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While Hawaii has the reputation for being super expensive, it’s actually possible to find a place to stay at ALL price levels. If you’re looking for one of the cheapest ways to do Hawaii, you’ll find several budget hotels in Hawaii that are perfect for saving a few bucks but still staying in style. Before I tell you my favorites, let me break the pros and cons of staying in a budget hotel down for you:
Pros of Staying in a Budget Hotel
- 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.
Cons of Staying in a Budget Hotel
- 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.
Photo via Kauai Shores
Hotel Coral Reef Resort: Located right in the heart of historic Kapa’a, the Hotel Coral Reef Resort 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.
Photo via Hotel Coral Reef Resort
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.
Photo via Kauai Palms Hotel
Maui Budget Hotels
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel: Located right on bustling Ka’anapali Beach, the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel is the perfect place to stay on Maui’s west side. Located on the Ka’anapali beach walk nearby the Sheraton, Westin, and Hyatt, you’ll enjoy being in west Maui’s gorgeous resort area at a fraction of the price.
Photo via the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel
Mana Kai Maui: Located right on one of Maui’s best (and quietest) beaches, Mana Kai is perfect for a laid-back beach vacation on a budget. It’s right between Wailea and Kihei so there’s no lack of dining and shopping options nearby, but you definitely won’t feel in the middle of the action here.
Photo via Mana Kai
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Big Island Budget Hotels
Kona Seaside Hotel: Located right on the bay in Kona, the Kona Seaside Hotel is the perfect place to set up camp and explore the island. Locally owned and operated, this hotel is perfect for budget travelers (you won’t pay any resort fees here)!
Photo via Kona Seaside Hotel
Hilo Seaside Hotel: The Hilo Seaside Hotel is the Kona Seaside Hotel’s sister property and is located in charmingly low key Hilo. If you’re looking for a nice budget friendly hotel from which to explore the Hilo side of the island, this is a great spot.
Photo via Hilo Seaside Hotel
Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel: The Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is Hilo’s nicest full service hotel and is not only oceanfront with all the amenities you could want, but it’s also a great bargain! Spend your days exploring the Hilo side of the island, but come back to a relaxing respite at the end of the day.
Photo via Castle Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
Oahu Budget Hotels
Aqua Palms Waikiki: Located super close to the beach and the Ala Moana shopping center, the Aqua Palms Waikiki is a light and airy budget friendly hotel that’s conveniently situated to be able to explore Waikiki and Honolulu.
Photo via Aqua Palms
Equus Hotel: The Equus Hotel is a charming equestrian themed boutique hotel with a great location in Waikiki. Bonus: during polo season, guests get free tickets to a match at the north shore’s Hawaii Polo Club.
Hotel Renew: Hotel Renew is a Waikiki budget hotel with 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.
Photo via Hotel Renew
Want to save even more???
I highly recommend signing up for the loyalty rewards program at Hotels.com.
Here’s what I love about Hotels.com: It’s a major travel site so I get to take advantage of their bulk discounts and price negotiations, but they specialize in hotels (obviously) and have an AMAZING loyalty program that gives me my rewards AND lets me keep my flexibility.
Collect 10 Nights, Get 1 Free: No matter where you go and where you stay, when you book through Hotels.com you start racking up nights. And once you’ve stayed 10 nights, you get a night free! I love this feature of their loyalty rewards program because I can pretty much stay wherever I want and still take advantage of it. I can stay at Starwood, Marriott, Hilton or Aston properties (or anywhere else!) and still get my free nights! For me, that’s a lot better than having to stay in a location that wasn’t my #1 choice just because that’s where my points where good.
Secret Pricing: When you’re a member of the Hotels.com Rewards program, you’ll be able to unlock secret prices and you could save up to 50% off! That’s enough to add on an extra week! ; ) Only members can access them, and these aren’t just base prices marked up so it looks like you’re getting a discount. These prices are way cheaper than ones you’ll find on comparison sites and you can stack the discounts with other special promotions AND your free night! Now, of course the discount of these secret prices is going to vary depending on your destination, the time of year, and the specific property, but if you’re willing to be flexible, you can score some great deals using this feature!
Check out Hotels.com and sign up for their rewards program right here. It’s completely free and only takes a couple of minutes.