Check it Out! “Aston at the Waikiki Banyan” Explicit Review

I chose “Aston at the Waikiki Banyan,” because I was traveling with an infant, so the condominium instead of the hotel was equipped with a kitchen so it would be convenient to cook in the room. This hotel was in a good location, reasonable price, large room and good view of Lanai. We decided here because it was close to the center of Waikiki and even rooms on the upper floor were reasonable. There were other Aston-affiliated condominiums, but I decided that this hotel was better for my children, because there is a playground and also the reviews were good.

What is the appearance of the hotel? Check the entrance and reception

The hotel is not flashy and the surrounding area is quiet.

Area in front of the entrance.

There were no doors to the entrance, so it was a open space.

The hotel is old, so I cannot say that it is clean.

There was a lake and lots of green in the lobby.

It was nice to sit down at the lobby and relax with a nice breeze blowing in.

There were chairs and tables.

Front desk.

First floor elevator hall.

Inside of the elevator.

Guest room floor elevator hall.

Guest room floor corridor.

What is the One Bed Room Mountain View Deluxe like?

Guest room door.

The room was for a total of 4 people (2 adults and 2 infants,) and it was large enough. There is enough space for kids to run around. However, because the building itself was old, the room was old as well.

There was a living/dining room. The living room had a sofa, table and a TV.

Next to the kitchen was a dining table.

Dining table.

There was a balcony which you can get to from the living room.

There were two chairs and a table.

Next to the living room was a bedroom. There was a queen size bed which was very big. The hight was just right and I was able to sleep very well.

The ocean view does not mean that it faces the sea, so this time I had a mountain view, but without Diamond Head included. There were only a few tall buildings around and the scenery was nice.

In the standard room, the lower floor, mountain view, and ocean view change depending on the price. Above all, the night view was very beautiful with the lights from houses. I could also see the sunrise early morning.

Bathroom

The bathroom is narrow with a unit bath. The bath and toilet were pretty old. It was not a very beautiful bathroom, but it was not a problem for taking a quick shower.

The shower was fixed on the wall. If it was only me, it would not have been a problem, but it was a little inconvenient to wash my children.

The water pressure was just right and hot water came out right away, so it was very easy to use.

Toilet.

Sink.

Amenities included soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion. Will replenish every day. I do not know the manufacturer well, but the design was cute and the smell was very nice. It was a tropical scent such as papaya. There are no other amenities prepared, so you will need to bring them on your own.

There was also a hair dryer.

Closet and safe

The closet was not very big compared to the spacious rooms.

There were many drawers in the rooms, so there was no problem with storage. There was an iron set, baggage rack and hangers in the closet.

There was also a safe in the closet. It was a type that you lock with a key.

Kitchen

There was a kitchen with a microwave and an oven.

Glasses and cups.

Dishes.

There was a coffee maker in the cafe corner. If you like coffee, you can drink coffee while looking at the view from the veranda in the morning! The coffee brand was regular (yellow) Hawaiian paradise coffee. House keeping will bring more if you drink some.

There was a big fridge, but nothing was inside.

Restaurants and shops in the hotel

Because it was a condominium, there was no breakfast buffet, restaurant or bar like a hotel.

A cafe called “Banyan Breeze Coffee Shop” in the hotel.

A mini mart.

They sold a variety of drinks, food and daily necessities, but they were expensive.

Facilities in the hotel

There was an outdoor pool which is open from 8:00 to 21:00. There were beach chairs around the pool. Because the pool is on the 6th floor, depending on the time of the day, it may be shady, but it was not too cold and never too crowded, so I was able to enjoy myself.

On the 6th floor was a BBQ area, playground, tennis court and etc.

BBQ.

There was a playground which my children enjoyed.

Hotel surroundings

It was a quiet area even with people walking around. Because I was with my children, it was nice to have a calm place without it being too busy. There was a Marriott Hotel and a Hilton hotel next to our hotel, so I think it would be satisfying to stay cheap even though it is in the same good location as a hotel of its own rank. I felt that there were few shops around the hotel for Kuhio Street.

Street in front of the hotel.

Diamond Head.

Staff and guests

I saw many staff on the elevator. Many were getting on even for lower floors.

There were many families staying. I also saw friends staying together, but did not see many couples staying.

Access

Since it was a shared shuttle bus, I do not know the exact time, but I think it is about 30-40 minutes from the Airport. As you can see, there are no shops in the immediate vicinity of the hotel, but there are many shops if you enter the Marriott Hotel across the street. There is a bus stop right next to Kuhio Street. Access is quite good because both the trolley bus and the public bus called “THE BUS” goes through. You can get to Waikiki easily on foot. It was easy to move around either on foot or by bus.

Palm trees.

The beach near the hotel.

Summary

This time it was a trip with my mother and my children, so this condo was enough. I couldn’t relax in restaurants with my children, so it was nice to have a kitchen in the room. Although the location is good and the room is large, I felt that the reason why the price was reasonable was the oldness of the hotel. I don’t think it is suitable for those seeking to stay at a new and beautiful hotel. Also I cannot recommended this hotel to honeymooners and couples as it is not a romantic hotel. It is more recommended for families and friends. It is a nice hotel to stay at with a large number of people.

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