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“Excellent value, location, discrete hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Renew by Aston
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   129 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)   |  
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Ranked #17 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
London, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Excellent value, location, discrete hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Had a lovely time at this hotel (September 11, for 7 nights). It is a small hotel, well decorated, and the welcome/reception staff are all very friendly. There are no line-ups that you will need to worry about (unlike almost all of the big hotels along the strip).

This hotel has no pool area, but this suited us well as we walked to the beach (30 seconds' walk) and went swimming. Why would you fly to Honolulu for a hotel pool? Rent a car, drive to the North Shore, and go to an amazing remote beach that you can only find in Hawaii (as we did). I do not think there is any room service, either, but it is not like you are located in a remote area.

Generally, I think this hotel is best for independent-minded tourists who want excellent value and want to get the most out of Hawaii. The hotel is on the far end of the Honolulu strip, but if you any of the restaurants/hotels/shops along the strip, everything is within walking distance in any event. Also it is beside one of the numerous "ABC Stores" which seem to sell everything that you will need if you forget anything / need a late night snack.

I would also note that breakfast is included (which we appreciate), especially if you want to "get up and go". There seemed to be limited seating in the breakfast area (which is really an extension of the lobby), however we never had any problem with seating (unlike some others who have noted this) - and we were there at various times throughout our 7 days.

So my general advice as someone who stays in a wide variety of hotels is that this hotel is probably the best value in Honolulu; I don't think there is any reason to stay at any of the other big hotels in Honolulu over this hotel. If you want a Hawaii-style resort, go to one of the more remote areas where you can experience this (or to another island - see my other hotel reviews!).

Room Tip: We stayed in a slightly more expensive room that was advertised as a "partial beach view"...
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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20 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012 via mobile

Pluses: Excellent staff & concierge services. Clean comfortable rooms. Good location (not noisy at all). Includes continental breakfast. Our rate included 2 bikes for 4 hours--was awesome biking to Diamond Head.
Only negative was that the room was fairly small. But we weren't in our room long!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Branford, Connecticut
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

Top floor ocean view room at a good price in a nicely decorated smallish king-size. Clean, stylish and well-maintained. 2 thumbs up to the guys on the door!

Room Tip: Upper floor ocean views are worh the extra few $.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Galesburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Great hotel a block from the main Wakiki Beach street and the beach. This hotel is an excellent value for those who are persnickity and want a very nice hotel without having to pay for all the "resort" type hotel amenities that you probably won't use in the first place. Instead of in-house shops, a pool, a restaurant, huge oversized lobby, etc., what you get is first-rate accomodations, great staff service, an excellent breakfast included and all within a few steps (literally) of everything. The Marriott resort hotel on Wakiki and the Aston are literally across the street and next door. If you need to rent a car while in Honolulu, reserve a car through Hertz which is located in the Marriott across the street. (Talk to Lyanne, she was great....made all of our reservations over the phone for not only Honolulu but for the other island rentals as well. Tell her John from Galesburg, Illinois referred you to her.)

We stayed at the Hotel Renew for two nights prior to our cruise on the Pride of America. Be sure and ask for the best local favorites places to eat. There are some great places within walking distance of the hotel that are not on the strip but have great food. I would give 5 stars on every aspect of this hotel stay (January 5th and 6th, 2012).

Room Tip: If you MUST have a room that has a good view of the ocean front, this is not the place. You will ne...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Waikiki was the first leg of our honeymoon trip and we stayed at Hotel Renew.
Service is friendly and nice, they give you a glass of pineapple juice upon arrival (very tasty and refreshing)
Room was good (average size) had a large comfy bed, nice view of the beach, air con made a bit of a noise but it did the job - you need to leave it on otherwise the rooms get so stuffy and hot.
Housekeeping lady was so sweet and serviced our room to excellent standards.
Breakfast is served downstairs (cereal, tea/coffee, pastries & muffins, toast, juice & fresh fruit) but note: it doesn't really fit everyone as there is limited seating space, so be sure to wake up nice and early or you kind of miss out.
We loved that the hotel is a minute walk to the beach and situated right next door to an ABC store in case you want a late night snack or souvenir lol
The only thing I would say is: if you are considering staying here, try to get a room as high as possible and away from the elevators on the floor.
One thing my hubby and I will never forget is the 'Ding Ding Bell' from the Trolley pickup (right outside) constant from early morning till evening and the DING from the elevator in the hotel when guests were coming and going (yes, you can hear it very clear lol)
Other than that, we would definitely stay here again because for the price and location, it's worth it.

Room Tip: The higher the room and away from the elevator the better
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We enjoyed our stay here. Upon arrival we were given chilled juice and were able to check in to our room early, which was very much appreciated after a long flight!

From our balcony we had ocean views and we liked the proximity to the beach. The room itself was compact and the bed quite small but it was adequate for our needs. There was a mini refrigerator and wifi in the room. There was a good range of breakfast items in the lobby and the staff worked very hard to keep things clean and topped up.

Similar to other contributors, we found that there could be some noise coming from the street at times. If you're a light sleeper, bring ear plugs.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Galesburg, Illinois
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012

We had read the reviews on this hotel and decided to take a risk and change our reservation from the Hilton to Hotel Renew. This is a beautiful, delightful hotel. The staff was welcoming and very friendly. They were more than willing to share dining recommendations that were not the typical tourist diners but where the locals like to eat. Then they made reservations for us! If you are in Honolulu for dinner...go with their recommendation and find Uncle Bo's! Our rooms were clean, modern, cozy beds, soft lighting and a block from the beach and all the activity of Waikiki. We loved this place!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
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Address: 129 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#15 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#16 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Renew by Aston 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the center of it all, yet a world away from ordinary, Hotel Renew by Aston is an oasis of calm for savvy travelers seeking a more intimate Waikiki experience. This designer boutique hotel is a one-of-a-kind property offering sophisticated serenity throughout its 72 freshly designed rooms. Situated at the center of Waikiki's vibrant shopping and dining area, the hotel is a retreat that promotes wellness and rejuvenation with natural elements reflecting the beauty of Hawaii. ... more   less 
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