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


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