If you want to live large, yet save a little in Waikiki, then look no further than the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel. It is centrally located, right across the street from Waikiki Beach, and close to a number of shopping, dining, and activity destinations. With its amazing ocean views, unbeatable prices, and whimsical architecture (designed to resemble a Chinese lantern), the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel is bound to put a smile on your face.
(Washington, District of Columbia, United States)
The most impressive thing about this hotel is how friendly the staff were. They'd say hello in a happy and friendly way every time we saw them in the hallways.
Otherwise, this hotel isn't particularly impressive. The beds were comfortable, but the rooms small. Our room (partial ocean) overlooked a parking lot and a very nice looking hot tub and pool of the place next store. This is across from the beach, in a super loud and busy area. We could hear street noises even with the doors closed. The elevators are open to the outside but require a key to use. It was the lower cost and convenient option for what we were in town for -- a friend's wedding.
Not too bad...nice views..
I am originally from Hawaii, so when I do come "home" I usually stay at Ashton Waikiki Beach. However, I got a descent package deal by staying at Ashton Waikiki Circle.
The hotel is small and one of the older ones in Waikiki, which it definitely shows in the hall ways, etc.
The rooms are small and the bathroom even smaller. It's good enough for up to two adults, but anything more you will be bumping hips. Every room has a refrigerator but no microwave. There are no iron or ironing boards in the room. You can request one and they will bring it to your room.
The plus side, every room has a beach view.
Even a partial view is nice, as seen in my pic.
Yes, the rooms are small, but the location is great! Waikiki beach is directly across the street, Mcdonalds is next door, famous eggs and things is downstairs. So many shopping and eating options all within walking distance.
On a side note, if you plan on renting a car, the hotel only has 22 parking spaces available which is on a first come first serve basis. They assign you a remote that lets you in their garage. If you are lucky to get one of the 22 remotes, then you hold it during your whole stay, which means you have a parking stop your whole visit.
Parking is $29 a day which they charge you upon check out.
However, if you are not lucky enough to claim one of those 22 spots on your visit, they told me that they have an overflow parking lot 3 blocks away, and the price each day is $10 less.
The hotel also charges a resort fee each night. I think it is $25 a night.
This fee is ridiculous. The hotel has no exercise room, no pool, no free breakfast,no laundry service, no valet, etc.
They will talk it up, that the resort fee includes wi fi, towels to use for the beach, and free dvd movie rentals.
Oh, it can be very noisy. I stayed at the top floor (level 14 which is the highest)
and the noise level can be high from the street noise. Cars, emergency vehicles, people talking, yelling.
There are other bigger hotels as your neighbors, so depending on what side you are on hotel, you can literally yell out to them or see in their rooms. Visa versa.
The hotel really doesnt have a lobby either.
You kind of walk up to a person behind glass windows to check in/out.
Overall it is not bad. Can't beat the location and convenience of everything.
Yes, rooms are small, but you're in Hawaii...you should only be in your room to sleep. Enjoy Hawaii!
Unsurpassed combination of price and location
(Saratoga Springs, New York)
This was my fortieth stay at the Waikiki Circle Hotel. The property is directly across the street from the ocean. You can experience the surf directly breaking on the sandy beach or relax in a part of the beach protected from the surf. The hotel is a colorful facility with friendly and helpful staff. Rooms can have an ocean front view or a city view depending on where in the circular structure you are located. The hotel is within easy walking distance of restaurants of all types of cuisines and attractions such as the zoo and aquarium. Definitely a walking friendly environment. Highly recommended.
This hotel was a little run down and the rooms were pretty small. But it was an excellent location and the staff was nice. It is across the street from a swimming beach. It is definitely not a luxury hotel.
Over 20 years we have been visiting Hawai’i and try to stay at The Circle for part of our holiday. All about position position right on the beach , easy walking distance to all main parts of town. Friendly staff, clean , safe, affordable, we love the little circle on the beach .