Aston Coral Reef Hotel

, Honolulu, United States
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Aston Coral Reef Hotel

, Honolulu
2 star

Rooms: 247

2299 Kuhio Avenue - Honolulu - Hawaii - 96815 - United States
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Reviews - Aston Coral Reef Hotel

Submitted by: Ernesto in 05/10/05
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Italy
  • Traveller type: Luxury Traveller
My wife and I were happy for the comfort: big spacious rooms, two wonderful king beds! Very nice.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Aston Coral Reef Hotel

Needs improvement

from Michie-G
I stayed at the Wave for a week at the end of October. The rooms looked great - everything was new and there was even a flat screen TV. I had no problems with the fittings or furniture, but what I did have a problem with was the bathroom - it was tiny, and you could tell the shower/bath was still from the old hotel - which I did not like. The shower pressure sucked too, a normal 10-minute shower ended up taking half an hour because the water came out in a weak stream. And the water in my sink took ages to go down --- about an hour. That was not good. I also didn't like the bed linen - the sheets and blankets were thin and pilled. Definitely not the high quality kind you'd expect from a boutique hotel. I also had problems with my door as it did not close properly. You had to literally slam it shut. I was not happy with the housekeeping department. Not once during my whole week's stay was my coffee decanter washed or even rinsed! I found the cleaning staff to be very shoddy with their job. It seemed like they were just intent on getting in there, doing whatever they could in a few minutes, and getting the heck outta there without making sure they had done their job properly. Does anyone even check if the staff have cleaned the rooms properly? Also, they didn't bother making my beds right. I came back one afternoon to find my sheets neatened out on the bed but not tucked in. On the positive side the Wave is in a great location, and the front desk staff are friendly and helpful. You can still see traces of the Coral Reef at the Wave, but I suppose with time, that will go. If the Wave wants to be considered a boutique hotel by well-travelled customers like myself, they need to lift their game by investing in better quality bedlinen, hiring more competent and energetic cleaning staff, and seeing to their plumbing and water pressure problems. Otherwise I thought everything else was OK.

Classy and Contemporary

from sroufe68
I stayed at the Aqua Coral Reef (now Aqua Wakiki Wave) in July 2006 and stayed in one of the newly renovated rooms. They were remodeling the lobby at the time but the renovated room was phenomenal. Everything about the room, from the furniture to the art decor was thoughtfully planned.

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 Location

from Onolicious
I just got back from a short stay at the Aqua Wave Waikiki and had a wonderful time! The location of the hotel was perfect and quite affordable too. The staff there was very friendly and quite accomodating to our requests. We were given a room on the top floor so we had a great view of the city. The parking situation can get hectic but ample parking is available in a structure just next door to the property. The new renovations to the property were much needed and well liked by other guests we spoke with staying there! I had seen the property years ago when it was a Resort Quest property and it was just dark, dingy and in bad need of a face lift. I must say that although the renovations look great, the structure itself is quite dated so I can understand how the Aqua did what they could given the circumstances. If you're looking for a friendly atmosphere, check out this property and you won't be dissapointed! Trevor at the front desk was great as well and so was the GM, Lynette. Thanks Aqua Waikiki for a great stay!

Very good value

from LesterB
I booked this trip with only one day's notice thru Expedia.

This hotel used to be the crappy Coral Reef. The renovation to an Aqua hotel appears to be complete.

Good things:
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.

Bad things:
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 Location

from alangrid
My husband and I stayed here from Nov. 6-13, 2006. You can tell they have done some upgrades to the hotel, and skimped in other places. The location is fabulous! You can walk anywhere downtown. Parking is horrendous! You pay $15 a day for a spot, but are not guaranteed one and if you park over the lines, you get a ticket.

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
Prior to our visit, we called to make sure they had a pool. They do, but it's exceptionally small and located off an ally where people go for their smoke breaks. There is no view other than an ugly fence, no landscapeing other than an apartment with old ugly balconies, and I would have been ashamed to have told anyone that there was one in the first place.

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 Honolulu

from LHod08
I am a travel agent that visited this hotel while staying in Honolulu, I must say i was extremely impressed with everything it had to offer. The rooms were absolutely gorgeous, very spacious and most importantly comfortable!
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
I booked a package to Hawaii through an online travel agency/website and was booked into what was then the Coral Reef Hotel on Kuhio in Waikiki. I had stayed at the Coral Reef in the past - due to the area it is located in (right behind the Int'l Market Place) I knew it would be okay even though I was well aware that the Coral Reef had seen better days. I was just thrilled to be going to Waikiki!

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 exceptions

from highdive309
We were at the hotel during the end of the construction. The rooms are very nice and clean, they were just finishing up the lobby so don't know too much about that. The front desk staff are excellant, the most helpful and friendly. The location is great for Waikiki Beach, walk out your hotel and your in the International Market Place. We were there during the earth quake, it was pretty damn scary, the entire island was without power for over 14 hours. Luckly the hotel had a back up generator that powered the elevators and lobby lights, no AC or any power to the rooms. The hotel staff went out of their way to make everyone comfortable and did as much as possible. The only problem with this hotel is the parking, it is the worse I have seen in any hotel. If you don't need a car don't get one. Other than that I would stay there again.
The restraunts in the hotel aren't that good, but there are many close by.

Great time at the Wave

from katt332
We arrived at the Wave a little before check in, but they were able to get us to our room right away. The lady at the front desk was extreamly nice and helpful. It took less then 5 minutes to check in.

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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