Fodor's Expert Review Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
1088 Bishop St., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813, USA See on Map
Downtown Honolulu's only hotel is an all-suites high-rise in the center of the business district, within walking distance of the historic Capitol District, museums, and Honolulu's Chinatown, and a 10-minute drive from Honolulu International Airport. It's also three blocks from Aloha Tower Marketplace and the cruise-ship terminal at Pier 10. Accommodations occupy the top 10 floors of the 40-story glass tower, and have panoramic views of downtown Honolulu and Honolulu Harbor. Each spacious suite has a separate living area, three phones, deep whirlpool tubs, and kitchenette stocked with cold beverages. Some units have washer-dryers. It is also within walking distance to the newly revitalized Chinatown area that's burgeoning with new restaurants, bars, and art galleries. For travelers with business in downtown Honolulu or cruise passengers departing from Honolulu, this hotel is a convenient option. Remember that downtown is deserted on weekends and at night, so expect to wander to Waikiki or Chinatown for restaurants and activity.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Units are individually owned, which means you could end up with one that is outdated and hasn’t been upgraded. When booking, it’s best to call the hotel directly and communicate your needs and wishes to ensure that you receive a nicer room (if that’s important to you).
As the Executive Centre was designed for business travelers, there are two classes of rooms to meet those needs. Business Suites feature approximately 500 sq ft of space, wet bars, and mini-refrigerators, with ocean and mountain view options. Executive Suites are approximately 750 sq ft in size, with ocean and mountain view options, and have fully equipped kitchens, and washer/dryers. Both Executive and Business Suites have floor to ceiling windows, air conditioning, daily maid service, and are spacious, with separate sleeping areas. Décor in both is sleek and simple, with lots of dark browns that maintain a classy look.
Ask for a higher floor room for better views and quieter nights.
Bathroom are a little on the smaller side, but have large soaking tubs to accompany the showers.
The lobby is sleek and shiny, with lots of marble everywhere. It doesn’t scream Hawaii, other than the staff uniforms.
A rectangular pool with lap lanes painted on the bottom (clearly created more for a workout than for lounging) with nearby hot tub are the focal points of a small courtyard in the middle of the complex.
Casual sports bar Hukilau is a laid-back place for guests to relax, grab a beer and a bite, and watch some sports. It serves up burgers, plate lunches, and weekly island specials. Guests will also find live music Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
As this hotel is not near the beach or a lot of other restaurants and fun, you’ll need to get around with a rental car or use cabs and rideshares. If you do choose to rent a car, hotel parking is $23 per day.
Located inside the sprawling Waikiki Marriott complex, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar (17-min drive) has a wide-ranging menu that features seafood in a variety of ways. Of course, there’s a beautiful sushi menu, but there are also lots of other options like tempuras, poke, and a variety of rotating seafood specials. They also have a surprising array of vegetable sides that can appeal to any vegetarians in your group.
Eggs n Things (9-min drive) will help satisfy those island breakfast cravings, with a large omelet menu, along with pancakes, crepes, and waffles, served with different fruits and towering dollops of whipped cream. You’ll have a hard time choosing between the daily specials and the classic menu, but you can’t really go wrong, either way. This popular eatery has been serving locals and visitors since 1974.
Visit the oldest sports pub in the entire state at Legends Sports Pub (15-min drive) for great deals (especially on their Mai Tais), a variety of screens, and a chance to watch NFL games at 7 a.m.!
Enjoy live jazz music with your cocktails at Lewers Lounge (16-min drive) inside Halekulani Hotel. Music happens every night of the week from 8:30 p.m. to midnight (and until 12:30 on weekends). It’s a great option for dessert and a nightcap. Be sure to try the “Lost Passion,” a tequila/passionfruit/champagne concoction that will get you in the island spirit.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The clean and comfortable rooms, location, and kitchen/kitchenettes help to make this a great choice for business travelers who are less worried about the beach and more concerned with getting their work done.