Whether you’re visiting Hawaii’s capital city for business or pleasure, honeymoon or family vacation, there are plenty of hotels and best resorts in Honolulu for every budget. Nearly 3.2 miles long and ending at Diamond Head Crater, Waikiki Beach is by far the most popular place to stay in Honolulu and is home to most of the city’s lodging options, from multi-bedroom apartments to luxury resorts and trendy boutique hotels.
Resorts run along the coast, but also stretch back from the beach, so be sure to check if your property is actually on the beach or within walking distance when booking. Waikiki also has many dining and shopping options, as well as many activities both on and off the water. Diamond Head Crater to the south is visible from many resorts and offers challenging hiking trails, while Waikiki Beach is famous for its surfing.
Best Resorts in Honolulu
Find a place to stay that fits your style and budget with our list of the best resorts in Honolulu.
Located on Waikiki Beach, Outrigger is a stylish luxury resort with plush beds, Hawaiian-inspired decor, and clean, modern rooms and suites that often boast ocean views. The suites have world-class views, and the suites also include a jacuzzi and a sleeping sofa if you’re traveling with the family.
Away from the room, you’ll find three restaurants, a swimming pool, a relaxing spa, and a 24/7 fitness center. The resort also hosts Blue Note Hawaii, unique live music and dining experience. Besides serving dinner, there are two nightly shows featuring different genres of music, from jazz to rock and reggae, depending on the time of your visit. The staff is friendly and professional.
2. Hyatt Centric
Just a few minutes’ walks from the beach, Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach has 230 spacious guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary decor, Smart TVs and comfortable beds. Upscale rooms have great ocean views, deep soaking tubs, and if you’re traveling with the family, some have sofa beds.
Suites offer more space and open-plan living space with lots of natural light. Resort amenities include a Starbucks for morning coffee, a leisure pool, a hot tub, a gym, and a variety of dining options such as a shopping plaza.
3. Outrigger Reef
Outrigger Reef’s rooms and suites are decorated in an elegant Polynesian style and feature local art. Book a club floor for free breakfast and snacks throughout the day and private lounge access. For families, the suites have space to walk around, whirlpool tubs, and often balconies with direct ocean views.
The hotel also has two restaurants, a swimming pool, a spa and fitness center, and live Hawaiian music every night. Outrigger also offers a free vow renewal ceremony for couples looking to renew their vows and add romance to their lives.
Overlooking Waikiki Bay and just steps from the beach, the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel is a luxury hotel with colorful yet sophisticated rooms and suites of varying sizes and views. The best offer balconies with panoramic ocean views are located on the club floor, and guests also have access to the lounge, which offers a complimentary continental breakfast and afternoon snacks.
There are also several restaurants on site. If you want a quick bite with the kids, try Hapa’s Pizza. Pizza is delicious with some unique toppings. The hotel also has a sea-facing fine dining restaurant serving modern Asian fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner.
Other facilities include several swimming pools, one of which has a water slide.
5. Hilton Hawaiian Village
Set on 22 acres just 2 minutes’ walk from Waikiki Beach, Hilton Hawaiian Village is a wonderful family-friendly resort. It has five towers and houses more than 20 restaurants, 90 shops, five swimming pools (including a giant family activity pool with water slides) and a saltwater lagoon. Oh, and there’s a Friday night fireworks display for guests. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with partial or full ocean views, mini-fridges, large flat-screen TVs, and designer beds.
6. The Ritz-Carlton Residences
When not on the beach, the floor-to-ceiling windows of the all-suite Ritz-Carlton Residences offer stunning ocean views. Ranging from studios with kitchenettes to three-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, these suites feature stylish modern décor and spacious bathrooms with Tibetan white marble accents.
Waikiki Beach is less than a 10-minute walk away, but if you need faster water, head to the 8th floor, where the infinity pool offers stunning views. There are also some dining options on site, such as the BLT Market.
Kahala Hotel & Resort is located on the beach in an upscale residential area just a few minutes’ drive from Waikiki. Rooms and suites are large, clean and comfortable, and premium rooms and suites have private balconies and uninterrupted ocean views.
Modern amenities include a 40-inch flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and iPod docking station. Suites add more space and high-end furnishings. On-site perks include a dolphin-filled lagoon, free paddle board and surf lessons, a spa, gym and five restaurants.
8. The Royal Hawaiian
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is an iconic Waikiki Beach hotel that has welcomed guests since 1927. Known as the “Pink Palace by the Sea”, the hotel is located on Waikiki Beach. This luxury resort has approximately 528 rooms and suites, all in tropical style, original flamingo-coloured Spanish Moorish buildings and later 17-story towers.
Rooms feature comfortable beds along with modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. Outside the room you will find two restaurants; multiple swimming pools, one of which is salt water; a private beach area; and a spa.
If golf is among your vacation plans, check out the Waikiki Prince Hotel, a famous 27-hole golf course just a short drive away. Located on the quieter side of Waikiki, this luxury resort isn’t on the beach, but not too far from Ala Moana Beach, where the hotel shuttle takes you. All stylish and modern rooms have large windows, comfortable beds, smart TVs and sea views. Other on-site amenities include multiple restaurants, swimming pools, and a relaxing spa.
10. Embassy Suites by Hilton
Embassy Suites by Hilton is an affordable hotel located in the heart of Waikiki Beach Walk, the beach’s shopping, dining and entertainment district. If you don’t like the choice of hotels, staying here ensures you don’t run out of places to eat.
However, Embassy Suites is an all-suite hotel, and if you want to cook your own meals, these ones- and two-bedroom businesses include kitchenettes. The suites here are also modern, clean and comfortable. Facilities include a free daily made-to-order breakfast and evening reception for guests by the hotel pool. There is also a fitness room on site.