You don't usually hear "Waikiki" and "affordable" in the same sentence. Honolulu's buzzy Waikiki neighborhood has long been a hotbed of luxury hotels, upscale shopping, and sleek dining, mostly intended for those with deep pockets, Plus, with so many hotels in one central location, sifting through the listings can be overwhelming and often budget-blowing. But having your dream Hawaiian vacation doesn't have to mean overspending or sacrificing that dreamy beachfront hotel room. Here are the best affordable hotel options right in the middle of Waikiki.
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
This stylish hotel quickly met its goal as being the most Instagrammable hotel in Waikiki. Essentially a grown-up version of a party hostel (in a good way!), the Shoreline is adorned with neon signs and colorful accents, like ceramic solo cups. Every room comes with a welcome tray of complimentary local snacks and drinks, while beach chairs and towels can be borrowed from the front desk. A rotating schedule of activities takes place in the lobby, including acoustic sets from local musicians. Rooms usually book for around $160 a night.
Coconut Waikiki Hotel
Perfect for families and larger groups, the Coconut Waikiki actually encourages guests to hang out in the lobby, which doubles as the property's "living room." The room is decked out with books, board games, a popcorn machine, and a TV, and the Coconut Waikiki also offers other amenities like complimentary breakfast, a laundry room, an outdoor pool, and BBQ grills. Rates are typically around $149 per night.
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
While Queen Kapiolani is more mid-range than some other Waikiki Beach options, you can occasionally find deals that bring the room rate from $200-plus per night closer to $150 or so—a real steal, as this Queen offers up a refreshing Dole whip upon arrival, 24-hour gym access, complimentary sunscreen, beach chairs, and towels. All suites include a kitchenette, and the hotel offers weekly live music, yoga classes, as well as surf demos.
Vive Hotel Waikiki
Vive knows you came to Hawaii for the beach which is why they offer a full beach set completely free. This includes a chair, mat, towels, boogie board, and an umbrella. When you've had too much sun, head to the hotel's hospitality room that has complimentary snacks, as well as books and board games to borrow. You'll receive a Hawaiian welcome drink as well as a deluxe continental breakfast every morning. However, if you're the type to cook for yourself the hotel also includes a communal kitchen that features an oven and microwave—a big perk in pricy Honolulu.
This wellness-focused hotel is reasonably-priced, yet still offers the sybaritic experience some visitors expect from Hawaii. Upon arrival, you'll receive a lemongrass-scented towel and glass of mamaki (a Hawaiian ice tea that's great for flushing toxins and relieving stress.) Their other wellness-focused amenities include a wellness concierge, yoga classes, astrology readings and facials, fitness equipment in every room, and a $20 spa credit.
Park Shore Waikiki
If you want an action-packed Hawaiian vacation, Park Shore has you covered. The hotel offers trainer-led fitness classes seven days a week as well as complimentary GoPros for capturing underwater (and above water) action. Beach chairs, sunscreen, and even after-sun lotion are complimentary.