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The best hotels in Hawaii for an unforgettable vacation

Published Feb 09, 2024
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the outside area at the four seasons haulalai, Montage Kapalua Bay and a main drinking a cocktail in a pool

Headed to Hawaii? Ensure you have the best vacation possible by checking out these top Hawaii hotels.

If you’re lucky enough to have Hawaii next on your travel list (we wish we were you!), then you’ll need to book a hotel. 

Finding the right hotel for you in paradise can be a little tricky — from hotels next to pristine sandy beaches or ocean-edge cliffs, Hawaii offers an abundance of fantastic hotels to choose from. 

So read on for our hand-picked selection of the best hotels in Hawaii for every kind of traveler, budget or vacation in mind. 

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Our favorite hotels in Hawaii

room at the grand hyatt kauai resort and spa
Best for families
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
front entrance of the vive hotel waikiki
Best for solo travelers
Vive Hotel Waikiki
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woman doing yoga in a hotel room at night
Best for couples
Montage Kapalua Bay
room at the sheraton waikiki hotel
Best for an action-packed stay
Sheraton Waikiki Beach Resort

If you’re looking for a great vacation in Hawaii for the whole family, look no further than the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. 

Located in Koloa, this hotel has an array of amenities and fun activities for the entire family to enjoy. The scenic hotel sits among a range of river pools and tropical gardens, transporting you to paradise every time you leave your room. 

With a large pool, water sports facilities, horse stables and kids’ outdoor play equipment, we’re sure that your little ones will never run out of activities to make this an unforgettable vacation. There is even a babysitting service for when you want a break!

pool area of the grand hyatt kauai resort and spa

However, that’s not all. There are tons of activities for adults to enjoy as well, such as an impressive golf course, tennis courts, walking tours, a luxurious spa to pamper yourself, and much more!  

We also think you’ll be impressed with the bright and spacious hotel rooms, each coming with a coffee machine and private balcony to enjoy a morning coffee in solitude. There are also seven restaurants onsite, with an array of cuisines, from Italian at Dondero’s, sushi at Stevenson’s or seafood at Tidepools — you’ll never get bored of the delicious food! 

And with multiple stunning beaches just a stone’s throw away, we can’t think of a better place to take the family on vacation this year. 

Best for solo travelers

When it comes to solo traveling, affordability and safety are typically the top priorities, and we think the Vive Hotel Waikiki is ideal for those looking to enjoy some alone time. 

Situated in Honolulu, and a short walk from shops, bars, restaurants and (most importantly) beaches, this is the perfect place to call home during your vacation if you want to embrace the local culture, meet locals and be in the thick of it. 

a group of a friends hanging out on the beach at the vive hotel waikiki hotel
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The hotel is super affordable which is essential when solo traveling, making it ideal for a longer holiday, or just a cheap weekend getaway — and all guests are also entitled to a free daily continental breakfast

The spacious, modern rooms offer great value for money — and while there is no swimming pool or spa area, being close to the beach and everything the local town has makes up for it.

Best for couples

Fancy treating your special someone to a vacation in paradise? If so, a stay at the Montage Kapalua Bay Hotel could be the perfect choice. 

There are tons of amenities and activities for you and your partner to partake in, from a couples massage in the spa to chilling at the pool, to enjoying a nearby hike — the possibilities for your romantic getaway are endless

pool area of the montage kapalua bay hotel

When it comes to a romantic trip away, your room is far more than just a place to lay your head — and with these rooms, we think you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect space for some romance with your partner. 

There are also two restaurants onsite where you can enjoy a romantic dinner and enjoy a cocktail (or many!) at the in-house bar. 

Best for an action-packed stay

Nestled on Waikiki Beach, the Sheraton Waikiki Beach Resort is perfect for those looking to strike the perfect balance between an action-packed and uber-relaxing vacation

The hotel offers contemporary rooms that provide stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head and are sure to impress everyone who enters. With two oceanfront pools, Helumoa Playground with two freshwater swimming pools, a 70ft water slide, and an adult-only infinity pool, you’ll have plenty of options for lounging around during the day. 

pool and sunset at the sheraton waikiki hotel in hawaii

Offering activities on and offsite like fishing, diving, hiking and other water sports, your days can be jam-packed with fun, and at night, head to the on-site happy hour, and the nightclub for some late-night dancing. 

Or if you want to get involved with the local culture, head to the Honolulu Museum of Art, have a fun family-friendly day at Magic Island, or pay your respects at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Best for value

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly vacation in Hawaii, we recommend taking a look at the Hotel La Croix — located near Waikiki Beach, and in the heart of Honolulu. 

The modern, contemporary rooms are the perfect place to call home during your visit to Honolulu, and each room has unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, Waikiki city lights, mountains or palm trees.

man drinking a cocktail in the pool at the hotel la croix

The hotel might be a budget option, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do — the hotel has a swimming pool, fitness center, and a bar, so you’re sure to be entertained both night and day. 

Have a pet at home you can’t bear to leave? Well, at the Hotel La Croix, you won’t have to! You can take up to two dogs for every trip, and the hotel even provides beds and bowls, making your packing even easier.

On the flip side, if you’re looking for a more luxurious stay, our top choice would have to be the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. 

Everything about this hotel screams luxury, from the contemporary Hawaiian furniture in the rooms and fancy, private bathrooms, and flat-screen TV to the scenic lounging area by the pool. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 

oceanfront lounge area at the four seasons hualalai

Enjoy a spot of golf at the 18-hole course, chill in the saltwater pool, and get away from the kids in the adult-only area. Your stay at the hotel also entitles you access to the private white sandy beach for a relaxing sun-basking day and easy access to snorkeling.

Our verdict: What are the best hotels in Hawaii?

We’re sure no matter what hotel you pick, you’re going to have an absolutely fabulous time in Hawaii. 

So whether you opt for a lifelong memory-inducing vacation at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort, a romantic getaway at the Montage Kapalua Bay, or a budget-friendly trip with friends at the Hotel La Croix, we’re sure you’ll have the trip of a lifetime. 

Happy vacationing!

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Prices updated on 02/09/2024. We are not responsible for any changes to the prices mentioned above.

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