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“A good place to stay sans parking/ construction” 4 of 5 stars
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Aston Islander on the Beach
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746   |  
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“A good place to stay sans parking/ construction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

First, great location. Kapaa is the best city on the island simply due to location to both the north and south shore. Had an Oceanside room and hearing the waves each night with your door open - great stuff. Very clean grounds and the beach outside the door, while not the best for swimming, was still relaxing (though some of the chairs are in disrepair). Seems like most of the guests staying here were older so it wasn't super loud, but nonetheless, the hottub is cannibalized every night by a younger crowd. The BBQ grills were a godsend; instead of going out every night and spending tons of money, we hit up Costco in Lihue and stocked up on shrimp, steak, chicken, etc. and literally saved us hundreds of dollars and well-recommended to minimize your costs.

Construction is currently going on and they are replacing the far west building's roof. They have done this to a few of the buildings so it will continue for a bit. The construction noise is tolerable though it does distract from the experience. The bar is also being renovated and is currently down. No biggie since you should be buying your own alcohol anyway. What is not acceptable is the parking situation. Good luck trying to get a spot after 7pm as it's simply luck at that point. Pretty much every review states the same thing and it's definitely worth a demotion of one star simply due to this headache.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We absolutely loved our stay. We had a second floor oceanfront room (247). The location of the room was the reason I loved the hotel so much. Although we were gone a lot, the view from the room was fantastic. The rooms have air conditioning, a microwave, refrigerator and dishes. Coming in July, we used the air conditioning. We really enjoyed the Sand Bar (a small bar next to the pool), it was a great place for socializing. Jason and Eric were wonderful bartenders. The bar was closing for remodeling but fortunately, we were there before it closed. Everyone on the hotel staff was friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back but only if I had an oceanfront room.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed at this hotel two and a half years ago and had a great time. So when we returned to Kauai, we booked here again. However, it seemed that the hotel was a bit neglected over that time.Our first room that we were given was very musty. The second was better, but not great. A major renovation is going on to some of the buildings. I guess management felt the same way. The location is great - on the beach and equidistant between the north and south shore.
Hopefully, the finish the renovations soon.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This was our first visit to Kauai and first time to stay at an Aston property. I have however stayed in 3 star hotels on Maui that had so much more to offer. First of all the overall atmosphere was very nice. I liked the simple, very Hawaiian feeling lobby area that led out to the pool/bar area. The room was perfectly fine. Nothing fancy but if you're in Hawaii, you shouldn't be spending much time in your room anyway. One of the things that they offered was free dvd rental. This should have been the first clue that they don't get it. If people are having to rent dvd's, you obviously aren't offering enough entertainment. The swimming pool and the bar were the only two real social gathering places. People with kids could play at the pool, the adults could play at the bar. This leads to another "they don't get it" situation. At the beginning of the 2nd week of our stay, they closed the bar for remodeling. Why would you choose to remodel during the height of your tourism season. This is the middle of July and the bar will be closed for 3 weeks. Fortunately I met a lot of people during the one week that the bar was open and we all decided to go next door to their competitor, The Hukilau pool bar. I'm sure they appreciated The Islander's stupidity. Sadly, the bartenders at the Islander were great! Jason and Eric know how to make drinks! Aston Islander on the Beach does not understand that the bar is the place where people come together at the end of the day and discuss all the cool things they have done. I talked to some regular guests and apparently this not the first time that this has happened. Evidently they try to remodel and it took over two years for them to reopen. Besides the closed bar which they did not inform anyone about, the parking absolutely sucks! If you are out all day enjoying the island, which you should be, when you get back to the hotel you probably will be parking in B.F.E. and on someone else's property. If you do find a spot, don't forget to put your parking tag on the vehicle. Even though they have your license plate on file, they will still leave you a nasty little note telling you that you're about to be towed. Nice customer service. There's also not much beach area to speak of, so if you plan on laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean, do not stay here. You will be disappointed. If you want to stay in the area, it looks to me like the hotel next door may be a better choice. Kauai Beach Resort has more parking better area to layout and tan, better pool, a bar that is open during the busy season, and an awesome restaurant, Hukilau Lanai. If you're not a pool bar fan then this hotel probably deserves an average rating but I gave it a poor rating because of the closure and the failure to inform us that this was going to happen. I really think they just don't get it!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kaniela N, General Manager at Aston Islander on the Beach, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience while staying at the Aston Islander on the Beach. I'm so sorry for the inconvenience during your stay. We understand that there is never a good time to remodel and are very sensitive of our guests experience while at the property. Please know that the NEW Sand Bar will boast new cabinets, sinks, granite counter tops, bar equipment, lighting and a complete surround sound system for our guests enjoyment. Please consider visiting us in the near future and I'll be happy to assist you in your future reservation.

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La Quinta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Our room on the third floor had a wonderful view...sitting on the balcony was extremely relaxing as all you heard was the waves hitting the shore. The rooms are somewhat dated but have a refrigerator, micro, sink , a/c and coffee pot. Bed was very comfortable. The hotel does not have many amenities but for the price it offers you a peaceful oceanfront room with a spectacular view. Currently, the poolside bar is being updated so it is closed. There is construction going on but our room was not near the construction.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My 2nd visit to the Aston Islander in a year. My last visit was in Dec. 2012, for 3 weeks. I found it to be centrally located, quiet, comfortable and reasonably priced — ideal for my purposes. It's more of a "self-drive" condominium-type bed stop than a proper resort hotel. I stayed in an ocean-front room both times. More expensive than a garden room but, given hotel prices around the world, or the Hawaiian Islands for that matter, the price is still reasonable. Note that you get a discount (a small one, calculated by percentage) if you book by the week.
"Ocean front" faces the ocean, but there is a small garden area and a walking/jogging track between your room and the ocean. The rooms are built on three floors. Which floor you prefer will depend on what you're looking for. Third floor — my choice — is better for privacy. (No elevators; you do have to haul your luggage up 2 flights of stairs.) The ground floor opens right onto the walking/jogging path, but on the other hand you have access to your own "garden," complete with table and lawn furniture. This would be the choice if you're entertaining, or simply want to sit after dark, chatting with passersby.
Now the caveat. In December, I stayed in the Nihau building, which at the time was very quiet and private and away from the pool. I checked into the same room when I arrived, late at night, but this time I switched, owing to massive renovation on the Molokai building, which is beside the Nihau and back from the beach a bit. Cyclone fences, a very aggressive "Keep Out" sign, scaffolding, an earth mover, even a Port-a-potty. Not so much renovation as full-on construction.
Worse, the workers drive their 4x4s and pickup trucks on the garden path, and park them directly in front. If you're in a ground floor ocean-front room in the wrong building, you will have workers parking their trucks right on your front porch.
The front staff are very understanding, and are as accommodating as they can be, while taking into consideration pre-bookings and the like. The problem is not with them, or with the hotel staff in general, but with hotel management, and the chain above. In my case, I asked for a change of room, and after a few hours of worry, got my wish.
Bottom line: The Aston Islander is a terrific place to stay, provided you don't expect much in the way of amenities, on-site restaurants, room service and the like. It's an ideal place to rest and relax — provided.
Provided, that is, you don't end up in the middle of the construction. The work looks to be extensive, and so is likely to be slow and take a long time. If you're planning a visit anywhere near the time this review is posted, you'll want to call ahead, just to be sure.
The hotel is wonderful, and the staff are wonderful, too.
On the other hand, Aston, as a company, should take better care of their asset and be more sensitive to the needs of the paying guests who are there right now. Allowing parking on ocean-front gardens seems to me to be unforgivable, and so are the ugly tire ruts in the grass — on the other side of the hotel! — where drivers just blow past people's rooms on their way to the site.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Stayed here on our second leg of our Island Hop as recommended by my daughter and son-in-law who stayed here in January. After Tripmasters made our reservation, I followed up by calling and asking for a room with a king bed. The Aston rep was very accommodating and we ended up with a full ocean view rather than a garden view! Location was great as we were one floor up from the lobby - easy access to front desk, DVD kiosk, beach towels and parking lot. On Saturday, there was poolside entertainment and $1 beers. We enjoyed the music from our lanai!
This property has an adjacent restaurant and is behind Coconut Marketplace - ideal location for souvenir shopping, shave ice, and Lappert's Ice Cream!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Kapaa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aston Islander on the Beach 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This oceanfront resort offers guests contemporary island-inspired decor, six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, a sparkling pool and a stunning beachfront location. Enjoy the convenience of the adjacent Coconut Marketplace's 60 boutiques and restaurants. Oceanfront location and plantation-style charm make this relaxing resort the most enticing retreat on Kauai. ... more   less 
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