Yes, I know…everybody thinks Hawaii is super expensive and it sure can be! But there are ways to do it a lot cheaper. One of my favorite ways to save money on a trip to Hawaii is by staying in a budget hotel. Before I tell you my favorite Oahu budget hotels, let me break the pros and cons of staying in a budget hotel down for you:
A budget hotel is one of the cheapest accommodation options in Hawaii.
You’ll be able to book direct with the hotel (no dealing with an individual property owner like if you use VRBO or Airbnb).
You’ll get many of the amenities you would at a resort (maid service, front desk concierge, etc.).
There are quite a few budget hotels right on the beach in Hawaii.
You’ll always get a cheap price no need to wait for sales and book vacation packages.
You won’t get all the amenities of a big beach resort.
It may not be nice enough that you just want to lay around the pool every day.
You may be able to find a vacation rental or condo for about the same price that would have more amenities (full kitchen, washer and dryer, etc.).
My 2 Cents: I like to book a budget hotel when I just want a clean and convenient place to set up a home base from which to explore the island. If I’m going to be out and about adventuring every day, I don’t need a nice beach resort, or even a condo with full amenities.
Oahu Budget Hotels
Aqua Palms Waikiki: Located super close to the beach and the Ala Moana shopping center, this light and airy Waikiki hotel is budget friendly and conveniently situated to be able to explore Waikiki and Honolulu. Pricing starts at $99/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Aqua Bamboo Waikiki: Just a quick walk from Waikiki beach, this stylish, tropical hotel has an outdoor saltwater pool, café, sundeck, and use of beach chairs and umbrellas. Pricing starts at $117/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Equus Hotel: This charming equestrian themed boutique hotel has a great location in Waikiki. Bonus: during polo season, guests get free tickets to a match at the north shore’s Hawaii Polo Club. Pricing starts at $109/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Hotel Renew: This Waikiki budget hotel has loads of luxury (even an aromatherapy concierge that lets you customize the scent in your room!) and is perfect for travelers who want a little pampering without breaking the bank. Pricing starts at $169/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Coconut Waikiki Hotel: This bright and airy hotel located on the Ala Wai Canal offers a free continental breakfast every morning and has an outdoor heated pool. Pricing starts at $149/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Not sure where to begin with deciding where to stay in Hawaii? I mean, even once you’ve settled on an island (or two), deciding which part of the island to stay on can be tricky, especially if you don’t really know the lay of the is(land). I’ve created a guide that breaks down the different resort areas (and more off the beaten path parts) of each island to make your planning process easier. Sign up below to get your FREE where to stay guide (it’s 6 pages y’all!) and get started planning your vacation.
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki: About a six minute walk from the beach and less than a mile from the Honolulu Zoo, the Shoreline Hotel has a rooftop pool and a casual café. Pricing starts at $143/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Park Shore Waikiki: This modern resort tower right across from Kuhio beach is a great budget beach resort. The nightly resort free includes yoga and fitness classes, beach gear, Wi-Fi, and a shuttle to the Ala Moana. Pricing starts at $158/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Aqua Oasis: This relaxed, colorful hotel is an 8-minute walk from Fort DeRussy Beach Park. It has a Japanese restaurant and karaoke lounge, an outdoor pool, a sauna and a sun deck. Pricing starts at $105/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore: Located in Laie (just a quick walk to the Polynesian Cultural Center), this relaxed hotel is the perfect basecamp to explore the north shore. It’s just seven miles from the Turtle Bay Resort and has an indoor pool and hot tub as well as casual restaurant. Pricing starts at $189/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Hampton Inn and Suites Kapolei: Set in a nice shopping center in Kapolei, the Hampton Inn is a nice, efficient place to stay on the west side with nearby beaches, shopping, and restaurants. Pricing starts at $159/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
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