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.
I stayed at the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel earlier this month for four nights. From the moment I checked in to my reluctant departure, this hotel really was perfect for my short trip.
I was welcomed by "The Goddess," Naomi, who got me settled in my room, 1403. The hotel is in a round building just across Kalakaua Avenue from the beach. The rooms are uniquely shaped. Mine had two double beds. There is a small desk area, a safe, a refrigerator and a coffee maker. The TV is plenty big. There is also a playstation 3 and you can use this to watch movies and games available for free rental downstairs. (I didn't use this...) The bathroom is smaller and there is a amaller shower without a bath. Toiletries are Hawaiian Tropic and the shampoo smells like coconut!
And then there is the balcony. This is where I spent a great deal of my "in room" time just staring at the ocean and the sunset, enjoying my coffee. It's just wonderful. (See pictures.)
On site parking under the hotel with "in-and-out" privileges was just under thirty dollars nightly. There is a resort fee (but every hotel has a resort fee). Wi-Fi (fast and reliable) is included in the resort fee. A key is required for the elevator so I felt secure and hotel staff is present 24-7. I had a late flight and, for an extra charge, after normal check-out I moved to a room (208) with a 10PM check out. Very convenient for a shower and a nap before my red-eye to the mainland. 10% discount at "Eggs-N-Things" which is right downstairs. Great views and service. Okay food. Review to follow.
The hotel staff is so welcoming and kind. I can't say enough positive about them. They can answer any question you may have.
This was among the cleanest hotel rooms I have stayed.
With respect to location, this hotel is in the Center of Waikiki at Kuhio Beach and walking distance to everything.
Bottom line: I'll return to the Aston Waikiki Circle!
1. Spring for the oceanfront room.
2. The free Kuhio Beach Hula Show is right across the street at the big banyan tree stage on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Google it!
3. Waikiki is a city beach. It's beautiful but it's not a quiet tropical getaway; there are other destinations for that.
4. Enjoy this wonderful and unique place and respect its rich history, tradition and culture. You will feel right at home.
Small room, great location
Love the beach location! It's situated right across the beach and near many shops. It's about 25mins drive from the airport and it cost about USD45 for a cab ride from the airport.
Friendly reception and it was great that we could check in early as we arrived at about 11am. Went for the upgrade to ocean front room at USD15 per day for the view. Higher floors would get the sun but definitely lesser traffic noise. The room was small with two double beds. Bathroom was small too. The hotel is a nonsmoking hotel even at the balcony, so you need to go down and smoke at the designated area.
Didn't opt for breakfast but Eggs N Things is just beside the hotel reception. Expect a long queue in the morning though. There's a big ABC store just beside the hotel so you can buy snacks and drinks there.
There's a resort fee so be sure to get yourself a beach mat, floats, surfboards, and beach towels to make it worth when you go down to the beach for your swim.
Though price is a lil high for a small room, I would consider staying here again for the awesome location!
Was at the circle for 2 days as a stay over before we left, rooms are on the smaller side but we had 2 adults and 2 kids and were fine. There is ac in the rooms but not in the hall way. Older hotel but nice especially if you want the old Hawaiian feel. Great location.
Ask for the ocean front rooms which are a little extra but the view is worth it.
Great little place that's been outgrown by the newer fancier places. I'll take this place any day. Clean comfortable. Close to everything. Very nostalgic place. Friendly, helpful staff, and priced reasonably for the are.
Noisy and in need of refurbishment.
(New Milton, United Kingdom)
If you want to be right on the beach front with sea views over Waikiki at a reasonable price then this hotel maybe for you? But, it is cheap and cheerful and does have a downside. The hotel is an oddly designed concrete structure that is in need of refurbishment and can be quite noisy. Doors to the rooms do not fit properly and there is a good 10mm gap under the door and a 3-4mm gap around, (at night you will readily see light from the corridor penetrate around the door frame), this means that any noise from the corridor, which is not carpeted, comes straight through the door. Also the sliding doors to the balcony in both my room and my friend’s room could not be closed properly which meant that the noise from the street outside was also a problem. My friend had a standard room at the rear of the hotel. However, the hotel that is just to the rear of the Aston Waikiki Circle has a large 4th floor sundeck with pool, there also bars and BBQ areas; this generated a lot of noise in the evening.
We both slept as best as we could with earplugs.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the rooms are smaller than they appear in the photos. Although they are getting old they are clean and well serviced daily by the friendly staff. The hotel lobby will provide beach towels and the beach is literally 50m away across the road.
There is limited parking in the hotel basement at $28/day (2018 price) and when we parked the car there were always spaces available.