Waikiki Boutique Hotel: Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki
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The Aqua Aloha Surf is conveniently located in downtown Waikiki, just two blocks from the beach and one block from a plethora of restaurants, shops, and entertainment. The open air hotel lobby features a collection of surf photos and surf boards on display, and reception is happy to hold your surfboard for you at the bell desk. On Tuesday evenings, guests can mingle at the weekly manager’s reception in the lobby while enjoying pupus, live Hawaiian music, and the hotel’s signature cocktail “The Wipe Out”.
Rooms and suites are well equipped with Wi-Fi, LED TVs with Blue-ray movies and Playstation games. Some also have a lanai with mountain or city views.
Beachfront Luxury: Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
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If you’re intent on staying right on Waikiki Beach, look no further than the Hawaii Prince Hotel. Of its 28 floors, the bottom 5 are comprised of onsite restaurants, meeting rooms, shops, and guest services. The remaining floors contain rooms and suites, all of which have floor-to-ceiling windows with an ocean view – something no other Honolulu hotel offers. Rooms are island inspired with a contemporary twist, featuring local artwork and modern furnishings. Note that in-room Wi-Fi costs $14.95 per device per 24 hours, but is complimentary in the lobby and pool area.
The resort is also home to the Hawaii Prince Golf Club, which spans 270 acres and offers constant views of the Waianae Mountains.
Kahului Oceanfront: Maui Beach Hotel
The Maui Beach Hotel boasts the best oceanfront value on Maui. Its rooms and suites feature tropical decor, free Wi-Fi, an LCD TV, and air conditioning, some with a private lanai attached. The oceanfront suite offers additional amenities such as a spacious living area, separate tub and shower, wet bar, and coffeemaker. Dogs are allowed to stay in the room for an additional fee.
Other hotel perks include a free airport shuttle service and a rooftop pool and sundeck.
Best Value in Honolulu: Maile Sky Court
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This hotel will become a Holiday Inn Express in November 2016, but until then it’s still Maile Sky Court, an excellent value hotel in Honolulu just 3 blocks from Waikiki Beach. Guests can enjoy a free Waikiki shuttle service, sundeck, swimming pool, and jet spa. Rooms start at just $71/night and offer either a city or ocean view, cable TV, coffeemaker, and Wi-Fi (for a fee). Studios and suites also include a kitchenette.
Big Island Budget Stay: Kona Seaside Hotel
The Kona Seaside Hotel offers adventure travelers affordable oceanfront accommodation with Hawaiian hospitality. Rooms start at $119/night and include free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, coffeemaker, and balcony or lanai. This hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and an onsite restaurant with local Hawaiian fare. Staff can assist in booking water activities such as snorkelling, parasailing, diving, or paddleboarding at the nearby Kealekekua Bay or Kailua Bay.