The 8 Best Oahu Hotels of 2019

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Best Overall: See Prince Waikiki, Honolulu Rates at TripAdvisor "Luxurious, contemporary Prince Waikiki is ranked on TripAdvisor as the best hotel in Honolulu."

Best Budget: See Coconut Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu Rates at TripAdvisor "Proves you can stay in Honolulu’s most desirable neighborhood without breaking the bank."

Best Boutique: See The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Honolulu Rates at TripAdvisor "The ideal choice for those in search of a stylish, boutique accommodation option."

Best for Families: See Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Kapolei Rates at TripAdvisor "Thanks to its white sand beach and safe swimming lagoon, the property is custom-made for family fun."

Best Romantic: See Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu Rates at TripAdvisor "Private balconies and deep soaking tubs add to the overall romance."

Best Luxury: See The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu Rates at TripAdvisor "All rooms and suites spoil with opulent furnishings and state-of-the-art technology."

Best for Adventure: See Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku Rates at TripAdvisor "Offers expert surfing lessons and excursions by stand-up paddleboard, kayak or outrigger canoe."

Best Remote: See Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, Haleiwa Rates at TripAdvisor "The perfect location for those who simply want to step off the beaten track, escape the Honolulu hubbub, and reconnect with nature."

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Best Overall: Prince Waikiki, Honolulu

Prince Waikiki

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The luxurious, contemporary Prince Waikiki is considered the best hotel in Honolulu. Those who've been laud its oceanfront location at the crossroads of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, steps away from the beautiful and pristine Kahanamoku Beach. Acclaimed local art adorns the hotel interior, of which the most eye-catching is a ceiling installation in the lobby comprised of more than 800 glistening copper pieces. All rooms and suites complement nature-inspired décor with floor-to-ceiling ocean views, while marble bathrooms, a Smart TV, a mini-fridge, and a coffeemaker ensure that you feel at home, away from home.

Choose a room with access to the Club Lounge, and you can enjoy complimentary culinary presentations throughout the day. Then, in between meals, spend lazy hours soaking up the sunshine by the serene infinity pool or take part in hotel hula and Tai Chi lessons. A scheduled shuttle takes you to the 27-hole Hawaii Prince Golf Club. The hotel also has a choice of restaurants, cafés, and bars. Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo is the brand’s first location outside Japan, while 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar pairs craft cocktails and an island-inspired buffet with magical ocean views. 

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Best Budget: Coconut Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu

Coconut Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu

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With rooms starting at just $112 a night, Coconut Waikiki Hotel proves you can stay in Honolulu’s most desirable neighborhood without breaking the bank. Waikiki Beach is a 10-minute walk away, while the hotel itself has a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere that encourages guests to stay in and hang out. Meet your fellow travelers around the communal tables in the living room-style lobby, or take part in regular activities that range from sand castle competitions to trivia nights. In the garden, you’ll find a heated swimming pool and oversized games like Jenga and chess.

Standard rooms offer an impressive host of amenities, including a small private lanai, a 42” TV, a wet bar, and a Keurig coffeemaker. There are no hidden costs either. The WiFi is free, as is the continental breakfast. Complimentary popcorn, tea, and coffee are constantly available in the lobby, and while there’s no formal restaurant on-site, there are free-to-use barbecue grills in the garden. If you don’t feel like cooking, several affordable restaurants are within walking distance. Secure underground valet parking is available for a reasonable $30 daily fee. 

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Best Boutique: The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Honolulu

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Honolulu

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Located a few doors along from Coconut Waikiki Hotel, The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is the ideal choice for those in search of a stylish, boutique accommodation option. The laid-back Aloha theme is brought to life by handcrafted furniture, local artwork, and quirky references to Waikiki’s retro past. Your stay begins with a welcome basket packed with island snacks, and the rooms and suites are stocked with artisan toiletries. No matter which category you book, you’ll also benefit from a private lanai, a wireless speaker, and a 40- to 50-inch flat-screen TV.

The heart of the hotel is the Swim Club. Far more than a place to simply cool off, it’s also a cultural space for spoken story sessions with local creatives and open-air movie premieres. From 6 to 9 p.m. every evening, the pool is an adults-only getaway. A daily amenity fee grants you access to towels and beach chairs throughout your stay, and it serves as a key to the on-site Solé bicycles if you want to explore the city in style. You’ll also receive a dining credit for Mahina & Sun’s, the on-premise restaurant of acclaimed Honolulu-born chef Ed Kenney. 

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Best for Families: Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Kapolei

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Kapolei

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For the family vacation of a lifetime, head to Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina on the island’s sunny west coast. Thanks to its white sand beach and safe swimming lagoon, the property is custom-made for family fun. Start a water fight in the dedicated family pool, sign up for lessons at the tennis center, or introduce your children to Hawaiian culture with an outrigger canoe ride. Also for the kids are its overnight glamping experiences, complete with stargazing, storytelling, and s' mores. When you want a moment to yourselves, book them into supervised kids’ club Camp Kohola.

Spend your adult time on the Ko Olina Golf Course or enjoying a massage at Naupaka Spa & Wellness Center. The latter also offers treatments for little ones aged 10 and older. There are five restaurants to choose from, all with special kids’ menus. In the evening, babysitting services give you the chance for a romantic meal a deux. All rooms can accommodate up to two children on rollaway beds and cribs. Book a one-bedroom suite for the extra space afforded by a separate living room and at least two full bathrooms.

Check out other accommodations with our selection of the best family-friendly hotels in Hawaii.

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Best Romantic: Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu

Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu

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A beachfront location in Waikiki and uninterrupted views of Diamond Head have made Halekulani Hotel a popular choice for romantic getaways since it first opened in 1907. Each of its rooms and suites use seven shades of white to achieve an atmosphere of elegance and tranquility, while private balconies and deep soaking tubs add to the overall romance. Join morning stretch classes and surf demos on the beach, or reconnect by the beautiful heated pool. The concierge can also arrange more active pursuits, from sailing and snorkeling to outrigger canoe rides.

For many couples, SpaHalekulani is the hotel’s biggest highlight, with a private suite for indulgent couples treatments. One of them (the Devotion package) includes a candlelit Jacuzzi bath with Champagne, side-by-side massages and lunch for two on a private terrace. There are six restaurants and bars at Halekulani. Opt for romantic French fine-dining at La Mer, Oahu’s only AAA, five-diamond restaurant. Cattleya Wine Bar serves Mediterranean tapas and global wines, while House Without a Key is a charming spot for informal island cuisine, live music, and signature mai tais beneath a century-old kiawe tree. 

For newly wedded couples, read our reviews of the best Hawaii honeymoon resorts.

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Best Luxury: The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu

The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort is one of the island’s most exclusive accommodation options. It enjoys a tranquil location on the edge of Waikiki’s hustle and bustle in residential Kahala and is mere steps from its own private white sand beach. All rooms and suites spoil with opulent furnishings and state-of-the-art technology; but to experience the pinnacle of luxury, book one of four Signature Suites. Each includes a complimentary breakfast, an in-suite chef’s appetizer and cocktail service every evening, 60-minute massages for two, and the services of a personal concierge.

There are countless ways to spend your days at The Kahala. Work on your tan by the beachfront swimming pool, or sign up for an encounter with the bottlenose dolphins who inhabit the resort’s natural lagoon. There’s a luxury shopping arcade, and a spa with nine private treatment suites. Dining is equally multifarious, with five delicious options to choose from. At Hoku’s, the Master Sommelier pairs fine wines with gourmet Hawaiian cuisine; while Plumeria Beach House is a laid-back destination with open-air terraces, a la carte menus, and a lavish weekly seafood buffet.  

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Best for Adventure: Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku

Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku

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For those who want to experience Oahu’s great outdoors in all its untamed splendor, choose Turtle Bay Resort on the surf-tossed North Shore. The Guidepost experience center makes the most of the resort’s dramatic oceanfront location, offering expert surfing lessons and excursions by stand-up paddleboard, kayak or outrigger canoe. You can also sign up for snorkeling, or keep your feet dry with a hiking trip, bike adventure or horse-riding experience. Turtle Bay is the only Oahu resort with helicopter tours on-site. It also boasts a Tennis Centre and two championship golf courses.

With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder the spa offers deep tissue massages in addition to relaxing treatments and beauty rituals. There are seven bars and restaurants at Turtle Bay, all of which serve farm-to-table cuisine made with the best organic ingredients from land and sea. For fine Hawaiian meals in a beautiful oceanfront setting, make sure to visit signature restaurant Pa’akai. All rooms spoil with sea views and most have private lanais. Spacious suites, luxury Beach Cottages, and multi-bedroom Ocean Villas are also available. 

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Best Remote: Ke Iki Beach Bungalows, Haleiwa

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows

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Like Turtle Bay Resort, Ke Iki Beach Bungalows is also located on the North Shore, on a 1.5-acre tropical garden property edged by the golden sands of Ke Iki Beach. In other words, it is the perfect location for surfers itching to ride the world-famous Banzai Pipeline (a 15-minute walk along the coast), or even for those who simply want to step off the beaten track, escape the Honolulu hubbub, and reconnect with nature. In addition to its spectacular waves, the area surrounding Ke Iki is ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing.

Choose a one- or two-bedroom beachfront or garden-view bungalow. All 11 units are a few meters from the sand and feature rustic, island-style décor. Wi-Fi and a TV give you the option of staying connected with the real world, as a hammock invites you to while away your days beneath the shade of the garden palms. Though on-site restaurants are nowhere to be found, all bungalows have a full kitchen, a picnic table, and an outdoor barbecue. A grocery store and several food trucks are located within walking distance, and restaurants in Haleiwa town are a 10-minute drive away.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best Honolulu hotels.

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