10 Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Honolulu and Its Surrounding Areas

Honolulu is a family family friendly destination, so it only makes sense for 10 Best to provide travelers with the top 10 family friendly hotels around the island. Whether parents are traveling with toddlers or teenagers, they'll find an array of hotels that are ideal for families of all ages and sizes. From a Disney themed resort to a elaborate resort on Oahu's hip North Shore, there's hotels with something for everyone in the family.

Those looking to spend time in the company of kids and relatives without sacrificing the possibility of free time to can try the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. For a location in the middle of nightlife and romantic restaurants for a night out on the town, try the Sheraton Waikiki a gorgeous ocean front resort offering both kid friendly activities and childcare.

Looking for a resort in walking distance to Waikiki's best family friendly attractions? Check into the Waikiki Beach Marriott near Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. Meanwhile out on the surf laden North Shore is Turtle Bay Resort. This gorgeous hotel makes activities and fun top priority and families will have fun being active and enjoying their pools and waterslide.

From hotels near family surf lessons to upscale restaurants for the whole family and huge pools and waterfalls, families can take their pick from a wide selection of hotels on Oahu.


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Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

The wonders of Hawaii. The magic of Disney. Perfectly placed on a beautiful beachfront cove, Aulani rests on 21 acres, with lushly detailed rooms and suites that offers kids, adults and families Hawaiian vacation experiences with a special magic that only Disney can create. Just close enough to Honolulu for Guests to enjoy the vibrancy of the island in every way imaginable, Aulani offers its own special enchantment with unique spaces and experiences created especially for families. Every day of your Aulani stay promises a wonderful new story. You'll notice it the moment you arrive: Music fills the air. An unexpected glimmer of Hawaiian magic catches your eye. Every detail, from the soaring arches of the lobby to the tiniest carving in your room, has a wonderful story to tell. Day and night, Disney entertainment has been crafted with fun for every age from Disney movies under the stars, sunset celebrations, fireside stories, lei making, hula lessons and more. Just steps from your room, mischievous waters await in the Waikohole Valley,a beautiful winding waterway. The whimsical, wonderful, twisting slides of the Waikohole stream send you on a gushing, watery adventure. The vast Wailana pool welcomes families to the heart of it all with its beautiful infinite view, lapping waves and even private cabanas. Every aspect of the Aulani experience is inspired by the culture, traditions and hospitality of the people of Hawaii. Designed especially for families, there is something unique for all. Relaxing me time for adults, imaginative fun for kids, and memory-making moments for everyone. Rates are based on double occupancy. Charges for extra adults may apply and will be due directly to the hotel. Resort is smoke-free. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor smoking locations only.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Disney, Disney, Disney in all forms, need we say more?

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort
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Guests will find that the water is only a short distance from the property. They will be able to visit many of the other attractions in the area as well, including Waikiki Beach, the Ala Moana Shopping Center, and Diamond Head. Shops, eateries, and entertainment venues are in the area as well. Kahala Hotel & Resort offers complimentary transportation to locations that are up to 5.5 miles from the property. Guests will be able to use rental cars or public transportation to reach destinations that are further from the hotel. Some sites, including the beach, are just a short walk from the hotel. The hotel has 343 rooms for guests with mahogany furnishings and 550 thread count linens. The rooms also offer balconies that have views of the mountains or the ocean. Rooms at Kahala Hotel & Resort have coffeemakers, mini bars, in room safes, DVD players, 40-inch flat screen TVs, and bathrooms. The 10-story hotel offers onsite dining options for guests. Kahala Hotel & Resort has onsite saunas, steam rooms, and a fitness center where guests can work out. Children will find outdoor activities and crafts at the Keiki Club.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Kahala Resort is home to a huge array of family friendly things to do as well as a Keiki (kids) Club.

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What could be a more fun element for children at a hotel than an outdoor elevator overlooking the city? Not much, and the Hawaii Prince Hotel overlooking the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor has one and is set at the gateway to Waikiki where access to the different popular attractions is easier and within walking distance. The Aloha Tower Marketplace and the Iolani Palace are close to the hotel. Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Shopping Center are only five minutes away. All rooms are complete with modern amenities including a refrigerator with a complimentary bottled water and coffeemaker. Floor to ceiling glass windows provide a scenic view of the blue ocean. High speed internet plus a marble bathroom with a shower, separate tub, vanity mirror and bathroom wardrobes are also available. The Hawaii Prince Hotel is trimmed with tropical landscapes and colored glasses along with a cascading fountain facing the blue ocean. This hotel has its own golf course with a complimentary shuttle to the course as well as a free shuttle to the center of Waikiki. Baby sitting, 24 hour fitness center and a whirlpool are also available.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Hawaii Prince Hotel has a beautiful and is located right by a great beach for children.

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The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is truly a destination within itself. Families could stay here and not need to leave the property, as the resort offers just about everything you could need for a relaxing, entertaining and fun filled vacation. Guests are just steps from Waikiki Beach with often safe swimming and surf lessons, the beautiful Fort DeRussy Beach Park, and the popular Waikiki Shopping Plaza. The Hawaii Convention Center and Honolulu Stadium are within 1 mile of the grounds as well. The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is located just under six miles from the Honolulu International Airport so it's not a far ride for the kids. Each guestroom in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is supplied with a full-sized bathroom with tub, a beverage station, a hair dryer, a personal safe, a mini-fridge and microwave, climate controls, high-speed Internet access, a minibar, satellite TV, and room service. Those staying at the hotel will be able to rely on the many amenities which include 24-hour front desk service, child care, a currency exchange, a modern fitness room, meeting and conference rooms, a news stand, banqueting facilities, a business service center, a concierge desk, free daily breakfast service, laundry and dry cleaning services, an in-house restaurant, a swimming pool, a lounge with bar service, golf course access, the spa with massage and beauty treatments, and a tour desk to book for fun activities for everyone in the family.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: This is a destination within itself, offers an abundance of family friendly fun, from flamingos to beach fun and shows.

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Another hotel nestled in the heart of Honolulu, the Hilton Waikiki Beach offers the convenience of being close to everything a family could need. From the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head and the Waikiki Aquarium, to the calm beaches, surf lessons, and adventurous activities, it's all right here. Families will also find a number of places in the area to shop, dine, and enjoy after dark activities. The Hilton Waikiki Beach is located only a short distance from many attractions, and guests will be able to reach them on foot or with just a quick drive. When traveling to the airport or areas that are not close to the hotel, guests can use public transportation or rental cars. All of the 601 rooms at the hotel are smoke free. The rooms have 42-inch plasma TVs for family movie nights, a work area, and wireless Internet access. The hotel offers lounges where guests can relax and restaurants where they can dine. Those who want to keep in shape will be able to use the onsite fitness center. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the property. Valet parking is available as well. The hotel offers a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi, as well as a lobby bar for a mom and dad date night.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Hilton is in close proximity to Waikiki's best family friendly attractions and offers a ton of things on site for kids to do.

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When staying at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, guests will find that they are less than three blocks from popular family attractions such as the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium. They will also be able to visit the International Marketplace, which is only five blocks away and offers a seemingly endless array or souvenir shopping for the whole family. Many guests will also want to visit the beach, which is nearby. Many sites are only a quick walk from the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The hotel has over 1,300 rooms with comfortable balconies to increase space for families and many have views of the ocean. The rooms have bathrooms, coffeemakers, mini fridges, and Internet access for a fee. All of the rooms are smoke free so parents needn't worry about children taking in smoke residue. The hotel offers 7 onsite restaurants and bars that serve a variety of cuisine types, including Pacific Rim, Asian, and Italian. A business center is available at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa for parents who have to take care of business while in paradise. Guests will be able to use the onsite pools as well as the onsite fitness center.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Families love that this resort is close to Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium and rests on a beautiful beach with surf schools galore.

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The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa looks onto Waikiki Beach which boasts often calm swimming for children, fine sand perfect for creating sand castles and surf lessons. This hotel in Honolulu is located close to many shops and family friendly eateries as well such as the Cheesecake Factory and Denny's. Guests will be able to visit the hiking trail at Diamond Head, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the Honolulu Zoo which has a petting zoo and playground and enough to see to entertain the kids for a full day. Many popular spots are just a quick walk from the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa. Other sites are only a short drive away, easily reachable with public transportation or a rental. Older children will find modern comforts in every room with cable TV, MP3 adapters, and wireless Internet access (for a fee), and air conditioning. The rooms also offer private bathrooms, mini fridges, and coffeemakers to take care of mom and dad. The hotel offers onsite restaurants, which offer Italian, Chinese, and American fare. Guests will also be able to have a drink at The Elegant Dive, the onsite bar. Meeting rooms are available. Guests can use the onsite swimming pool and the gym.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Hyatt Regency is a destination within itself and provides and abundance of family friendly activities.

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The Sheraton Waikiki is located in the very heart of the city, making some of the best family friendly attractions and activities conveniently close. Visitors are within walking distance of Waikiki Beach, an ideal place for swimming and sand castle building for children, and of course, family surf lessons. The International Marketplace is also nearby and is a great place for souvenir shopping for alla ges. Just about 6.2 miles from the Honolulu International Airport, you won't here the famous kid's line "are we there yet?" on your way to your hotel. All of the bedrooms in the Sheraton Waikiki are outfitted with high-speed Internet access, a full-sized bathroom with tub, climate controls, satellite TV, in room movies, a minibar, room service, a beverage station, a hair dryer, a mini-fridge and microwave, a personal safe, and wake up services - so you'll have all the conveniences of home right at your finger tips to care for the family. The family friendly amenities continue with 24-hour front desk service, a business service center so mom and dad can stay on top of things, a concierge desk to set up any activities you could with for, golf course access, free parking on the premises, an in-house restaurant, a lounge with bar service, a news stand, a swimming pool, laundry services, a tour desk and of course, child care services.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Sheraton Waikiki rests on the beach and is nearby many of Honolulu best family friendly things to see and do.

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Beaches, surf lessons two pools, a hot tub and even two golf courses make Turtle Bay Resort the ideal family hotel. Children and parents alike with find fascinating entertainment at the nearby Polynesian Cultural Center and can watch some serious surf action at the Banzai Pipeline and other famous surf breaks on the North Shore. The Dole Plantation and its garden maze is also near the area along with Waimea Bay's waterfall and hiking trails. Guestrooms are outfitted with complete modern amenities to provide convenience to the guests. Cable television is available and each room comes with the option to purchase a cute and unique stuffed animal in the form of native sea life. Roll away beds and cribs can be requested for families. Outdoor activities including biking trails and horseback riding can also be enjoyed on site and there's plenty of restaurants for family friendly meals.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Turtle Bay has several amazing pools and tons of activities on site for families.

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