Where to Stay in Hawaii

Working out where to stay in Hawaii is all part of the holiday fun, with each major island offering an array of accommodation options.

If you’re after a cosmopolitan vibrancy, Waikiki is among the best places to stay in Hawaii. However, the island of Oahu also offers further destinations and accommodation styles beyond this famous beach.

Meanwhile, if luxury is the priority, Maui boasts five-star resorts with a laidback feel. The Big Island’s accommodation centres around the major tourism destination of Kailua-Kona and the volcanic area of Hilo. Kauai Island also has accommodation for every budget depending on which area you choose to stay.

Waikiki

Waikiki enjoys enduring popularity, and why wouldn’t you want to stay with travellers from all over the world in this renowned destination? It’s got a unique vibrancy and lively ambience and offers budget accommodation and big names alike. In fact, Waikiki has a variety of accommodation styles, but perhaps the most recognised are the high-rise waterfront hotels of premier brands like Hyatt, Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, and Outrigger.

Oahu North Shore

With a laidback charm, Oahu North Shore is almost the opposite of bustling, vibrant Waikiki. This is a picturesque place of tropical gardens and beach-loving lifestyle. The accommodation ranges from cottages to bed and breakfasts, beachside bungalows and luxury resorts, so you’ll find everything from high-end getaways to nature-based retreats. Your itinerary and budget will be well-catered for here.  

The Big Island

When it comes to staying on the Big Island, there are two major destinations that you may gravitate towards: Kailua-Kona on the west side, and Hilo on the east. Kailua-Kona offers a vast selection of accommodation and access to all the beaches, cultural sites, and activities. Meanwhile, Hilo has a less extensive accommodation array, but it’s close to the popular Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.   

Maui

Maui offers a huge range of accommodation, from budget motels to bed and breakfasts, eco-retreats, and five-star resorts. Most of the luxury options are situated on the west coast near Kaanapali, while South Maui also offers a number of major resorts. Whichever area you choose, you’re sure to have almost immediate access to the spectacular beaches for which Maui is renowned.

Kauai

Kauai boasts three regions to choose from when it comes to staying on the island, but wherever you pick, you’ll be pretty much guaranteed great beaches and lush green scenery. The North Shore tends to house upmarket accommodation, the Coconut Coast offers more affordable options, while the South Side features hotels and a selection of holiday rentals.