We have just returned from a trip to Hawaii during which time we spent 4 nights at the Aston Aloha in Kauai. This was our second visit to this hotel,our previous one being 8 years ago. Road repairs were being made 8 years ago and to our surprise are ongoing still so the entering and exiting of the hotel requires a bit of patience. Yes,it is an older hotel and because it is in such a moist ,warm climate is probably subject to problems with moisture and decay but we found it to be comfortable,clean,well landscaped and above all had charming character. The moment you stepped into it ,you knew you were in an exotic place ,not some cookie cutter hotel chain.We e-mailed a request for one of 4 rooms ( if available) that I had noted in our previous visit. Our request was granted and we had a lovely clean room,spotless bathroom,beach towels from the front desk, fridge,coffee maker and a stunningly beautiful view of palm trees,surf,beach and swimming pool area.Our television worked perfectly though why would one want to watch TV other than a bit of news while in such a beautiful location ! The pool and hot tub were very clean ,the grounds well maintained and the proximity to Lydgate park with its lovely walking paths, spectacular beach , and safely enclosed swimming /snorkling area a great asset.I think the hotel setting is just about perfect. It is also within a 10 min . walking distance of several good restaurants. We enjoyed meals at a new Mexican restaurant just across the bridge as well as a very ppular Korean Barbeque one. We also noted a Brick Oven Pizza restaurant ,a Thai and an Oriental restaurant plus a bakery and coffee shop ,all in the little shopping area within a 10-15 min. stroll. The Waimea River with its kayak rentals and guided tours is also right beside the hotel.We were saddened to see the continuing decay and ruin of the famous Coco Palms resort which was damaged years ago and is now an eyesore. You pass it while walking to the restaurant area and it is very spooky looking,especially after dark.
So, I have no hesitation at all in recommending this hotel but I also have some concerns to address.. I would not want a garden room overlooking the one pond which has green algae on it as at night there are very loud croaking frogs which we could hear while walking past that area. I think their sound would be annoying and they seem to be only in that pond area.. There are roosters which wake you up at dawn but we wanted to get up early anyway so they were not a problem. The complimentary continental breakfast is inadequate ,compared to other mainland hotel chains so we did the $5 upgrade each day. I object to the daily $15 "service fee " and I spoke to a pleasant lady at the desk about this. One is told it covers DVD rental plus some games ( neither of which I would expect most of the hotel clientelle to use ),the very light continental breakfast and the "coffee in the rooms ". Most hotels have coffee without extra charge ,better breakfasts and if you know you don't want to use the Dvd's etc. one should not be charged for these. I also objected to the "complimentary parking " designation and told the desk if this were included in the $15 service fee and if they would be honest and upfront about the parking not being free,I would have less objection to the $15 fee. In Waikiki one expects to pay for parking so it would not be a surprise to have to here.
Back to a positive note, the free breakfast presentation by Pleasant Holidays resulted in us choosing a dinner sunset cruise of the Napali Coast with Kauai Seatours and it was wonderful,a highlight of our travels. I would highly recommend it.
Some of the most scenic photos of our trip were taken around the Aston Aoha with its wonderful landscaping ,charming paths,pools with koi ,bridges and well kept landscaping.And the location is perfect ! The staff were very pleasant ,helpful and courteous . We would love to return someday .
Opt for an ocean view . Expect roosters to crow early . Would not want to be on the lowest level or...
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