The island of Oahu is home to Hawaii’s capital city of Honolulu, the famous Diamond Head volcanic cone, and a number of amazing Hawaiian beaches. There are plenty of amazing opportunities awaiting visitors to Hawaii, from exploring gorgeous nature and experiencing Polynesian culture to testing out those waves on a surfboard.
1. Hilton Hawaiian Beach Resort
© Hilton Hawaiian Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort is located on 22 acres of beachside property and features several high-rise hotels, each with their own flair. No matter where guests stay at the Hilton, they will find comfort, class, and fun at every turn. With a daily resort fee, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort offers almost 100 shops and boutiques, 20 restaurants and bars for guests to choose from, five swimming pools including a saltwater lagoon and a waterslide, a kids’ club, and a spa. Guests can also take part in hula lessons, go snorkeling in the stunning blue waters of the South Pacific Ocean, see a weekly fireworks show on the beach, or take part in a nightly torch lighting ceremony and luau feast.
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-949-4321
2.Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
© Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
The beautiful rooms and suites at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort scream elegance and splendor, with richly appointed furnishings and stunning views. The hotel, which is rated one of the top 10 hotels in Honolulu, has a great location right on Waikiki Beach and close to all the action in Honolulu. Guests can enjoy a delicious, traditional meal on the premises, from a grill-your-own steak experience to fresh-caught seafood at the Diamond Head Restaurant. After a day spent sipping Mai Tais by the pool, guests can enjoy a Hawaiian-style jam, learn to play the ukulele, or take part in any of the hotel’s other Hawaiian cultural activities and lessons.
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-923-0711
3.The Royal Hawaiian
© The Royal Hawaiian
First opened in 1927, this historic hotel has a perfect location on Waikiki Beach. Known fondly as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” the unique color and architecture of the hotel make it difficult to miss, and the very pink themed decor inside is just as unique. Rooms and suites at the Royal Hawaiian are luxuriously decorated with modern, comfortable, and stylish furnishings and feature dark wood accents, custom headboards, and private, intimate lanais for each room. The resort offers Wi-Fi, one complimentary rental of a GoPro camera for recording memories, Hawaiian cultural classes like hula dancing, excursions to Diamond Head, and a wide variety of discounts and deals at a number of Honolulu attractions.
2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-923-7311
4. The Kahala Hotel & Resort
© The Kahala Hotel & Resort
The Kahala Hotel and Resort has been host to politicians, world leaders, and Hollywood actors in its 50-year history, and guests will feel right at home in its tastefully decorated rooms, which feature a subtle island theme and comfortably sleek furnishings. The Kahala offers a refreshing oshibori and Hawaiian lei upon entrance to the hotel, and guests will have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, the fitness center, steam room, and sauna, and even lessons for those who wish to try their hand at surfing or stand-up paddleboarding out on the water. Next read: Best Romantic Getaways in Hawaii
5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, Phone: 808-739-8888
© Halekulani Hotel
Halekulani is a five-star hotel in Honolulu that offers its guests a combination of style, comfort, and an unbeatable location by the beach. After settling into one of the comfortable, relaxing rooms inspired by the hotel’s seven shades of white theme, guests can sit back and enjoy one of Halekulani’s signature Mai Tai cocktails by the heated pool or indulge in a massage at SpaHalekulani. The hotel offers a number of special packages, such as sunrise breakfasts on the beach, family fun packages, or resort packages, which include amazing cuisine at the hotel’s restaurants.
2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-923-2311
6.Hilton Waikiki Beach
© Hilton Waikiki Beach
The spacious accommodations at Hilton Waikiki Beach feature large lanais with beautiful views of the ocean, mountains, or the city of Honolulu, as well as Wi-Fi, HDTVs, and a comfortable atmosphere. Upgraded rooms and suites can include extra private bedrooms, living and dining areas, wet bars, and complimentary food and beverages. At the hotel, guests can enjoy 24-hour dining at the M.A.C. restaurant or with 24-hour room service. Every evening there is live music and a happy hour for guests, and combined with the heated pool deck and numerous fabulous amenities that the Hilton Waikiki Beach has to offer, guests will feel like they are staying at a top resort, with none of those pesky resort fees.
2500 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-0811
7.Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
© Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki is a charming Waikiki Beach resort conveniently located near top Honolulu-area attractions such as the Honolulu Zoo, the Royal Hawaiian Center, and the Ala Wai Golf Course. The contemporary-style resort is home to brightly-decorated guest rooms and suites designed by BHDM Design, which are fully equipped with private oceanview balconies and high-tech amenities such as flat screen televisions, iPod docks, and complimentary wireless internet. All guests receive a welcome package of traditional Hawaiian snacks, beverages, and leis, with daily service of local coffee, tea, and fruit-infused water available in room. Guests can lounge directly on the beachfront with loaner beach chairs and towels or watch the sunset at the hotel's lively rooftop swimming pool, featuring original artwork designed by California artist DJ Neff. The hotel's signature restaurant, Heavenly Island Lifestyle, serves up traditional Hawaiian cuisine crafted with locally-sourced organic ingredients, while its hip bar serves up craft smoothies and cocktails.
342 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-931-2444
8.Diamond Head Beach Hotel
© Diamond Head Beach Hotel
The suites and condos at Diamond Head Beach Hotel will help create a vacation where guests can feel right at home. Each condo has all the amenities that guests might need, and range from a modest studio to an elaborate and luxurious two-bedroom apartment. The spacious suites have living areas and kitchens, and many have pull-out sleeper sofas to accommodate extra guests. The hotel itself has a private oceanfront lounge that is only available for guests, so anyone staying at Diamond Head Beach Hotel essentially has access to a private waterfront.
2947 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-791-2923
9.Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk
© Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk
At Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk, guests will enjoy their stay in a fully outfitted and comfortable suite. There are two choices to pick from: a one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite with two queen beds, or a two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite with one king and two queen beds. Each suite has a wet bar, a fridge, a microwave, and a beautiful outdoor patio area. Every morning, the Embassy Suites offers a delicious full breakfast, with eggs cooked to order and a wide variety of fruits, pastries, and more. In the evening, a poolside reception provides complimentary beverages and snacks out on the Grand Lenai, a massive balcony with a heated pool, sundeck, bar, and seating area.
201 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-921-2345
10.Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
© Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
With almost 500 comfortable guest rooms to choose from, everyone will find what they are looking for at Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, which is located just steps away from beautiful Waikiki Beach. From a standard room with one king or two queen beds to an ocean view suite with a living and dining area, the Beachcomber’s accommodations are comfortable, clean, and spacious. Guests will also enjoy the wide range of amenities, from the pool and sauna to the live nightly Magic of Polynesia show. The resort offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center and a spa.
2300 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-4646
© Hotel Renew
Some people travel to Hawaii for the surfing and excitement, but others use the beautiful island paradise as an escape. Those looking to relax and get away from it all will find solace at Hotel Renew, a sleek resort designed with relaxation in mind. From the moment guests enter Hotel Renew and are offered a cold scented towel, they will feel at ease in the peaceful setting. Rooms are sleek and well designed, with plush bathrobes for guests, air conditioning, and LCD TVs. Dog-friendly rooms are also available. Each morning, the hotel offers a complimentary breakfast so that guests can enjoy a meal before borrowing a lounge chair and heading out to the beach.
129 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-687-7700
12.Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
© Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Located right on the soft white sands of Waikiki Beach, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is a great destination for any Hawaiian vacation. Amenities include shopping and boutiques right on site, an award-winning spa where guests can have a massage, facial, or other treatment, a pool and poolside bar that feature live music and entertainment, and two fantastic restaurants. In the oversized guest rooms, visitors staying at the Hyatt Waikiki Beach will find 55-inch flat-screen TVs, private lanais, crisp white bedding, and spa products in all the bathrooms.
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-923-1234
13.Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
© Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
The Ilikai Hotel and Luxury Suites has been serving visitors to Hawaii for over 50 years, and during that time, they’ve perfected the art of the guest experience. Keen-eyed visitors might recognize the iconic building from the opening credits of the TV show Hawaii Five-O, and the inside of the hotel is no less glamorous. There’s a massage spa, fitness center, sundeck, and swimming pool, as well as a delicious Italian restaurant on the roof of the building, where guests can enjoy a fine meal with an even finer view. In the luxurious rooms and suites, guests will find full kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops as well as a spacious living area, comfortable sleeping arrangements, and spa-like bathrooms with massage jets in the showers.
1777 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-949-3811
14.Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
© Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
The Lotus Hotel at Diamond Head prides itself on being a hidden gem of Waikiki Beach. Situated away from the most popular – and crowded – parts of the huge, grand beach, the Lotus Honolulu offers its guests a more peaceful and intimate Hawaiian experience. The boutique hotel features contemporary, comfortable, yet unpretentious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows so guests can enjoy the view. The Lotus also offers the use of beach cruiser bikes so that guests can explore the surrounding area as well as morning yoga classes on the beach and even complimentary wine receptions in the evenings.
2885 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-1700
© Moana Surfrider
The Moana Surfrider is sometimes called “The First Lady of Waikiki” because the hotel has been open for over 100 years. First established in 1901, the Moana Surfrider has aged very gracefully indeed, and today it remains a staple of Waikiki Beach, with a seamless mix of Victorian class and contemporary Hawaiian style. Upon arriving at the hotel, guests will be greeted with a kukui nut or fresh flower lei and a glass of the special Moana elixir. Rooms are sleek and comfortable, and manage to be inviting while still encouraging guests to get out and enjoy everything Oahu has to offer.
2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-3111
© Sheraton Waikiki
At Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, located on Waikiki Beach, guests can enjoy all the luxuries of a modern, sophisticated resort right in the heart of all the action of the area. From a relaxing massage at the spa to a delicious meal at one of the hotel’s five restaurants, guests will find their every need fulfilled at the Sheraton. Rooms are stylish and comfortable, with large windows and sliding doors leading out to the private lanais with breathtaking views of the beach and the ocean. Guests can choose from a standard room for one or two all the way up to a Luxury Ocean Guest Room, which sleeps up to six people in the 640-square-foot space.
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-4422
17.Park Shore Waikiki Hotel
© Park Shore Waikiki Hotel
Park Shore Waikiki is a tower hotel located next to both Kapiolani Park and Kuhio Beach Park, so guests will have plenty of options for lovely places to explore. Rooms are equipped with private balconies, smart TVs, air conditioning, and lovely views, and guests can also enjoy a number of other amenities on the premises, including an outdoor pool that overlooks Waikiki Beach, yoga and other exercise classes in the park, and lounge chairs, which guests are welcome to take to the beach. On premises, guests can also enjoy a wide variety of cuisine, from Japanese sushi to a delicious toasted sandwich.
2586 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-954-7426
18.Queen Kapiolani Hotel
© Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Queen Kapiolani was a Hawaiian queen whose motto was “Strive to reach the highest,” and the hotel named in her honor does just that. Recent renovations to the hotel are heightening the guest experience to new levels, featuring a brand new restaurant with a sleek and stylish bar, updated pool area and sundeck, and new indoor and outdoor lounge and seating areas so that guests will feel right at home. Guest rooms and suites are modern and comfortable, with LCD TVs, in-room safes, air conditioning, and private balconies. The hotel also includes Wi-Fi, beach towels, beach chairs, and in-room coffee services.
150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-1941
© The Laylow
The Laylow is a colorful, modern hotel that combines the amenities of an urban venue with the relaxing vibe of a beachy, island accommodation. Rooms at The Laylow feature private balconies, entertainment systems, and even doggie beds for those who wish to travel with their furry friends. Guests can choose to room on the exclusive Ho’Okipa level, which offers complimentary food and beverages 24 hours a day. At The Hideout, guests can enjoy a cup of coffee or a full meal featuring traditional Pacific cuisine in a comfortable, relaxed setting, and by the beautifully landscaped outdoor pool, everyone will feel the relaxing effects of the Hawaiian sun and breeze.
2299 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-6600
20.The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
© The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
The rooms and suites at The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, which is located on Sans Souci Beach, feature beautiful sliding glass door walls, many of which offer stunning views of the ocean, Waikiki Beach, or the mountains. Guests can choose from a standard room, a deluxe room, or even a full suite, complete with a dining area, living area, and private bedrooms. There are three restaurants on the premises, including the Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant, which offers steaks and seafoods, the Miyako Japanese Restaurant, and the Sunset Lanai Lounge, where guests can enjoy delicious traditional appetizers and a house-made cocktail.
2863 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-923-1555
21.Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
© Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Located only steps away from Waikiki Beach, Alohilani Resort is perfectly situated for a dream Hawaiian vacation. Each room offers a private lanai or balcony, where guests can enjoy the warm Hawaiian breeze coming off the ocean, and comfortable accommodations that include spa-like bathrooms, cozy bedding, and spacious floor plans. Rooms vary from a standard two-bed guest room to ocean view rooms and even beachside suites. The resort is home to two internationally recognized restaurants, a pool deck that includes a saltwater infinity pool, poolside bar, and a shallow kids pool, and even an outdoor beer garden. Oahu beaches
2490 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-1233
22.Waikiki Beachside Hostel
© Waikiki Beachside Hostel
Waikiki Beachside Hostel is a fun, laidback environment for travelers who are looking for budget-friendly accommodation, or those who wish to spend more time out of their hotel room than in it. Guests can choose to stay in single sex or mixed dorms that sleep 4-8 people, or in a semi-private or private room. Each accommodation features secure lockers for personal belongings, free Wi-Fi, complimentary tea, coffee, and light morning snacks, and use of the community kitchen. The hostel also offers laundry services, towels for rent or for sale, and daily housekeeping.
2556 Lemon Rd b101, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-923-9566
23.Waikiki Resort Hotel
© Waikiki Resort Hotel
Waikiki Resort Hotel offers 275 beautiful accommodation options for guests that range from a straightforward guestroom all the way to a penthouse suite. Rooms feature island-style furnishings, wood accents, private balconies, and Wi-Fi, while the upgraded suites also feature wet bars, separate living areas, and great ocean or mountain views. The hotel’s restaurants serve traditional Korean fare and timeless American favorites, with a full breakfast buffet offered every morning. There is a spa and pool on the premises, and through the hotel staff, guests can book a wide variety of other Hawaiian excursions, like snorkeling, parasailing, surfing, or whale watching.
2460 Koa Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 855-848-2208
24.Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
© Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa features two towers that contain over 1,300 luxurious guest rooms and suites. Rooms are straightforward and comfortable, with various views depending on the side of the building. There are five restaurants on the premises, serving food that ranges from Japanese sushi to coffee and pastries to freshly made pasta. Guests will also enjoy the spa, the fitness center, and the two heated outdoor pools. Each night, live musicians will entertain guests as they sip drinks and enjoy a Hawaiian sunset.
2552 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-6611
Where to Stay on Oahu - 23 Best Beachfront Hotels
- Hilton Hawaiian Beach Resort, Photo: Hilton Hawaiian Beach Resort
- Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Photo: Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
- The Royal Hawaiian, Photo: The Royal Hawaiian
- The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Photo: The Kahala Hotel & Resort
- Halekulani Hotel, Photo: Halekulani Hotel
- Hilton Waikiki Beach, Photo: Hilton Waikiki Beach
- Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, Photo: Shoreline Hotel Waikiki
- Diamond Head Beach Hotel, Photo: Diamond Head Beach Hotel
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk, Photo: Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk
- Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, Photo: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
- Hotel Renew, Photo: Hotel Renew
- Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, Photo: Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
- Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites, Photo: Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites
- Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head, Photo: Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
- Moana Surfrider, Photo: Moana Surfrider
- Sheraton Waikiki, Photo: Sheraton Waikiki
- Park Shore Waikiki Hotel, Photo: Park Shore Waikiki Hotel
- Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Photo: Queen Kapiolani Hotel
- The Laylow, Photo: The Laylow
- The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, Photo: The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
- Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Photo: Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
- Waikiki Beachside Hostel, Photo: Waikiki Beachside Hostel
- Waikiki Resort Hotel, Photo: Waikiki Resort Hotel
- Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Photo: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
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