While most people think Hawaii is super expensive, it’s actually pretty easy to find a budget hotel in Kauai.
Not very familiar with Kauai? Read up on the lay of the is(land) here to get an idea of what part of the island you’d like to stay on.
But before I tell you my favorites, 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.
Kauai Budget Hotels
Kauai Shores: I stayed at Kauai Shores on my last trip to Kauai and I LOVED it! It’s easy on the budget but the rooms and common spaces are bright and airy, the onsite restaurant is amazing, and it’s right on the beach! It’s location on the east side of the island makes it perfectly situated for exploring both the north and the south shores. Pricing starts at $109/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Hotel Coral Reef: Located right in the heart of historic Kapa’a, the Coral Reef Inn is the perfect place to stay if you like a convenient location and being able to walk to restaurants and shops. It’s right on the beach and a bike path runs right by it giving you easy access to Lydgate beach. Pricing starts at $145/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Kauai Palms Hotel: Located just 5 minutes from the airport in Lihue, Kauai Palms Hotel is the perfect efficiency hotel to set up camp for a week exploring the island. Studio rooms have air conditioning and either a full kitchen or a kitchenette. Pricing starts at $85/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Courtyard Kauai: With a great location on Coconut Beach, the Courtyard Kauai is a great beachfront budget hotel that feels more like a resort. 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.
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay: Located right next to Lydgate beach park, rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn come with a mini fridge, microwave, and Keurig coffeemaker. Suites with an extra pull out bed are also available. Pricing starts at $149/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy: This well maintained, low key resort sits right on the water along the Lydgate pathway (for walking or biking). The resort has studio units as well as one and two bedroom units. It also features two outdoor pools, a hot tub, a poolside bar, and a casual restaurant. Pricing starts at $145/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
The Kauai Inn: This plantation style inn is family owned and operated and the perfect basecamp for exploring the island. It’s not beachfront, but situated in a lush tropical garden. Pricing starts at $118/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your dates.
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