The 10 best hotels in Honolulu


By Sarah Sekula, published on 

Honolulu offers consistently perfect temps, a thriving nightlife scene, and some of the world’s best beaches. In this land of permanent vacation, you’ll find yourself relaxing the island way. Thanks to Honolulu’s enduring popularity, it’s home to a wide range of hotels. From surf-centric boutique getaways to high-end, modern stays, it’s easy to find exactly what you need.

Here’s where to stay if you want to lounge poolside, sleep within walking distance of restaurants and experience the island’s world-famous surf scene. Read on to learn my personal favorite places to stay in Honolulu.

Kaimana Beach Hotel

Address: 2863 Kalakaua Avenue

Price: $54-1143/night

Because Kaimana Beach Hotel sits right on the sand (one of the few in the area that do, believe it or not), it’s easy to while away the day on property. And it sure doesn’t hurt that the beach is one of the quietest in Honolulu. I dined at Hau Tree Restaurant’s open-air terrace, sat in a complimentary Peligo beach chairs to soak up some vitamin D and worked on my wave-catching skills with Kai Sallas’ on-site surf school. Guests can even shape their own longboard with the pro himself. 

On my list for next time: snorkel the shallow reef, bike through the neighborhood (Electra cruisers are complimentary for guests) and take a sunset yoga class with Diamond Head as my backdrop. Hands down, one of my favorite things about this hotel is the bold boho lobby. With its framed artwork collage and repurposed furniture, it’s one of the most photographed in all of Waikiki.  

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Address: 412 Lewers Street

Price: $174-666/night

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is a place your whole crew will dig—even your four-legged family members. Dog-walking and doggie daycare is available, plus there are no pet fees. If your dog loves the ocean, consider SUP or surf lessons with SUPDog Hawaii. There’s even a pro photographer on hand to document the fun. Note: This hotel is two blocks from the beach.

From the “Wish You Were Here” mosaic on the bottom of the pool to the whimsical paintings, it’s the perfect combo of nostalgia and modern design. For meals, Mahina & Sun’s is a solid choice. Try Kauai shrimp risotto, Taro burgers and handcrafted cocktails. Added bonus: It’s within walking distance of the Royal Hawaiian Center, so if you forget to bring sunscreen, just pop right over. The rotating calendar of events includes dance parties, markets and movie nights.

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

Address: 2490 Kalakaua Avenue

Price: $263-2296/night

There’s a lot to love about Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Kids will appreciate weekly tank talks at the 280,000-gallon oceanarium, which houses 350 protected marine creatures and daily fish feedings with on-site aquarists.

Once you’ve had your fill of the life aquatic, there are rooftop batting cages and tennis courts. Adults will love dining at Morimoto Asia, going to Drip Hawaii, Waikiki’s first IV lounge and med spa and hitting up the sustainable happy hour menu at SWELL.

Top off the day with sunset yoga and take in the ambiance of the Light Monument, a video art installation projected on the 17-floor beachside tower. When it’s time to hit the beach, you don’t have far to go: it’s an easy walk from the hotel. Once you’re there, use resort credits to rent surfboards, umbrellas and snorkels.

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