Searching for the best hotels in Oahu for your upcoming vacation? You’ll find that a majority of the choice hotels are in Waikiki, but a few exceptional Oahu resorts are located just outside of this bustling Oahu lodging enclave. Whether you are looking for the best Oahu luxury hotels or searching for some of alternatively cheap Waikiki Hotels, there is a great selection for everyone!
3 of the original Waikiki beach hotels that still remain standing today, still outshine the typical hotels in Oahu, with their old school charm, style, and exquisite details. Consider classic Oahu luxury hotels such as the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel, The Pink Palace Royal Hawaiian and the Ilikai Hotel.
Often referred as the “First lady of Waikiki”, the Moana Surfrider hasn’t skipped a beat since she was built in 1901. Take a journey back into history, and walk the same elegant hallways that legendary Shirley Temple, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and others once did.
This historic landmark Oahu Hotel is also well known for the banyan tree that was planted during the construction of the original Moana Hotel. Today it towers 75 feet above the outdoor courtyard and extends her branches 150 feet across.
This luxury Oahu Hotel was built in 1927 with a beautiful Spanish Moorish style and architecture that holds a strong presence today. Commonly referred as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific”, because of its pink salmon colored walls, stand out from all other neighboring hotels in Waikiki. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel has 528 room, 2 pools, beachfront, and hosts its own weekly Luau.
A classic 1960’s Oahu hotel that presents a timeless contemporary look and feel. The Ilikai Hotel was a marvel built in 1964 that scrapes the skies 30 floors high with a restaurant that sits on top and a glass elevator that takes you there. The Ikikai Hotel is also well known for its huge poolside lanai, where the party feels like it never ends.
They are not Hawaii’s classics, but these unique hotels in Oahu are well on their way to making there on mark on this island!
Ranking at the top of its class for modern hotels in Oahu with a nice balance of Hawaiian finishes, the Halekulani is a stunning sight to see! No details were spared in this Oahu Hotel, including the restaurant settings, the hibiscus flower infinity pool, and the elegant Lewer lounge. The only irony is the location, in front of Gray’s Beach, which displays the least amount of sand in Waikiki.
If you have served in the US military, don’t think twice about where to stay on Oahu. The 817 room Hale Koa Hotel was built on the Fort DuRussy property to honor those who are serving, or who have served in the US military forces. The subsidized rates are a steal that range from $91 on up.
This is the only Oahu Hotel that is set in beautiful and lush tropical garden. Even if you are not staying at the Hale Koa, it's worth a stroll through the 72 acre estate!
This Oahu Hotel lives large like the big island resorts, with two 30 foot towers, 2 pools, 12 shops, 6 Oahu restaurants, and 14 conference rooms. But it’s not about business here at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Hotel, but more like pure Hawaiian entertainment. If Las Vegas developed a Waikiki themed hotel…this would be it!
The Waikiki Beach Marriott has a huge 3-acre lani that is colorfully decorated with island flavor, including daily schedules of Hawaiian Cultural performances and workshops. Don’t miss the Holana Blowhole feature in the lobby that will erupt.
I’m not sure “cheap” is the best word to describe these next few hotels, but definitely the best bang for the buck!
The New Otani is definitely a favorite Waikiki hotel for its simplicity, location and reasonable pricing! Enjoy the exciting energy of Waikiki, but choose to stay in the surrounding peacefulness of Kapiolani Park. You will find a small pocket of buildings, including the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, located at the end of the park, at the base of Diamond Head. This mid-size hotel also sits in front of one of the best sections of Waikiki sand, known as San Souci beach.
Another great choice amongst the cheap Waikiki Hotels! The Kai Aloha Hotel is a small 3-story Oahu Hotel with only 10 rooms. The rooms are clean, but have an outdated 1950’s feel about them. What makes the Kai Aloha Hotel so special beyond the low nightly cost, is its location next to the spacious Fort DuRussy Park and beautiful Hale Koa gardens.
The friendly staff, recent renovations and deals on low priced stays makes up for the short walk you will need to take to get to the beach. Some of the hotels in Waikiki, that do not have direct beach access must find ways to best compete against one another. The Waikiki Resort Hotel does a great job of competing for your business. There is no additional cost for parking, valet service, use of room safes, beach towels, beach chairs and other accommodations and needs you might like.
Enjoy your stay!