Best Honolulu Hotels on Waikiki Beach

Few phrases make the heart beat faster than the words “Waikiki Beach.” Located on the beachfront in Honolulu, Waikiki is famous for its surf break, endless sunshine, and glittering high-rise architecture. Here’s an insider guide to some of the best hotels in the Waikiki neighborhood.

Waikiki Beach

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

One of the best located hotels on Waikiki is the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. You’ll be able to check out the surf every morning if you book an oceanfront room in the upgraded Ali’i Tower. With a beachfront pool and Ocean View Terrace for cocktails, this top resort is in a very exclusive location, right on Waikiki Beach. Attend one of the cultural shows at the hotel and appreciate the Hawaiian singing and dancing which will be a highlight of your stay.

The Outrigger Reef on the Beach

Views of Diamond Head and the sands of Waikiki Beach make The Outrigger Reef on the Beach a top choice for anyone who enjoys surfing and watersports. This beachfront hotel offers lessons and equipment hire for snorkeling, surfboarding, outrigger canoe surfing, catamaran sailing, reef diving, stand-up paddle boarding, and body boarding. You can even take hula lessons with your partner!

Ramada Plaza Waikiki

If you want to spend your money on attractions and activities rather than upscale accommodations, the Ramada Plaza Waikiki has everything you need at an affordable cost. Air-conditioned rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, a flat-screen TV, and a mini refrigerator. Upgraded rooms even come with balconies and beach views. Make use of the fitness center, restaurant, outdoor pool, and the airport shuttle which are all part of the amenities.

Luana Waikiki Aqua Boutique Hotel

If you are looking for a more individual condo hotel on Waikiki Beach, you’ll appreciate the peaceful location of the Luana Waikiki, an Aqua Boutique Hotel. Close to Diamond Head and Fort DeRussy, this boutique hotel is a 10 minute walk from the beach and bicycles are available for rent. All rooms have private lanais for sitting out and relaxing. Socializing with fellow guests is encouraged at the complimentary reception. The hotel has a landscaped outdoor pool, fitness center, concierge, and a coffee shop.

Moana Surfrider

The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa is an elegant landmark hotel in a historic building that dates back to 1901. It makes a memorable place to stay for honeymoon couples and those wanting to get married in Honolulu. Weddings are performed in the lush landscaped gardens overlooking the private beach. Hawaiian musicians and traditional lei garlands of flowers make this a beautiful place to say, “I do.”

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

If you’re visiting Honolulu with children, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach gives everyone a great vacation as the hotel offers kid’s activities and specialty rooms for families. Nearby Kuhio Beach, just a short walk from the hotel, is very family friendly. The breakwater creates calm waters and safe bathing compared to the waves on Waikiki Beach.

Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll receive that famous Aloha welcome and will enjoy a memorable stay


About gillianbirch

Greetings from your international roving reporter! Based in beautiful Cornwall UK, I am a freelance travel writer and published author of several travel books. As the wife of a Master Mariner, I have travelled extensively and lived in exotic locations all over the world including the Far East, Europe, Australia and the Republic of Panama. I would describe myself as having “endless itchy feet and an insatiable wanderlust”, as I continue to explore Europe, Florida and further afield, writing about my experiences with humour and attention to detail. BTW, I have a Diploma from the British College of Journalism and am a member of the International Travel Writers’ Alliance and the Gulf Coast Writers’ Association.
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