Choosing a Hawaii Hotel

When you’re planning your trip to Hawaii, your lodging will be the centerpiece of your stay. It’s pretty important to have an idea of what kind of place you’d like it to be. Hawaii has, on all the islands, a whole spectrum of choices.The purpose of your visit may be business, holiday, family vacation, reunion, honeymoon, occasion (sporting event, concert, Aloha Week), or activity (sport fishing, golf, eco-touring), and your purpose will surely help determine your choice. Ask yourself (and/or your traveling companion) these questions:

  • Do you have an island preference? Are you considering more than on island?
  • Is being on or directly across from the beach important?
  • Do you want to be near Downtown Honolulu?
  • Do you like the idea of a secluded mountain escape or a bucolic, out-of the way haven, or do you want to be where the action is?
  • What’s your budget? Can you go for a resort that provides everything, or do you need to consider budget, “boutique” hotels? (Think of how many nights you will stay and how much you can spend per night on your hotel.)
  • Consider the other clientele of the hotel. Hotels can favor couples only, adults only, children and families, or be all-inclusive.
  • What kind of room do you want? Is the bed important, and if so how? Want to soak in a whirlpool bath? Do you need a DVD or CD player, minibar or a plunge pool? (Staples such as in-room safes and controllable air conditioning aren’t available everywhere.)
  • What amenities would you like to have? Do you need room service 24/7? How about a fitness center or a spa? Are you a golfer? Would you like to have live entertainment or a nightclub on premises? Would a really-neat pool attract you? How about water-sports instruction and equipping – snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing or jet skiing?