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The 10 Best Hotels In Honolulu
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The 10 Best Hotels In Honolulu

Picture of Jonathan Stern
Updated: 9 February 2017
Thanks to world famous Waikiki Beach and its beautiful mountainous backdrop, Honolulu is one of the top vacation destinations in the United States. And there is certainly no shortage of fantastic hotels to choose from when planning a trip to Hawaii’s capital. This list takes a look at 10 of the very best.
Halekulani Hotel
Halekulani Hotel | © Alan Light/Flickr
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Halekulani Hotel

The Halekulani Hotel has a history that dates back to 1883, when the original owner built a house on the site of what is now the property’s main building. Local fishermen would take a break and rest on the beach in front of the property, calling it ‘house befitting heaven’, or Halekulani. The hotel’s beachfront location provides guests with an unobstructed view of the stunning Diamond Head volcano and the Pacific Ocean. What’s more, Halekulani is a peaceful getaway from the energy and excitement of Waikiki, which is just a few minutes away.

2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, +1 808 923 2311

Kahala Hotel & Resort | ©Alan Light/Flickr
Kahala Hotel & Resort | ©Alan Light/Flickr
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The Kahala Hotel & Resort

One of the most luxurious and well-regarded resorts in all of Hawaii, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is set on a private white sand beach in Honolulu’s Kahala district. The resort has five different restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines, from Hawaiian fusion to Italian. In addition to the beach, The Kahala has its own 26,000 square foot natural lagoon that is home to a family of Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. Trainers offer daily education programs where guests can experience and learn more about these intelligent animals.

Address and telephone number: 5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA +1 808 739 8888

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Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head

Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head is located at the quiet edge of Waikiki, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel is noted for its serene, Zen-like atmosphere and for providing guests with personalized amenities to make their stay as comfortable as possible. These include outdoor yoga, bike rentals, beach chairs, afternoon wines, and admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art. Guest rooms come with a private veranda providing a beautiful view of either the Pacific Ocean or the Diamond Head crater.

2885 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, United States, +1 808-922-1700

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VIVE Hotel Waikiki

Looking for an experience that’s a bit different from the typical stay at most hotels? Check out VIVE Hotel Waikiki, which calls itself one of Honolulu’s newest ‘lifestyle boutique’ hotels. VIVE attracts guests looking for an adventure – the hotel has special offers that feature activities such as biking, surf lessons and a snorkeling cruise. It’s located two short blocks from Waikiki’s sandy shores and one short block from the nightlife and attractions of Kalakaua Avenue.

2426 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, +1 808 687 2000

Haupia Semifreddo, Morimoto Waikiki
Haupia Semifreddo, Morimoto Waikiki | © Arnold Gatilao/Flickr
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The Modern Honolulu

Every design element and piece of art in The Modern Honolulu is custom-made – from the colorful surfboard installation piece behind the reception desk to the blue glass tiles that adorn the Sunset Pool. The sleek spaces inside this highly stylized hotel are dominated by different shades of white, accompanied by splashes of color from orchids, leafy botanicals and oodles of artwork. The signature restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki, is headed by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and integrates the best seafood from Hawaiian and Japanese waters.

1775 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, +1 808 943 5800

Moana Surfrider | © tenaciousme/Flickr
Moana Surfrider | © tenaciousme/Flickr
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Moana Surfrider

Known as ‘The First Lady of Waikiki’, the Moana Surfrider opened its doors in 1901 as the first hotel in Waikiki. Today, old photos of the hotel grace its walls, and there is a historical tour of the property offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Located on Kalakaua Avenue, the hotel is at the heart of the action in Waikiki, though there are plenty of places to relax. Try the Banyan Courtyard, with its iconic Moana banyan tree that was planted in 1904; it stands over 75 feet tall with limbs stretching more than 150 feet across.

2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, +1 808 922 3111

Honolulu Sundown
Honolulu Sundown | © Edmund Garman/Flickr
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Trump International Hotel

Perhaps the most striking aspect of the Trump International Hotel is the two-level, open-air lobby with ocean views. According to Zagat, this 38-floor resort is the place to ‘see and be seen in Hawaii’. It opened in 2009 and features 462 luxury guest rooms and suites, world-class restaurants and shopping, and an infinity pool on the sixth floor with a spacious deck. The penthouse suite on the top has breathtaking panoramic views of Hawaii’s beaches, parklands and mountains.

23 Saratoga Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, +1 808 683 7777

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki | © www.bluewaikiki.com/Flickr
Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki | © www.bluewaikiki.com/Flickr
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The Royal Hawaiian

With its bright pink exterior, The Royal Hawaiian is hard to miss. Also known as the ‘Pink Palace of the Pacific’, it ushered in a new era of luxury travel when it was built in 1927. On Monday nights, the resort holds a celebration to honor Helumoa, the legendary playground of Hawaiian royalty where the hotel now stands. Called an ‘Aha’aina, this celebration pays tribute to the island’s cultural history through food, song, stories, and – of course – hula.

2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, +1 808 923 7311

Hawaii Prince Hotel | ©Daniel Ramirez/Flickr
Hawaii Prince Hotel | ©Daniel Ramirez/Flickr
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Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki stands on land that was once used to cultivate seaweed called limu, an ingredient used in many popular Hawaiian dishes. 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the hotel, and about 30% of the hotel’s current staff has been with the hotel since its opening. The Hawaii Prince is perfect for the golf fanatic: For those looking to hit the links, there’s the unparalleled Hawaii Prince Golf Club, covering over 270 acres and boasting incredible views of the Waianae Mountains.

100 Holomoana Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, +1 808 944 4491

Blue Beach Umbrellas | ©daryl_mitchell/Flickr
Blue Beach Umbrellas | ©daryl_mitchell/Flickr
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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

At Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, guests can partake in a plethora of cultural activities, from learning about native medicinal plants to hearing about Hawaiian myths and legends. Try your hand at a ukulele or hula lesson, or head to the Kani Ka Pila Grille for a live concert. Adventure awaits at the beach, where guests can practice canoe surfing with certified instructors. And if it’s rest and relaxation that you are looking for, the resort’s spa offers a soothing lava rock massage. Nice.

2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, +1 808 923 3111