A gorgeous night view of Waikiki from a fantastic suite is the setting for a saucy femme fatal to commit a grizzly murder. If the dichotomy of the scene doesn’t grab you, perhaps the most recognized TV theme music will. What grabbed me was that the room in last week’s episode of Hawaii Five-O appears in many of my vacation pictures.

After returning from our first Hawaii vacation, my husband and I thought that we would watch the Hawaii Five-O episode our DVR faithfully recorded in our absence. We were eager to see if we could possibly recognize any of the locations in the background. We didn’t have to wait long. The opening scene of the episode featured our very suite at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, well, minus the dead body and all. Nothing so dreadful happened during our stay there, nonetheless, it was a thrilling surprise.

The episode was exciting, however; the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is so much more than a beautiful backdrop in a television show. To say that my husband and I greatly enjoyed our stay at the Aston would be an extreme understatement. The location of the hotel alone provides spectacular views of Waikiki – views that words cannot do justice and pictures can only begin to attempt to capture.

We initially checked into a standard room with a king-size bed, refrigerator, small balcony and a sitting area. This room with the draped red and white hibiscus print over the bed was pretty much our vision of a perfect hotel room for our vacation. We were almost giddy when everything was bumped up a notch on the “incredible scale” after we moved into the suite: equipped with a writing desk, refrigerator, two full balconies, sofa and sitting area.

The open-air layout of the hotel lobby provides security to guests in the form of elevators that require a room key to operate. The system does run a little slow, especially during the continental breakfast rush from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. A bit of a wait for the elevator is a small trade off for the piece of mind of secure rooms and halls.

Personally the only three minor things I would change would be to make breakfast hours a little longer, increase the speed of the elevators during the breakfast rush and provide coffee pots in the rooms. I am one of those people who really, really need morning coffee before human interaction. But it is nearly impossible to not have a smile on your face in such a lovely hotel in stunning Waikiki when you can enjoy poolside ukulele music with your breakfast.We are happy to bring a new voice to the Hawaii Aloha Travel blog this week with a guest post by Victoria McGee. If you would like to contribute a post, email: blogeditor@hawaii-aloha.com


  1. So very happy to hear you had a wonderful time at the Aston.  I'm glad we got you out of the Pacific and into them it is truly fantastic there.  Did you happen to catch the group Vaihi, they're a night time entertainment local band.  Great seeing you added to our team. 

  2. Aloha Victoria!   Wonderful post, thank you so much.  I too have had the pleasure of staying at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel.  The rooms are so bright and colorful, the breakfast was excellent ( a step above continental) and the location was perfect!  I also love how they give you thermal bags to take your breakfast on the go. Such a nice hotel and a great price; I like to recommend this property to people.

  3. Howzit Victoria, excellent observations about the AWB. I love hanging out at Tiki's too. FYI the elevator issue is being solved, they are installing one of the most sophisticated elevator system in the state. Mahalo nui for contributing to our blog 🙂

  4. Thanks for the post Victoria and welcome!   I immediately recognized the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel when watching Hawaii Five-0 last week when I saw the red floral bedding, haha! What a great hotel, I recommend it often.  Glad to hear you enjoyed your time there.

  5. Thank you everyone, for the kind words about our hotel!  We sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to serving all of you in the future.  Hawaii 5-0 was a blast and we are honored to have been featured on the show!
    Mark Demello
    General Manager

  6. Thanks for all the comments! We had a blast! Today was my first day back at work and I basically spent the day making the entire office horribly jealous and dreaming of Waikiki!
    I definitely recommend the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel!  The breakfast was great, we loved all the fresh fruit and delicious pastries.  We became hooked on the Toasted Coconut Coffee and Vanilla Macadamian Nut Coffee.
    Tiki's is a fantastic place to sip on a Mai Tai and wach the waves! 

  7. oops, too excited to post about Hawaii… I meant to say "Tiki's is a fantastic place to sip on a Mai Tai and watch the waves!"

  8. I want to add that the staff at the Aston Waikiki Beach are incredible.  The front desk, valet, housekeeping and maintenance personnel are professional and very accommodating.  They made our trip a pleasant and memorable experience. 

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