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Aston Islander on the Beach
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Kapaa
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

This was our third trip to Kauai and our first time staying at an Aston property. The room was adequate and clean. Nothing luxurious, very basic. Bed was comfortable. Good location for beach trips to either the north or south shore. It is family friendly but quiet. Nice walking path right along the ocean, beautiful! Our check in and check out process was smooth and pleasant. They allowed us to store our bags on the last day as we had a late flight back to Honolulu. We would stay here again but would ask for a second floor room so we could keep the door open at night and hear the ocean. We went to the Farmers Market at the shopping center next door for fruit, and Safeway, Longs and ABC stores are minutes away. Some nice inexpensive restaurants nearby too. Great value!

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4  Thank Julford58
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

My wife and I stayed in the ocean front room, which was probably 10 steps from the beach. the room was very clean and comfortable a little on the small side but it still very nice. every morning we would open up our sliding door and looking at the rolling tides crashing on the beach. the staff was very accommodating and friendly they helped us find great places to go to eat and sight see.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank gijoeandsurfergirl
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

We loved our first floor ocean view room at Islander on the Beach. It is close to LIH airport and location was great for exploring both north or south. It was so relaxing listening to the ocean as we sat on the lanai or as we feel asleep. The grounds were very beautiful with flowers and blooming trees. It was very peaceful and quiet. We were very pleased with our choice and would return again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank See-Doug
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

Our ground floor room was large & clean w/ micro, small frig, dishes, dish soap & tea towel. Property is peaceful with lots of beautiful flowers & well laid out with pool, pool bar, self-laundry & free DVD's. Coconut Marketplace next door has a few shops & take-away style restaurants. Other than that, there is little activity going on, but maybe that is just Kuaui! Would be nice to have Wi-fi in rooms & breakfast available!

Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
2  Thank laurenat40
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at the Aston Islander. Our room was very spacious and really beautiful. I loved the decor and the beds were amazing. We could see a slice of the ocean from our room and lanai. There was a mini fridge, microwave, coffee pot and sink.
The laundry facilities were great, and had a free DVD rental machine inside to use in your room.
There was a small shopping center next door which we visited a few nights. There were some small places to eat, so we would just grab dinner and take it back and enjoy it in our room or on the lanai. There was a lot of parking but it always seem to fill very quickly, we were lucky and seemed to grab the last open spot a couple nights. The staff was very friendly.
I would happily stay here again because I loved the location, the beautiful room and being able to walk down to the beach each morning and night across the lovely grounds.
Kauai is truly beautiful...flowers everywhere and the people of Kauai are wonderful.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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6  Thank slj
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

We loved our ocean front, 3rd floor room in the Nihau building! We woke up to the sunset every morning, we slept to the sound of the ocean right outside our door every night. The grounds of the hotel were absolutely beautiful with all the flowers, and lots of plumeria trees. We enjoyed having quieter, older fellow resort guests. I purposely picked the Islander because I knew it wasn't a great swimming beach and probably wouldn't attract a lot of young families. However, we enjoyed the shade trees just feet from the beach to sit in the lounge chairs and enjoy the view and read. Our room had some dishes and knives and cutting boards so we could have breakfast on the lanai. There were restaurants in walking distance, a nice path to walk along the beach, and shopping in the Coconut Marketplace. We experienced no parking issues, just ask for a pass to put in your windsheild to park next door. The staff were always very helpful and friendly. We would definitely go back to the Islander again.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Ritajay
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

The Aston is not too far from LIH airport and is pretty much centrally located in getting around the island to the other attractions. We used frequent flyer points to stay here and chose the Aston based on reviews from tripadvisor. We were looking for a clean, nice place within our point budget.
We were pleased upon our late arrival (11pm or so), the lobby desk was closed however our room key was left with the security guard in a sealed envelope w/paper work. No hassles, just checked in when we woke up the next morning. We got a garden view room with two full size beds on the second floor (there are no elevators as previously mentioned, but was not really a problem for us). Our garden view was beautiful as the grounds are well kept yet we had a very nice ocean view at the same time. Bonus for us since we didn't care either way; we would rather view the ocean by actually standing on the beach rather than from our room.
The room itself was very clean; big bathroom, kitchenette (sink, microwave, mini fridge, mini coffee maker, cupboards w/utensils), two full size beds (wish they were queens for a little extra room), clean linens, TV (a tad outdated), playstation2/DVD player, table w/2 chairs, air conditioned, balcony w/ table & 2 chairs. The room was tiled and had granite counter tops. The shower/tub were a little outdated but worked and were clean.
There is a $10 resort fee which we thought should be optional but it isn't. The fee includes free DVD rentals which we utilized since we were paying for it anyway. The selection of DVDs were actually decent and pretty current; playstation games available too.
The pool area was in good condition with nice lounge chairs, umbrella coverings, and BBQ grills available for guests. The pool itself was clean but had minor cosmetic defects (bottom of pool was chipped) but was heated yet refreshing. The jacuzzi was also clean and in good working condition, decent sized, and sometimes a bit hot for such a warm climate.
The bartender was just OK. Nothing to write home about but she did make decent/strong drinks. We didn't spend much time at the bar, we sat down on the beach instead enjoying the surroundings.
The beach was beautiful in our eyes. Yes there is driftwood on the beach itself but we found it pretty. The water is nice but there is not much room to swim/float due to the reef/rocks. We just strapped on our snorkels and floated along the surface and enjoyed the different marine life. We found it convenient to have chairs and lounges provided by the hotel actually on the beach itself. They were not new but they were comfortable and we fell asleep a few times laying out.
Parking did get crowded towards the evening but we never had to park far; an easy 2 minute walk at most.
One more thing to add was that the walls were borderline thin. We could hear people if they were in the hall (some seemed obnoxious and loud in the rooms nearby ours) and in the courtyard. The cons of the Aston are not a deal breaker (for us) but something to add in just to make this review as real as possible.
I think we covered everything and overall we really enjoyed this property and would stay again.

Pros: CLEAN, good location, nice beach, good views, kitchenette.
Cons: resort fee, parking, thin walls, no elevators.

Room Tip: I hope this review was helpful. We are a very active couple and spent most of our days from sunrise...
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank Byebyebeautiful
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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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kapaa
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kapaa
#6 Family Hotel in Kapaa
Price Range: $172 - $259 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Aston Islander on the Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Aston Islander on the Beach features a sparkling pool with a poolside bar, lush gardens for strolling, and a beautiful beachfront location - popular for viewing Hawaiian monk seals. Enjoy the convenience of the adjacent Coconut Marketplace's 60 boutiques and restaurants. It's impressive oceanfront and plantation-style charm make this relaxing resort the most enticing retreat on Kauai. Please note: The hotel collects a daily amenity fee which includes DVD movies and Playstation 3 game rentals, Airport Shuttle service (must call hotel direct at least 24-72 hours in advance to make arrangements), a voucher for a refreshing Mango Lemonade OR Imua Coffee per paying adult, per one time per stay, daily newspaper, daily coffee and tea, in-room safe, WiFi internet, and local & toll-free calls. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aston Islander On The Beach Hotel Kapaa
Aston Hotel Kapaa
Best Western Kapaa
Resortquest Islander Beach Kauai
Islander Beach Kauai
Aston Islander On The Beach Kauai/Kapaa

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