When planning a vacation, hotel accommodations are always one of the first things that come to mind. When traveling to Hawaii, the hotel seems to be one of the most important aspects of the trip because it determines your surrounding area, your view, and the amenities. Prices on Hawaii hotels are hard to get around, and chances are you’ll be spending a significant amount of your daily budget on a room. Have you ever considered booking a condominium? While they might not offer the luxurious services of a high-end resort, they sure can offer great deals and large savings during your vacation.

One of the advantages of booking a condo instead of a hotel is the “at-home” amenities you receive, such as a kitchen. It is rare to book a Hawaii hotel with a full kitchen, so with this small detail, a condo can save you hundreds just by cooking your meals at home. Having a full refrigerator, oven, and stove gives you the option of preparing breakfasts, lunches, and dinner right in the condo, without having to spend a ton of money on eating out. If you’re booking a condo, it’s always a good idea to stop off at the grocery store either on your way from the airport, or after you’ve settled into the place. Things like cereal, sandwiches, and snacks are good ways to cut back on the spontaneous food spending throughout the day.

A condo also offers lower prices because many of the frivolous services are not included. While some may consider a Hawaii vacation complete only with spa, dining, and room services, a lot of folks are perfectly content with the “do-it-yourself” options. Condos typically have pools and hot tubs, but they don’t have poolside services or lavish spas. Condos always have ample parking for guests, but they don’t have valet parking. Condo complexes offer kitchen amenities for at-home cooking, but they usually don’t offer on-site restaurants or room service. You get where we’re going. Condos are for the people who wish to save and don’t mind giving up the lavish luxuries of hotels.

My favorite reason to book a condo over a hotel is the freedom you get to be able to vacation in your own way. Condos allow for dinner parties and entertaining guests, they offer a coziness and comfort that hotels simply can’t match, and they offer a sense of privacy, peace, and quiet that is often times disturbed when staying in a hotel. You usually don’t have noisy neighbors, hallway traffic, or random room service knocks on your door. Condos offer the freedoms and comforts of home, so if you’re looking to save money while on your Hawaii vacation, book a condo and experience home away from home.


  1. Another big plus in booking a condo vs hotel, is if you have more than 2 adults traveling. Reason: Hotels charge big bucks for a 3rd and even more for a 4th adult in same room. So, if you want to save money and have more than 2 adults, go the condo route.

  2. For our first trip to Hawaii over ten years ago we stayed at Fairmont resorts. For the past ten years we’ve gone with condos and discovered a truly great way to vacation. This past February we went back to the Kea Lani in Maui and while the property is truly stunning and having the amenities onsite was nice, we really missed the freedom and space a condo vacation provides. We’re heading to Kauai in three weeks and will be staying in a condo in Princeville.

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