Updated: June 14, 2015

Best Oahu Resorts and Hotels - Where to stay in Honolulu

Oahu, as the most populous island in the Hawaiian chain, has a good selection of top hotels and popular resorts, along with plenty of choice for more inexpensive and affordable family hotels. Honolulu is the center of action here, with over 100 high rise hotels and resorts lining the famous Waikiki Beach. One of the best hotels is the Halekulani (2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu). With 456 rooms, this is an expensive luxury resort, with rooms pushing $500 a night. The Diamond Head rooms have soaring views over - what else - Diamond Head, all just a block from the main shopping strip.



Another fancy spot is the Kahala Mandarin Oriental (5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu). Again, at over $400 for the average room, it is pricey. The decor here is a bit dated, but the location is excellent as is the service, as are the onsite restaurants. There is even a dolphin lagoon where you can pay to swim with these amazing mammals. For something a little less expensive, try the Ilima Hotel (445 Nohonani St., Honolulu) where rooms clock in at less than $175 on average. This is a condominium-style property located 2 blocks from the beach and 1 block from International Marketplace. With 99 rooms, it is a pleasant spot for families with kitchen facilities and larger rooms. Staff is good, pool is small but good, free parking is great.

Oahu Lodging

For a more middle range resort option, try the Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa (2552 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu). This well-reviewed Honolulu hotel is a two tower complex overlooking Waikiki Beach, with over 1000 rooms! Rooms range from $250 on up. Nice beach access to lagoon-like area, 2 swimming pools, and a number of stores and restaurants on site make it easy to do everything right here, while still just a block from all the action of downtown Honolulu. Parking is $14/day, and internet access is about the same. Why can't these places offer free internet access - it doesn't cost them a dime?? Come on. Another medium priced hotel is the Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio, with rooms starting at just over $200. A little farther out, it is 4 miles from downtown Honolulu and 2 blocks from the beach (Waikiki).

Other Oahu Hotels

If you are heading to the North Shore, the Turtle Bay Resort is a must stay (57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku). This is a secluded resort, set on over 800 acres bordering the Pacific Ocean. It is less than an hour from Honolulu, but a world a way from the bustle of that busy city. They have 2 world class golf courses, making them popular with visiting golf afficianados. This is also a kid-friendly resort, with pools and waterslides and plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy. The Polynesian Cultural Center is also just a few minutes away, making for an enjoyable half-day excursion. There are also condo properties for rent here.

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