Fodor's Expert Review Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
2570 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, USA See on Map
A good choice for families, this large hotel is directly across the street from a protected stretch of Kuhio Beach and near Kapiolani Park. All regular rooms are furnished in dark tropical woods with lava-red floral-print fabrics; 85% of them have full or partial ocean views, and most have private lanai. The rooms can be a bit small, but it's the location and the staff that bring guests back. Tiki's Grill & Bar—with its popular coconut shrimp and fun island-inspired cocktails—completes the tropical-island experience. Breakfast, evening music, and gatherings take place on the third-floor pool deck. Kids love the in-room movies and games and free hula lessons twice- weekly. Like all Aston properties, there are sometimes as many as a dozen different promotional rates, so be sure to check for the one that best fits your family and budget.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Parking is $35 and valet-only and there is a $35 daily resort fee, so keep those extras in mind when budgeting for your trip.
Rooms range from 264 sq ft to 514 sq ft, with options for standard rooms up to suites. Décor is simple and clean, with lots of reds, browns, and whites that add a bit of a luxurious feel in a more affordable hotel option, though it is beginning to feel a bit dated. Lanais are a bit on the small side, but still allow guests to take in the smell of the ocean and the sounds of activity nearby.
If you’re a light sleeper, higher up rooms get some noise from the strong winds coming off the ocean. Request a lower room.
Bathrooms have been given a more polished look to reflect the décor of the rooms. Small and simple, with a tub/shower combo, the dark wood accents give it a bit of a classier feel.
The coloring and décor of the lobby is deep and rich, yet vibrant and welcoming at the same time. There’s plenty of furniture for lounging during check in or while waiting for a cab. The reception desk is simple, with Polynesian print artwork and tropical flower arrangements on pillars.
The squareish pool isn’t particularly large, but it shares that same deck as Tiki’s restaurant, which means you may catch some music and get to do some people watching while you relax.
One thing that this hotel is not lacking is dining options. The centerpiece restaurant is Tiki’s Grill and Bar, a fun, touristy experience with great views during the day and music at night that complement fun drink choices and a Pacific Rim menu. In addition there are plenty of quick and affordable options for a meal on the go or a nice beach picnic. Inside the hotel guest can find Wolfgang Puck Express, Subway, Cookie Corner, Ku’Ai Market, and Jamba Juice.
While Tiki’s Grill and Bar has a pretty delicious Pacific Rim menu, you don’t need to go much further than the bar to have a good time. It’s right next to the pool and has a large bar seating area. The drink menu is full of fun, tropical cocktails, including the memorable Son of an Itch. Live music helps make this popular place even more fun.
Waikiki (and surrounding areas) are easily reachable from the airport by cab or rideshare. There is plenty to do in these areas without ever leaving (walking, biking, taking the bus, or hailing a car), so a rental car is only necessary if you want to explore other parts of the island.
Located inside the sprawling Waikiki Marriott complex, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar (1-min walk) 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 (4-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.
Even if you’re not staying at The Modern, you’ll want to sneak behind the bookcases in their lobby to grab a drink at The Study (7-min drive). It may look small from the outside, but this bar with yummy cocktails, incredible live music that gives way to a DJ, and diverse crowd is large and inviting. Alas, you will definitely not get any studying done.
Visit the oldest sports pub in the entire state at Legends Sports Pub (7-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.!
WHY WE LIKE IT
This very popular and bustling hotel has plenty of options for dining and starting out a day of activities, thanks to its great location at the end of the Waikiki strip. Cleanliness, a highly attentive and friendly staff, and a good price are just a few of the things that make this such a popular property that guests return to time and again.