If you’re staying in Honolulu, there’s no better place than on the Waikiki Beach strip. With beach access, top restaurants, and luxury shopping all within walking distance, this area is also very expensive and high-end.
That being said, for those who know where to look, there are some affordable hotels in Waikiki. Here’s a list of the top five cheap hotels near Waikiki Beach. I bet you that you haven’t even heard about these places.
1. Maile Sky Court
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If budget is what you’re looking for, it doesn’t get more affordable than Maile Sky Court. What you gain in money savings, you sacrifice in terms of location and amenities. On Kuhio Avenue, the hotel is on the far west end near the Ala Wai Canal. You’ll have envious ocean views, but the no-frill rooms might be outdated, and all-important Wi-Fi is only available in the lobby. The hotel does, however, have a pool and jacuzzi. This hotel’s rates start as low as $59 a night.
2. Luana Waikiki
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Situated right by Maile Sky Court, the Luana Waikiki can be had for as low as $123 a night. The hotel is farther from the beach, but it offers guests free shuttle service to the Ala Moana shopping center. The catch is that all rooms include a mandatory “hospitality” fee, which gives you access to Wi-Fi, daily coffee and tea service, beach towels, and foldable bikes for getting around.
3. Ohana Waikiki Malia
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If you’re looking for a centrally located hotel, consider the Ohana Waikiki Malia. Conveniently situated near restaurants and shopping, you’ll have quick access to all Waikiki’s main attractions. All rooms are clean, well-appointed, and comfortable. The Ohana charges an “Ohana Waikiki Connection Fee,” which includes Wi-Fi, 15 minutes of free long distance calling to Canada or the United States, and unlimited access to the Waikiki Trolley Pink Line. The famous Marukame Udon restaurant is only two blocks away.
4. The Equus Hotel
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With prices as low as $99, The Equus Hotel is another worthy budget hotel. This stylish establishment is the farthest west of the hotels mentioned, but it has a bus stop across the street, and the Ala Moana Center is only a 15-minute walk away. Just note that the property is not wheelchair accessible and has a tall stairway up to the main lobby. The Equus charges no resort fee, and Wi-Fi is free.
5. Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
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This hotel has access to one of Waikiki’s cheapest and most convenient parking garages. Although not included with the room, parking is only $15 a day, whereas parking at other hotels typically starts at $35. The Aston at the Waikiki Banyan features a suite-style layout, and rooms have access to full kitchens that guests can use to save money on meals. You can use the property’s grills for an $18 amenity fee. The rooms, although slightly outdated, also include Wi-Fi. Suites start at $139 a night.
Everyone always talks about Honolulu being an expensive place to stay but to be honest if you know where to look, there are deals to be had to make your stay easier on the wallet. For more info, check out this guide on cheap hotels in Honolulu that I wrote for Hipmunk for the #HipmunkCityLove project!