Finding good cheap hotels in Honolulu may seem like an impossible task, but if you’re willing to sacrifice a bit in terms of amenities and location, you can find some sweet deals that still deliver where it counts.
The Best Cheap Hotels in Honolulu
Think you can’t get an ocean view on a budget? Think again. From boutique-style properties to hotels that offer sunset views, Honolulu’s best cheap hotels handsomely deliver on style and location. Here are 10 of the best.
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Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Two blocks away from Kalakaua Avenue and just a five-minute walk from Waikiki Beach, the Shoreline offers an incomparable value when you’re looking for a cheap hotel stay in Honolulu. With a rooftop pool and Anthony Laurino-designed rooms furnished with platform beds and bright 70s-inspired wall art, the 125-room Shoreline is clean, convenient, and comfortable. Every morning in the lobby, muffins, waffles, granola bars, and complimentary coffee are laid out for a quick grab ’n go.
Amenities: Complimentary beach towels, local daily paper, flat-screen TV, microwave and refrigerator (select rooms), Keurig coffee maker with Kona coffee, mp3 compatible alarm clock, grab ’n go breakfast service.
Vive Hotel Waikiki
Renovated in 2013, Vive Hotel is among the best cheap places to stay in Honolulu. With 119 sleek, contemporary rooms, complimentary breakfast daily, and a convenient location just a five-minute walk from Waikiki Beach, it’s hard to beat the Vive for basic accommodations in Honolulu.
Amenities: Complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with cable, a mini refrigerator, robes, and a kitchenette and microwave in some units.
Coconut Waikiki Hotel
While this 81-room property tends to be on the pricier side of cheap hotels in Honolulu, the amenities—your own private balcony, in-room kitchenette, a fitness center, heated pool, and a free hot breakfast with eggs and a waffle station—are worth it. Renovated in 2016, the retro-style rooms are decorated in a happy, sunny yellow and peach tones. For great views, ask for a room facing the canal or Ala Wai mountains.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, mini-kitchenette with stove, microwave, refrigerator, coffee machine, desk, private balcony, outdoor pool with deck, and fitness room.
Breezy, beachy teal and peach-colored accents pop at this trendy 96-room boutique hotel on Lewers Street. Fully refurbished in 2014, the rooms at this cheap Honolulu hotel are bright, clean, and tidy, each with its own private balcony and island-inspired floral accents. A 10-minute walk from Waikiki Beach, the hotel also offers beach gear for daily use. A pool area with Instagrammable hanging egg chairs is also quite lovely.
Amenities: Private balcony, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV with cable, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, a soaking tub, daily newspaper, beach chairs and towels for daily use, complimentary shuttle to Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Center, karaoke lounge, and continental breakfast.
Sleek interiors and a sweet location just half a block from Waikiki beach makes Hotel Renew one of Honolulu’s cheap hotel gems. It’s pet-friendly and kid-friendly, with Sony PlayStations and a video game library to keep the kids occupied. Though there’s no restaurant or on-site pool, free beach gear and the great continental breakfast contribute to a pleasurable stay.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, Sony PlayStation 3, a Keurig coffeemaker, continental breakfast, DVD and video game library, and free beach gear.
New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
Built in the shade of Diamond head on the far corner of Waikiki (and a 15-minute walk from Waikiki Beach), this 122-room beachfront property was completely remodeled in 2017 with chic, modern interiors. Most rooms have their own balcony and views of the ocean or Diamond head. This cheap Honolulu hotel is perfect for families and those looking for a quieter island escape.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, HDTV with cable, private balconies, beach access, and three onsite restaurants.
Aqua Skyline at Island Colony
Ideal for longer stays and people who think views are more important than being right on the beach, this cheap hotel—the tallest in Honolulu at 44 stories high—offers fantastic cityscapes, mini kitchenettes, and recently renovated studios and suites, each with its own private balcony. Part condo residence, part hotel, this high-rise property is situated close to great shopping, restaurants, and within walking distance of Waikiki beach.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, kitchenettes with granite countertops and stovetops, private balconies, 40-inch flat-screen LCD TVs, laundry facility, fitness room, pool, sauna, jet spa, and complimentary shuttle service.
Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel
A Honolulu landmark thanks to its easily identifiable circular shape, the Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel is one of the coolest cheap hotels in Honolulu. Located just across the street from Waikiki beach, this no-frills 104-room hotel is decorated in soothing turquoise and white tones. Though there’s no pool, there is a surfboard locker in the lobby for those planning on catching some waves. After all, the beach is just across the street.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, private balcony, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, PlayStation 3, mini-refrigerators, surfboard lockers, and beach toy lending box.
Park Shore Hotel
Fully refurbished in 2013, two things make this cheap Honolulu hotel a standout: fantastic views and location. Situated on the east end of Waikiki, where it is conveniently situated next to Kapiolani Park and the shore (hence the name), the rooms, though on the tight side, feature a contemporary design with island accents. Within easy walking distance of other Honolulu attractions like the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, this is good value option for families and couples alike.
Amenities: Private balcony, free Wi-Fi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, coffee maker, mini refrigerator, pool, courtesy shuttle, two restaurants, and Starbucks in the lobby.
Pearl Hotel Waikiki
When you’re looking for a no-frills cheap hotel in Honolulu, this one fits the bill. Ideally situated close to the International Marketplace and Waikiki beach, this pet-friendly 131-room property features spacious, clean rooms with mini-refrigerators and microwaves. Suites are available for larger parties and families, and laundry facilities are conveniently located on-site.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, mini refrigerator, microwave, flat-screen TV, and laundry facilities.
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– Original reporting by Mai Pham