How to Choose a Place to Stay in Hawaii

Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii aerial view into crater
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One key to a successful trip to Hawaii is choosing the right type of lodging that is best for you and your family. Whether you decide on a bed and breakfast, rental condominium, private rental property or a world-class hotel or resort, Hawaii has something that will fit your needs and your pocketbook.

Hotels and Resorts

Unlike some areas of the world where you may find just a handful of hotels at a given destination, Hawaii has literally thousands of places where you can stay.

If money is no object and you really want to be pampered, there are many top-notch, world-class resorts on each of the major islands. All of the large hotel chains have properties in the islands: Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Sheraton, and Westin, to name just a few.

You'll also find several chains which are less familiar to you by name, but which offer excellent accommodations throughout the islands, the largest of which are Aqua Hotels and Resorts and Outrigger Hotels and Resorts.

Many of the resorts in Hawaii offer special programs for children and teens, allowing parents some time for themselves.

In addition to luxury resorts, you'll find many less expensive hotels which offer fewer amenities, but which also are much more affordable, especially if you're bringing a large family. In many areas, you can find hotels which have kitchenettes in the room. This will allow you to prepare breakfast and some smaller meals at less expense than a restaurant.

Rental Homes

For a large family with some money to burn, many of the islands have rental homes which can be obtained on a weekly or monthly basis. The cost can be high, but you have all of the comforts of home and a lot more privacy than at a hotel.

Condominiums

For many folks, a rental condominium is the choice of accommodation.

Renting a condo is a good compromise between a staying at a hotel and renting an entire house. Most rental condominiums are available for stays as short as three days, up to as long as you'd like. Most come with full kitchens. The prices for condo rentals are very affordable for most folks, often about half of what you would pay in one of the luxury hotels.

Bed and Breakfasts

A final option for lodgings in Hawaii is bed and breakfasts. You'll find many of these on the islands, especially on Kauai and Maui. Some even have small on-site cottages where the guests stay while the host stays in the main house.

How to Book Your Lodging

Booking your lodging can be done in several ways. You can, of course, book through a travel agent or contact the lodging directly. Many bed and breakfasts, condos and hotels offer specials only available on the Internet and require you to book online. You can also book through online companies such as kayak.com, expedia.com, and orbitz.com to name just a few.