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Luxury Hotels in Honolulu
Of all of the destinations on the Hawaiian islands, Honolulu remains the most visited, and for good reason. Besides the wonderful beaches and view from atop Diamond Head, the area around the city provides much to do in regards to sightseeing. Interested in Hawaiian ... read more
nightlife, from luaus to popular dance clubs? Add to that a bevy of excellent luxury hotels featuring all the perks you’d expect from an upscale lodging location, and you’ve got the ideal spot for all your Hawaiian vacations.

If you’re looking for upscale elegance with an old plantation feel, the Moana Surfrider is your answer. A Westin resort, the Surfrider exudes the best in everything, especially history, as it was the first hotel ever built on Waikiki Beach in 1901. Everything is extra special here, from the ultra comfy beds to the fantastic ocean views. But the highlight is the onsite spa, which fills almost an entire floor of this spectacular hotel. There, the staff still wear traditional Hawaiian dress and the water comes from a natural healing spring below the facility, which many claim has magical powers.

Equally as spectacular is the Halekulani, situated on five acres of beautiful beach. The first perk you’ll encounter here is private registration, done in your room rather than in the hotel lobby. Secondly, after you check in, you’ll be able to rest in your separate living area or on your furnished lanai, standard with each guest room. The hotel also provides complimentary tickets to your choice of a number of attractions in Honolulu, including Iolani Palace or the wonderful Bishop Museum.

Many of Honolulu’s luxury hotels are also known for their outstanding restaurants, including some very romantic choices that are ideal for couples. For example, the Halekulani is home to House Without a Key, which serves breakfast, lunch, and evening cocktails in an unsurpassed setting on the water, with traditional Hawaiian entertainment completing the mood. It’s the place to be when the stars come out! Other notable luxury hotel restaurants in Honolulu include the BLT Steakhouse in the fabulous Trump Hotel Waikiki, Azure in the lovely Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and the Modern Honolulu Hotel’s signature restaurant, the Morimoto, the brainchild of the star of Iron Chef.

Want something a little different? Then try the luxury Kahala Hotel and Resort, located in a more residential area about a 10-minute drive from busy Waikiki. Families will love the Kahala because of its 26,000-square-foot lagoon, home to two very friendly bottlenose dolphins and a variety of other creatures. Dolphin education talks are offered daily and the excellent onsite children’s program also teaches about the local marine life. The Kahala’s spa is also fantastic, continuously rated one of the best in America.

Other great luxury hotels for families traveling with kids include the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which has a stellar day-long children’s program for parents who want some free time; the Halekulani, whose kid’s club offers excellent off-property excursions; and the Sheraton Waikiki, which also offers trips to places like the aquarium or zoo.

For luxury hotels with an excellent club and nightlife scene, check out the nightly live music at the Tropics Bar at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, or head to Lewers Lounge, a great jazz bar at the Halekulani. The Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian is also a happenin’ place after dark, close to the sand and offering great drinks in an unforgettable setting.

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  • 41
    Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki

    Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki

    Hotel Class:
    3.5
    4 reviews

    Aqua Aloha offers a budget stay without downgrading the vacation experience. Guest rooms are petite, with free Internet access and mostly moderate city views (some also have lovely Ala Wai Canal and mountain views). They’re clean, bright and modern with a trace of trendy. Once you open the balcony glass doors, your room feels much bigger. The open-air lobby is ...

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  • 42
    Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach

    Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach

    Hotel Class:
    4
    2 reviews
    Fair - 71% of guests recommend

    A hip, modern boutique hotel, geared primarily towards adults. The front desk staff and bar staff are all full of the aloha spirit, and there's a really cool vibe to the whole place. I love hanging out in the hot tub. It's the best place to meet other guests staying at the hotel. Everyone has been super friendly, and we've ...

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  • 43
    Ramada Plaza Waikiki

    Ramada Plaza Waikiki

    Hotel Class:
    4
    2 reviews
    Good! - 78% of guests recommend

    Nice place to stay. Very clean and confortable. Yet, very affordable. Close to the ala Moana center and Hilton hotel.

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    Banana Bungalow Waikiki Beach -- CLOSED

    Banana Bungalow Waikiki Beach -- CLOSED

    4.5
    2 reviews

    Great location for Waikiki Beach. Simple rooms but big with your own bathroom. Decent staff.

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  • 45
    Ohana Waikiki West

    Ohana Waikiki West

    Hotel Class:
    3
    5 reviews
    Mediocre - 69% of guests recommend

    I was surprised at the great deal we got when we stayed at Ohana Waikiki West. If you can bear to stay further in from the beach, you’re more likely to find better values like what we found at Waikiki West. Located near the back of the International Market Place, this hotel is fairly central and not too far a ...

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  • 46
    Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel

    Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel

    Hotel Class:
    3
    4 reviews
    Good! - 78% of guests recommend

    The Executive Centre hotel is not made for the typical vacationing tourist but made to cater to business workers. This hotel is located in the downtown financial district of Honolulu. The hotel lobby is clean and sleek. There's a restaurant in the lobby called Hukilau Sports Bar & Grill that caters to business workers for lunch meetings as well as ...

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    Ohana Waikiki East

    Ohana Waikiki East

    3
    4 reviews
    Very Good! - 80% of guests recommend

    Best Value for travelling to Hawaii

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  • 48
    Doubletree Alana Hotel Waikiki

    Doubletree Alana Hotel Waikiki

    Hotel Class:
    2.5
    4 reviews
    Good! - 78% of guests recommend

    The hotel is nice enough and you can request free cookies at the front desk. The rooms are standard Hilton, comfortable and clean. The showers are nicely designed so you can wash away all that sand that gets on you. You get a continental breakfast, but have to pay if you want the hot breakfast. The location is off to ...

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  • 49
    Miramar Hotel

    Miramar Hotel

    Hotel Class:
    3.5
    2 reviews

    Decent hotel, nothing extravagant but a great central location in Waikiki. This is a view from the 14th floor, looking west.

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    Waikiki Resort

    Waikiki Resort

    Hotel Class:
    5
    1 review
    Good! - 75% of guests recommend
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  • 51
    Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village

    Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village

    Hotel Class:
    5
    1 review
    Very Good! - 81% of guests recommend

    Beautiful location and amenities. My kids especially loved the lagoon. Would definitely return for another vacation.

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  • 52
    Outrigger Luana Waikiki

    Outrigger Luana Waikiki

    Hotel Class:
    5
    1 review
    Very Good! - 84% of guests recommend

    This is the hotel you are staying.

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  • 53
    Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk

    Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk

    Hotel Class:
    5
    1 review
    Excellent! - 86% of guests recommend
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  • 54
    Vive Hotel Waikiki

    Vive Hotel Waikiki

    5
    1 review
    Excellent! - 86% of guests recommend

    Introducing the latest high-rise beach hotel on Oahu, just two blocks from Waikiki Beach. When Vive opens in July 2013, it will offer guests hibiscus tea upon arrival, plus an in-house surf school, a yoga program, modern Polynesian in-room textiles, and spectacular views of Ko’olau Mountain and the mighty Pacific

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    Halakunani

    Halakunani

    5
    1 review

    The hotel was sparkling clean and the service was over the top. Upon arrival, they greet you and made sure you were well taken care of whether you're a VIP guest or not. I love that they left different treats on our bed everyday and on our last day, they gave us cute wooden key chains to take home. It's ...

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    The Plumeria

    The Plumeria

    5
    1 review

    Clean, private bedrooms for the price of a bed in a dorm room elsewhere in Honolulu.

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    Aqua Waikiki Wave

    Aqua Waikiki Wave

    Hotel Class:
    2.5
    5 reviews
    Fair - 74% of guests recommend

    A contemporary lobby welcomes with Charles Bartlett prints, also featured in the rooms. The updated, spacious third floor unit had a serene design and full kitchenette. Unfortunately the lower floor view overlooked the ground level of the International Marketplace and the side alley with brief mountain/ocean views to the left and right. The alley can be noisy at night with ...

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  • 58
    Queen Kapiolani Hotel

    Queen Kapiolani Hotel

    Hotel Class:
    3
    3 reviews
    Good! - 75% of guests recommend

    Decently priced hotel option in Waikiki. A bit dated but since its affordable, it might be worth looking into. I enjoyed the pool area .... very comfy outdoor beds outside.

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  • 59
    Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel

    Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel

    Hotel Class:
    3
    3 reviews
    Good! - 78% of guests recommend

    3.5 stars. The Aston Waikiki Circle is a cute little budget hotel with updated furnishings and friendly service in a convenient location right in the middle of Waikiki. Since our days were pretty packed with activities around the island, we only spent our evenings here, watching a newly released DVD that comes as part of your $15/day resort fee. Rooms ...

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    Pagoda Hotel

    Pagoda Hotel

    Hotel Class:
    3
    3 reviews
    Mediocre - 63% of guests recommend

    This hotel is one of the cheaper options in eastern Honolulu area. It is not in Waikiki proper, but most tour groups will pick up at this location as if it were in Waikiki. I did have to extend my stay a number of times and they were able to accommodate me at the same price despite the fact that ...

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