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Surfboards lined up on the beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
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20 Gorgeous Hotels & Resorts in Honolulu

Famed for its pristine white sand beaches, Honolulu is a dream destination for resorts right on the beach.

Honolulu Resorts Right On the Beach

For stays with spectacular views, endless options for water sports, and morning walks on soft white sand, here are 20 options for gorgeous Honolulu resorts right on the beach or just a quick trip away.

Resort Price Beach Access On-site Activities Cabanas Pool
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort $$$$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach $$$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Halekulani $$$$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kahala Hotel & Resort $$$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sheraton Waikiki $$$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel $$$ Yes Yes No No
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort $$$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort $$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort $$$ Yes Yes Yes (Pool) Yes
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach $$$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village $$ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa Waikiki $$ Yes Yes Yes (Pool) Yes
Prince Waikiki $$ No Yes Yes (Pool) Yes
Aston Waikiki Beach $$ Yes Yes Yes (Pool) Yes
Modern Honolulu $$ No Yes Yes (Pool) Yes
Hyatt Centric $$ No Yes Yes (Pool) Yes
The Laylow $$$ No Yes Yes (Pool) Yes
Queen Kapiolani Hotel $$ No Yes No Yes
Bamboo Waikiki $$ No No Yes (Pool) Yes
The Equus $$ No No No Yes

The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

Aerial view of the exterior view of The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (left) and interior open air lobby area (right)

Honolulu’s iconic pink palace, The Royal Hawaiian not only enjoys a prime position right on the beach in Waikiki, but also has a rich history to go with it. A place of celebration for King Kamehameha I when he conquered Oahu, its Coconut Grove garden is also the former site of Queen Kaahumanu’s Summer Palace. With gorgeous, distinctive Spanish Moorish architecture, this landmark 528-room property boasts 18 oceanfront suites, a full-service spa, three restaurants, and a bakery. A stay at this Honolulu beach resort puts you right in the heart of all the Waikiki action, with endless photo ops for that perfect Instagram moment.

Amenities: Direct beach access, swimming pool, fresh flower lei on arrival, Italian brand-name Frette bathrobes, free Wi-Fi, turndown service, Malie organic toiletries, in-room tea, and Kona coffee.

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach

Exterior view of Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach and the surrounding water (left) and an open air patio dining area overlooking the ocean set with a long table (right)

Built in 1901, the Moana Surfrider, located right on Waikiki’s famous white sand beach, is the grand dame of Honolulu beach resorts. Known as the “The First Lady of Waikiki,” this landmark Victorian hotel has been synonymous with luxurious Waikiki stays for more than a century. Completely refurbished in 2014, the 793-room property has 36 oceanfront balcony suites, a 18,000-square-foot oceanfront spa, a wedding chapel, a freshwater pool, and dreamy Heavenly beds. Nightly live entertainment, performed underneath tea lights strung across the property’s 100-plus-year-old banyan tree, is an attraction unto itself.

Amenities: Beach bar, workout facility, free Wi-Fi, 32-inch LCD flat-screen TV, robe and slippers, mini refrigerator, and 24-hour laundry service. 

Halekulani

Exterior view of the Halekulani and pool area (left) and lounge area of a suite with a balcony overlooking the ocean (right)

The epitome of luxury Honolulu beach resorts, Halekulani (which means “house befitting heaven”) occupies five acres of prime oceanfront real estate right in the heart of Waikiki. With spacious rooms decorated in the hotel’s calming, signature seven shades of white, the hotel is an oasis of island refinement within Waikiki’s generally bustling domain. Renowned for exemplary features like its three restaurants and two cocktail lounges, as well as its iconic heated pool made with an orchid-shaped mosaic of 1.2 million pieces of glass tiles on its floor, it doesn’t get any better than the Halekulani.

Amenities: Marble vanities, soaking tubs, premium toiletries, plush bathrobe and slippers, balcony, free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry facility, florist, complimentary fitness center with free fitness classes, and complimentary admission to local museums. 

Kahala Hotel & Resort

Rainbow over the ocean and Kahala Hotel & Resort (left) and interior dining room (right)

Set away from the main Waikiki drag in the affluent Kahala community, the Kahala Resort is one of the most prestigious Honolulu beach resorts. With its own secluded beach and a lagoon where guests can swim with the dolphins, this resort provides luxury oceanfront accommodation with appeal for families and couples alike. The spacious rooms feature a private balcony with incredible views of the ocean and Diamond Head. Bathrooms feature large, sunken tubs, magic toilets and separate showers. Guests also receive free access to the fitness center, steam room, and sauna, with free shuttle service to nearby attractions.

Amenities: Bathrobe and slippers, luxury toiletries, free Wi-Fi, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iHome clock radios, refrigerated mini bar, bedside USB charging stations, free access to the fitness center, nightly turndown service, daily newspaper, tea & coffee in lobby, and 24-hour business center.

Sheraton Waikiki

Pool area of Sheraton Waikiki at sunset (left) and view from a balcony overlooking the city skyline and ocean (right)

A sprawling 31-story Honolulu resort occupying prime real estate on Waikiki Beach, the 1,636-room, fully renovated Sheraton Waikiki is a veritable beachfront playground for families and couples alike. Contemporary furnishings and comfortable rooms aside, the main draw at this resort are the pools. Kid-friendly Helumoa Playground features two large freshwater pools, two whirlpool Jacuzzis and a waterslide.

For adults, the clincher is the gorgeous, adults-only infinity pool, a spectacular vantage point from which to watch the sunset. A spa, gym, and free internet in public spaces, not to mention a mini on-site shopping mall and several restaurants, round out the package.

Amenities: Beach access, club level, kids’ activities, spa, fitness facility, and cultural activities such as lei making and hula lessons.

Kaimana Beach Hotel

Woman standing on top floor balcony overlooking ocean at The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel (left) and colorful interior sitting area (right)

A recently completed, seven-year, multimillion-dollar renovation makes this Honolulu beach resort one of the best value properties in Waikiki. Located on the Eastern edge of Waikiki, this 122-room Honolulu beach resort is fronted by the very swimmable Sans Souci beach. A mid-range hotel that’s perfect for families, the contemporary rooms are light, bright, and feature balconies with incredible views of the ocean and Diamond Head. Though there is no pool, the resort’s Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant is excellent. And since it’s walking distance from Kapiolani Park, Honolulu Zoo, and the Aquarium, there’s plenty to see and do.

Amenities: Beachfront, free Wi-Fi, HDTV with cable, private balconies, daily housekeeping service, full-service spa, and onsite coffee shop.

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

A couple enjoying a cocktail on the patio at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort (left) and an aerial view of the beach at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort (right)
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Stepping out the back door of this beach resort puts you directly onto Waikiki Beach’s famous soft, white sand. A lively, bustling Honolulu beach resort with easy access to surf lessons and all manner of water sports, this is one of those places where everything is designed to make you not need to leave the property. In addition to a spa, swimming pool, and Hawaiian cultural activities on-property, this resort is also home to Duke’s Waikiki, one of Honolulu’s best restaurants for drinking mai tais barefoot while watching the sunset.

Amenities: 24-hour fitness center, laundry facility, self-service business center, free Wi-Fi, Hawaiian vow renewal ceremony, on-site retail shops, and restaurants.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Aerial view of the exterior of Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and surrounding beach and water (left) and two bed room with balcony overlooking palm trees (right)

With more than 90 retail shops, 20 bars and restaurants, five swimming pools, a spa, as well as a Friday night Starlight Luau and fireworks show, “village” is an apt description for this massive 3,386-room Honolulu beach resort. Perfect for families with children where convenience is key, there’s something here for everyone: waterslides, a koi pond, a fitness center, Hawaiian cultural activities, live music, and more. The best part, of course, is that it’s right on the beach. And, it has its own saltwater lagoon for paddle-boarding.

Amenities: Mobility accessible room options, children’s activities, water sports, live shows and entertainment, an outdoor luau, and on-site convenience store, and Ali’i, a boutique tower with upgraded amenities and privileges within the resort.

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

Exterior of Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and beach (left) and bedroom (right)

Situated on the quieter end of Waikiki Beach, this family-friendly Honolulu beach resort checks all the boxes. The location is excellent. You’re right on the beach. There’s a pool with three Jacuzzis and Honolulu’s best shopping and tons of restaurants are within a block of the hotel. Most rooms feature balconies with spectacular ocean views. Though the rooms could use an upgrade in terms of decor, the onsite activities (which include free hula and ukulele lessons, as well as access to activities like snorkeling, hiking, and helicopter tours) make for a memorable stay.

Amenities: Valet parking, private poolside cabanas, event space, free Wi-Fi, Outrigger Waikiki Connection Trolley (included with resort fee), Hawaiian vow renewal ceremony, spa, and on-site retail shops and restaurants.

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

Balcony overlooking the ocean at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach (left) and view of the pool (right)
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

Alohilani (previously known as the Pacific Beach Hotel) offers chic, spa-like rooms, each with its own private balcony and expansive views of the ocean and/or Diamond Head. Across the Kalakauha street from the Kuhio beach section of Waikiki, a main feature of the hotel is the 280,000 gallon Oceanarium. But it also comes with other creature comforts, including a full-service spa, a saltwater infinity pool, a Kid’s club and kiddie pool, and a fitness center complete with tennis courts and yoga classes. Foodies will also love the two restaurants— one casual, one fine dining—by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Bonus: Alohilani Resort is powered by 100% renewable electricity, and has pledged to plant 100,000 indigenous trees with the Hawaii Legacy Reforestation Initiative. So don’t be surprised when you see a $5 “tree fee” on your bill.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, a private lanai, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, 50- or 55-inch HD flat-screen TVs, in-room safe, a gym facility with locker room, tennis courts and group fitness, and eco-friendly water bottles.  

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Aerial view of the coastline surrounding Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village (left) and interior of a room (right)

Part of Hawaii’s largest self-contained beachfront resort, Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at Hilton Hawaiian Village is the perfect spot for your Honolulu vacation. There is so much to do and see within the resort that you will have no reason to leave while staying there. Try your hand at scuba diving, take a hula dancing class, or learn how to play the ukulele—all within the resort grounds! 

Amenities: Kitchenettes, full kitchens, four pools, paddle boarding, twenty restaurants, weekly fireworks, fitness center, spa, yoga, hula dancing, and ukulele lessons.

Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa Waikiki 

Not only does the Hyatt Regency Waikiki house some of the biggest hotel rooms in Waikiki, but every room features a private lanai to sit on and enjoy the views of Honolulu. Choose from a variety of suites and guestrooms, all with stunning scenery from the windows. You’ll have plenty to do, from shopping, dining by the ocean, or getting a treatment like the Champagne Body Scrub or a massage at the spa. 

Amenities: Fitness center, restaurants, shopping, pools with cabanas, pet-friendly, spa, weekday classes in lei making, ukulele, and hula, beach chairs and towels. 

Prince Waikiki

Rainbow over a marina full of boats (left) and interior of lounge area overlooking the city skyline (right)

Immerse yourself in luxury when you stay at Prince Waikiki. Relax on their signature pool deck before taking a dip in the adults-only infinity pool. You can take in the artwork throughout the resort, commissioned and created specifically to “perpetuate the history and story” of the location in a “sophisticated and authentic” way. Participate in one of the many activities offered at the resort, including their Cocokealohi Workshop, where you will make your very own pāpale nui—a hand woven coconut palm hat. Choose from a variety of rooms and suites to cater to your needs during your stay. 

Amenities: Fitness center, library, pet-friendly, resort shops, Biki Bike and Go X Scooter use, Sheer and blackout remote control blinds, children 5 and under eat free, spa, golf, four restaurants. 

The Twin Fin

Exterior of the Twin Fin hotel (left) and interior guest room (right)
The Twin Fin

Steps away from the beach, The Twin Fin is located across from Kuhio Beach Park, which features a calmer, relaxing reef on one side and a wavier oceanside for surfers on the other. The modern accommodations feature suites and regular rooms to fit whatever needs you have. Have breakfast while enjoying 180 degree panoramic ocean views at the Coconut Club, located on the 21st Floor. During your stay, earn Beach Candy credits, which can be used towards beach rentals including umbrellas, surfboards, paddleboards, and more. 

Amenities: Beach rentals, reef safe sunscreen, fitness center, five on-site restaurants, complimentary reusable water bottles, and pool.

Modern Honolulu 

Pool area and exterior of the Modern Honolulu (left) and outdoor patio area lined with plants (right)

Located at the gateway to Waikiki Beach, the Modern Honolulu has all you need for the perfect Honolulu getaway. During your stay, if you spend $125 in food and beverage, you will get an all-day cabana for free. Your stay at the Modern will feel truly unique, as all of the furnishings and designings of the hotel are custom and unique—they use no stock furnishings. The hotel was named winner of the American Resort Development Association Award for Best Resort Interior Design in 2021.

Amenities: Pool, fitness center, on-site restaurants, and spa. 

Hyatt Centric

Pool area at the Hyatt Centric at sunset (left) and interior lobby area (right)

Relax with gorgeous views atop the Rooftop Splash lounge with private cabanas on the 8th floor of the Hyatt Centric, or enjoy the evening around the firepit—no matter how you choose to spend time outside, you will feel taken care of during your stay. Participate in morning yoga, lei making, or get a bite to eat at one of the hotel’s three restaurants. For extra space during your stay, choose from one of the thirty-three suites, which include a separate sitting area for some extra space during your stay. 

Amenities: Fitness center, splash lounge, cabanas, on-site restaurants, business center, and pet-friendly. 

The Laylow

Pool area at The Laylow at dusk (left) and interior of a bedroom (right)

Your comfort is at the forefront during your stay at The Laylow, where “midcentury modern style meets present-day Hawaiian charm.” Spend the day lounging by the saltwater pool, or cozy up by the fire pit on a lanai in the garden— whatever you choose, you are sure to not regret “laying low” during your time at this Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. Enjoy live music without stepping foot outside of the hotel grounds. On days you feel like leaving, there is plenty to do in the surrounding area, from beaches, and tours, to shopping at the international marketplace with your special discount booklet you can obtain by showing your hotel key at the customer service kiosk. 

Amenities:  E Komo Mai Basket upon arrival, nightly live entertainment, cruiser bicycles, fitness center, pool, on-site restaurants. 

Queen Kapiolani Hotel

Queen Kapiolani Hotel Waikiki Beach

Just a ten minute walk away from Waikiki Beach, this 315-room, 19-story hotel offers guestrooms and suites with ocean and city views. Guests are welcome to unwind on the third floor terrace lounge, complete with views of Diamond Head, a large swimming pool, and their DECK Restaurant & Bar. Take advantage of their on-site yoga classes, just $10 for guests, and follow it up with a drink and a snack at Knots Coffee Roasters and Wine Bar.

Amenities: Fitness center, event space, room service, high speed Wi-Fi, yoga gear, free reusable water bottles, in-room refrigerator

Bamboo Waikiki

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The Bamboo Waikiki has 96 guest rooms, from studios with kitchenettes to luxury 1-bedroom suites, all featuring private balconies. Only a five minutes walk from Waikiki Beach, this hotel is a little slice of paradise in its own right, with tropical gardens, waterfalls, and poolside dining.

Amenties: Laundry facilities, in-room coffee maker, in-room microwave, flat-screen TVs, private balconies, picnic tables available for use

The Equus Hotel

Exterior of the Bamboo Waikiki (left) and interior guest room at the Bamboo Waikiki (right)
Castle Resorts & Hotels

Not one for enormous resorts? Book a more intimate stay at The Equus, a family-owned and operated hotel with just 67 rooms and suites. Enjoy local live music Fridays or Saturdays at The Paniolo Bar & Cafe in the lobby or take a stroll to nearby Kahanamoku Beach. The Equus is also just under 25 minutes via public transit from Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu Zoo, as well as just a five minute walk from Ala Moana Beach Park.

Amenities: Welcome drink upon arrival, VIP tickets to Hawaii Polo Club, high speed Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, in-room mini-fridge, biodegradable bath amenities

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