10 Best Hotels in Honolulu for Budget Travelers

To put it simply, Honolulu has a ton of hotels. From huge resorts that are destinations within themselves, to modest budget hotels for those that will be out exploring all day. But the good news for budget seekers is that there's plenty of affordable hotels in the city. The great thing about modest accommodations with affordable prices, is that on a gorgeous tropical island like Oahu, you won't spend much time in the room anyway, so save the spending for all the other unique adventures the island has to offer.

Traveling is all about new experiences right? One of the best way to gain unique experiences is to stay at a hostel, and Honolulu has the Polynesian Hostel Beach Club. In addition to affordable prices, you'll be treated to the unique experience of meeting people from around the world.

Located close to the ocean is the Ilima Hotel. Just a short walk from a surf break, beach and boat harbor it's also close to the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and many other shops and restaurants. Facilities include two rooftop sun decks, a sauna, outdoor pool and a fitness gym.

Historic Ilikai Hotel & Suites is a classic Waikiki mainstay that offers affordable rooms overlooking the ocean. Also centrally located to restaurants, attractions and shopping, you can walk to just about anywhere you'd want to go in Honolulu. The hotel offers an amazing pool and panoramic views of the city.

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The Polynesian Plaza Hotel is located in Waikiki, so it offers convenience in location as well as affordable rates. This Honolulu hotel contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class. This hotel is characterized by a combination of modern comfort and traditional Hawaiian decor, making it a distinct accommodation. Staying at this hotel will put you in walking distance to many popular Honolulu attractions, shops, and restaurants. If you're just hanging out in Honolulu you don't need to rent a car to explore the best of the area. As the name states, all elements of the hotel are Polynesian style.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This hotel is unique in appearance and affordable, as well as ideally located.

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Ilima Hotel
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With only two blocks from the Waikiki Beach, the Ilima Hotel is set on the neighborhood of Waikiki, close to the International Market Place, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and the Honolulu Zoo. Other attractions also include the Diamond Head, Kapi'olani Park and exciting nightlife and movie theaters. All rooms are complete with air conditioning, cable television with free HBO and Disney channels, in room safe, kitchens with microwaves and refrigerators, Nintendo and a private lanai. Complimentary newspaper daily, Kauai coffee service, voice mails and free local calls are also available. The Ilima Hotel features a casual atmosphere trimmed with polished koa wood and greeted with Hawaiian paintings of Ralph Kagehiro. Recreational facilities include two rooftop sun decks, sauna, outdoor pool and a fitness gym. Events space for business meetings and special occasions are also available. No on site restaurant is located within the hotel but restaurants are close by.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Ilima Hotel is affordable and centrally located in Waikiki close to awesome restaurants and the city's best shopping.

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The hotel is located only three blocks from spectacular and famous Waikiki Beach. Guests can find many other attractions to visit in the area around this accommodation in Honolulu, including the International Marketplace, the Honolulu Zoo, and the Waikiki Aquarium. Guests can walk to the beach and many other attractions in the area around the hotel. Rooms at the Aston Waikiki Joy Hotel have furnished balconies. The rooms also feature amenities such as cable TV, Bose speakers, and refrigerators. The rooms feature soundproofing as well. All of the public areas at the hotel have wireless Internet access. Each morning, guests will be able to enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast at the Aqua Oasis. The onsite restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests will be able to use the onsite pool and fitness center as well.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The affordable Aqua Oasis is located right across from the beach. What more could you want?

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This centrally located high-rise hotel offers modern lifestyle amenities and oceanfront accommodations featuring awesome views of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding Diamond Head and Honolulu. It's a perfect place for relaxation under the sun by the beautiful pool. The 24-hour fitness center is also available for a great workout anytime. Savor elegant dining without ever leaving the hotel at Sarento's, one of the finest Italian restaurants in Honolulu offering panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu. Located in the heart heart of Waikiki, the Ilikai is within walking distance to a huge array of restaurants, shops and sights. It's affordable as well as recently renovated.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Ilikai Hotel overlooks the ocean and offers affordable rooms centrally located in Waikiki.

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The hotel is located in the downtown area and is close to the Ala Moana Shopping Center and across the street from the ocena. The Hawaii Convention Center is located across the street. Guests of the hotel will be able to visit nearby parks, the beaches, and local attractions such as Pearl Harbor. All of the 1,154 guestrooms at the Ala Moana Hotel are smoke free. Many of the rooms have furnished balconies that offer views of the surrounding area, including the city, mountains, and ocean. Rooms have flat screen TVs and high-speed Internet access. The hotel offers 7 onsite restaurants and bars where guests can dine and drink. Wireless Internet is available in the function rooms and in the public areas. The Ala Moana Hotel also offers an outdoor splash pool, a sauna, steam room, and a fitness center so guests can stay in shape.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Location, location, location, and affordability make this hotel a top choice.

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The Pacific Marina Inn is one Oahu hotel you can count on for convenience and comfort at a great value. Located approximately two miles from Honolulu International Airport, it's centrally located and very affordable. Once you're rested and relaxed you'll be ready to explore the magnificent offerings of the island of Oahu. If you want to stick near the hotel, Keehi Lagoon Park is just next-door, offering five acres of open greenery, picnic areas, and tennis courts. A short drive will take you into Waikiki, where you can hop onto a sea-trolling catamaran, learn how to surf, watch a hula performance, and dine under torchlight after a stunning Hawaiian sunset. Or spend the day at Ala Moana Beach Park, the ideal setting for a stroll along the soft, white sands followed by a dip in the ocean.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Pacific Marina Inn is one of the most affordable hotels in Honolulu.

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Just a short distance from some of Honolulu's most popular attractions, the Best Western Plaza Hotel Honolulu offers great location and prices. The heart of Honolulu isn't far away, where guests can find the city's best restaurants, attractions and shopping. Public transportation is easily accessible from here, and it's in walking distance to exciting things to do and see. The rooms here have microwaves, refrigerators, TV, and high speed Internet access as part of their amenities. The hotel offers and onsite eatery that is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests of the Best Western The Plaza Hotel Honolulu will be able to take a swim at the hotel's outdoor pool as well. The hotel offers business services for those traveling for work.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Plaza Hotel Honolulu offers a full range of amenities for a affordable prices.

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The Keehi Lagoon is found just a mile from the Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel. Guests will be able to visit a number of nearby attractions including Aloha Stadium, Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri and Punchbowl Cemetery. The hotel is only a couple miles from the downtown area of Honolulu and Waikiki. Only half a mile from the airport, this hotel is the ideal place to stay for those with long layovers. Those who do not have their own transportation will be able to find public transportation to reach their destinations. Rooms at the hotel include alarm clocks, cable TV, writing desks, phones, private bathrooms, radios, and hairdryers as part of their amenities. The hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. Other conveniences guests will find at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool and a sundeck. The Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel also offers a gift shop and laundry facilities onsite.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This budget hotel is the closest to the airport, and perfect for long layovers.

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Polynesian Beach Club Hostel
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The Polynesian Hostel Beach Club is located in the heart of Honolulu, making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town if you're looking for something affordable. Each guestroom is tastefully appointed with a television, shower, separate shower and tub, microwave and kitchenette. Guests can experience the high standards of comfort while staying at this luxury hostel with everything they need right on the site such as 24-hour room service, laundry service and dry cleaning, safety deposit boxes and tours. The hotel creates a balance of rich culture and modern convenience to ensure you a memorable stay.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This place offers affordability with more comforts than the average hostel.

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Waikiki Beachside Hostel
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With its central location, Waikiki Beachside Hostel Hotel is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Hawaii. The Waikiki Beachside Hostel Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. Room amenities include air conditioning, desk, in room safe, separate shower and tub, microwave. The amenities and services offered at this Hawaii accommodation include 24-hour room service, shops, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, safety deposit boxes, tours. This is more than your average hostel, and takes this type of accommodation to the next level. Modern comfort and convenience are seamlessly combined to ensure the guests' satisfaction, a rare element with hostels.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: This is the most affordable place to stay in Honolulu.

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