Best Hotels in Honolulu: The Island's Most Luxurious Resorts

Waikiki is known for its collection of luxury hotels and resorts dotted along Waikiki's beaches, but there are great hotels off the strip. Each of these places offers a variety of amenities, and caters to making sure your Hawaii getaway is everything you want it to be, whether you're here for your honeymoon, a family vacation or a solo excursion. Let this 10Best list guide your online hotel search.

If you're looking for a hotel that has everything you need for your Oahu vacation all in one convenient location, look no further than the Hilton Hawaiian Village. There's several pools–some with water slides–multiple restaurants and spas. 

For a sleek, modern feel, the aptly-named Modern Honolulu is a chic Honolulu hotel. Here you'll feel like you're in a trendy oasis. But if you want a true Hawaii hotel experience, check into the Royal Hawaiian. This beautiful hotel evokes classic Hawaii, from its Island-style decor to live local music at night. 

Our 10Best list for the best Honolulu hotels brings you info from location to contact info to detailed amenities.



The Outrigger Reef is a great, right-on-the-beach hotel in Waikiki. Don't miss its "Hoaloaha," upon walking in, a restored century-old koa canoe suspended from the hotel's towering A-frame; the entrance also features a Polynesian canoe hale, or...  Read More



The trendy Sheraton Waikiki, located in the heart of Waikiki, is known for its ocean-side, Infinity Edge pool. It's a great spot for adults to relax. And for the keiki, there's the 70-foot long water slide in its Helumoa Pool. Each suite in the...  Read More



The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a true Waikiki resort. And at a sprawling 22 acres, the name village, doesn't quite do it justice. The resort has seven towers (some are exclusively timeshare). The Rainbow Tower is the closest to the beach and the...  Read More



Located on Oahu's serene North Shore is Turtle Bay Resort. You can enjoy postcard worthy sunsets from your roomy suite; each of the hotel's 410 rooms and suites, 42 beach cottages and villas boast an ocean view. Perched on a peninsula, there's...  Read More

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach


Affectionally known as the First lady of Waikiki, the legendary Moana Surfrider opened in 1901 and ushered in Oahu's era of hospitality to the world. More than 100 years later, the hotel, with its grand white columns in the porte cochere has...  Read More

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa


Booking a stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is treat for everyone in the family. This hotel is on Oahu's west side of the island and is roughly a 45-minute drive from Waikiki (without traffic). But with so much to do, you won't need to...  Read More

The Modern Honolulu
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You'll truly feel your vacation has begun once you step inside the Modern Honolulu. As you check in, you'll be offered cilantro lemonade and a cool peppermint towel. The Modern doesn't charge a resort fee, and offers complimentary in-room and...  Read More

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
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For a true Hawaiiana hotel experience, look no further than the Royal Hawaiian, aka the Pink Palace of the Pacific. This Waikiki gem is Oahu's second oldest hotel, and one of its most luxurious, even 88 years later. When you book a stay in its...  Read More

The Kahala Hotel & Resort
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Staying at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, nestled in east Oahu's posh neighborhood is like an escape on your Hawaiian getaway. The resort is known for its secluded beaches and its private locale; visiting celebrities and dignitaries are frequent...  Read More



When you stay at Halekulani Hotel, it's all about the small, personal things. At check in, you're taken on personalized tour of the hotel. In your room, a bowl of fresh fruit and the hotel's own chocolates await. But what really sets Halekulani...  Read More


Meet Tiffany Hill

Tiffany Hill has lived on Oahu’s Leeward and Windward sides, but today she calls Honolulu home. She is a writer whose work is regularly published in regional and national publications,...  More About Tiffany Hill