If you are looking for the best places to stay in Oahu on a budget, it’s going to take some planning and good timing. One of the biggest expenses on your trip to Hawaii will be the accommodations. That’s why I put together a list of the best cheap Hotels Oahu has to offer.
Many Oahu hotels average 200-400 dollars a night. Luxury Resorts can run you as much as $1,500 a night for a suite. I know that can sound daunting when you are watching your wallet. That’s why I wanted to write about where to stay in Oahu on a budget so you can enjoy a dream trip to Hawaii without having to sacrifice comfort and style.
All the cheap places to stay in Oahu are affordable, convenient and stylish. These are the best cheap Oahu hotels.
For full transparency, I have sprinkled some affiliate links in this post. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases that gives me a small commission at no extra cost to you if you decided to make a purchase. All proceeds go to keep Jess traveling and coffee ☕️. I thank you in advance.
Oahu is divided into 5 distant areas.
- Honolulu (Waikiki, Honolulu)
- Windward Coast (Kailua, Kaneohe, Laie)
- Central Oahu (Pearl City)
- Leeward Coast (Ko’olina, Ewa, Kapolei, Makakilo, Royal Kunia)
- North Shore (Haleawa, Sunset, Pupukea, Waialua, Laie, Malaikahana, Mokuleia, Waimea)
Most travelers stay downtown in Waikiki as there are a tons of accommodations and a lot of cheaper places to stay compared to the North Shore. Most places in Waikiki are walking distance to several restaurants, nightlife and entertainment.
If you want to experience what Hawaii is like on Maui, Kauai or the Big Island, head to the North Shore. There’s a handful of cheap places to stay in Oahu on this part of the island.
If you are planning an extended stay or plan on working remotely from Oahu for a few months opt stays on the Windward Coast in the town of Kailua. There are lots to do nearby yet still has a small Hawaiian town feel.
Cheap Hotels in Waikiki
White Sands Hotel
White Sands Hotel is located 2 blocks from Waikiki Beach and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. It offers an outdoor pool surrounded by a garden making the outdoor area feel like a private oasis.
Every room at the White Sands Hotel features a private balcony with pool or city views. The hotel gives off a lively trendy vibe. It is a perfect mix of nostalgia and modern. Stay at this Waikiki hotel for style, location and the fabulous pool.
If you’re looking for cheap hotels in Oahu in Waikiki then the Aqua Oasis is a great choice. Located across from upscale shopping on Luxury Row, Aqua Oasis is a 5 minute walk to Waikiki Beach.
The rooms are sufficient and there’s a balcony. Select suites offer a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, a microwave, and a rice cooker. Plus continental breakfast which helps save a little cash. There is a swimming pool and sauna on site but plan on spending your days frolicking on the beach.
Vive Hotel Waikiki
The VIVE Hotel Waikiki is a boutique hotel, just 7 minutes’ walk from Waikiki Beach. Rooms come with mountain, city or ocean views. Diamond Head is 2 miles away, great location if you plan on doing a sunrise hike up Diamond Head.
A great cheap Oahu hotel walking distance to a lot of restaurants which eliminates the hassle of parking. Speaking of parking, the only option you have is valet and its $30 a night.
Close to the shopping center, local eats, and the beach. This is a great location for the price without having to sacrifice cleanliness and style. One of the better cheap hotels near Waikiki Beach.
The Sheraton Princess Kaulani
The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani has a fabulous location, one block away from the beach. The resort is complete with a large outdoor pool, weight room and restaurant. Spending time at the beach or at the pool are both convenient which makes this hotel a bargain.
The property is right next to the International Marketplace which puts you in the middle of the Waikiki strip. Stay here for the convenience to downtown and a great pool.
The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club
The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki offers vintage inspired bungalows and suites. The rooms are furnished with hand-crafted furniture, eclectic artwork and a balcony.
Theres a lovely outdoor pool with private cabanas for hire and live music every evening. Mahina & Sun’s is the restaurant on site and offers dishes made with organic ingredients sourced by local farmers. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sip craft cocktails and fresh coffee as its free in the main lobby.
The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club is a wonderful Hawaii hotel if you are on your honeymoon and on a budget. Stay here for the vibes, location, and price.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is the most expensive Oahu hotel to make the list. Located on 22-acres on the widest stretch of Waikiki Beach, you can’t beat the location.
Tropical gardens, ponds and waterfalls detail the resort. Enjoy five swimming pools including a large beach front pool. If you are on vacation to relax and unwind you won’t need to leave the resort. Stay healthy by taking an outdoor yoga class, my definition of fitness travel.
Splurge on a spa day and or try one of the many water activities on site including surf lessons, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking. This is a place you will be happy you stayed at the resort all day.
The Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites offer clean rooms on the main drag but also away from the crowds. There’s a great view from the balcony of the city. The on-site restaurant, Fish Hook Cafe, offers breakfast items, salads, sandwiches, and poke bowls.
The pool is charming and you are close to shopping, food, activities and a bus stop if you don’t plan on renting a car while you explore Oahu.
The Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki is comfortable and charming cheap hotel in Waikiki. Located in the heart of Honolulu, Aqua Aloha Surf features an on-site spa, wellness center and cute pool.
Tucked away from some of the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, but still easy to walk to the beach area. Stay at this small budget hotel for the location and price.
The Equus is a historic Honolulu boutique hotel located a 5 minutes walk from Ala Moana Shopping Center. If you are looking for cheap places to stay in Oahu that’s clean, quiet and convenient then the Equus is a great option.
If you’re exploring Oahu without a car, a public bus stop and Waikiki trolley line is located on property or directly across from street. The hotel is homey, cozy and cheaper than the others in Waikiki.
The Coconut Waikiki Hotel is a boutique hotel perfect for a girls getaway. Located across from the Ala Wai Canal this hotel offers free daily continental American style breakfast and Kona coffee.
Centrally located, not on the beach yet not far away with lots of street parking and cheap paid parking garage nearby. Walking distance to several restaurants, bars and shopping.
Select rooms offer kitchenettes perfect if you plan on cooking a few meals in to save a few dollars. All rooms feature private terraces with views. This is a great option for traveling on a budget as its one of the cheaper places to stay in Waikiki.
Polynesian Residences Waikiki Beach
Polynesian Residences are a great location towards the North end of Waikiki, on Kalakaua Ave. Just 1 block from Waikiki Beach, the cheap Oahu Hotel is 20 minutes walk from the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium.
The rooms are basic but clean. Staff is friendly and helpful. A bargain for the price.
Cheap Places to Stay in Oahu
Polynesian Hostel Beach Club
The Polynesian Hostel Beach Club is the cheapest place to stay in Oahu. Located one block from Kuhio Beach and the Honolulu Zoo, this hostel offers clean and comfortable beds in dormitories.
If you are traveling solo and are looking for a place to stay where you can mingle then this will be very affordable for Hawaii prices. Close to restaurants, shops, nightlife, beach activities and entertainment.
Condo in Punaluu
Escape the crowed city, and enjoy some time on the North Shore at this cheap Oahu stay. The condo in Punaluu is updated, tastefully decorated, and clean.
The place comes with a private balcony and beautiful ocean views. Don’t miss out on sunrise from your lanai at least once during your stay. Close to a few food trucks, one of the must do things while visiting the North Shore so you won’t be stuck with a lack of food options.
Waikiki Ocean View
This Waikiki Ocean View is recently updated with epic ocean views from the lanai. Waikiki Shores is the only beachfront condominium in Waikiki. Walking distance to restaurants, nightlife, shopping and beach activities.
Sip morning coffee on your private lanai as the sun rises and you get ready for the days adventures. Stay here for the views and the location.
Beach Front on Kailua Beach
This Beach Front Studio is located right on beautiful sandy Kailua Beach. Kailua Beach offers all types of activities including surf, swimming, kite surfing, hiking and a running path.
Located in a quiet, upscale neighborhood. The stay offers stunning ocean views from the balcony or lawn overlooking the beach and ocean. A beautiful place to wind down after a day of waterfall chasing. Check out this guide to Waimea Falls &the Botanical Gardens.
This condo is reasonably priced but the kicker is that you have to rent it out for 30 days. This is a perfect stay if you work remotely and are looking for a temporary Hawaiian getaway.