With nearly 30,000 hotel rooms within the 3.4 square miles of Waikiki, you can find a wide range of price points for lodgings. These hotels may not offer the absolute cheapest rates, but they provide excellent bang for your buck. If you see a deal here you like — book it!
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TIP: Most hotels have 4pm check-in. Ask for an early check-in. If they are unable to accommodate they will let you store your bags and you can head to the beach!
Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club
Promoting true Hawaiian hospitality, the design team here collaborated with the best and brightest local talent to create an ambiance that evokes Waikiki’s mid-century splendor with a modern twist.The 112 “bungalow” rooms and suites are on Lewers Street, a short walk to the shops as well as the beach.
- Surfjack teamed up with famed chef Ed Kenney to create Mahina & Sun’s which is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike.
- Don’t feel like leaving the property every night? Stick around for the nightly movie by the pool with its Instagrammable “Wish you were here” logo.
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
This award-winning beachfront property has a prime location in Waikiki near shops and restaurants. Rising above the sands, the 16-story resort has 524 rooms with private lanais and views of Diamond Head and the ocean. The Outrigger is also known for its family-friendly amenities, such as an outdoor pool. Book a room in the Voyager 47 category for access to the excellent amenities of the club lounge, including free breakfast.
Fun fact: the name Outrigger was given because this is the original site of the legendary Outrigger Canoe Club, home to famous watermen like Duke Kahanamoku.
- On-site dining and entertainment options are abundant and first rate, including the Blue Note Hawaii nightclub and Hula Grill off the lobby to the ground-floor restaurant, Duke’s Waikiki, with live entertainment daily.
Sheraton Princess Kaʻiulani
Built on the former home of Princess Victoria Kaʻiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn (1875–1899), this hotel close to shops and the beach was the tallest building in Hawaii (11 stories) when it opened in 1955. The property recently went through a $35 million renovation and is a haven for mid-century modern Hawaiiana, with artwork and prints from the 1960s sourced from Bishop Museum, plus original artwork featuring Hawaiian royalty that has hung in the hotel since its debut. Take advantage of the amenities included in the resort fee, including a beach chair, beachfront yoga, water aerobics and daily cultural activities.
- The courtyard Splash Bar and large pool form a surprisingly tranquil oasis in busy Waikiki.
- Rooms may be on the small side, but views of the ocean, the Waikiki skyline and city lights at night can be breathtaking, and with 1,140 rooms to choose from, rates are often very affordable.
Kaimana Beach Hotel
Formerly the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, this gorgeously renovated beachfront property debuted its new look in early 2021. is ideal for those who want the excitement of Waikiki without the crowds. It’s on Kaimana (Sans Souci) Beach, about 2 miles east of downtown Waikiki, but very walkable to everything. The rooms (many with floor-to-ceiling windows) have stunning views of either Diamond Head (2.7 miles from the hotel) or the ocean, and all have some type of balcony or patio to soak in the vistas. The soaring living room-style lobby with a kaleidoscope of island-inspired artwork also inspires lounging.
- A locals’ favorite ince the original hotel debuted in 1963, Hau Tree restaurant has been deliciously reimagined by island superstar chef Chris Kajioka, with a standout, all-day rosé brunch on Saturday and Sunday and fabulous cocktail menu.
- Among the Kaimana Beach Club amenities, included in your stay, are fitness classes, lei making, Electra cruiser bikes, surfboard rentals through Kai Sallas’ Pro Surf School, and beach gear.
Coconut Waikiki Hotel
This 81-room hotel offers a fun, funky atmosphere just out of the chaos, overlooking Ala Wai Canal and the Koolau Mountains from its perch at the end of Lewers Street, three blocks from Waikiki Beach. Rooms come with kitchenettes, lanais and bright, contemporary decor; onsite are a small heated pool and 24-hour fitness center when you’re not busy exploring Waikiki.
- Prices are some of the lowest for this quality of lodgings, and include a complimentary continental breakfast.
Renovated in 2019, this chic property is ideal for budget-minded travelers with high standards. The 72 rooms feature stylish, mid century modern design with oak and rattan details, cotton linens and high-end bath amenities. It’s just a block from Waikiki Beach, too.
- The resort fee includes use of all kinds of beach gear, in-room fitness equipment, and surfboard storage.
- The wellness theme extends to make-your-own lavender bags for a good night’s sleep.
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Centrally located and a couple blocks from the beach, the Shoreline features an Instagram-worthy rooftop pool and whimsical, neon-bright design aesthetic throughout the property. The 110 rooms showcase colorful and quirky furnishings, and offer private balconies, mini-fridges, platform beds and plush linens, all for a much lower price than the larger resorts.
Besides the fun vibe and great price, Shoreline has some excellent amenities, from the welcome package of locally made snacks, drinks and a kukui nut lei to the Public Good bath products in bioplastic bottles and bell service.