Hotel Renew by Aston Rating: 3.5 Pearls
On paper, Hotel Renew might look like a standard-issue budget property that's generally short on amenities. Indeed, it lacks a pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurants. But this charming, 72-room boutique has some of the most stylish rooms on the island, and some unexpected perks like a free (albeit simple) continental breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, and free beach chairs, bamboo beach mats, and boogie boards.
Ke Iki Beach Bungalows Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Ke Iki's 11 private bungalows are located on a beautiful, uncrowded North Shore beach down the road from the quaint surfer town Haleiwa, a world away from the Waikiki's 1000-plus-room mega-resorts. For a laid-back, do-it-yourself vacation -- you'll probably be cooking in the full kitchen, making your own bed, and barbecuing -- this is a great, under-the-radar pick, as long as you don't mind the lack of air-conditioning and amenities.
Park Shore Waikiki Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Park Shore is more than it seems. Sure, it's a slightly dated budget hotel, but it manages to compensate with superb views of the beach and Diamond Head volcanic crater, and its location -- on the eastern edge of Waikiki -- means that you're away from the noise but still close to the stunning Kuhio section of Waikiki Beach, the park, the zoo, and great restaurants.
Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Aqua Lotus has a chic look while maintaining affordable prices. And because the hotel consists of only 50 guest rooms, and is located well outside the central Waikiki action, guests can enjoy a laid-back experience that won't be disrupted by constant crowds.
Coconut Waikiki Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Joie de Vivre brand is known for affordable, quirky hotels and the Coconut Waikiki is no different. This boutique-y property offers spacious standard rooms, stylish, colorful decor and comfy beds. Great freebies like a free coffee and tea in the lobby, free Wi-Fi, and free daily newspapers make the hotel an even better deal.