View from my balcony

View from my balcony

I am an Australian who recently stayed a month in the Waikiki area. Most of the time was spent in 5 star hotels. I try to visit Hawaii annually as quite honestly I love the place. I had always been impressed by the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower due to its excellent position opposite Waikiki Beach and right in the middle of the restaurant and shopping precinct. On my last trip I decided to spend a few nights there and check out the differences between Waikiki apartment living and 5 star hotels.

IMG_3181The check in process was as we expected from any 5 star hotel and it was very pleasant to be escorted to our room by an Assistant Manager who pointed out the features of the apartment.

Our two bedroom apartment had a large lounge dining area that led on to a very spacious balcony complete with outdoor furniture. The fully fitted out kitchen boasted a full size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, oven and cooktop plus many other culinary accessories. The drawers were stocked with plates, glasses, pots & pans, cutlery and all the utensils necessary.

Although my wife and I don’t do much cooking while on vacation, it was very pleasant to be able to stock up the fridge with breakfast and snack items. An excellent washing machine, clothes dryer and iron proved to be very handy. The bathroom had all the facilities and to our delight had the wonderful Japanese style toilet with the built in bidet and seat warmer.

IMG_3039The ever present ABC convenience store that seems to stock everything, was next door and a full sized supermarket was in the block behind.

There was a pool area which we did not use as the beach was a thirty second walk across the road.

Staff were very helpful and explained how to use the free internet and cable HBO movie box.

The apartment was serviced twice daily and was spotlessly clean.

IMG_3022Although there were only two of us, these extremely large apartments would be most suitable for families, as extra bedding can be provided if required for larger families. The extremely big TVs in the lounge and bedrooms, especially with their cable capability, was a big plus to me.

For the cost of staying at a 5 star hotel in a single room, one may enjoy the pleasures of spacious apartment living with all it has to offer.  The views overlooking Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head were exceptional and I certainly look forward to staying at this apartment hotel again in the near future.

I give this property a five star rating.   John Pond

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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