Honolulu is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. This is the largest city in Hawaii, packed with resorts, tours, surfing, and a thriving arts and culture scene. It’s where many people begin their exploration of the Hawaiian Islands and has even been referred to as the center of the Hawaiian universe! As you plan your trip, here are the best Honolulu hotels and resorts to choose from.
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Hilton is a popular hotel name all around the world, but the Hilton in Honolulu offers one of the very best stretches of Waikiki Beach. The Ali’I and the Rainbow are the two towers here with oceanside guest rooms, suites and luxury condos. This is a village-style resort on 22 acres of oceanfront with five pools, 20 restaurants and bars, the Mandara Spa, and exotic wildlife in the gardens and ponds. There’s even a children’s program to keep the kids entertained and lots of daily activities that get you involved in everything from hula dancing lessons to exercise classes in the mornings.
For a serene and comfortable stay in Honolulu, consider staying at the Halekulani Hotel, a five-star hotel on the beach. Packages you can splurge on include the ocean view upgrade, sunrise breakfast, spa package, romance package, and family plan. Not only does the spa offer a wide range of treatments, but it also hosts a Living Well lecture series with hour-long classes about eating well and developing healthy habits. This is a popular spot for weddings and special events as well.
To experience a different side of Honolulu, the Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head offers a more tucked-away stay outside the main stretch of Kalakaua Avenue. This is a boutique hotel that lets you find your own personal Zen, and it’s conveniently located between Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Special touches offered here include evening wine reception, beach cruiser bikes to use, and outdoor yoga classes. Every day from 4-5:30pm, join your fellow guests for a complimentary glass of wine in the lobby. The Wisp Lounge is the place to go for signature cocktails. The onsite restaurant serves breakfast daily from 7-10am, happy hour from 4-7pm and also 9:30pm to midnight, and dinner from 5-10pm.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a luxury hotel in Honolulu that’s about 10 minutes from Waikiki Beach. It’s been open to guests since 1964 and regularly hosted world leaders and celebrities. You can choose a room with a view of the mountains or the ocean, and popular experiences here are the spa, sailing tours, kids club, pool, fitness center, and shopping gallery. Executive Chef Wayne Hirabayashi is in charge of onsite cuisine at the resort, which you can try for yourself at the seafood buffets, wine tasting events, ethnic fusion fare, casual beachside fare, afternoon tea, or Italian favorites.
Located on Honolulu’s upper west side, the Equus is a boutique hotel in Honolulu with easy access to large shopping malls, restaurants, and the beach. It’s on a 100-acre stretch of beautiful beachfront on Oahu’s north shore and home to the Hawaii Polo Club. It’s connection to polo and horses is what makes the Equus Hotel truly unique. Therefore, trail rides are available to hotel guests and you may even be able to watch a polo match. Each guest that stays here during polo season will receive two free admission tickets to a match! Otherwise, guests will also enjoy a pool, picnic tables, a weekly wine reception, and free Wi-Fi. Public parking is available for $25 per day, and pets are not allowed.
This historic hotel was opened in 1927 and is very connected to local culture. It is known as the Pink Palace of the Pacific and has rooms in the Lani Tower and in the historic building. The Abhasa Spa is a sanctuary for pampering, the Surf Lanai Restaurant offers breakfast and lunch, the Mai Tai Bar serves beachfront cocktails, the Azure Restaurant features fresh seafood, and Aha’Aina offers a true celebration of Hawaiian culture through food, song, and hula.
Here’s a boutique hotel that’s family friendly with bright rooms newly renovated in the winter of 2016. Waikiki Beach is just steps away, and you can see the Ala Wai Mountains from the rooms. Land and water adventures can be booked through the hotel, and there is a kids’ package for little travelers coming to Honolulu as well.
The Westin in Honolulu, known as Moana Surfrider is also a great place to stay here. This hotel balances Victorian elegance and modern charm in an oceanfront setting. There are 791 rooms and suites here, as well as onsite cultural activities every day, cabana rentals, a spa, fitness center, beach house, and historical tours offered on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Outrigger is a friendly resort that displays Polynesian art and embraces the relaxing spirit of the islands. There are 635 rooms and suites here that have all the comforts of home and many rooms with ocean views. The Kani Ka Pila Grille is the onsite restaurant, there’s a Starbucks coffee here, and also lots of shops to browse. Kick back and enjoy some slack-key guitar music and a Mai Tai!
This is another boutique hotel and a full-service lifestyle hotel that is highly rated. It’s a top pick for urban travelers who plan to mix business with pleasure. The Modern Honolulu overlooks Ala Wai harbor, making your stay the perfect launching point for water adventures. Why not catch a surfing lesson from an expert surfer and learn how to hang ten?
As the name suggests, Surfjack is all about surf culture and being a meeting ground for adventurers and travelers. There’s a swim club with open-air movie premiers and amazing cocktails. Mahina & Suns is the onsite eatery that’s hip, casual, and features organic ingredients. Artwork on display has been sourced from local artists, and Hawaiian hospitality gets a little less stuffy when you stay in one of these 112 vintage-inspired rooms.