Waikiki is a two square-mile area on the island of Oahu.  Believe me, within that small strip of land there are many hotels that look like the best place you’ve ever stayed at.  And some of them are.  During your Hawaiian vacation-if you’re coming to Waikiki and Oahu-every single one of those hotels will want you to stay there.  So, how do you determine which one is really the best fit for you from way over on the mainland or in different parts of world?

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The truth of the matter is that Waikiki has some of the greatest beach front hotels and resorts of any place in the world.  The even bigger truth is that not all of these will break your wallet in half.  Let’s face it, if you’re visiting some place as beautiful as Hawaii then you need to ensure that you have the budget to actually get out there and do stuff like snorkeling and hiking.  You can’t just spend your entire vacation budget on the hotel. 

Depending on airfare and where you’re actually flying from, your lodging in Hawaii will most likely be the most expensive part of your trip.  We need to make sure that you choose that hotel or resort wisely.

Best Hotels in Waikiki with Ratings and Maps

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The Halekulani is considered by many to be “best of best” when it comes to Waikiki hotels.  With rooms starting at around $400 per night, this won’t fit into everyone’s budget.  Especially those with a large family.  The Halekulani beach is nice but only “okay” by Waikiki standards. 

The Halekulani prides itself on personal attention and the way they “dote” on their guests.  This is probably the perfect place for a honeymoon couple visiting Waikiki.  

Halekulani Map

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Hilton Hawaiian Village and Beach Resort

Don’t get this one confused with the Hilton Waikiki.  These two are different worlds.  This place has 3000 rooms, 4 pools and 2 spas.  It’s literally a village unto itself.   The prices are reasonable, too, with nights starting at $200.

The Hilton Hawaiian Village and Resort is can suit itself to different kinds of guests, as well.  While the honeymoon couple will enjoy the relaxing and romantic amenities-large families can take advantage of the pools and have their own kind of fun.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Map

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Hale Koa Hotel

While the Hale Koa is usually not in the top three of any review sites for the best Waikiki Hotels, as a Soldier I have to place this hotel here.  It caters to military as part of the Fort DeRussey Armed Forces Recreational Center and was built by service members for service members.  The rates for some families can be as low as $75 per night!  And this is luxury hotel in Waikiki, ladies and gentlemen.  Like all AFRC properties, you pay as you rank.  So, those who make more pay more.  

Hale Koa Map on Waikiki

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Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort & Spa

This may be my favorite Marriot property of all the ones that I’ve ever stayed at.  I understand that it’s easy to say that since it is on Waikiki, but this is one resort that does a great job at being affordable and being luxurious.  There are always great deals and discounts online that can make this one of the best and most budget friendly family resorts in Hawaii.

Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort and Spa Map

Waikiki Beach Marriot Resort Ken Muise 2014-03-05 4.0 0 5

Hyatt Regency Waikiki and Spa

This is a large, twin-tower property in Waikiki and it’s the only Hyatt property in the area of Waikiki.  The property is not “on the beach” but it’s really close and to kick it all the more, it has one of the best restaurants on the island of Oahu.  Ciao Mein is a mixture of Chinese and Italian cuisine that will blow your mind.  Don’t believe me?  Try it.  The restaurant alone will make you want to visit Hawaii on a yearly basis. 

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Spa

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