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“Waikiki Boutique Hotel” 4 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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Albuquerque
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Waikiki Boutique Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Waterford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Very nice hotel just a block from Waikiki Beach. A very pleasant stay. Nice continental breakfast and front desk was very helpful. Our room had a very nice view of the beach. The hotel provided (gratis) beach chairs and towels - very nice. I could not have asked for a better place to stay. Love the sheets.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We recently stayed at Hotel Renew for 11 nights - we loved it! From when we got there till the day we went home it was great. The rooms were nice and well maintained daily. The location is fantastic, only a 30 second walk to the beach. The staff were so friendly and extremely helpful, and always willing to do so much to accomodate their guests - especially Mike and Nohea. They were great! If we get the chance to return to Honolulu we will be returning to Hotel Renew!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Beaumont, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights Feb 2 , through feb 5, 2013. Room 906 was very nice. Great view of Waikiki Beach, and view of Diamond head from the balcony.
The room was cleaned daily. We felt like the only people there is was so quiet.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We've had a great time in Oahu and wouldn't have had such a great time if it wasn't for the staff of Hotel Renew! From arrival to departure they were all very helpful. They pointed out good spots to have food; be it lunch, dinner or even some casual drinks. The staff were more than happy to confirm our tours and activities for us, recommend other things for us to do and see and assist us with any queries. The rooms are lovely and serviced daily which was nice. The beds are amazing - the pillows not so much. Hotel Renew is in a good location being a 30 second walk from the beach and an easy walk to great shopping! Kasi - the bar tender- was especially awesome. Not only does she make wicked drinks she helped us locate a shop we didn't know was on Oahu and pointed out places and stuff to do on the second leg of our trip in Maui. You should let Kasi rock her Mohawk , its an extension of her personality and it's pretty and pink. The only negative side of Hotel Renew was the Continental breakfast, there was too many sweet options and not enough savory things. All in all we had a great time at Hotel Renew and would recommend it to family and friends and would stay here again when we return to Oahu!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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10 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a nice hotel with helpful and polite staff. The rooms are functional and clean.

The hotel is located at the far end of Waikiki which was fine for us since we liked to be a little off the big buzzle but still be in walking distance to the main strip – and the posh shops on the other end of Waikiki are definitely not our taste.
As already mentioned by other reviewers, the surroundings can get a little noisy during the night or early mornings. We were already jet lagged from our trip and therefore this was not such an issue for us.

The included breakfast is convenient but don't expect much.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Colorado
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We loved Hotel Renew. They great you at check in with fresh towels to freshen up and lovely pineapple juice. I am craving the juice to this day! I picked the hotel based on reviews from Tripadvisor and was very happy with our hotel. The staff was fabulous. They delivered our luggage to our room. We loved our location, right across the road from the beach. Everything was in walking distance. We had a rental car to go to the North Shore and the Polynesian center. The valet parking was nice. I didn't have to worry about the car. In our room rate we were given beach mats and beach chairs. The room was set up well. The beds were comfortable and the room was clean. This was a great little boutique hotel, if you are looking for big name this is not for you. I loved it! I look for boutique hotels first, now every time I travel thanks to Hotel Renew. I love the little things, like the lobby bathroom was so modern and unique. We had 2 rooms and they accommodated us and gave us rooms across the hall from each other. The only problem we had was air conditioning in one room not working properly at first called the desk and maintenance was sent to the room in under 5 minutes. There was a little wear on the carpets. The humidity is wreaking havoc, but this was true in another hotel we stayed at as well. Because it is a small hotel there is not a view. The big chain hotels block the view. If I ever get back to Hawaii I will stay at Hotel Renew for my entire visit.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#10 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#10 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#11 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Renew by Aston 3*
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

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