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Oahu, Hawaii’s most populated island and home to the state capital Honolulu, offers a wealth of cultural experiences, hiking opportunities, and artistic discoveries. This island also has the most historic landmarks available to explore and its landscapes are practically unbeatable.
Visitors can observe torch-lighting ceremonies, pay their respects at Pearl Harbor, and visit what was the seat of Hawaiian royalty — Iolani Palace. Hiking the Koko Head trails or the famous Diamond Head provides adventurers with unforgettable sights.
Whatever your reasons for visiting the island, there’s surely a boutique hotel to match your budget and tastes — here’s a selection of our favorite options.
Price: From $133 per night
The laidback Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel is conveniently located next to Waikiki Beach and only a short walk away from Kuhio Beach Park and the Honolulu Zoo. This colorful hotel is a sought-after option for guests from all around the world.
The Aston Waikiki Circle treats guests to a relaxed atmosphere with vibrant tropical accents. Accommodation options include standard guest rooms and versions with partial or full ocean views. There are upgraded oceanfront rooms available, as well, with more space, amenities, and panoramic views over the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu.
Each room features a private balcony, Keurig coffee maker, minifridge, and CastNow streaming services for in-room entertainment.
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Price: From $89 per night
With a zen-like atmosphere and stunning views over the Pacific Ocean, the Castle Bamboo Waikiki is a private hideaway designed to pay tribute to Hawaiian heritage and provides easy access to some of the best things to see and do in Waikiki.
The property features a bar, lounge, grills, a pool, a hot tub, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary parking for guests.
Each room has a city, mountain, or ocean view and features a coffee maker, minifridge, private lanai, microwave, and in-room safe. Some room types have either a kitchenette or a fully-equipped kitchen. Certain suites have grills on the private lanai, perfect for entertaining friends or family members.
Price: From $95 per night
A colorful hotel located next to the Ala Wai Canal, the Coconut Waikiki is a comfortable boutique option full of Aloha spirit and ideal for groups and families.
The hotel offers a heated outdoor swimming pool and sundeck, grills, and outdoor seating areas for socializing. In the lobby, guests can have complimentary coffee or tea at any time of the day or night. Underground valet parking is available for an additional daily fee.
In-room amenities include a private lanai, kettle, work desk, and kitchenette equipped with a microwave and minifridge. And, last but not least, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views over Waikiki and toward the Ko’olau Mountains.
Price: From $3,520 per night
ESPACIO is a luxury hotel right next to Waikiki Beach — and it’s described as a “jewel” for many reasons. Guests looking to treat themselves should consider it as a top option when visiting Oahu.
The resort offers personalized butler service that aims to anticipate the needs of guests at all times. The hotel’s luxurious suites boast opulent details like Moroccan-style metalwork and plenty of Italian marble, as well as stunning views over the Pacific Ocean.
Amenities are designed to appeal to discerning guests, like private lanai jacuzzis and a rooftop deck that includes an infinity pool, a whirlpool, and a sundeck.
Guest rooms feature an in-room iPad to make service requests easier, there’s a complimentary breakfast daily, and even in-room shopping services in partnership with Neiman Marcus.
Price: From $189 per night
The Kaimana Beach Hotel can be found on Sans Souci Beach, with stunning views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean. At Kaimana, guests can fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean each morning.
The tasteful, stylish rooms and suites feature city, Diamond Head, or ocean views. Most rooms have private lanais on which you can lounge with a refreshing ocean breeze.
Suites are oversized with separate living and dining areas, as well as a full wet bar, Nespresso coffee machine, and Hawaiian volcanic bottled water. High-end toiletries and bathrobes are provided by LATHER. If you’re traveling with a group, connecting rooms are available by request.
Price: From $225 per night
Found right next to Waikiki Beach, the Regency on Beachwalk Waikiki by Outrigger offers an all-suite luxury condo experience with the amenities of a boutique hotel. The property’s contemporary design blends seamlessly with its stunning surroundings.
The Regency on Beachwalk provides easy access to some of the best shopping and dining in Waikiki. Each suite includes hardwood flooring and large floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal lighting and views. Fully-equipped kitchens include state-of-the-art appliances. Guests can enjoy the sights of Waikiki from tastefully tiled private lanais, and all suites include partial city, full city, or ocean views.
Price: From $107 per night
A “tropicool” boutique hotel only a short walk from Waikiki Beach, the Shoreline Hotel offers a more playful take on luxurious accommodations in the heart of Honolulu. You’ll feel the Hawaiian spirit right away, as all guests are given a sample of a local delicacy, Dole Whip, upon arrival.
The hotel offers Hawaiian coffee in the lobby each morning, 2 reusable water pouches, a rooftop swimming pool, and more. Rooms and suites offer a minifridge to store your beverages or leftovers, along with complimentary Wi-Fi for all guests.
Price: From $185 per night
A trendy spot in Honolulu, and just a short walk from Waikiki Beach, The Surfjack is one of the most popular boutique hotels on the island. Its laidback atmosphere reflects the island’s spirit, and the local artwork and historical accents in each room remind you of where you are.
Each guest room boasts amenities like a private lanai, complimentary Wi-Fi, deluxe bath products from BYRD, wireless speakers from Soundfreaq, and more. Guests in the penthouses will enjoy tons of space and a larger lanai. Whatever room you choose, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1960s thanks to special details like handcrafted coffee tables.
Price: From $146 per night
The Vive Hotel is a short walk away from both Waikiki Beach and the Honolulu Zoo. It’s an excellent retreat for discerning travelers who value being right in the middle of shipping, dining, and all the beach activities Waikiki has to offer.
All rooms at the Vive include amenities like Kimono-style bathrobes, minifridges, premium bath products, and deluxe linens made from breathable cotton. Local artwork adds color and depth to every space. A selection of guest rooms, suites, and even a penthouse are available for booking.
The boutique hotels on Oahu are as beautiful as the island that surrounds them. Stay at any one of these properties to be pampered before and after long days of exploring all the wonders this island has to offer.
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