-view concrete slab rooms with two dinky beds. As others have noted, their staff is great. They seemingly know that people are going to be bummed out staying there. They kindly upgraded us at half price to a nice ocean front room. If you stay here, get upgraded to the ocean front room. You are literarlly on the beach. We had the polynesian show below us each night as the sun went down, it was very memorable to watch the sunset with the hawaiian music and dancers below us. BUT the room was small, had a very musty smell to it and the AC unit kept us up at night. The furniture literally had chunks missing from it and the grounds generally felt dirty. As other reviewers pointed out, they do not have their own parking. The location cannot be beat, but if they took some time to redo the carpets, stick some paint on the walls, and clean up a little. this would be a great little place.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed 27 March 2005

We just stayed in a room in the Aston Beachside and can now understand all the comments. We were puzzled as to how the reviews and comments were so different before we arrived.

Positives....
a) The staff are great! Very friendly and helpful always.
b) It is an older hotel - but well cleaned and maintained.
c) Position at the side of the beach is excellent with the live celebrations at sunset outside the door every night.

Negatives....
a) The rooms are small for a US hotel (in the UK we have smaller!)
b) On floor 7 for example, there are 8 rooms; 3 have a view of a concrete wall 15 feet outside the window; 2 have NO WINDOWS; and 3 have a superb sea view.
c) There is only one elevator, and its only comfortable for 5 people, or 2 people and 2 suit cases
d) The double beds have a standard allocation of 3 pillows! They have very few spares.

The people getting a windowless room are not going to be 100% happy.
I think the hotel understands that and they are going to rebuild on the site in January 2006 we were told, with 2 luxury flats per floor.

We stayed in a room with a wonderful sea view and enjoyed our stay.
I hope this allows others to better understand the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2005
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Reviewed 11 March 2005

Please, Please, do yourself a favor and NEVER stay at this place. The hotel is dirty, VERY small rooms with sound traveling from one room to another. The elevator has room for about 3 adults, and they have only one in the hotel. No parking. You have to park down the street and around the corner. I stayed at the Hotel during the week of the 19th of February and would have changed to any other hotel if anyone of the other hotels had rooms. The staff is young and do not have a clue when it comes to customer service. Their breakfast food is really a joke and they only offer it for one hour in the morning. If you go to the islands and this is the only hotel available, TRY ANOTHER ISLAND. As my article title states, never again !!!!!!!!!!!!

BOB, California

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 17 February 2005

Stayed here from the 5th of January thru the 8th, 2005. The Location and the staff make this place just great. Terri is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet!! Yes, this place is in need of some new rugs, carpet and paint but it was announced officially during our stay that the hotel will be turned into condos in the near future so I wouldn't expect much in the way of renovations.

If you're staying for a full week and looking for a deluxe resort - this is NOT the place. If you're staying for a few days and looking to be right in the thick of it - this is your place. Spend the money on Partial oceanview or ocean front. The view is amazing. Sunsets are beautiful. Great nightly torch lighting show out front under the big banyan tree. You can even learn to hula at the show! We were out at night and always felt very safe. Police station is just down the block.

Rooms are small. Shower is great - plenty of hot water and great pressure. You can help yourself to extra towels and supplies in the chest in front of elevators or in the closet around the corner from the elevators. Linens were very nice. Rugs and furnishings have been around a few years. Everything seemed clean, just a little worn. Maid service was very friendly.

Use the tray under your ice bucket to go downstairs and bring coffee, rolls and fresh juice up to your room.

Elevator is small, sometimes you have to wait - we used the stairs alot even though we were on the 10th floor. Down is way easier than up. Shopping within walking distance - everything from bargains to Chanel. The beach is truly less than 50 steps out the front door. ABC convenience store right next door for snacks and drinks.

Like they always say......Location, Location, Location. If this is your once in a lifetime trip to Honolulu - spend a little more for the Aston Beach hotel. It's the highrise right next door. If you're just laying over for a few days and want easy sight seeing and a terrific view - this is the place.

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Reviewed 20 January 2005

We stayed at the AWB for 6 days/5 nights, January 2004. BTW, we have stayed at Ritz Carlton and Peninsula Hotels in various locales as well as super cheapo dumps - we are not travel novices.

First: the location could NOT be better. Steps from beach. If you look at the aerial pictures, it looks like you have to cross a highway to get there, but it is a one way street and hence very easy to cross safely.
Towels, mats, books for the beach all at doorside for easy use. Still within walking distance of all the shopping and eating you want, but, unlike big resorts down the street, you don't have to walk 50 miles in the hotel itself to get in or out of the place. You are also steps from car rental offices.

Second: as I noted above, it is a small hotel, which means you do not feel like you are in a maze (a la the Sheraton Waikiki), nor do you feel like you are in the midst of a busy street in Manhattan (a la the Outrigger Reef which is so busy you need a vacation after strolling the lounge). Continental breakfast is served in a lovely sitting room area - is very very quiet and the decor is pleasantly original (chinese antique style ... not the faded pastel of most of Waikiki).

Third: the staff is outstanding. They put staffers at 5 star establishments to shame. They aren't pushy, they Are knowledgeable, and they will do whatever it is you need them to do. And they are extremely friendly. We actually were sorry to leave them when we departed! Since when did we ever even learn the names of any staff at a hotel?? Do not go exploring on your own without consulting them. They will give great information.

Fourth: The view! Sure, you can pay 5x more at one of the resorts down the street but WHY? We got up at 4:30am more than once JUST to sit on the balcony and watch the surf, the people, the sky. Make sure you are high enough to avoid the big banyan tree (over 8th floor should be fine).

Fifth: It is a quiet hotel. We never heard a peep from neighbors. Even when sleeping with the balcony doors open (which we did frequently because it was so pleasant).

Sixth: the beach is actually less crowded here than at the Royal Hawaiian or Sheraton Waikiki where it is wall to wall bodies. Since the beach is continuous, you can walk there if you want to press up against other people, but you don't have to. You are at the edge of the Kuhio Beach Ponds which is very friendly swimming waters - great for kids or other people who don't want to think about pounding surf.

Finally - we hear they are converting this to luxury condos in 2006 January. So if you have a chance this year, go. We are already missing it.

  • Stayed January 2005, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 January 2005

My husband and I just returned from Hawaii yesterday. We stayed at the Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel. I liked the hotel. I didn't expect to stay in a 4-5 star hotel so this hotel was just the ticket. Yes, the "standard rooms" are small and with no windows. If you ask at the front desk, you can probably upgrade to a room with a partial view or a room with a beautiful view for a fee. The beach is right across the street. If you happen to get a room with a ocean view, the view can't be beat. Some of the rooms are a little stuffy/musty but I think that is to be expected from a place with so much humidity. The personnel are very polite and courteous. Trevor will play the eukele for you. There are stores all around you, Jack in the Box, McDonalds, ABC store is right next door. Sit on your balcony and watch the sunset and the surfers. Sometimes the AC got a little cold, so we opened the windows and patio door for a good breeze. It is not the most modern/upscale hotel on the strip, but the rooms are really clean and the hotel staff is really nice. If you are on a budget and just want a clean and hospitable place to stay then this is the hotel for you. I will be staying there next year.

  • Stayed January 2005
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Property: Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel
Address: 2452 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-6204
Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access
Hotel Style:
#33 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel offers value accommodations in a prime location, directly across from world-famous Waikiki Beach. You'll be right in the heart of Hawaii's premier beach city at an incredible value. Onsite amenities include FREE WiFi, an activities desk, and a serene patio for lounging. Valet parking is available for $25 per day. With a convenient location and affordable accommodations, Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel is a gem on the Waikiki beachfront. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aqua Waikiki Beachside Honolulu
Resortquest Waikiki Beachside Hotel
Hotel Aqua Waikiki Beachside
Waikiki Beachside Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu

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