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ShermansTravel experts know how to pick a good hotel. Whether in the budget, moderate, or luxury price range, the hotels we recommend always meet our highly selective criteria for what amounts to an unbeatable experience. We look at location, comparing the hotel to other offerings in the area; price range, determining where the hotel falls on the scale of affordability, and whether it merits the expense; and finally, experience, that all-important benchmark covering everything from aesthetics to service. We assess every aspect of the hotel experience, from beds and views to service and that indefinable thing called vibe.

Top Hotels in Hawaii

Ala'aina Ocean Vista

The remote location of this environmentally conscious B&B promises peace and privacy. ... more

Kipahulu (off Hwy 31, 10 miles west of Hana)
Hana , HI
Tags: moderate | b&b | eco-friendly
Aqua Palms and Spa

Oodles of extras - free internet access, continental breakfast, coffee available 'round the ... more

1850 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: spa | moderate | great value
Aqua Waikiki Wave

Slick dark-wood decor, rich coral-hued accents, and white walls give thislow-cost Waikiki hotel ... more

2299 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: family | moderate | wi-fi
Aston Hotels and Resorts

Renting a condo is often the best value for groups or families. Aston's eightMaui properties ... more

Locations island-wide
Tags: family | moderate
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Bright hibiscus-printed fabrics and private lanais are the hallmarks of thisfamily-friendly ... more

2750 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: family | moderate
Aston Waikiki Joy

This well-located property is tucked into a quiet side street amid the hustleand bustle of ... more

320 Lewers St.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: moderate
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Opened in August 2011, this Disney Resort is a lot more Hawaii than Disney in its design, decor, ... more

92-1185 Ali'inui Dr.
Kapolei, Oahu , HI
Tags: luxury | beach | family | expensive | swimming pool | disney
Embassy Suites Beach Walk

At Embassy Suites, which opened in 2007 to anchor Waikiki's newly unveiledBeach Walk shopping ... more

201 Beach Walk St.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: luxury | expensive
Fairmont Kea Lani

Luxurious Adobe-style digs on the sandsof Polo Beach may play host to Hollywood's A-list - yet ... more

4100 Wailea Alanui Dr.,
Wailea , HI
Tags: luxury | beachfront
Falls at Reeds Island

This comfortable 3-bedroom home is tucked away on a private island in the verdant Wailuku River ... more

82 Halaulani Pl.
Hilo , HI
Tags: family | moderate | great value
Four Seasons Resort Maui

You know those ads that feature vacationers lounging by a blue lagoon pool,smiling up at the ... more

3900 Wailea Alanui Dr.
Wailea , HI
Tags: luxury | art | expensive | water sports | great location | beachfront
Grand Hyatt Kauai

Gorgeous landscaping and 602 well appointed rooms beautify this ideally located, expansive ... more

1571 Poipu Rd
Koloa , HI
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | expensive | editor pick
Grand Wailea Resort

A grand place indeed, the sprawling Wailea Resort is famous for itsover-the-top opulence: huge ... more

3850 Wailea Alanui Dr.,
Wailea , HI
Tags: luxury | family | expensive | water park | editor pick

This oasis of calm in the center of Waikiki began life as a modest residential hotel in 1907. It ... more

2199 Kalia Rd.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: luxury | views | expensive | editor pick
Hawaiiana Hotel

For a real taste of old Hawaii, check in to the Hawaiiana Hotel, a low-slung, 60-year-old ... more

260 Beach Walk
Honolulu , HI
Tags: budget | gardens
Hidden Hideaway

Whether you stay in one of the two cozy studios or singular "PeacockSuite" (with ... more

1369 Mokolea Dr.
Kailua , HI
Tags: budget | b&b | beaches
Ho'oilo House

Just a few miles from West Maui's biggest town, Lahaina, and 1 mile from thebeach, Ho'oilo House ... more

138 Awaiku St.
Lahaina , HI
Tags: moderate | b&b
Holualoa Inn

Above Kailua-Kona in artsy Holualoa, the town's namesake inn offers six elegant rooms with ... more

76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Holualoa , HI
Tags: moderate | inn
Honua Kai Resort & Spa

With 38 oceanfront acres and unobstructed views of Lanai and Molokai, Honua Kai Resort and Spa ... more

130 Kai Malina Parkway
Lahaina, Maui , HI
Tags: luxury | new | expensive | swimming pool
Hotel Hana-Maui

As Maui's first resort, built in 1946, and completely restored in 2002, this luxury seaside ... more

5031 Hana Hwy.
Hana , HI
Tags: luxury | smart splurge | trendy | expensive | editor pick | smart luxury winner
Hotel Renew

It sounds like an oxymoron: a quiet, well-priced boutique hotel a block from Waikiki Beach. Yet ... more

129 Paoakalani Ave.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: moderate | design | great value | boutique hotel | smart luxury winner
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa

Overlooking the shores of gorgeous Ka’anapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency Maui encompasses 806 ... more

200 Nohea Kai Drive
Lahaina, Maui , HI
Tags: luxury | spa | family | expensive | swimming pool
Inn at Mama's Fish House

Famous for its award-winning restaurant, Mama's FishHouse, the adjacent inn remains one of the ... more

799 Poho Pl.
Paia , HI
Tags: romance | moderate
Jacaranda Inn

This lilac-colored house on the green slopes of Parker Ranch is a cozy, intimate alternative to ... more

65-1444 Kawaihae Rd.
Waimea , HI
Tags: budget | romance
JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina

Away from the crowds in Waikiki Beach and Honolulu (about 35 minutes) sits this640-acre ... more

92-1001 Olani St.
Kapolei , HI
Tags: luxury | golf | expensive | hotel restaurant
Kahala Hotel and Resort

A mere 15-minute drive east from Waikiki, Conrad Hilton's labor of love haschanged hands many ... more

5000 Kahala Ave.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: luxury | family | views | expensive
Kamuela Inn

Simple living at an elevation of 2,500 feet (keep in mind that temperatures are cooler) is what ... more

65-1300 Kawaihae Rd.
Tags: budget
Koa Kea Hotel & Resort

This South Shore adaptation of the old Poipu Beach Hotel opened in April 2009 as the island's ... more

2251 Poipu Rd.
Koloa , HI
808-828-8888 or 808-742-4200
Tags: spa | beach | boutique hotel | swimming pool
Koloa Landing Cottages

Across the street from a calm, wondrous snorkel spot teeming with fish and underwater tunnels, ... more

2704 Hoonani Rd.
Kauai , HI
Tags: family | budget | great value | editor pick
Kona Village

This barefoot, all-inclusive, oceanfront resort resembles a Polynesian village with ... more

Queen Kaahumanu Hwy.
Kailua-Kona , HI
Tags: luxury | family | smart splurge | all-inclusive | expensive | editor pick
Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

These vacation rental condos are located on the beach along Lahaina town’s historic Front ... more

475 Front St.
Lahaina , HI
Tags: budget
Lotus Garden Cottages

Nestled in a forest of tree ferns, banana trees, and trumpet flowers, the LotusCottages offer a ... more

Road B in Volcano Village, half a mile down on Ke Koa Nui Blvd
Tags: moderate | trendy | great value
Maui Coast Hotel

Maui Coast Hotel recently renovated its 265 guest rooms, adding newfurnishings, modern bedding, ... more

2259 S. Kihei Rd.,
Kihei , HI
Tags: family | moderate
Maui Guest House

This four-room property features rooms equipped with 42-inch plasma TVs, air conditioning, ... more

1620 Ainakea Rd.,
Lahaina , HI
Tags: budget | b&b | great value
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Built in 1965 by Laurance Rockefeller, this staid Kohala Coast property reopened in December ... more

62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr.
Kohala Coast , HI
Tags: spa | golf | tennis
Napili Kai Beach Resort

The 163 studios and suites of Napili Kai Resort are nestled among lush tropical landscape ... more

5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd.
Napili , HI
Tags: luxury | expensive | beachfront
New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel

Built in the 1960s on a large stretch of beach near Kapiolani Park, the NewOtani has retained ... more

2863 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: moderate | great value
Ohana Beachcomber

Built in the 1970s as a full-service hotel and entertainment venue, OhanaBeachcomber has ... more

2300 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: budget | beaches
Ohana East

Located in the heart of Waikiki's main shopping district a couple of blocksfrom the beach, this ... more

150 Kaiulani Ave.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: budget | swimming pool
Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono

If you don't need to be on the beach orhave all the fancy amenities of a big resort, this little ... more

2199 Kaho’okele St.,
Wailuku , HI
Tags: moderate | b&b
Outrigger Napili Shores

Nestled between the lavish resorts at Kaanapali and Kapalua is modest Napili, acommunity where ... more

5315 Lower Honoapilani Rd.
Napili, Maui , HI
Tags: budget | great value
Outrigger Reef on the Beach

The Outrigger lives up to its namesake immediately as you pull up out front: A massive outrigger ... more

2169 Kalia Rd.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: beach | moderate
Outrigger Waipouli Beach

The first new resort condominium built on the east coast in 20 years, thisresort offers one- and ... more

4-820 Kuhio Hwy.
Kauai , HI
Tags: luxury | family | expensive
Ritz-Carlton at Kapalua

In January 2008, the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua re-opened after a $160 million renovation, during ... more

One Ritz-Carlton Dr.
Kapalua , HI
Tags: luxury | spa | golf | family | expensive | great location
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa

Set on an ancient lava flow at the entrance to Keauhou Bay, between Kailua andKealakekua Bay, ... more

78-128 Ehukai St.
Kailua-Kona, The Big Island , HI
Tags: spa | family | moderate | newly renovated
Shipman House Bed & Breakfast

On the Hilo side of the island, plan for rainforest hikes in lieu of beachbumming. In the town ... more

131 Kaiulani St.
Hilo , HI
Tags: moderate | historic | great value
St. Regis Princeville Resort

On the North Shore, the St. Regis Princeville debuted a $100 million makeover in September 2009, ... more

5520 Ka Haku Rd.
Kauai , HI
Tags: luxury | trendy | expensive
The Fairmont Orchid

This deluxe 32-acre resort that fronts a turquoise lagoon is one of Kohala'sgems. It features a ... more

1 North Kaniku Dr
Kohala , HI
Tags: spa | golf | expensive | tennis
The Four Seasons Hualalai

If a resort could be considered an oasis, the Four Seasons Hualalai would be the one you would ... more

72-100 Kaupulehu Dr.
Kohala , HI
Tags: luxury | golf | smart splurge | expensive | swimming pool
The Lodge at Kokee

It’s all about location in these simple, self-contained wood cabins in the middle of ... more

Koke‘e State Park
Kauai , HI
Tags: family | budget
The Plantation Inn

This 18-room charmer in the heart of historic Lahaina offers turn-of-the-century elegance, just ... more

174 Lahainaluna Rd
Lahaina , HI
Tags: moderate | b&b | editor pick
The Royal Hawaiian

Built in 1927 in quasi-Moorish style and wrapped in acres of lush landscaping, this iconic hotel ... more

2259 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: luxury | spa | beach | historic
The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Set on a large stretch of beautiful North Ka’anapali Beach, “TheVillas” offers ... more

6 Kai Ala Dr.
Lahaina, Maui , HI
Tags: luxury | spa | family | expensive | swimming pool
Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

Trump's expanding hotel empire has reached the shores of happening WaikikiBeach. His 38-story ... more

223 Saratoga Road
Honolulu , 808-683-7777
Tags: luxury | spa | moderate | great value | notable chef | hotel restaurant | editor pick | beaches
Turtle Bay Resort

There is only one resort on Oahu's North Shore, but luckily for travelers, it's a terrific one: ... more

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy.
Kahuku , HI
Tags: luxury | spa | golf | secluded | beaches
Tutu's Country Cottage

Trade winds pass gently through this rustic two-bedroom, plantation-style home with unobstructed ... more

Kauai , HI
888-356-0008 or 808-634-8348
Tags: moderate | b&b | great value
Volcano Artist Cottage

Quiet inspiration is the best way to describe the ambience of this charming redwood cottage ... more

19-3834 Old Volcano Rd
808-985-8979 or 808-967-7261
Tags: budget | trendy | gardens | wi-fi
Volcano Village Lodge

These five modern, free-standing wooden lodges tucked inside the volcano rainforest have ... more

19-4183 Road E.
Volcano , HI
Tags: budget | trendy | great value | editor pick
Waikiki Parc Hotel

A 2007 renovation converted this formerly nondescript hotel into a stylish297-room boutique ... more

2233 Helumoa Rd.
Honolulu , HI
Tags: moderate | great value | boutique hotel
Westin Maui

A sprawling 87,000-square-foot pool oasisis a prime draw here: five free-form pools connected by ... more

2365 Kaanapali Pkwy
Lahaina , HI
Tags: moderate | swimming pool | beachfront
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Full kitchens, washing machines, and lots of indoor and outdoor space make Westin’s ... more

3838 Wyllie Rd.
Kauai, HI
Tags: family | moderate

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