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Suites and Lobbies has searched and compiled the 5 best budget-friendly hotels in Hawaii to deliver amazing value to visitors to the 50th state.

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Budget Busting Hotels

Hawaii is expensive generally, but finding value isn’t as hard as you might think. For our selection of the 5 best budget friendly hotels in Hawaii we established the following criteria. Nightly rates should be below $150 (for Hawaii, this is a budget price), property must be easily accessible (near a major airport) and must have budget eating nearby. 

We should be clear that these are not “cheap hotels” or motels, they are budget-friendly hotels that offer family and friends the opportunity to see Hawaii without busting their budgets.

Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo (DoubleTree by Hilton) – $132

On the Big Island, Kona is on the west and Hilo on the east side of the island. It’s important to note that due to Mauna Kea (the world’s highest mountain when including underwater height), Hilo is on the leeward side of the island and tends to be rainier than Kona. 

That said, Hilo offers excellent value for money and delivers the Hawaiian experience that visitors have come to love. The Grand Naniloa offers beautiful guest rooms, sweeping ocean views, and all of the amenities of a beach hotel with the (Hawaii) cost of a value property. Stretching beyond its price tag, the hotel has an 18-hole golf course, on-site bars and restaurants, shopping, and some of the prettiest sea views in the world.

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The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo is a Doubletree by Hilton property allowing guests to earn points or redeem Hilton Honors points for their stays. Here is a post about the advantages of the Hilton Honors program which include free wi-fi for any member staying in a Hilton property.

Hotel Moloka’i – $138

Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. Hotel Moloka’i delivers on that promise. Families and those staying long term can settle in with a full kitchen, and one of the quietest resorts in Hawaii. While it certainly doesn’t have an infinity pool like the Four Seasons, guests enjoy the great weather, stunning views and affordability of paradise at their fingertips. 

The hotel is located on Moloka’i, an island part of Maui county and adjacent to the island of the same name. Ferries run to and from Maui several times daily.

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Paradise Bay – $112

A rare property on the northeast side of O’ahu offers a version of the Pacific atoll that Hawaii once was. Hidden in a bay right on the water, Paradise Bay offers guests access to kitchens and lots of privacy. Amenities include water sports equipment, even the verandas of this tiny property are offered on floating barges.

Paradise Bay is an affordable alternative for families disenchanted by commercial Waikiki looking for a more introspect version of Hawaii that is now all but forgotten. It’s as local as a visitor to the islands can feel.

The ISO – $147

Kauai is known as the “Garden Island” for its lush and secluded cliffs and coves. For most, the island is out of the price range of many families and couples, but the ISO offers beachfront access, spacious rooms and Kauai lifestyle without the Ritz-Carlton prices. In fact, in 2019 the property won “Best Boutique” hotel award in Hawaii.

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While the nightly rate will exceed our $150 barrier when you add in taxes and fees, the hotel does not charge a resort fee at the moment.

Vive Hotel Waikiki – $72/night

In the heart of the Waikiki district with shopping and restaurants to suit all budgets, the Vive Hotel Waikiki is also just a short walk to Waikiki beach, three blocks away. It’s one of the most affordable options for hotels in Honolulu while still delivering an updated and modern hotel. 

Vive Hotel has some of the lowest-priced stays in all of Hawaii but delivers on the important aspects: great location, walking distance to area attractions and the beach, and a clean room with modern amenities.