Aston - Hotel Renew

Aston – Hotel Renew

This boutique style hotel was originally I believe a Holiday Inn but has been taken over by Aston and renovated to such a point that it looks like a new property.

The rooms appeared brand new and were decorated more in a style one would expect from a European hotel.  There were no balconies in most of the rooms but a large picture window overlooked Waikiki Beach, less than half a block away.  This is a moderately priced hotel offering excellent value and is a real favourite amongst Australians.

IMG_2289We were warmly greeted on arrival and offered an ice cold pineapple drink.  This is basically a no frills hotel but very comfortable and staff were most willing to please.

Complimentary daily newspapers were available in the foyer as was cold lemon water.

Each morning a complimentary continental style breakfast was available in the foyer with a limited number of tables and chairs, with most guests taking their coffee, fresh cut fruit and Danish up to their rooms.

Bathrooms were a good size with a selection of toiletries.

Literally two minutes walk to the sands of Waikiki and many restaurants, this hotel was well positioned.  Next door to its big brother, the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower.

A big plus was a key card giving access to the poolside and gym facilities of the large Marriott Hotel opposite.

A trolley stop is virtually right outside, taking one to the shopping haven of the Ala Moana Shopping Centre, a twenty minute trolley ride away.

IMG_2292The hotel is situated at the end of the Waikiki strip, towards the Diamond Head end.

There was very little to find wrong with this property except their lack of reading lamps by the bed.  The rooms were not large but more than adequate for a short stay, or for those just wanting to enjoy the delights of the Waikiki area.  The bar fridge was a welcome addition as was the pod coffee maker.

All Hawaiian hotels seem to have added a new tax, called an Amenity Tax, around $15 per night.  This usually includes free internet, which somehow does not seem free when you are paying an Amenity Tax.

For those that have not been to Waikiki before, there are a plethora of convenience stores called ABC selling everything one could possibly want from beach wear to beverages, both alcoholic and soft and every kind of high quality snack food from sandwiches to fresh fruit.  One of these stores is situated virtually next door and most people pop in every day.

One room item that impressed me greatly was perhaps the biggest wide screen TV I have ever encountered in a hotel.  The picture quality was exceptional and it brought back memories of sitting in the front row of the drive-in movies (for those readers old enough to remember same). Less than 1min to Waikiki Beach at prices to please.  129 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu  –  Phone:  808 687 7700

About John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.
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