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Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Posted on March 22, 2011 | HotelsNo Comment

Rated ‘world-class hotel’ by those who have lived here, the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is a modern retreat in Honolulu situated along this famous beach shore. Everything here is full of fun and this is experienced right when you step here – lobby soaked in the metropolitan-Hawaiian beach idea, rooms with the live tropical colors, and dining with big band shows as well as flood-lit chic volcano. With this, it is not hard to judge that Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is among the most celebrated hotels. As it is located just on the beach, it arranges for a free ‘Breakfast-on-the-Beach’ daily for enjoying this meal at leisure and taking souvenir cooler bag home. Besides this major draw, one more appealing feature of this hotel is that it is very close to the Honolulu Zoo, restaurants, and shops.


There are some 644 rooms all of which are nicely organized on its 24 floors. Designed for ensuring comfort in the colorful wrap of convenience, the rooms here are adorned with the live tropical colors, furniture of dark Indonesian teak, and a hip retro Hawaiian style. Most of them offer partial or full vistas of the ocean, while a few also come with lanais so that you can enjoy the vistas. Bathrooms boasts kappa-print shower curtains as well as twisted shower rods. If you are lucky, you can also listen to the live bands that gather people on the beach.

In each of the rooms, amenities include pay movies, 32-inch flat-panel TV, video games (surcharge), compact mini refrigerator, safes (surcharge), daily newspaper, high-speed Internet, cable/satellite television channels, lanai, climate control, AC, dial-up Internet access, voice mail, wake-up calls, housekeeping, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, opening window, clock radio, electronic/magnetic keys, cribs, and rollaway beds.

All these units are 100 free of smoking.


• Valet parking (surcharge)  • Parking (surcharge)  • ATM/banking  • Security guard  • Coffee in lobby  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby  • TV in lobby  • Complimentary breakfast  • Lounge  • 4 restaurants  • Coffee shop or café  • Event catering  • Dry cleaning/laundry service  • Elevator/lift  • Concierge desk  • Local expert concierge  • 24-hour front desk  • Safe-deposit box – front desk  • Air-conditioned public areas  • Business center  • Multiple conference/meeting rooms  • Audio-visual equipment  • Multilingual staff  • 2 small meeting rooms  • Banquet facilities  • Tours/ticket assistance  • Wireless (high-speed) Internet access – complimentary  • Gift shops or newsstand  • Porter/bellhop  • Express check-out  • Wheelchair accessible  • Swimming pool – outdoor


• Fitness facilities  • Fitness center nearby for a discounted use  • Nightclub  • Patio  • Water skiing, parasailing, personal watercraft, skydiving, helicopter/airplane sightseeing, sailing, snorkeling, surfing/boogie boarding, diving, rowing or canoeing, windsurfing, and motor boating nearby  • Golfing, scooter/moped rentals, mountain biking, tennis, basketball, volleyball, bicycle rentals, hiking/biking trails, golf – driving range, and running track/path nearby


Whoever lives at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel wants to always first enjoy its signature free breakfast on the pool deck each morning. This is the time to savor the varied Asian as well as American cuisines. And yes, you are also free to pack your free cooler bags. Lunch as well as dinner is well served at the Wolfgang Puck Express that facilitates both indoor and outdoor seating. Serving fast food and holding an open kitchen all in the ambiance of a sidewalk-cafe, it is eatery where you are tempted by its tantalizing sandwiches, pizzas, and salads.

On the second floor is the Tiki’s Grill looking over the endless waters as well as the main street. Amidst the Pan-Polynesian atmosphere, sculptures, 30-foot volcano, and palm-wood stepping canvas, you are served appetizers and Polynesian main menus. Other highlights here are indoor and outdoor arrangements, nightly local shows, and exhibition kitchen.

Desserts are best served at the ground floor’s Cold Stone Creamery featuring fresh cones, premium ice cream, and made-to-order items from late dawn to dusk.


From $199 per night.

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