More about Aston Pacific Monarch
The one bedroom unit I had here was fantastic, really spacious with double bed, dining table for 4, sofa bed, living area, full kitchen and a large lanai with views over Waikiki Beach. The staff were very friendly and I would definately stay here again. There was a rooftop pool and hot tub with glass walls which provided amazing 360 degree views around Waikiki. Sunsets from the roof were fabulous! There was also a sauna.
we spent 7 days at the aston pacific monarch. Arrived to find some confusion re the suite offered to us but the manager immediately took care of the problem and the staff made calls to our suite to make sure everything was to our satisfaction, it was .The hotel is clean about 1and a half blocks from the beach and very central to everything else. we would recommend this hotel to both family and couples.
We had for the past 4 years sayted at the Ohana Reef Towers but on our last stay there found it in very poor condition. the suite was dirty, the kitchette had no utencils,the tap in the bathroom didn't work and the elevators kept breaking down so patrons had to walk down the stairs to the main floor , I wrote to the manager and their head office but received no reply so felt it was time to change hotels.
Glad we did too.
Joan, Langley, B.C. Canada
Excellent Place to Stay
My family and I (9 total, 4 adults and 5 kids) stayed at the Aston Pacific Monarch between July 17 and July 24, 2004. The service we received from the hotel was wonderful. It was clean in the rooms and the hotel public areas. The kitchen had all the needed utenicls for cooking our own meals. We had a free paper everyday and were within walking distance of the beach, convinent stores, and a grocery store. The township was doing construction along the main road outside the hotel but the hotel can not be held at fault for something out of their control. We didn't have a hard time finding a parking spot in the parking lot, however, the space to pull in and out of the 5 level garage was tight for a two-way space. Overall it was a pleasure to stay there and be able to see the city and the ocean from our lanai and window views as well as being treated so nicely by all of the staff. My family and I would gladly stay again if we were to go back to Hawaii.
Great family vacation!
My family of five along with my parents spent July 29th-August 5th, 2004 at the Pacific Monarch and we really liked it! The one bedroom was plenty roomy. The a/c didn't seem to be keeping the place cool enough and after we talked to management a new one was installed that day! The a/c does seem to have trouble getting from the living room to the bedroom so you have to start with the a/c on high when you leave in the morning and just keep it running the entire time.
We walked or took the city bus most places and the location was terrific. It was two blocks away from a great swimming area on Waikiki with showers and a great beach. If you hang out until 6 p.m. you can see the torch lighters come thru and light the torches right there on the beach.
The pool and jacuzzi are a little small but it was nice to take a trip to the jacuzzi after a day at the beach!
The staff was very helpful and prompt! Would be happy to stay there again!
We stayed at the Aston Pacific Monarch in Honolulu at the end of Nov. 2004. It was one block away from Waikiki Beach which was great. We had 3 kids with us and we stayed on the 24th floor which had terrific views of the ocean. We loved it as did our kids. We were close to everything! We did NOT rent a car nor did we need to as there is plenty of public transporation. We were also 1 block away from the International Marketplace which is great for shopping. We LOVED this place and would go again and again! I'm not sure how the lower floors would be but the higher you go, the better the view. Our room had a seperate bedroom and a small kitchenette in it. The ONLY negative comment I have is that I really would have liked a TV in the bedroom. There is only one TV in the 'living room'. The staff was great! Very friendly and helpful. The rooftop pool was nice as was the hot tub. You are close to alot of restaurants, shopping, etc.
We booked the Pacific Monarch for the Oahu part of our honeymoon. We were told that due to being honeymooners, we would be given an upgrade and we were - from partial ocean view to full ocean view.
When we got to our room, we found it was fine - nothing spectacular, but fine. The view was nice but the condo was incredibly hot with an antique air conditioning system - one of those boxes on the floor that does nothing. We asked to switch rooms, in hopes that it was just our unit that was on the fritz, but were told that they were all the same. Asked for a fan, but it didn't help due to the sun beating in all day and making the place a sweat box by evening.
I can only speak for the ocean view condos (we were told they were all identical) - they are small and old but clean. I prefer a more modern, newer look and this didn't have it but we did check out a few other condos in the area (we got keys to see the rooms) and it was one of the better ones in the area. Doesn't seem like many condos in the Waikiki area have ever been updated or renovated.
The pool was packed with kids when we went to see it, which turned me off a bit. There were deck chairs to lay in around the pool but they were all full when we went to check it out.
We did switch to the Hilton after 1 night as it was our honeymoon and we couldn't deal with the lack of air conditioning. If it hadn't been our honeymoon, we might have sucked it up but while there wasn't anything really wrong with it, it was just OK. If you don't mind an older, small condo and aren't concerned about being hot, then it's a good deal in a great location.
Great Staff, Great Hotel, Great Price!!!
I recently returned from a trip to oahu and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Pacific Monarch was a hotel that I had stayed at during a past trip to Hawaii. We stayed there during the week of 11/23-11/30, I was a bit concerned about the condition of the rooms after reading some of the reviews on this site. We booked a studio and was upgraded to a partial ocean view studio due to the fact that we were on our honeymoon. We were placed in room 2901 which gave us a great ocean and city view but it was hotter than hell i spent the first two nights sweating to death, well not literally. When we called the front desk to ask about a fan one was sent to our room within 10 mins. I was unable to deal with the heat and my husband spoke with Danny at the front desk and he was very willing to move us to a different room he even offered to help us move. We were then moved to the 32nd floor the room was comparable but there was a few subtle differences that made a huge difference. There was a ceiling fan which helped with the air circulating and cooling the entire room, the bathroom was way bigger and the view was even more spectacular than the first room!!! The staff at this hotel Wes, Nifla and Julie were all great helps to me when there was an issue with our billing they went above and beyond the call of duty. There are many great moderately priced hotels in Waikki but between the staff, and location the price of the room should have been way more than a mere $75 a night. Trust me I am a total princess when it comes to hotels and I felt like a true queen the entire time. :-)
What a great hotel! I don't think the "two thumbs down" review stayed at the same hotel!? My bride and I stayed from Oct 11 through the 17th. and were greatly pleased with the hotel, location and above all the staff! I booked the basic studio with a city view but when we arrived, they knew we were newlyweds and gave us a one bedroom ocean view as a free upgrade!!!! WOW!!!! Also, complimentary champagne and macadamian nuts! There was a newspaper at our door every morning at no charge. Housekeeping was daily and VERY courteous. The front staff at the counter were extremely helpful on directions and places to visit. The pool and spa on the roof offered an excellant view of the city and beach. Our room was immaculate! No noise at night. Easy two blocks to the beach and shops. Most tour pickups were at the Hyatt which was one block down, SWEET! I do recommend that you buy your tours locally through the numerouse tour package vendors around the island and not on websites. It is a lot cheaper! The one exception is the " Home of the Brave Tour". Buy that online and wear comfortable shoes for walking. Definately take the submarine tour, that's great! Again, cheaper at Waikiki. Great food at good prices can be found everywhere. Our favorite was Keoni which is two blocks away from our hotel. Breakfast for $2.99 and dinner around $10.00. We made lunch at the hotel since it had a kitchenette with utensils, pots and pans. You have to wash your kitchen things but so what? My thanks to the staff at the Aston Pacific Monarch for making our honeymoon very memorable. We plan on coming back with the kids after the International Marketplace is redone in a couple of years. The Ashton Resort has a booklet that is packed full with kid friendly places, as well as kid friendly deals. More stuff on Hawaii. The Aloha flea market is way overrated. Nothing really any cheaper than you can get at the local marketplace. Save your time. Also, the buses goes everywhere you might want to visit for only $2.00 a person. They give you a transfer slip for free return. All in all, the hotel and staff was great, the beaches were great and the sites were wonderful. Go and enjoy!
This place hit on all cylinders...we booked two one-bedrooms with partial ocean view, and got two rooms side by side on the 28th floor. The one bedrooms were clean and well-appointed, though not high luxury, and had HUGE corner balconies. The rooms were on the backside of the hotel, but they had amazing views of the ocean since the balcony wrapped around. You couldn't see the whole ocean, some taller buildings in the way, but you could still see a major portion of it. AND you also had incredible city and mountain views. Not many places offer all three views. (For the best veiw, go to the rooftop pool/jacuzzi. ) We booked a rate through the Entertainment Book (a mere $100+tax), and it was an amazing value, especially since the rate was good for up to four people (most places charge $20 more for a third and fourth person). The hotel is in the middle of Waikiki, and it took about two minutes to reach the beach. If you go, request a higher floor for a better views (the hotel has 31 floors, and I called the morning of our flight to ask them to set aside as high a floor as possible, and they gave us 28). There aren't a lot of bells and whistles, just a well-located, clean property that's more than worth the price. I can't think of an all-around better value.
"Twenty-fifth Wedding Anniversary"
For our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary we went to Hawaii. We had never been there before, although we had lived in Puerto Rico for three years and it is very similar. I loved Hawaii. We went to Oahu and stayed at the Hale Koa on Waikiki, which is for military personnel and their families, retired military and DOD employees. It is right next door to the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
We traveled with another couple and their 11 year old twin daughters. They were also celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, so it was a joint celebration. Herman grew up in Hawaii and in his 20 year Navy career also did several tours of duty on Oahu. So they were very familiar with the island and were able to show us around and point us in the right direction. We saw everything we could in the 9 days we were there and we had a simply wonderful time.
"Thirty-fifth Wedding Anniversary"
We didn't get back to Hawaii for another TEN years. There were other travel priorities, but we thought it fitting that we go back for our thirty-fifth and this time, no kids! The twins were 21 and on their own now, but some friends from Texas were going to join us also. So there would be six of us - what fun!
We again stayed at the Hale Koa right on Waikiki. We really like being right on the beach. Our friends from Texas however, took a air/hotel package deal and stayed at the Pacific Monarch and their room was actually cheaper than ours, but they were 3 blocks from the beach. I guess it's a matter of choice.
We wanted to do different things on this trip and I've become an avid birder since our last trip, so of course I wanted to do some birding and I spent one day doing just that. It was wonderful. But even though I said I wouldn't ever to another tour, I think next time I'll join a birding tour group - with so little time, going with a guide only makes good sense as they know where the birds are. I saw plenty of birds and I got some good pictures, but birders always want to see more!
Red Line Trolley
Historic coast Guard photo
Runway from the air
My friends and I are planning a trip to Oahu in mid June and we are looking in to hotel options. I have heard that the Aston chain is fairly nice and inexpensive but there are many different to choose from. We have narrowed it down to the Aston Pacific Monarch, Waikiki Sunset, and the Wailili Banyan because they are all condos. Any thoughts on these, or suggestions on other similar condos would be great.
Re: Aston Hotels
I would highly recommend the Sand Villa Hotel, which is directly accoss the street from the Aston Waikiki Sunset hotel. The Sand Villa offered us our rooms at $70.00 compaired to $125.00 for the Aston! We haggled from $75.00 If I'm not mistaken, but it sure was well worth the effort! It was a keeper for us, though not a 5* hotel, it sure was a comfortable place to hang our hats from as we toured the city / beach each and every day of our vacation!
Oh yes, Take the bus from the airport (Just wait for the Waikiki bus every half hour)! The bus stop is just 3 blocks from the hotel! If your luggage has wheels, that is! Don't take the cabs ($35us), or rent a car out there ($285+++)!
Just our own personal recommondations.
Michael & Andrea
Traveling to honolulu for relaxing break ! help required.
Hiya all VT'ers......
Just looking for some help for my wife, son & I.
We intend visiting on feb 17th for a few days (3-4).
I have assumed by the reviews and options available that the coastline is populated and has plentiful amunts of accomodation.
Which areas are best and most central for dining and all round entertainment as well as beaches.
We anticipate trying to find the best moderately priced (US&70-130) per night in the right location.
Also we plan to relax not travel big distances this trip so any suggestions for close by activities relating to adults or for our 5yr old son also.
thanks for any help you folk can provide.....
Looking forward to enjoying this lovely city.....
Mr. & Mr. Ozboytravel
Re: Traveling to honolulu for relaxing break ! help required.
Hilton Hawaiin village is right on the beach and has all sorts of convenient shops and restaurants. The Sheraton is not too far away and may be somewhat less expensive - connected to a mall with restaurants and other shops. Often if there is an activity you want to try the comapny will send a van to the hotel to pick you up. Look in the tourist guides for activities. There are also buses. The traffic is heavy around the hotels so it may not be worth it to rent a car - it might be better to walk (a lot of places are within walking distance of the Hilton) or take a Taxi.
Have a fun trip!
Re: Traveling to honolulu for relaxing break ! help required.
Aloha. I would choose a hotel for moderate pricing off the beach at Waikiki. Kuhio Street is one block over from Kalakaua and a lot less in pricing. Right now you may want to stay closer to Diamond Head side of Waikiki due to reconstruction on Lewers Street which is a great restaurant and bar/night life street, Normally. Hawaii Pacific Monarch at 2427 Kuhio is one example. see website: www.waikiki-condos.com Aloha oe.
Re: Traveling to honolulu for relaxing break ! help required.
Everything is pretty close & central in Waikiki including the beach. Royal grove hotel has rooms and condos- all reasonable in price. website: www.royalgrovehotel.com.
For kids right in Waikiki you can find the aquarium and zoo. The Royal Hawaiian mall on the main street offer s free instruction in lei making, ukulele playing and hula dancing.(info. on their website under "Entertainment"-- shopwaikiki.com) In the Pacific Beach Hotel,also on Kalakaua Ave, there is a 3 story aquarium that can be nicely viewed from the 2 resturants. It's pretty cool to kids.
By car, or take the bus, the Sea Life park is fun too. The waterpark, beyond Pearl Harbor, is also a distance to be driven but full of activiy for kids & famlies.
Have a great trip! Aloha.