Aston Coral Reef Hotel, Honolulu
Reviews - Aston Coral Reef Hotel
- Age Group: 60 +
- From: Italy
- Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
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Historical Traveller Reviews of Aston Coral Reef Hotel
Needs improvementfrom Michie-G
Classy and Contemporaryfrom sroufe68
The locale is central to Waikiki shopping/restaurants and within a few minutes of the beach. - The entire staff was courteous and professional; I highly recommend staying at this hotel. Furthermore, the price was very reasonable and I intend to stay there during my next visit to Hawaii. If you're planning a trip to Hawaii, save yourself some time and enjoy the what the Waikiki Wave has to offer.
Great Service and Locationfrom Onolicious
Very good valuefrom LesterB
This hotel used to be the crappy Coral Reef. The renovation to an Aqua hotel appears to be complete.
1. A real bargain for the location ($124 a night.)
2. Central air (very cold) instead of a wheezing window unit.
3. HUGE room (a queenbed AND a king, with tons of floor space and 2 balconies.) Newly decorated, very clean.
4. I really liked the way the beds were made, crisp white triple sheeting. No blankets, no skanky bedspreads.
5. Good location in central Waikiki, 5 minute walk to beach. Next to the Int'l MarketPlace (which I hate but most people like.)
6. FREE wireless internet!! This was a great bonus.
7. The staff was very pleasant.
8. Fridge and microwave.
9. Lots of places to stock up on drinks and snacks nearby, Starbucks across the street.
1. Parking is impossible. (This is a Waikiki issue, not only for this hotel.) The garage is tortuous, I never did find a place in it. Did not use the giant auto storage complex next door (cars are stored using lifts and conveyor belts, no easy in-and -out.)
2. This is NOT a resort so there are no resort amenities like beautiful public rooms, turn down service, restaurants, fancy shampoos.
3. No view, I looked out to the parking garage. But I knew in advance there would be no view.
4. Bathroom is OK, nothing luxurious but clean; water pressure is sketchy.
5. The location on Kuhio Ave can seem seamy, especially at night.
I have been to Honolulu about 75-80 times, I have stayed in every category of hotel. The Waikiki Wave was really a good value however I fear the prices will go up as soon as word gets out about the renovations. I enjoyed my stay in a huge clean room with a/c!
Great Locationfrom alangrid
The good parts of the hotel - great location; friendly staff; new beds; clean rooms.
The bad parts about the hotel - the seal around the front door is not good, so light comes in from the hallway; the staff did not know where certain restaurants were, parking is bad; low water pressure in the shower.
Would I stay here again? Yes, but only if I were interested in staying in the city. We preferred the north shore area and traveled up there every day.
Watch out!from SallyBFree
We stayed on the 14th floor in room 1417 with a "partial view" of the ocean, IF YOU WENT OUT ON AN EXCEPTIONALLY NOISY BALCONY. The predominate view was that of a Thrifty Rental Car Drop off point where they were washing returned rentals.
Coffee was provided on the first day but it cost an additional $1 per day thereafter.
This is NOT A THREE STAR HOTEL and neither of us would stay there again or recommend it to anyone. It's only fine points was that it was only a couple blocks to the beach. They advertise "knee deep plush mattresses", and they were adequate, but certainly not "knee deep". Friendly staff, but look elsewhere if you want to enjoy your stay... Unless you're on a serious budget and get a good deal at the Aqua Waikiki Wave.
One of the Best in Honolulufrom LHod08
The staff was really firendly and the location was unbeatable.
I would recommend this hotel to any type of traveller.
This hotel has /is going through extensive reno's and they really have made a world of difference.
This boutique hotel offered a great atmosphere, and I will be sure to send many of my clients there in the future.
Thanks again to Robin for the great expeirience at your property.
Had a great visit!from bashfulLV
A couple of weeks before the trip I wanted to look up something in the hotel ammenities list and could not locate Coral Reef online at all. I knew they'd recently been purchased by the Aqua Resorts group, so I went to their website, located the address on Kuhio and found it now belongs to the Waikiki Wave. I then discovered that the renovations had just been finished and they were having their grand re-opening with the new name - Waikiki Wave.
The renovations included the entire hotel and took a run-down, tired hotel and made a little gem of it. The front desk/lobby area is the nicest part of the project - IMHO. The hallways are freshly painted with new carpet - but it wasn't a really great job, but I'm quite a nit-picker (I watch too much HGTV!), but it is better than it used to be. The elevators could have used some updating, though, but you can't have everything. I never went to the pool so I can't comment on that.
The rooms were newly painted, but (like the hallways) it was over the previous paint, which is obvious in some spots (like a few places where it is already peeling off), but it looks better and is cleaner than it was before. Overall the renovated rooms are nicer than they were, but there was a lot left lacking for a renovation project of such a magnitude.
The showers still have the original old tiles and hardware - faucets and showerheads are very outdated, but the marble vanity top and sink are nice, as are the matching marble tops in the bedroom. While taking a bubble bath one evening I noticed the old pipes underneath the bathroom sink/vanity area and it was apparent all they'd done in this area was slap on some paint - and did a pretty sloppy job of it too. The bathroom door had been previously damaged - you could see the ripples of it through the new paint job - the bottom of the door was jagged and the paint was already peeling off; they had put shiny new doorknobs on though. One thing that I thought was pretty disgusting were the vents - they had been painted over but you could see how terribly dirty they were - they obviously never cleaned them before they painted them. What it boiled down to (IMO) is that the renovation of the rooms themselves consisted largely of many cans of paint and hanging up some pretty pictures. They did upgrade the frig and add a microwave which is great. The complimentary newspaper each day was a plus I enjoyed.
Although I did find some things to complain about, on the whole I enjoyed my stay and the "new" hotel and would stay there again in a heartbeat. The staff was friendly and helpful. The location can't be beat. I loved sitting on the lanai and watching the birds and the shoppers down on Duke's Lane and looking out over the top of the Royal Hawaiian. The parking situation needs some tweaking but the staff indicated that was in the works. I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel to anyone who is budget-conscious, but not to those who want a lot of perks and luxuries - this just isn't the place. But if you want an affordable, safe, decent place to lay your head, store your stuff and shower off while you're in Waikiki - this is a great place.
Pretty good with some exceptionsfrom highdive309
The restraunts in the hotel aren't that good, but there are many close by.
Great time at the Wavefrom katt332
They were working on the elevators so only one was working. We had to wait for the second elevator because a large group checked in right before we came, but that was no big deal.
The rooms are very nice. They have a microwave, refriderator, and coffee maker in the room. They also have a flat screen TV, not huge but just fine.
The staff was wonderful and accommodating.
The only thing that was not the best was there is a big night club across the street and in the early morning the police were out and you could hear some fighting going on. Request a room off of the street in the back of the hotel.
Top Local Tips for Honolulu
Dont use transfers Dont bother with transfers if you book your trip ahead of time. We found in Hawaii all the travel people were very laid back which is good but not when you need to be somewhere on time. We used tours or transfers 8 times on the trip and not one showed up on time or at all. Use taxis or hire a car so much easier and less stress
Parking Parking is a challenge! If The Bus schedules were easily accessible, that would help. Charging extra to park, in our opinion, was not very nice.
Cost Bring lots of Money
Other names for Aston Coral Reef Hotel
- aqua waikiki wave hotel
- aqua waikiki wave honolulu
- aqua waikiki wave
- Address: 2299 Kuhio Avenue - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States
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