(Closed) Affordable Oahu hotels? For our honeymoon

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Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i’d skip the hilton hawaiian village

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

We stayed at the Wyland Waikiki this February. It is beautiful, modern and full of Wyland’s artwork. It is not on the beach but that is much better as you avoid the tourist traps and throngs of tourists.  We rented a car and drove to the eastern and northern shores where the beaches are much prettier and less crowded.  P.S. Make sure to eat at Buzz’s at Kailua Beach.

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Newbee

We stayed at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, which was very nice and affordable. We paid for a 5-9 floor room, but because it was our honeymoon, they upgraded us to the 30th floor!

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Newbee

I just want to chime in to say that if it’s not set in stone for you guys to go to Oahu, I would strongly reccommend you hop over to the Big Island instead! It is much cheaper and much more gorgeous in my opinion! Oahu is so overrun by tourists and the congestion near Waikiki was so unattractive to me. Total opposite of the serene beach I had envisioned. Also – warning! Sometimes a weird algae type organism gets washed in with the tide in Waikiki and some people are allergic to it. I was!!!! I was very upset and thought i had a skin rash of some sort till some locals told me about the water/algae thing and I calmed down. But it was a bummer and uncomfortable.

The Big Island is much more affordable (we rented a fully furnished condo for a week for $650 total) and has black sand beaches, green sand beaches, geothermal pools, botanical gardens, waterfalls, lava trees and of course the National Volcano Park where you can see actual errupting volcanos up personal (if that’s your thing). And that’s just to name a few things!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would say if it’s your first time to Hawaii, Oahu is good as it has the most nightlife.  If you’re looking for something romantic and less tourists go to Kauai or Maui.

When we stay in Hawaii we like to rent a timeshare or condo as opposed to staying in a hotel.  It can save $$ cause everything is pretty expensive in Hawaii.

vrbo.com is one of my favorite places to find rentals.  If you prefer to stay at a hotel (cause some people just do), the Mariott on the west side of Oahu is fairly new though I haven’t stayed there my Future In-Laws have a timeshare there and continually rave about it.  (It’s also the same place where the NFL Pro Bowl is held).

If you’re interested in Maui, I have a contact for a rental place that I’d be happy to refer you to.

I LOVE HAWAII – If you’re interested in more Hawaii tips feel free to PM me.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I love the Ali’i Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  It’s more geared towards adults and honeymooners (the other towers are more family oriented).  They have their own private pool that is separate than the main pools that everyone else in the hotel uses and they have happy hour snacks daily by the pool.  I’ve also stayed at Hyatt and enjoyed it there.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either the Hyatt or the HHV.  Both are on the beach, although the Hyatt is more central and close to the shops and restaurants.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Hi there!  I haven’t stayed in any hotels here (except for during our wedding), but I can tell you that one of my friends really enjoyed the Waikiki Parc Hotel.  She got this fantastic rate (not sure how…I think she just used one of the travel sites online and scored a good deal; right time, right place).  The hotel is a sister property to the Halekulani which is hands down my FAVORITE hotel.  It’s not what you’d call affordable, though. But the Parc is cute (it’s very boutique-y), altho’ the room she had was a tad bit tiny (but it *was* intended as a single), and maybe *too* mod for some peoples’ taste.  It’s not beachfront, but you can see the ocean from some rooms, and the beach is quite close.  (It’s home to Nobu’s Waikiki location, if that sort of thing floats your boat, tho’ personally I think we have better, less expensive Japanese restaurants in town.)

We blocked off rooms in the Sheraton Waikiki, which our guests gave mixed reviews on.  Some people got renovated rooms, and some people didn’t.  Gee, guess who had a better time? All in all, I think they were pretty satisfied. We stayed ourselves in the Royal Hawaiian next door, but if you’re looking for "affordable," that’s not it either. (It’s also closing June – Dec for renovations.)

The Ilikai is, in my opinion, "old fashioned."  It was VERY hot back in the day (my parents had their reception there, and it was apparently, totally the cool place for that sort of thing), but you don’t hear much about it these days. I just went there for dinner last month, and it was quiet…which some people *do* like. Lots of people in the restaurant remarking about how they missed Don Ho. Our table was the youngest by about 2-3 decades. Like I said, it’s not necessarily a *bad* thing. 

The HHV will definitely be a more family, busy resort. They’re huuuuge. The Hyatt is a nice hotel, but just so you know: it’s not *beachfront* — it’s across the (very busy) street from the beach. It’s not far, but if you want to hear the sound of the surf lapping at the shore below…not gonna happen there. (Actually, I don’t know that you can in a lot of hotels unless they have a lanai…windows don’t open in a lot of ’em!) 

Oh, one more option: some friends of a friend threw a surprise birthday party at the Outrigger Regency — it’s a condotel, so they’re condos, not a full-on hotel. I *think* it’s the exact same place some other friends stayed when they came, and there’s been a huge renovation in the in-between years.  It’s cute and boutique-y now, but it’s not beachfront.  You have to shlep a few blocks, but nothing’s really that far in Waikiki.  I think it’s a mile end-to-end, and less than that the ocean-to-mountain direction.

Good luck! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Oops, one more thing:  ditto what lina624 said — vacation rentals are a good way to beat the resort prices.  Some friends used vrbo to get a really nice place on Kauai.

If you look for one on Oahu, I’d suggest one in Kailua, or even better, Lanikai (though right not there’s some sort of conflicts going on about bed and breakfasts…which I *think* are different from VRBOs).  The beach is very nice out there, less touristy.  It’s only about 20 minutes into "town" (Waikiki). 

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