64 Best Hotels in Hawaii, USA

Aloha Guest House

$$ | Old Tobacco Rd., Honaunau, HI, 96750, USA

In the hills above Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, this guesthouse offers quiet elegance, complete privacy, and beautiful ocean views from every room. With a focus on nature, the house is tastefully furnished in tropically inspired earth tones. The bath products are 100% organic, and the yummy full breakfasts are as close to organic as they can muster, with produce grown on-site. Common areas include a kitchenette and living area with a high-definition television, DVD library, and computer with high-speed Internet.

Pros

  • Eco-conscious option
  • Delicious full breakfast
  • Kitchenette in common area

Cons

  • Remote location up a bumpy 1-mile dirt road
  • 40 minutes from downtown
  • Four-wheel drive recommended
Old Tobacco Rd., Honaunau, HI, 96750, USA
808-328–8955
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Aston Kona by the Sea

$$$$ | 75-6106 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, USA
www.facebook.com/AstonKonaByTheSea/

Complete modern kitchens, tiled lanai, and washer-dryer units are found in every suite of this comfortable oceanfront condo complex with a welcoming entry lobby and reception area that feels like a hotel. The nearest sandy beach is 2 miles away, but the pool is next to the ocean and 50 of the rooms are oceanfront. A second, ocean-fed saltwater pool sits at the edge of the property, perfect for relaxing in the waves. Although the complex is not within walking distance of downtown Kailua Village, there are plenty of convenience stores and delis nearby.

Pros

  • Lobby and activities desk
  • Near delis and convenience stores
  • Ocean-fed saltwater pool next to the property

Cons

  • No beach access (2 miles away)
  • Not walking distance to Kailua Village
  • Individually owned units, so prices may vary
75-6106 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, USA
877-997–6667
hotel Details
86 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Aston Shores at Waikoloa

$$ | 69-1035 Keana Pl., Waikoloa, HI, 96738, USA
Aston Shores at Waikoloa
Aston Shores at Waikoloa
More information: https://www.aquaaston.com/hotels/aston-shores-at-waikoloa 
Inquiries: aqua-aston@quinn.pr
Courtesy of Aqua-Aston Hospitality

Villas with terra-cotta-tile roofs are set amid landscaped lagoons and waterfalls at the edge of the championship Waikoloa Village Golf Course. The spacious units—ground and upper floors are available separately—are privately owned, so furnishings vary from unit to unit. Sliding glass doors open onto a large lanai, and picture windows look out onto rolling green fairways. All units have full kitchens and washer-dryers. Check the website for separate online-booking rates and specials. There's also free access to tennis courts, a swimming pool, outdoor barbecues, and the fitness center. A daily $10 amenity fee includes Wi-Fi, newspaper, parking, coffee, and security safe.

Pros

  • Good prices for the area
  • Great location
  • Kid-friendly option with a pool and in-room kitchens

Cons

  • No restaurants on-site
  • Daily resort fee
  • Older decor in some rooms
69-1035 Keana Pl., Waikoloa, HI, 96738, USA
800-922–7866
hotel Details
120 suites
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Bamboo Inn on Hana Bay

$$ | 4869 Uakea Rd., Hana, HI, 96713, USA Fodor's Choice
A thatched-roof gate opens to the courtyard of this informal Balinese-inspired guesthouse with a sweeping view of Hana Bay. The ground-floor studio has a private outdoor shower and the other two units have private whirlpool hot tubs on their second-floor decks. They each have kitchenettes with limited cooking supplies. (The upstairs units can be combined to house six.) In keeping with the community's eco-minded spirit, owner John Romain keeps it green with photovoltaic solar panels, nontoxic cleaning products, and recycling receptacles in each unit.

Pros

  • Fall asleep to the sound of waves lapping at the rocky coast
  • Close to town center
  • Large BBQ available for grilling

Cons

  • Two-night minimum, though one-night fillers may be available
  • No air-conditioning
  • No nightlife in this early-to-bed, early-to-rise town
4869 Uakea Rd., Hana, HI, 96713, USA
808-248–7718
hotel Details
3 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Castle Kona Bali Kai

$$$$ | 76-6246 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, USA
www.flickr.com/photos/56705607@N00

These slightly older condominium units, spread out among three low-rises on the ocean side of Alii Drive, are situated at Kona's most popular surfing spot, Banyans, and also just a couple of minutes' drive from Kailua Village and within walking distance of popular Magic Sands Beach Park. Kitchens are fully equipped. Choose between the lower-priced mountain view, midrange partial ocean view, and more expensive oceanfront rooms. There's a great Hawaiian poke café (Da Poke Shack) nearby, plus a liquor store across the street.

Pros

  • Convenience mart and beach-gear rental nearby
  • Choice of different views among the units
  • Views of surfers on the water

Cons

  • Mountain-view rooms close to noisy street
  • Oceanfront rooms don't have a/c
  • Older-looking concrete buildings
76-6246 Alii Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, USA
800-535–0085
hotel Details
64 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Chalet Kilauea Rainforest Hotel

$ | 19-4178 Wright Rd., Volcano, HI, 96785, USA

Quirky yet upscale, this accommodation features four artistically distinctive rooms that unveil beautiful views of the rain forest from a great location five minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The hotel offers daily housekeeping, imported linens, custom-made wooden bed frames, a garden gazebo, a koi pond, and a six-person hot tub. It's one of several properties under the umbrella of Kilauea Hospitality Group; another is Lokahi Lodge, which has cozy rooms with comfy beds and plenty of exposed beams and wood. The group's most reasonably priced lodge is the Volcano Hale, which dates to 1912 and has a communal kitchen and fireplace.

Pros

  • Unique decor
  • Friendly front desk
  • Hot tub on property

Cons

  • Space heaters
  • Not close to the beach
  • Can get cold at night
19-4178 Wright Rd., Volcano, HI, 96785, USA
808-967–7786
hotel Details
4 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Dolphin Bay Hotel

$ | 333 Iliahi St., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
Fresh Island Fruit

Units in this circa-1950s motor lodge are modest but charming, as well as clean and inexpensive; a glowing lava-flow sign marks the office and testifies to owner John Alexander's passion for the volcano. Stunning lava pictures adorn the common area, and Alexander is a great source of information for visiting the national park and for exploring the back roads of Hilo. Coffee and fresh fruit are offered daily with banana bread. Four blocks from downtown Hilo, in a historic residential area called Puueo, the hotel borders a verdant 2-acre Hawaiian garden with jungle trails and shady places to rest. Guests of the hotel return repeatedly, and it's ideal for families who seek a home base. Six additional units across the street are for long-term stays.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Full kitchens in all units
  • Helpful and pleasant staff

Cons

  • No pool
  • No phones in the rooms
  • Dated decor
333 Iliahi St., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
808-935–1466
hotel Details
18 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Dunbar Beachfront Cottages

$$ | 9750 Kamehameha V Hwy., Kaunakakai, HI, 96748, USA Fodor's Choice

Perfect for a comfortable base in the country, think of these two oceanfront, plantation-style cottages as your own private beach home on Molokai's east end; each has a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and ocean-facing lanai. There are small beaches just steps from the front door, and the Pauwalu cottage is fronted by a fishpond, which is the perfect wading spot for families with young children.

There's a three-night minimum stay.

Pros

  • Complete privacy
  • Well-stocked kitchens
  • Convenient location to east end beaches

Cons

  • Isolated and far from town
  • Very popular, so bookings can be hard to come by
  • Additional cleaning fee
9750 Kamehameha V Hwy., Kaunakakai, HI, 96748, USA
808-336–0761
hotel Details
2 cottages
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Fairmont Orchid Hawaii

$$$$ | 1 N. Kaniku Dr., Waimea (Hawaii County), HI, 96743, USA Fodor's Choice
www.flickr.com/photos/alan-light/12067533455

This first-rate resort overflows with tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls, a sandy beach cove, a meandering pool, a lagoon for the kids, and all the luxury amenities. All guest rooms have private lanai, and many have partial or full ocean views. Excellent on-site restaurants include the flagship Brown's Beach House, The Orchid Court, Hale Kai, Brown's Deli, and the outstanding Binchotan Bar and Grill. Guests enjoy the tennis center, the Spa Without Walls with private massage hales (houses) set amid waterfalls or on the oceanfront, and the largest and most impressive swimming pool among the resorts. The lavish Hawaii Loa luau is followed by a show that combines modern and Polynesian dance. There's lots of beach equipment to rent, plus rental bikes if you want to pedal to the nearby Shops at Mauna Lani. The beach has a protected cove ideal for swimming and wading, and the fitness center comes fully equipped.

Pros

  • Oceanfront location
  • Excellent pool
  • Aloha hospitality

Cons

  • Central pool can get very crowded
  • $35 resort fee
  • Not the best beach among Kohala Coast resorts
1 N. Kaniku Dr., Waimea (Hawaii County), HI, 96743, USA
800-845–9905
hotel Details
540 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger

$$ | 69-200 Pohakulana Pl., Waikoloa, HI, 96738, USA
Exterior view
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts

These large and comfy town houses and condominiums, located just off the fairway of the Waikoloa Beach Course, are a short walk from Anaehoomalu Bay. Designed in the style of plantation-era homes, these villas are decorated with rattan furniture and tropical themes and come complete with top-notch appliances in fully equipped kitchens. A five-minute walk from the upscale Kings' Shops, the facility has its own infinity pool, a lava-rock whirlpool spa, and a small gym next to the pool.

Pros

  • Good location for beach, shopping, dining, and golf
  • Infinity pool
  • Well-equipped kitchens

Cons

  • No ocean views
  • Lots of guest rules and regulations
  • Expensive cleaning fees
69-200 Pohakulana Pl., Waikoloa, HI, 96738, USA
808-886–0036
hotel Details
70 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

$$$$ | 72-100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96745, USA Fodor's Choice

Beautiful views everywhere, polished wood floors, custom furnishings and linens in warm earth and cool white tones, and Hawaiian fine artwork make this oceanfront resort a peaceful, luxurious retreat. Ground-level rooms include outdoor garden showers. The 600-square-foot bungalows are large and luxurious, with spacious slate-floor bathrooms. One of the five pools, King's Pond, is a freshwater pond, with thousands of tropical fish and a spotted eagle ray that guests have the opportunity to feed daily. The seashell infinity pool, family-friendly and surrounded by cabanas and palm trees, has a clear view to the ocean beyond. The on-site Hawaiian Cultural Center honors the grounds' spiritual heritage, and the sports club and spa offer top-rate health and fitness options. The resort's on-site restaurants (ULU, Beach Tree) are world-class. Hualalai's golf course has hosted the PGA Tour Champions Tour and the Senior PGA Tournament of Champions. Despite its quiet opulence, the resort is super kid-friendly, with a great activities program.

Pros

  • Beautiful location
  • Gourmet restaurants
  • Renowned service

Cons

  • Not the best beach among the resorts
  • Quite pricey
  • 20-minute drive to Kailua-Kona
72-100 Kaupulehu Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96745, USA
888-340–5662
hotel Details
243 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Four Seasons Resort Lanai

$$$$ | 1 Manele Bay Rd., Lanai City, HI, 96763, USA Fodor's Choice

With stunning views of Hulopoe Bay and the astonishing rocky coastline, this sublime retreat offers beachside urban chic decor with meticulously curated artwork from across Polynesia, Micronesia, and Hawaii and manicured grounds that feature an array of native Hawaiian plants and species. Adults can languish in the adults-only lagoon-style pool, while children can enjoy the family pool or try their hand at sand sculpting and explore tidal pools along Hulopoe Bay. It may be tempting to relax the day away, but the resort manages several activities including horseback riding, UTV rides, evening astronomy experiences, and sporting clays that will certainly rouse your adventurous spirit.

Pros

  • Nearby beach
  • Outstanding restaurants and high-tech amenities
  • Rental vehicles available on property

Cons

  • 20 minutes from town
  • Need a car to explore the area
  • Not all guest rooms have coast views
1 Manele Bay Rd., Lanai City, HI, 96763, USA
808-565–2000
hotel Details
213 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo–a DoubleTree by Hilton

$$$$ | 93 Banyan Dr., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA

Hilo isn't known for its fancy resort hotels, but the Grand Naniloa, built in 1939, attempts to remedy that situation in grand fashion, paying homage to hula, Hawaiian culture, and Big Island adventures. Art photography of the ancient style of hula graces the walls, halls, lobby, and guest rooms, and the open-air lobby unveils stunning bayfront panoramas from its vantage on the peninsula. Rooms are contemporary in style, nicely appointed, and outfitted with standard amenities. The corner oceanfront rooms offer prime views, while harbor views prevail from other rooms. Just off the lobby, KapohoKine Adventures operates an on-site store and activities desk where guests can easily book ziplining adventures, volcano tours, and other treks. At the hotel's main entrance, the Willie K. Crown Room is a concert hall and theater. Located poolside, Hula Hulas restaurant has open-air dining overlooking Hilo Bay. The Hula Lounge lobby bar presents live Hawaiian music nightly.

Pros

  • Walking distance to Japanese gardens and Coconut Island
  • Rental kayaks, paddleboards, and bikes
  • Free golf at adjacent 9-hole course and driving range

Cons

  • Some rooms don't have ocean views
  • Limited parking spaces
  • Small swimming pool
93 Banyan Dr., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
808-969–3333
hotel Details
388 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hale Hookipa Inn

$ | 32 Pakani Pl., Makawao, HI, 96768, USA
www.facebook.com/HaleHookipaInnMakawao

A handsome, 1924, Craftsman-style house in the heart of Makawao town is on both the Hawaii and the National Historic Registers, and provides a great base for excursions to Haleakala, Hana, or North Shore beaches. Owner Cherie Attix has furnished three pretty guest rooms with antiques and fine art, and she allows you to peruse her voluminous library of Hawaii-related books; all guests have access to the main kitchen for light meal preparation. The lush serene grounds have a gazebo and one of the biggest Norfolk pine trees in Hawaii. Discounts are offered to guests who participate in volunteer projects through Cherie's site (www.volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com).

Pros

  • Genteel rural setting
  • Price includes buffet breakfast with organic fruit from the garden
  • Charming architecture and decor

Cons

  • A 20-minute drive to the nearest beach
  • This is not the sun, sand, and surf surroundings of travel posters
  • No food allowed in rooms
32 Pakani Pl., Makawao, HI, 96768, USA
808-281-2074
hotel Details
4 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Hale Hualalai Bed and Breakfast

$ | 74-4968 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa, HI, 96725, USA

In cool, upcountry Holualoa, Hale Hualalai offers two exceptionally large suites with exposed beams, whirlpool tubs, and private lanai, but perhaps most memorable are the breakfasts—owner Ricky Brewster was a chef at Four Seasons Hualalai Resort's Beach Tree restaurant. These are as varied as they are delicious, reflecting individual guest preferences—from Italian margarita frittatas with tomatoes and herbs grown on-site to Punaluu sweetbread French toast with Tahitian lime gastrique and crushed pecans. Ricky even grows and serves his own Kona coffee. Each 650-square-foot suite has a private entrance and sunset views, making it perfect for couples.

Pros

  • Sunset views
  • Tastefully decorated house
  • Whirlpool tubs

Cons

  • Not for kids
  • Not a central location
  • Frequently booked
74-4968 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa, HI, 96725, USA
808-464–7074
hotel Details
2 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hale Kai Hawaii Bed and Breakfast

$$ | 111 Honolii Pl., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
Ricardo Zepeda

On a bluff above Honolii surfing beach, this modern, 5,400-square-foot home is 2 miles from downtown Hilo and features four rooms—each with patio, deluxe bedding, and grand ocean views within earshot of the surf. Fresh flowers and artful decor add a warm tropical touch. A continental breakfast is served every morning on an outdoor deck or in the kitchen's bay-window dining area. From their lanai, guests can watch spinner dolphins or migrating whales during the season. These are ideal accommodations for honeymooners and empty nesters.

Pros

  • Continental breakfast on outdoor deck
  • Intimate, romantic vibe
  • Smoke-free property

Cons

  • No kids under 13
  • Just outside walking distance to downtown Hilo
  • Occasional coqui frog noise
111 Honolii Pl., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
808-935–6330
hotel Details
4 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hana Kai Maui

$$$$ | 4865 Uakea Rd., Hana, HI, 96713, USA Fodor's Choice
Entrance to Check-in

Perfectly situated on Hana Bay, this two-story "condotel" has an excellent reputation for cleanliness and visitor hospitality—and the ocean views are stunning. The studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units are comfortably furnished and have well-equipped kitchens with all the appliances, table settings, spices, and other cooking essentials you need to prepare meals. There aren't many restaurants in Hana, but some of the best food trucks on Maui are within walking distance.

Pros

  • 10-minute walk to Hana Bay
  • One-night rentals are accepted, except oceanfront units
  • Wi-Fi available in all units

Cons

  • Tight parking lot can be a little difficult to manage
  • No elevator
  • No air-conditioning or TV
4865 Uakea Rd., Hana, HI, 96713, USA
808-248–8426
hotel Details
17 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hana-Maui Resort

$$$$ | 5031 Hana Hwy., Hana, HI, 96713, USA

After Travaasa-Hana resort was purchased by new owners in 2019, with Hyatt brought in to manage in 2020, Hana-Maui Resort began focusing on major renovations and updates to this remote oceanside getaway that features bungalows and villas set on sprawling lawns with all of the resort amenities, including a focus on cultural experiences. Expect various closures during its first few years as the property gently incorporates modern touches and environmentally friendly upgrades.

Pros

  • Welcoming and attentive staff
  • Romantic spot perfect for honeymooners
  • Fun program of traditional activities

Cons

  • Construction noise can be bothersome
  • Some suites still in desperate need of an upgrade
  • Disparity in quality of accommodations
5031 Hana Hwy., Hana, HI, 96713, USA
808-400--1234
hotel Details
75 bungalows, villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Hoomaluhia

$$$$ | 250 Maluhia Rd., Kapaau, HI, 96719, USA Fodor's Choice

Here, above the sea cliffs in North Kohala, sustainability meets luxury without sacrificing comfort: the resort generates its own solar and wind-turbine power, harnesses its own water, and grows much of its own food. Beautiful floors are made from sustainably harvested woods, and rooms take advantage of natural light and ventilation to keep energy usage low. Surrounded by 50 acres, 20 of which are a dedicated conservation area, the retreat feels both luxe and completely hidden from the world. Handsome rooms have high ceilings, elegant doors, crown molding, and private balconies. Three cliff-side hales (houses) with kitchenettes offer ocean views. More affordable options are available at the retreat's Yurt Village, which includes access to the saltwater infinity pool and fitness center. Breakfast is sourced from the resort's garden supply, augmented by island-fresh ingredients from local farms.

Pros

  • Stunning location
  • Emphasis on organic food
  • Affordable yurts are one lodging option

Cons

  • Somewhat isolated and not within walking distance of restaurants
  • Yurts don't have in-unit showers
  • Four-night minimum
250 Maluhia Rd., Kapaau, HI, 96719, USA
808-889–6336
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

$ | 71 Banyan Dr., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
www.flickr.com/photos/renedrivers

This renovated landmark hotel has large bayfront rooms offering spectacular views of Maunakea and Coconut Island on Hilo Bay; street-side rooms overlook the golf course, and the hotel is within walking distance of Liliuokalani Gardens. Most accommodations have private lanai; kitchenettes are available in the Banyan and Ocean suites, and the custom-made furniture in every room evokes a feeling of Hawaiiana. More bay views are on tap from first-class WSW The Steakhouse, billed as Hilo's only authentic steakhouse, and at the Waioli Lounge and Cafe, you can get a grab-and-go lunch or enjoy cocktails and appetizers. The Banyan Art Gallery showcases local artists. 

Pros

  • Private lanai in most rooms
  • Hawaiian-style furniture
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Pricey breakfast buffet
  • Some rooms don't have bayfront views
  • No beach
71 Banyan Dr., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
808-935–9361
hotel Details
286 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hilo Honu Inn

$ | 465 Haili St., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
www.flickr.com/photos/brewbooks

A charming old Craftsman home lovingly restored by a friendly and hospitable couple from North Carolina, the inn offers quite a bit of variety in guest room size and decor, though every room has a fridge. The Honu's Nest provides fantastic views of the sunrise from the comforts of a large bed. The larger Bali Hai Suite has a sitting room and a window seat that looks out on tree ferns, orchids, and anthuriums. Upstairs, the entire second floor is the Samurai Suite, furnished with traditional tatami mats and antiques imported from Japan. Breakfast is delicious and usually includes homemade baked goods. 

Pros

  • Spectacular Hilo Bay views
  • Historical setting
  • Within walking distance of Hilo bayfront

Cons

  • No toddlers in the upstairs suite
  • Not on the beach
  • A/c in only two of the three rooms
465 Haili St., Hilo, HI, 96720, USA
808-935–4325
hotel Details
3 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hilton Waikoloa Village

$$$$ | 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI, 96738, USA

Gondola trams glide by, pint-size guests zoom down the 175-foot waterslide, a bride poses on the grand staircase, a fire-bearing runner lights the torches along the seaside path at sunset—these are some typical scenes at this 62-acre megaresort. Shaded pathways lined with a multimillion-dollar Pacific Island art collection connect the three tall buildings, while Swiss-made trams and canal boats shuttle those who want to bypass the long hallways and meandering paths. Though there's no ocean beach, seaside trail leads to Anaehoomalu Bay, one of the island's most beautiful tropical beaches. An ocean-side saltwater lagoon is great for families. Modern rooms in neutral tones have private lanai and are large enough to accommodate the families that flock here. The flagship restaurant, KPC (Kamuela Provision Company), presents incomparable coastline views. Although some may find the resort a fantasy version of Hawaii, others love it for its one-stop-shop approach to a Hawaii holiday.

Pros

  • Family-friendly saltwater lagoon
  • Lots of restaurant and activity options, including two golf courses
  • Close to retail shopping

Cons

  • Gigantic and crowded
  • $45 per night resort fee
  • Restaurants are pricey
69-425 Waikoloa Beach Dr., Waikoloa, HI, 96738, USA
800-445–8667
hotel Details
1,241 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Holiday Inn Express and Suites Kailua-Kona

$$$ | 75-146 Sarona Rd., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, USA

While the location feels more parking lot than island paradise, this practical and comfortable hotel (one of Kona's newest) isn't far from the ocean and offers lots of pluses, from nicely appointed rooms to a fitness center. You'll also find a swimming pool, a hot tub, and a lobby with fireplace, as well as complimentary breakfast (rare for a Kona hotel). All rooms have fridges, microwaves, and 42-inch TVs. Just steps away are plenty of restaurants, cafés, and shops, not to mention the historical landmarks and waterfront attractions of Historic Kailua Village. 

Pros

  • Convenient downtown location
  • 24-hour business center
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Most rooms don't have views
  • No landscaping
  • Parking lot views on lower level
75-146 Sarona Rd., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, USA
808-329--2599
hotel Details
75 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village

$$$$ | 78-7190 Kaleiopapa St., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, USA

Tucked away by Keauhou Bay amid a plethora of coconut trees, this well-maintained enclave of blue-roofed villas offers lots of amenities, including an 11-court tennis center (with a center court, pro shop, and lights), swimming pools, hot tubs, a fitness center, waterfalls, and covered parking. Guests are minutes away from the island's best snorkel cruise, plus the many dining and grocery options at nearby Keauhou Shopping Center. The tennis center has hosted international tournaments featuring top WTA tour professionals.

Pros

  • Manicured gardens
  • Upscale feeling
  • Walking distance to major resort restaurants

Cons

  • No beach
  • Partial ocean views
  • No on-site restaurant
78-7190 Kaleiopapa St., Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740, USA
808-324–1550
hotel Details
73 units
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Holualoa Inn

$$$$ | 76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa, HI, 96725, USA Fodor's Choice
Holualoa Inn Exterior
Jumping Rocks

Six spacious rooms and suites—plus two vintage, one-bedroom cottages perfect for honeymooners—are available at this 30-acre coffee-country estate, a few miles above Kailua Bay in the heart of the artists' village of Holualoa. Stunningly appointed with Asian furnishings and fine local art, the inn offers "garden-to-plate" breakfasts including Kona coffee grown on the property, fresh fruits, homemade jams, eggs from the inn's coop, quiches, French toast, and macadamia-nut butter. On-site are rooftop gazebos and a mosaic-tile swimming pool, hot tub, fireplace, guest kitchenette with refrigerator and utensils, massage pavilion, tropical gardens. There's even a meandering coffee trail through archaeological sites. The inn offers an open-air pavilion for weddings and retreats. Two cottages, one a vintage farm building that has been transformed into a large bridal suite, feature a kitchenette and dressing room. The inn often sells out well in advance, so plan early. 

Pros

  • Within walking distance of art galleries and cafés
  • Everything necessary for hosting a wedding or event
  • Luxurious, Zen-like vibe

Cons

  • Not kid friendly
  • Unheated swimming pool
  • Books up far in advance
76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa, HI, 96725, USA
800-392–1812
hotel Details
8 units
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Horizon Guest House

$$$$ | 86-3992 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook, HI, 96704, USA

Surrounded by McCandeless Ranch on 40 acres in South Kona, this place may seem remote, but it's actually just a short drive from some of the best water attractions on the island, including Puuhonua O Honaunau, Kealakekua Bay, and Hookena Beach. The gated driveway winds past herds of goats, donkeys, horses, and cows. Offering four suites with private entrances and lanai, plus beautiful ocean views, this tastefully appointed inn has an open-air living area, plus a media room with a DVD library of 1,500 titles. Buffet breakfast is served by the owner, plus there's a barbecue facility by the pool. Snorkel and beach gear are available. 

Pros

  • Private and quiet
  • Heated pool with Jacuzzi
  • Lovely ocean views

Cons

  • Not on the beach
  • 40 minutes from Kailua-Kona
  • Pricier option considering the location
86-3992 Mamalahoa Hwy., Captain Cook, HI, 96704, USA
808-938–7822
hotel Details
4 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Lanai

$$$$ | 828 Lanai Ave., Lanai City, HI, 96763, USA

Built in 1923 to house visiting pineapple executives, this historic inn is like new following a massive renovation. State-of-the-art amenities complement the modern design, all with a dash of vintage charm. Several rooms have porches overlooking the pine trees and Lanai City. A separate one-bedroom cottage offers more privacy. The restaurant, Lanai City Bar & Grille, has an outstanding menu and well-stocked bar.  Continental breakfast is included in the rate.

Pros

  • Porches attached to several rooms
  • Walking distance to town
  • Bathrooms include Toto bidet toilets

Cons

  • Far from beach
  • Can be very noisy
  • Small rooms
828 Lanai Ave., Lanai City, HI, 96763, USA
800-795--7211-toll free
hotel Details
10 rooms, 1 cottage
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hotel Molokai

$$ | 1300 Kamehameha V Hwy., Kaunakakai, HI, 96748, USA Fodor's Choice

At this local favorite, Polynesian-style bungalows are scattered around the nicely landscaped property, many overlooking the reef and distant Lanai. Guest rooms are bright and comfortably furnished, the pool is quite pretty, and the full-service bar is a popular hangout. The independently-owned on-site restaurant, Hiro's Ohana Grill, serves lunch and dinner with live music each night. The activities desk in the lobby will book any island adventure and beach toys are available for checkout.

Pros

  • Five minutes to town
  • Some units have kitchenettes
  • Authentic Hawaiian entertainment

Cons

  • Wi-Fi can be somewhat spotty
  • Lower-priced rooms are small and plain
  • Walls can feel thin
1300 Kamehameha V Hwy., Kaunakakai, HI, 96748, USA
808-660–3408
hotel Details
40 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Kaawa Loa Plantation

$$ | 82-5990 Napoopoo Rd., Captain Cook, HI, 96704, USA Fodor's Choice
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On a 5-acre coffee farm above Kealakekua Bay, proprietors Mike Martinage and Greg Nunn operate a grand yet very reasonably priced B&B in a home featuring a 2,000-square-foot wraparound veranda with excellent views of the bay and the entire Honaunau Coast. The outdoor lava-rock shower is a treat, and the authentic Hawaiian cedar steam house, swing, and outdoor hot tub also offer panoramic views. Full breakfasts include ingredients harvested from the property, including homegrown, 100% Kona coffee. Greg was once head of housekeeping at a five-star resort on Maui, and it shows. A detached cottage in back of the main house provides additional accommodations for families.

Pros

  • Gracious and friendly hosts
  • Excellent breakfast
  • Hawaiian steam room

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of bay
  • Some rooms share a bath
  • Slightly steep turnoff
82-5990 Napoopoo Rd., Captain Cook, HI, 96704, USA
808-323–2686
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Kalaekilohana Inn and Retreat

$$$$ | 94-2152 South Point Rd., Naalehu, HI, 96772, USA
Hawaii's Premier Full Service Inn

You wouldn't expect to find a top-notch B&B in Kau, but just up the road from South Point, this grand residence offers large private suites with locally harvested hardwood floors and private lanai with ocean and mountain views. Choose between a full hot breakfast or a farm-to-table breakfast presents locally sourced fruits and baked goods—and comes with award-winning Kau estate coffee. For those who want to explore the area's green- and black-sand beaches, or hike to the Kahuku unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, hosts Kenny Joyce and Kilohana Domingo are happy to share their knowledge of the area. The inn prides itself on its programs involving Hawaiian cultural arts, and guests may take part in Hawaiian feather arts or weaving workshops.

Pros

  • Big, comfy beds with down comforters
  • Beautiful decor reminiscent of old Hawaii
  • Delicious breakfast

Cons

  • Not for children under 12
  • No pool
  • Very limited nearby shopping
94-2152 South Point Rd., Naalehu, HI, 96772, USA
808-939–8052
hotel Details
4 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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