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Where to Stay in Honolulu
Honolulu’s densest hotel district is the luxurious Waikiki neighborhood. Known for its resorts and beautiful beaches, Waikiki offers tourists a chance to soak up the sun on Waikiki Beach, shop at many of the area’s high-end boutiques and sample local cuisine at some of the city’s most exclusive restaurants.
Business and budget travelers might want to look for discounted rooms in downtown Honolulu. Accommodations here tend to be more affordable than in Waikiki. In addition, the Hawaii Convention Center, which plays host to conferences and trade shows, is located in this area.
Honolulu Hotel Tips
Because Honolulu is a year-round paradise, mainland travelers tend to fill the city’s resorts and hotels during the winter months. The tourist rush tends to last from December to April, so if you plan on taking a break from snow and slush, book a hotel in advance.
If you’re looking to avoid traffic on the beach, make hotel reservations outside of late March and mid June. This is when Hawaiians celebrate two significant holidays that often lead to congested highways and crowded waterfronts. For those looking to whale watch, search for discounted Honolulu hotel packages in November.
Cheap flights to Honolulu are typically found in the off-season so consider traveling in the Spring or Summer.
Honolulu Hotel Recommendations
Waikiki has no shortage of four- and five-star boutique accommodations. Book a stay the Halekulani Hotel, located along beautiful Waikiki Beach, and enjoy some of the best ocean views in the area. The hotel features an onsite spa and frequently hosts exclusive exhibitions and performances by some of the world’s most renowned artists.
If you’re looking for high quality and cheaper rates, make reservations at Hale Koa Hotel. Located just a little over a mile from the Hawaii Convention Center, this 72-acre resort offers travelers beach access, dining options, a full-service health club and local weekly activities, including hula lessons and garden tours. Hale Koa Hotel offers regular deals, including free stays for children under 10 and discounts for members of the armed forces.
For those looking to get away from the Honolulu urban area, head 45 minutes north to the Turtle Bay Resort. This 880-acre resort boasts nearly five miles of beachfront. Here, you can choose from a number of types of accommodations, including private cottages and villas as well as guest rooms and suites. The resort is also home to a full-service spa and the Arnold Palmer Golf Course, one of the best courses on the island.
Honolulu has not rail system; however, the city does claim a 107-route bus system. Known as TheBus, the mass transit system transports locals and visitors throughout the Honolulu area and beyond.
Ground transportation at the Honolulu International Airport is plentiful. The Airport Waikiki Express shuttle transports tourists to any Waikiki hotel. TheBus routes 19 and 20 provide public transit to downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. Taxis are also available.