Hidden Gem Hotels in Waikiki

When it comes to hotels in Oahu, it's hard to find a refuge that hasn't already been discovered by the teeming hordes. But after sleeping at more than 50 Oahu hotels, Oyster reporters have come across a good handful of under-appreciated hideaways.

Hotel Renew by Aston


Hotel Renew by Aston Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Boutique, Romantic, Value

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.

Park Shore Waikiki


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


Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Boutique, Romantic

Originally the swanky W Waikiki, The Lotus at Diamond Head has held on to the same chic W decor, but dropped the W's exorbitant rates. 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


Coconut Waikiki Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Categories: Boutique, Value

For many, the Best Western brand connotes utilitarian, business-like rooms. But don't let the name fool you -- the reality is that this Best Western is a cute, boutique-y property with generous, 400-square-foot standard rooms, stylish, colorful decor and excellent, pillow-top beds. Great freebies like a free breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, and free Thursday evening cocktails make the hotel an even better deal.

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