Price From $125
'Hood The southeastern end of Waikiki, near Diamond Head Crater Park. It's a five-minute walk from the resort to Kapiolani Beach Park, whose shaded lawns and picnic tables are a low-key alternative to the crowded Waikiki beaches.
The Gist Fresh from a multimillion-dollar renovation (completed in June 2010), this 38-floor mega resort is well situated for families. The 435 rooms each come with an outfitted kitchen, a separate living room, and a private balcony. The color scheme is neutral, and windows face the Pacific Ocean, Diamond Head, or the majestic Koolau Range. Guests have the run of the sixth-floor recreation deck, with a barbecue and picnic area, tennis courts, and a pool; a free beach ball is provided at check-in. If that's not enough to keep the kids busy, snorkel sets ($3.50 per day) and boogie boards ($8) are also available.
Free Wi-Fi? Yes.
Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, Discover, MC, Visa.
Details One-bedroom suites from $125, ocean-view one-bedroom suites from $161, two-bedroom suites from $236.
Thanks for Sharing Reader Lynn Anderson, who vacationed with her family at the Aston, raves about the experience and the convenient location. "It's a short walk to the beach, the market, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Honolulu Zoo, and many great restaurants and shops."