5 Hotels You Must Stay in Oahu, Hawaii

Nancy Sevilla

Nancy Sevilla

As a first-time visitor or frequent visitor, one of the most popular places to stay in Oahu is the Waikiki area. When visiting Oahu, Waikiki is a great place to stay since it's close to many restaurants, shops, and the beach. It's crowded with tourists, but you can get to places more easily by foot than by car. I've stayed in a wide variety of Waikiki hotels, from budget-friendly to luxury. So if you are visiting anytime soon and want to know where to stay, keep reading.

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Aqua Oasis - 320 Lewers St.
Budget: $

The Aqua Oasis boutique hotel is located just a block from the bustling streets of downtown Waikiki. In this boutique hotel, there are two towers - the front tower offers standard rooms, and the back tower offers junior and one-bedroom suites. The hotel offers guests an outdoor courtyard and pool.

During my stay, I stayed in the Junior Suite which featured a king-size bed (optional twin beds), mini-fridge, and sink. There was also a nice lanai (balcony) with a city view.

Despite the resort's lack of glamorous amenities, one can't beat its central location and traditional rooms. This is the best place to stay in Waikiki if you're looking for an affordable, less crowded, and spacious room.

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The Equus Hotel: 1696 Ala Moana Blvd.

Budget: $

As a budget-friendly hotel, it's a great choice for travelers who want to stay close to the action but don't want to spend too much. It is located near the harbors, which is a less busy area at the end of Waikiki.

Our room was a Deluxe King, equipped with a king-sized bed, flat-screen TV, minifridge, and all standard amenities.

It is a good size for 1-2 people, and it was very comfortable!

At their Paniolo Cafe and Bar, you can grab a bite to eat or a drink. The hotel also has a pool and lanai.

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Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel - 349 Seaside Avenue
Budget: $$

The Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach is centrally located in Waikiki, minutes from a variety of restaurants, shopping, and the beach.

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A king-sized bed, 55" smart TV, blackout curtains, minifridge, and general amenities were available in our Ocean View Suite 1 King Bed. What I really liked about this room is the mix of both city and ocean views, the unique and clean decor, and the bed — it was very comfortable! Space was just the right size for 1-2 people.

The hotel amenities included a fitness center, pool, and hot tub.

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Prince Waikiki Hotel: 100 Holomoana Street

Budget: $$$

The Prince Waikiki is an upscale high-rise hotel located right in front of The Equus Hotel. As expected, the hotel was luxurious, swanky, and sophisticated. A feature of this hotel is that they are directly facing the harbor, and all of their hotel rooms have a view of the ocean.

Our standard oceanfront room featured two queen beds, a 46" TV, separate shower, tub, private washlet, minifridge, and all standard amenities. There was plenty of space for two people. The harbor and ocean views were spectacular!

The Prince Waikiki provides a variety of food and beverage options, including in-room dining, the restaurants are 100 Sails, Katsumidori Sushi, Hinana Bar, and Honolulu Coffee Company.

There is also a fitness center, a pool, a hot tub, and a spa.

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Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites - 1777 Ala Moana Boulevard

Budget: $$$

Incredibly spacious and luxurious suites are available at the Ilikai Hotel. This hotel overlooks the Ala Wai Boat Harbor and is steps away from Lagoon Beach.

Modern luxury apartment-style suites can be found at Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites, which includes fully equipped kitchens, a lanai (balcony), and WiFi access. My room was a Luxury Junior Suite Sunset Ocean View with Kitchen, which was a great size for a solo traveler like me.

Cinnamon's, Aroma Caffe, and Kuai Market are some of the hotel's restaurants. Additionally, the hotel offers two pools, a regular pool, and an adult-only pool.

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