Fodor's Expert Review Aston Waikiki Sunset
229 Paoakalani Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, USA See on Map
This 38-story high-rise condominium resort is near Diamond Head, one block from Waikiki Beach and on the city's bus line. Without leaving the property, you can swim, take a sauna break, throw some steaks on the outdoor grill, have access to a computer in the hospitality lounge, and end your day with night play on the condo's tennis courts. The renovated one- and two-bedroom suites are light, bright, and airy with tropical furnishings, fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops, daily maid service, private lanai, and great views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Families are especially drawn to this location because of the nearby beach and on-site amenities; the zoo and aquarium are also close by, and the property is slightly removed from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. There are coin-operated washers and dryers on each guest floor.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though not really a resort, each room has a daily amenity fee of $25 per night – but the hotel does offer a range of amenities that still make it worth the fee.
The affordable one- and two-bedroom suites in this accommodation are more reminiscent of vacation condos than hotel rooms – down to the outdoor island décor. One-bedroom units are 515 sq. ft, while two-bedroom units are 633 sq. ft. Prices differ based on views, which include mountain, ocean, and views of nearby Diamond Head crater. Each suite includes a full kitchen with granite countertops and new appliances, free WiFi, and private lanais.
This is one of the hotels that is uniquely situated to offer views of both the ocean and of the Diamond Head crater from the same room. Consider increasing the beauty of your view by requesting a room that gives you both.
Each bathroom is average size, with room for a larger sized vanity. Bright lighting and tub/shower combo round it out.
There's no actual lobby, as this is not a resort.
The nice-sized pool has views of Waikiki, the tennis courts, and the barbecue area, making this a great place to socialize.
There is no on-site gym, however there is a tennis court on the recreation deck.
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, riding 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 Sushi and Seafood? (5-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.
Have a picky group with you? Stop by Honolulu’s newest Whole Foods Market Queen (17-min drive) to pick up a variety of groceries or stop by one of the variety of eateries inside this two-story complex. Options include their classic salad and hot bars, a banh mi counter, poke bar, and a non-dairy frozen banana stand. Don’t leave without loading up on ice cream mochi from Bubbie’s -- but good luck making out of the store before eating all of them! Pro tip: Though you can find Bubbie’s all over the island, Whole Foods manages to keep it perfectly stored so that the mochi exterior is as soft and luscious as possible. Try as many as you can here, you’ll fall in love with most of them.
While Tiki’s Grill (5-min walk) has a pretty delicious menu, you don’t need to go much further than the bar to have a good time. The drink menu is full of fun, tropical cocktails, including the memorable Son of an Itch. This tasty treat comes in your choice of glasses to take home, is served with a bamboo backscratcher, and the best part – it has dry ice in it, so it’s as playful as it is yummy. Live music helps make this popular place even more fun.
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 (11-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 here.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This property allows for the traveler who prefers condo rentals during their vacations and want to be close to (but not in the middle of) bustling Waikiki. The lack of extra charge per person, along with plenty of room for extra people make it an excellent choice for families, small groups, and those looking to enjoy a longer stay.