Aston Aloha Beach Hotel
3-5920 Kuhio Highway, (formerly Aloha Beach Resort Kauai), Kapaa, Hawaii, 96746, United States
Ya Get What ya Pay For
Stayed 4 nights in one of the cottages. Had done alot of research before booking... knew exactly what to expect... an tired, old run-down 1970's era motel. A real dump... but, the cottages were clean. At around $140 ya can't beat the price. Spent all day, everyday hiking and swimming so we didn't care about the hotel. The staff was friendly and helpful. Check-in and out was quick and easy. The whole place is in serious need of a complete make-over.... it is really rundown. Many tiles are missing off of the edge of the swimming pool... really sad. Must have been nice back in '72..!
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The Aloha Beach Resort allowed me to live the high life!
Was it the nicest hotel on Kauai? No. Was it decent? Yes. I am somewhat of a critic when it comes to hotels. I like nice, clean hotels with great service and grounds. My tastes are way above my pocket book. If you choose to stay at the Aloha Beach Resort you will get a clean, yet older hotel in need of rennovations. The staff is nice and courteous and parking is free. Rooms are nicer and less damp off the lower levels (request 2nd floor at least). Dampness causes bugs so don't be alarmed if you stay by the lagoons. Then why the 3 stars then? Well, I will tell you why....by going to the hotels direct website I got a steal at $65 a night for the weekdays and just a bit more on Saturday night. Because we stayed here for a week, we were able to move to the Princeville Hotel (Luxury Collection...need I say more) for the last 3 days of our trip. It had been a dream of mine to stay there as it was rated number 2 of the Top Ten Hotels of Hawaii by the Travel Channel. If your looking to live like the rich and famous on a budget, you can not do better than this. The money we saved at the Aloha Beach Resort allowed us to live the high life at the end of our trip. Would I stay at the Aloha Beach Resport Again? YES, especially if it allowed me to live the high life once again.
Great Place & Terrific Cultural/Historical Program Bonus
My wife and I recently returned from a two-week stay at verious places on Kauai, Maui and Oahu. The Aloha Beach Resort was by far our best experience. The hotel right on the beach, has a wide range of amenities, is reasonably priced and offers a neat bonus: cultural programs. Several times a week, they offer lectures, demonstrations and an opportunity to participate in ceremonial programs. Also, several ancient Hawaiian sacred places, including a temple, or "heiau" and a "city of refuge" are located on the grounds. We really enjoyed a two-hour cultural program one morning. Ron, the general manager, gave the lecture. He truly knew his stuff and made the program fun and enlightening. The hotel is very kid-friendly, too. A protected beach for the kids and great snorkeling are nearby.
Fantastic Location, great price, great value, comfortable
My husband and I stayed at the Aloha Beach Resort while visiting Kauai. We were espcially enamoured of it's location very near a sacred place in Hawaii history. A sunrise spent in reflection there is a truly memorible experience. Make sure you hear the complimentary historical talk given by Ron the manager. It really set the stage for an exciting visit and exploration of the island of Kauai. Ron's reverence for the island and it's history is contagious. Native American groups have recently visited there to bless the sacred site adjacent to the hotel grounds. There is an even larger site across the street that is slated for further enhancement and discovery. Wonderful grounds, great people, and great value. You won't be disappointed.
great location, good value.
We had a great time on Kauai and the location and facilities of the aloha beach hotel had a lot to do with it. We especialy liked the location so near the Lydgate beach park that is wonderfull. Just walk out the hotel and straight into the laguna for snorkling !! The location in the middle of the island is perfect for discovering the whole island. Go eat at the Hola Girl at the coconut grove mall !! What I disliked about the hotel was the smell in the rooms when we entered. Very moist. But after we turned off the airco and opend the window for a while it was ok. We also had some small bugs in our room but I think that is logic with the temperature/climate. But a renovation is not a bad idear for the rooms. We realy advise you to go to the speach of Ronald, the manager. That gave us a lot of background information about the hotel and Island!! He made us feel very much at home !! Good service for a good price. For the dutch: als je vragen hebt bel naar D-reizen Delft en vraag naar lieke.
Great hotel for the price
We stayed in an ocean view room for a week and had a really good stay.
We were on the ground floor and our patio door opened to the hotel grounds where we walked down a short path to the beach and watched the sunrise every morning. Tip: Oceanview rooms on the ground floor have a lousy view. You might as well get a cheaper room facing the garden.
There are two man-made lagoons - one is about knee deep, perfect for small children and a great place to find some small seashells in the morning; the other lagoon is deep enough to snorkel and there are friendly tropical fish that you can actually touch if you have some fish food. This feature is probably the reason we will return. We really enjoyed the protected snorkeling area. Note: the water is cold in February.
As to the food offered at the hotel, we only ate one meal there - the breakfast buffet- which we thought was a little pricey for the menu items. But the food was acceptable and the pineapple was great.
We thought the staff was accomodating enough and the property was reasonably clean given the fact this is not a 5 star hotel. Everytime we needed something at the front desk, we were immediately helped.
The property appears to be geared towards family and should be avoided if a quiet romantic get-away is your goal.
We did have a couple of minor complaints - the room next to us left their room service dishes outside their door and the dishes were not picked up until we left, a week later. We notified the front desk about the dishes (twice), but nobody picked them up. My husband began to have some fun with the dishes as he moved them from door to door downt he hallway every day or so.
The hotel is pretty serious about water conservation and you are asked to conserve water by having sheets changed every 3 days and by reusing your towels. This is only offensive to us because the standard service provided was to change sheets every 3 days. You were required to place a placard outside your door if you wanted the linen changed every day.
It seemed to us like they were trying to save a few bucks on laundry and were using peer pressure to make us go along with the plan. Who wants to put the sign outside their door that says they hate the environment? Not us. Like a couple of lemmings, we let them change sheets every three days. Next time, we'll demand fresh linens every day as we are coming home full of sand every night.
That said, we will definitely go back as we thought the value to be very good.
Best place wwe've ever stayed for the price
Just got back on 4/21/2003 and loved it! When we booked our vacation to Kauai we read reviews on this site. We saw that someone had paid only $60 per night and visited the ABR website and found the $60 special for a garden view. We were pleasantly surprised that our garden view did allow us a great view of the beach. This was an AWESOME deal at $60.
The hotel lobby, grounds and rooms are nice and clean. Rooms had a refigerator which was nice. Parking is free and close by. The location was great. 10 minutes north of the airport and close to many attractions and shopping. It is a 400 yard walk to the beach at Lydgate park which we loved and used every day. The waterbreak makes a nice protected cove to snorkel with an average depth of 5 feet. Adults can stand up in almost any spot and children can learn to snorkle very easily. There is also a great playscape for young kids which was one of the best I've seen.
The only 2 surprises were: 1) I called before we left and our reservation that was booked on line was not in file with them Glad I called! 2) $2 per day charge for the use of the in room safe. We did it and felt OK about the extra peace of mind for $2 per day.
Even if we had been paying $120 per night it still would have been the best deal on the island!
OK but not great
Very neutral, nothing particularly great but not a great deal wrong.
It is probably in a goodish location if you want to visit other places on Kauai - all other parts of the island are in reach.
However, the rooms are very average as is everything else in this hotel. The food is OK but, it is not difficult to find something much better. Reasonable gardens and a reasonable beach and 'reasonable' is the ideal word to sum up this hotel.
The one aspect that jarred rather was that when we arrived at approx 1pm and were going to unload the luggage from the car, a rather officious member of staff tried to stop us saying that checkin wasn't until 3pm. Fine, we didn't expect our room to be ready but there was no need to be so unwelcoming.
Would I return, to Kauai definitely, to this hotel - I would look for something better. I don't want 'OK' on holiday!!
Loved the spiritual energy
My husband and I stayed at this hotel in March 2004, after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. The facilities were above average and the hotel staff were extremely helpful and congenial. What we enjoyed most about this hotel were their programs explaining the history of Hawaii as well as their indepth overview of the sacred sites located near the hotel and around the island. We also attended their morning session on Hawaiian chants and found that to be interesting. When you enter the main foyer area of the hotel, you are treated to a lovely breeze which is there 24/7. Since this property is near sacred sites, you can feel the spiritual energy that surrounds this area which is so special about Hawaii.
A real disappointment...
We stayed Saturday night, May 22, 2004, and were really disappointed. The air conditioning did not work to our satisfaction but it did work but did not get us cool enough. The room was clean and did have a refrigerator and coffee pot. But, we had just spent 5 nights at the Marriott Waiohai Beach Resort in Poipu which is a 5 start property and the Aloha is a 2 star property in my opinion. It is on Lydgate Park Beach and you can walk there but on the weekends the locals are there in force and it is very crowded. We paid the "aloha rate" which is there best deal and stay in the Pikake Wing as the rooms are bigger. The Aloha is an older hotel that probably needs to fix up.
Poipu Plantation and Aloha Beach Resort
I am considering these two properties for a July trip. Any experiences with them would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking for a low priced property near a nice beach. Excellent snorkeling would be a plus. Thanks.
Re: Poipu Plantation and Aloha Beach Resort
As an added suggestion go to vrbo.com for a list of condos for rent on Kauai. You can find some great deals. We stayed in Kapaa at Kaha Lani (Phuki Lani #109) a short walk from Lydgate State Park Beach. Very reasonable and great location to get to any part of the island. Get the guidebook "The Ultimate Guidebook to Kauai" if you haven't already. A great resource.
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Aston Aloha Beach Hotel
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Aloha Beach Hotel Kauai
- Aloha Beach Kauai Hotel
- Aston Aloha Beach Resort
Address: 3-5920 Kuhio Highway, (formerly Aloha Beach Resort Kauai), Kapaa, Hawaii, 96746, United States