If you want to live large, yet save a little in Waikiki, look no further than the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel. Centrally located on Kalakaua Avenue and directly across from Waikiki Beach, the hotel features whimsical architecture (designed to resemble a Chinese lantern) and is within walking distance from the Honolulu Zoo, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Aquarium, and other popular island activities. With an oceanfront location and unbeatable room rates, the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel is a gem in Waikiki.
This review is based on my recent multi-week stay at the Waikiki Circle Hotel. First, you can be sure of COVID safety at the hotel. They meticulously sanitize each room after it is vacated and keep it empty for at least a full day. Second, the balcony and its door are enhanced such that it seems the room is fully open to the beautiful view yet at the same time sliding shutters can be closed for privacy. Third, the staff (Chip, John, Kevin,...) are even more helpful than usual in finding alternate activities for venues closed due to virus restrictions.
As always, the Pacific Ocean is just across the street, available for swimming, surfing, catamaran, out-rigger canoe and other activities ( hotel towels supplied ). Restaurants, museums, the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and International Market Place are all within easy walking distance.
Having stayed there more than 40 times, I look forward to my next visit to home away from home. The Waikiki Circle Hotel has my strongest possible recommendation as a fantastic place to stay in Waikiki.
LEFT ME STRANDED!
(Winston Salem, NC)
DO NOT BOOK!!
I booked this hotel March 3 for this week and prepaid for my stay!! I showed up on April 15th after flying for 13 hours at 9pm for them to tell me my reservation was for April 1-7. I pulled up my email to show them this was not true and I never would have booked that since I’ve had these flights since beginning of 2021.
They would not work with me directly and would only talk to my agent (3am at home) and said to book a new reservation. After back and forth we went to do it since I had no choice and they said they were sold out and I couldn’t stay there!!
I suspect they cancelled my reservation since the price was now triple!
Luckily the doubletree by Hilton saved the day but I had to shell out $600 more this week and now have to fight to get the money back from this hotel since I was “a no show” that was THEIR ERROR!
VIEW!!! Great Location, and Value
(Peekskill, New York)
This is an older and small hotel in the greatest possible location. It is directly across the street from the wall enclosed swimming area at Waikiki beach. The location is what makes this hotel an unbelieveable value. It is at least 30% cheaper (at least in non-covid times) than any other hotel on the beach. That said, this hotel is older and very small. But if you know this going in, it is FANTASTIC. First, the rooms are tiny. The two double beds barely fit. But when yo get to the balcony (lanai) you realize it was all worth it. I paid for the top delux level, which is one of the three rooms directly facing the front of the hotel (it is a round building). My room looked directly athteh beach. I was on teh 13th floor, with a view to love. Every morning I woke to the birds in the incredible banyan tree across the street and surfers catching waves before their days start. Like all hotels in resort locations, they charge a resort fee so they do not have to share all their rate with hotel and travel sites. As long as you know this going in and factor it into the rate, you should be fine as it is still the best deal on the beach. Just be aware of it as it is clear as can be on their site and on hotels . com. You do not get any perks for the resort fee other than use of beach towels and dvd movie rentals for free. The location is right near everything. The breakfast joint in front, Eggs and things, is AMAZING and you get 10% off for being a hotel guest. People line up 30 minutes before it opens, so if you want to get in, be there at least 20 minutes early or you will not get in, its a small place. The staff was great to us, very friendly and helpful with recommendations. OVerall a trully great experience. Its small, a little bit old, but a great place with teh best value.
Best location, Great Service!
You can't beat the location! In the heart of Waikiki directly across the big blue ocean and walking distance to everywhere in Waikiki. Great customer service. Only thing to be aware, there is VERY limited parking which is only available 1st come 1st serve, so that may be a challenge if it fills up. Outside of that, wonderful lil gem! We'll definitely be back again!
Whenever I visit Honolulu, I always make sure to book myself at this hotel. It’s in the heart of Waikiki, across the street from breathtaking ocean views, And I friendly staff that is very attentive. Great hotel to stay at!