Waikiki is home to one of Hawaii’s most famous beaches. Renowned for the miles of dazzling coastline, endless shopping and dining opportunities, and postcard-perfect views, Waikiki provides a perfect escape from bustling Honolulu and an oceanfront base to start your vacation in Hawaii. Regardless of whether you plan to spend all of your time in this convenient location, or use it to bookend a trip to the Hawaiian islands, choosing where to stay is paramount. It’s also important if budget is a consideration. Hawaii is famously expensive, and the popularity of Waikiki often means hefty price tags. That said, there are options for all. Here’s a selection of Waikiki hotels from five-star luxury Hawaii resorts to more affordable, yet top-rated options.
Top 8 Hotels in Waikiki Near the Beach for All Budgets
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The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach
The Ritz-Carlton brings elevated yet casual luxury to Honolulu’s Rodeo Drive. Located a couple of blocks away from Waikiki Beach, the hotel offers guests proximity yet a peaceful location away from the busyness of Waikiki. It’s excellent position on Oahu means within a little over an hour you can drive to any point on the island. The hotel has a rich history that dates back to the early 1900s, when it was originally built as a beachfront estate. Since then, it has been transformed into one of the most iconic luxury hotels in Hawaii.
There are 552 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites in two towers, all of which are ocean facing. The accommodations range from studios to multi-bedroom residences with gourmet kitchens, spacious living areas, and private balconies or terraces with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Guests can also enjoy luxurious amenities such as coffee shops, a fitness center, spa services, an outdoor infinity pool with a deck peppered with cabanas and daybeds, restaurants offering local cuisine and international flavors, shopping boutiques, live entertainment venues, and more.
The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach: 383 Kalaimoku Street, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Price per night: $740
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is a luxurious, family-friendly hotel located directly across from Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach. Kuhio Beach has plenty of activities, such as swimming, surfing, snorkeling, and kayaking, making this a superb option for those needing to entertain kids. The hotel’s location is unbeatable, but the oceanfront property itself offers guests an unforgettable experience with its huge ocean-front pool, sea-view tiki bar-inspired restaurant, and modern architecture and design features. There are 645 air-conditioned rooms with surf-inspired decor and range from standard rooms to spacious and elegantly furnished one and two-bedroom suites. If you’re looking for something that has a central location and has great facilities, especially for a group, Aston Waikiki Beach delivers.
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel: 2470 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Price per night: $629
The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
The Royal Hawaiian has been a landmark on the Waikiki strip for 90 years. Set between the high rises of the Sheraton and Outrigger Waikiki, it’s famed for its signature pink facade and lush tropical gardens. The hotel is also popular due to its many resort-like amenities, including a full-service spa, fitness center, beach cabanas and umbrellas, restaurants serving local cuisine, and activities for kids of all ages. From surf lessons to stand-up paddleboard rentals to special events hosted within the resort premises, this is another ideal destination for families. Guests also have access to the shared seaside pool with a water slide at the nearby Sheraton Waikiki.
The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Price per night: $386
The Prince Waikiki is Honolulu’s answer for the business traveler. It’s centrally positioned and provides an exception backdrop for a dinner meeting or drink by the pool after a conference. Located on the waterfront of Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, this upscale hotel offers breathtaking views of the ocean and glittering skyline of the city. The hotel has 521 rooms and suites that are designed with floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the stunning views. This is the best option for the on-the-go traveler who needs convenience and outstanding dining and harbor views.
Prince Waikiki: 100 Holomoana St, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Price per night: $359
Vive Hotel Waikiki
The Vive is a mid-range chain hotel five minutes walk from Waikiki beach. The hotel offers an authentic island experience with its modern design and friendly Hawaiian hospitality. It is strategically located in a prime location near shops, restaurants, and other nearby attractions, such as the Diamond Head State Monument and Honolulu Zoo. There are 119 modern and sleek rooms, some of which have ocean views. A complimentary breakfast buffet of homemade pastries and fresh fruit is served in the open lobby and guests can borrow beach chairs, boogie boards and umbrellas from reception. There is no pool, but the proximity to the beach makes up for this. If you are a solo traveler or digital nomad and looking to meet people but want something more elevated than a hostel, Vive is a superb option. There’s also often discounts if you stay for more than seven nights.
Vive Hotel Waikiki: 2426 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Price per night: $289
Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites
Luana Waikiki sits adjacent to Fort DeRussy Park and is just a short stroll away from Waikiki Beach. This is another terrific hotel for families and is a more affordable option if your budget is a consideration. The hotel features studios and suites equipped with kitchenettes and breathtaking views of Honolulu’s skyline or the Pacific Ocean from the private patio or lanais. There’s also a great range of amenities such as a heated swimming pool with a sundeck and barbecue grills, as well as a newly renovated fitness center. Because the hotel is not in the center, it offers the best of both worlds. It’s close enough to the action, but set in a peaceful and safe location.
Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites: 2045 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI, 96815
Price per night: $239
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Situated just a block away from the beach on Seaside Avenue, this boutique hotel offers 135 rooms over 14 floors and is known for its colorful lobby and comfy rooms. The design features are unique and eye-catching; from the brightly colored accent walls to the paper mache birds, retro decor, and art déco paintings — it’s easy to see why Shoreline Hotel Waikiki is such a popular mid-range hotel. There’s also a funky and equally colorful outdoor rooftop pool where you can take a dip or relax on the sun deck chairs while admiring views over the city.
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki: 342 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Price per night: $189
Coconut Waikiki Hotel
This family-friendly boutique hotels is a lovely alternative for a group amid the large chain hotels in Waikiki. The tag line, “You’re family now,” is evident in the hotel’s guest reviews that rave about the friendliness and staff and local vibe of the small yet facility packed property. Its location is in a quiet canal-side location, 10-minutes walk from Waikiki beach and three blocks from the main drag. The 81 rooms and suites are bright and colorful with pops of yellow, small kitchenettes, and furnished lanais with city or mountain views. There’s a great range of facilities including a heated outdoor pool, fitness center, a grilling area and games for kids.
Coconut Waikiki Hotel: 450 Lewers Street, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Price per night: $189
What part of Waikiki is best?
The best neighborhoods for beach vacations are Waikiki, Ala Moana, Diamond Head, and Kahala. Waikiki offers the busiest beaches with the most activities and amenities, like hotels and restaurants. The area around Fort Derussy Beach is great for families looking for a quieter beach experience. For those who want to be close to the action but still have some peace and quiet, Queen’s Surf or Kuhio Beach are great options.
What is the pink hotel in Waikiki?
The pink hotel in Waikiki is the Royal Hawaiian Resort. It’s in prime position on the Waikiki strip and got its name due to its iconic pink walls.
Which hotels in Waikiki have no resort fees?
There are several hotels in Waikiki that offer no resort fees, so you can enjoy your stay without worrying about extra costs. The best way to understand the rates of each property is to contact the hotel directly.