Places to Stay – Oahu

When visiting Oahu, there are numerous places to stay to fit any budget or experience that you may be looking for. For example, the Honolulu area has approximately 114 hotels, with most of these being in the area of Waikiki. Due to its central location to beaches, shopping, dining, tours, and adventures, many visitors opt to stay in Waikiki at either a hotel or resort.

Other areas of the island offer the more popular bed and breakfast establishments for a more private, island-style living experience. These places are quieter and offer visitors another means of experiencing the tranquility of the island in a cozy setting.

Condo and vacation rentals are available throughout the island, which is great for longer stays or if you want to get a feel of what it is like to live in Hawaii. These accommodations are more economical if you are staying longer than a week on the island or if you are on a honeymoon and want more privacy than can be achieved in the busy Waikiki and Honolulu areas.


There seems to be an endless amount of hotels in the Waikiki area of Honolulu. The hotels line the main streets, side streets, and even the seashore. Hotels are economical and come with the basic amenities, such as a coffee maker, refrigerator, blow dryer, and iron and ironing board that mean lighter baggage for your travels. The popular hotel in the Honolulu area is the Ala Moana Hotel. This hotel is affordable, has clean rooms, places to eat, a bar, and is in walking distance to the Ala Moana Shopping Center and Ala Moana Beach Park. The Outrigger Reef on the Beach that is located right on the Waikiki Beach gives those that stay here a spectacular ocean view for a perfect sunset. It is very convenient to take a stroll on the white sand beach or go for a swim. There are nearby shops and restaurants so you never have to go far from the hotel. The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach is near the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and sits on the beach. This hotel is great for both family vacations and honeymooners. It provides the right accommodations for the right budget and great proximity to the beach, shopping, and dining.


If it fits within your budget, and you want more accommodations, such as an exercise room or day spa, there are luxury resorts in Honolulu. The most popular resort in the Honolulu area is the Moana Surfrider-A Westin Resort that offers its guests a freshwater pool, poolside bar, restaurants, and a spa. On the Waikiki beachfront lays the Halekulani resort that offers beach access, perfect views of the ocean, and entertainment from local Hawaiian singers. The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa is one of the largest resorts on Waikiki Beach. They offer its guests nightly entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and pools. In the North Shore region, the only resort is the Turtle Bay Resort that offers a choice of rooms or beach cottages for its guests. They have spa services and spectacular views of the shoreline of the North Shore. On the Leeward Coast lays the J. W. Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa and the famous Aulani Disney Resort and Spa that is popular amongst families. This area is beautiful and only minutes away from tours and attractions.

Bed and Breakfasts

Bed and breakfast establishments on Oahu are designed to take you away from the crowds and noise and place you in a tranquil, intimate setting as you enjoy your stay on Oahu. The bed and breakfast choice of accommodations takes you outside the busy city of Honolulu, into places that are secluded to give you a quiet place to unwind and relax in the comfort of home-styling. It also offers great views of the island, from the mountain top to the enticing Pacific Ocean. These places are mostly private and very common in the areas outside of the Honolulu region. In the North Shore region, a popular bed and breakfast is Hawaii Beach Fronts. This establishment gives you the perfect views of the white sand beaches. At Chun’s Reef, which is a few minutes out of the famous Haleiwa town of the North Shore, is also a great place to escape from big city life. On the Windward Coast region, you can find the popular Manu Mele Bed and Breakfast that is set in a private area, which also includes a pool if you choose not to go to the beach. In this area also lays the Papaya Paradise Bed and Breakfast, which is more in the residential area of Kailua, but is minutes away from Kailua Beach.

Condos and Vacation Rentals

Condos and vacation rentals are great for families or groups of people traveling together to visit the island of Oahu. These rentals offer comfortable accommodations with more room, a full kitchen area, and one or more bedrooms for a feeling of being at home – yet you are in paradise. This gives you a true feeling of how it would be like to live in Hawaii. There are many opportunities to rent condos in the Honolulu region in Waikiki, in the North Shore, and in the Windward Coast. The Aston at the Waikiki Banyan offers one bedroom condos to rent with a pool and hot tub, which is in close proximity to Waikiki Beach for ocean fun and adventures. Other condo rentals in Waikiki represent a more luxury setting like the Ilikai Marina Condo located at the very beginning of Waikiki Beach. These units offer a living room, bedroom, and lanai to enjoy the beautiful views of the ocean, Waikiki Beach, and evening sunsets. On the North Shore, the Estates of Turtle Bay, Inc. offers three bedroom condo rentals with a pool and easy access to the North Shore beaches. The Windward Coast in Kailua also has condo rentals that are near Kailua Beach and major Oahu attractions in the area. This type of accommodation offer more comfortable living, allowing you to cook your own food and enjoy the simplicity of island living.