Hotels in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

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Waikiki Beach Introduction

Swaying palms, soothing sea breezes, and warm waves breaking on glistening golden sands—Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach is truly the stuff of dreams. This world-famous resort on the south shore of Oahu island has been putting the “wow” factor into vacations ever since Hawaii’s royal family first discovered the joys of surfing back in the 1800s. Nowadays boasting designer stores, chic restaurants, funky beach bars, and high-end hotels, this star-studded strip combines stunning natural beauty with sophisticated nightlife. From the volcanic majesty of Diamond Head to the glittering window displays along Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki Beach still knows how to turn heads.

Hotels in Waikiki Beach

Waikiki is one of Hawaii’s most popular destinations, and hotels in Waikiki Beach are as varied as their guests. High-rise luxury hotels line the beaches, while the more budget options tend to be tucked a little further back. Luxury options in Waikiki tend to feature an outdoor swimming pool, and many also offer a spa and both on and off-site activities too. Many of the beachfront resorts offer keenly priced all-inclusive packages, and booking in advance can help turn up some welcome hotel rate dips. Waikiki Beach hotel rates.

Where to stay

Most people’s first priority when booking Waikiki Beach hotels is easy access to the beach itself. If you’re planning a romantic getaway, head for Sans Souci Beach at the southern tip of Waikiki, where you’ll find slightly more secluded resorts tucked away in the verdant foothills of the Diamond Head crater. The main Waikiki Beach area (also known as Royal Hawaiian Beach) however is much livelier, backed by plenty of restaurants and shops, and paired with a wealth of activities on the shore.

Things to see

There’s no denying the irresistible pull of its iconic seafront, but you’ll really make the most of your time in this Polynesian paradise if you explore Waikiki Beach’s other attractions too. Soak up the area’s culture with afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider—this famous Beaux Arts hotel has been a favorite haunt of movie stars and moguls since 1901. Immerse yourself in some military history at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, then check out the statue of Duke Kahanamoku, who put Hawaii on the global sporting map with his record-breaking Olympic swimming successes. Discover the hidden world beneath the waves at the Waikiki Aquarium—this pioneering research establishment offers plenty of family-friendly attractions and special events, as well as an outdoor pool that’s home to rare Hawaiian monk seals. Honolulu Zoo is another family favorite, where you can admire animals from around the world in a tropical setting.

How to get to Waikiki Beach

International and domestic flights to Hawaii land at Honolulu International Airport, located in the state capital on the island of Oahu. Oahu is the most populous Hawaiian island and the only one with both federal and interstate highways, making it easy to navigate by public or private transportation. There are various options for getting from the airport to Waikiki Beach, around 10 miles away. Pre-book an airport shuttle for a quick and cost-effective door-to-door service; alternatively, you can grab a cab at the terminal or hop on public buses 19 or 20, both of which terminate in Waikiki.