Hidden Gem Hotels in Waikiki

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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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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