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Guide to Waikiki Beach Hotels – Beachfront Hotels in Waikiki

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Despite its modest land surface of less than 4 mi², Waikiki attracts more than 5,000,000 visitors every year and is home to more than 50 hotels, with just 9 located directly on Waikiki Beach – a precious commodity the few lucky ones get to enjoy!

This is a guide to Waikiki’s beach hotels – hotels located directly on Waikiki Beach. Before we get to the overview a few things to keep in mind:

1) Hilton Hawaiian Village has 1 timeshare tower on Waikiki Beach – the Lagoon Tower – and there is also 1 Waikiki condo on the beach – a condo  hotel called Waikiki Shore. The Lagoon Tower is included in this post because it operates like a hotel and Waikiki Shore is included because it offers short-term vacation rentals – like a hotel – and also has a hotel operator in the building managing several of the units. This post is therefore a review of 11 properties: 9 hotels, 1 timeshare & 1 condo hotel.

2) The 3 Hilton Hawaiian Village towers located directly on Waikiki Beach are very different in terms of style, quality and room size and are listed as independent separate hotels in this post. There are other beachfront hotels in Waikiki with more than 1 hotel tower, but those towers feel more like an integrated part of the same hotel and are not listed separately.

3) The list does not include hotels near Waikiki beach (think The Modern Honolulu), hotels just a stone throw away from Waikiki beach (think Hyatt Regency Waikiki) or condo hotels near the beach (think Trump Tower Waikiki).

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Guide to Waikiki Beach Hotels

Hilton Hawaiian Village - The Three Towers on Waikiki Beach

Hilton Hawaiian Village – 3 Beachfront Towers

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Profile: This is the largest beachfront resort in Waikiki, taking up 22 beautiful beachfront acres,  with 8 vacation buildings – a mix of hotel & timeshare towers.  3 towers are located directly on Waikiki Beach: The Lagoon Tower, Rainbow Tower & Ali’i Tower. The other 5  towers – not located directly on Waikiki Beach – are the Grand Waikikian Tower, Kalia Tower, Tapa Tower, Diamond Head Tower and Grand Islander (the ladder a timeshare tower with expected completion summer 2017).

Website: Official Site – Hilton Hawaiian Village
Phone: (808) 949-4321
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

Lagoon Tower - Hilton Hawaiian Village. Drone Photo

Lagoon Tower – Hilton Hawaiian Village

Lagoon Tower, Hilton Hawaiian Village (~264 rooms)
Profile: This is a timeshare property. Studios have a kitchenette and the 1BR and larger units all have a full kitchen. Each floor has community laundry facilities, though not inside the units. The rooms are on the larger side and more spacious than your typical hotel room. All rooms have a balcony that sits up to 4 people.

Website: Official Site – Lagoon Tower
Phone: (808) 953-2700
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

Rainbow Tower - Hilton Hawaiian Village. Drone Photo.

Rainbow Tower – Hilton Hawaiian Village

Rainbow Tower, Hilton Hawaiian Village (~796 rooms)
Profile: Views are incredible from many rooms and the oceanfront rooms boast the best beach, Waikiki and Diamond Head views of any rooms in any tower within Hilton Hawaiian Village. All rooms have a balcony that sits up to 4 people.

Website: Official Site – Rainbow Tower
Phone: (808) 949-4321
Location: See on Google Maps.
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

Ali'i Tower - Hilton Hawaiian Village. Drone Photo

Ali’i Tower – Hilton Hawaiian Village

Ali’i Tower, Hilton Hawaiian Village (~350 rooms)
Profile: The most exclusive of the Hilton Hilton Hawaiian Village towers with private 2nd floor pool and fitness. This tower even has its own private check-in to save visitors time. Rooms are larger than your standard hotel rooms and the vast majority of rooms have a balcony that sits up to 4 people – there are a few 2nd floor rooms without balcony.

Website: Official Site – Ali’i Tower
Phone: (808) 949-4321
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki. Drone photo

Hale Koa Hotel

Hale Koa Hotel (~818 rooms)
Profile: Exclusively serves members of the US Armed Forces & their families and is not open to the general public (see eligibility requirements). The hotel has 2 towers: The Ilima Tower (built 1975) and Maile Tower (built 1995). The 2 towers are fairly similar. 

Website: Official Site – Hale Koa Hotel
Phone:  (808) 955-0555
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

 

Waikiki Shore. Drone Photo

Waikiki Shore

Waikiki Shore (~168 rooms)
Profile: This is a condo hotel where each unit is individually owned. Castle Resorts & Hotels is the only hotel operator with a front desk in the building and as of February 2017 Castle was managing 81 of the approximate 168 units. Outrigger also manages several units at Waikiki Shore (see the Outrigger Waikiki Shore website), but doesn’t have a front desk in the building (a staff from Outrigger will come to the property and hand keys to the guests upon arrival). Several units boast incredible ocean views and the location is amazing, on a beautiful part of Waikiki Beach. The building itself is rather plain and doesn’t offer a true hotel experience.

Website: Castle Resort Site
Phone:  (808) 952-4500 (Castle Resort)
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach - Drone Photo

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort (~630 rooms)
Profile: Most rooms have a balcony, except some standard rooms. Less than 50 rooms face directly towards the ocean. Great location, next door to Waikiki’s most prestigious 5 star hotel, Halekulani. 

Website: Official Site – Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Phone: 808-923-3111
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

 

Halekulani Hotel - Drone Photo Seen From Waikiki Beach

Halekulani

Halekulani (~453 rooms)
Profile: The only 5 star hotel in Waikiki (Trump Tower and Ritz-Carlton are 5-star properties too, but condo hotels).  All rooms have a balcony that fits up to 4 people for most rooms (some balconies may fit even more people). There is a boardwalk in front of the hotel, which offers easy access to white sandy beaches on either side of the hotel. Halekulani is home to the world-renowned French restaurant, Le Mer.

Website: Official Site – Halekulani Official Site
Phone: (808) 923-2311
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

Sheraton Waikiki Hotel - Drone Photo Seem From Waikiki Beach

Sheraton Waikiki

Sheraton Waikiki (~1,636 rooms)
Profile: The largest hotel tower on Waikiki Beach, with more than 50% of the rooms facing the ocean. All rooms have a balcony that sits up to 4 people. Hotel has an awesome infinity pool by the ocean. There is a boardwalk in front of the hotel with a beautiful sandy beach by neighboring Royal Hawaiian Resort Waikiki. 

Website: Official Site – Sheraton Waikiki
Phone: (808) 922-4422
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

Royal Hawaiian Hotel Waikiki - Drone Photo

Royal Hawaiian Resort Waikiki

The Royal Hawaiian Resort Waikiki (~528 rooms)
Profile: The original iconic structure (~380 rooms) was built in 1927.  Later, In 1971, the Mailani Tower (~140 rooms) was built and the rooms in this tower offers balconies and a more contemporary feel. Unique to the hotel, it has a private beach area, exclusively for the use of its hotel guests, and it is on a stunning part of Waikiki Beach. Known for the awesome Mai Tai Bar, which rests against the beach and boasts incredible Waikiki coastline and Diamond Head views. 

Website: Official Site – The Royal Hawaiian Resort Waikiki
Phone: (808) 923-7311
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort - Drone Photo From Waikiki Beach

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort (~ 524 rooms)
Profile: All rooms, except the standard rooms, have a balcony that sits up to 4 people. On the lobby level is the world-famous Duke’s Waikiki restaurant, which has an awesome energetic vibration. The beach in front of the hotel is awesome and on either side you have the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Moana Surfrider – both highly rated luxury hotels. 

Website: Official Site – Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Phone: (808) 923-0711
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

 

Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Hotel - Drone Photo From Waikiki Beach

Moana Surfrider

Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach (~796 rooms)
Profile: The original iconic structure (today known as the Banyan Wing of the Moana Surfrider) opened its doors year 1901, making it the oldest hotel in Waikiki, known as the  Moana Hotel. Moana Surfrider became part of the WestIn group year 2007 – prior it was part of Sheraton.  The hotel has 3 structures: Tower Wing (tallest structure closest to the Royal Hawaiian Resort and only wing with a soaking bathtub in the rooms), Banyan Wing (iconic middle section and on average slight more expensive, because of its history) and Diamond Head Wing (closest to Kapiolani Park side).  Many rooms have balcony, but some only Juliet type. The hotel is home to the only beachfront spa in Waikiki, the Moana Lani Spa, and the popular Beach Bar (obviously on the beach too). 

Website: Official Site – Moana Surfrider, Waikiki Beach
Phone: (808) 922-3111
Location: See on Google Maps
Reviews & Photos: See on tripadvisor

Hope you enjoyed learning about Waikiki’s beachfront hotels – would love to hear from you in the comments!

Guide to Waikiki Beach Hotels – Beachfront Hotels in Waikiki was last modified: April 26th, 2018 by Kristian Nielsen
Kristian Nielsen
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