Dwarfed by huge, big-name hotels, the modestly-priced, Hotel Renew is close enough to Waikiki beach that a decent snorkeling opportunity is just a five-minute walk from the front door. Our room was pleasing to the eye, but small enough that creativity was required for two of us to be able to open our bags at the same time. The bed was very good, and the staff unfailingly helpful. When we wanted a car for a couple of day’s tourism, the desk set us up with Enterprise, a short walk away, for $51/day. The hotel wants $25 per night for valet parking, but the front desk pointed us to nearby streets where parking is free 24/7.
A couple of downsides: Our room came with a balcony affording a bit of ocean view. But the street below is so noisy that we never wanted to use it. For the same reason, we never left our windows open. The furnishings had a modern look, but we wondered if the interior designers had ever actually occupied the room for a night. The bedside shelf was high enough that I cracked my elbow into it more than once. The bathroom sink was not quite deep enough to prevent water from the high faucet from splashing out. There wasn’t an in-room coffee maker, and free morning coffee was not available till 7AM (an issue if you are a couple of hours jet-lagged). The breakfast bread and pastries were bad (the wife says “awful”). We bought granola parfaits at the ABC store next door. (ABC stores are everywhere!) The staff was nice enough to refrigerate them for us so we could pick them up at the front desk first thing in the morning.
On the whole, it was a decent place to stay. I might research other options though before a return engagement.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Renew Hotel Honolulu
- Ocean Tower Hotel
- Hotel Renew By Aston Hawaii/Honolulu