Hawaii in general, but especially Oahu, has seen an increase in new Hawaii hotels, resorts and condominiums, creating a new landscape and vibe to certain areas on every island. As you can imagine real estate and construction costs are expensive in Hawaii. It’s for that reason that it just doesn’t make financial sense to completely tear down these structures and build new ones.
So that’s why most of the new Hawaii Hotels are total transformations of existing properties that were built back in the 70’s. In the last ten years there have been only a few newly-built from the ground up resorts. There is also the fact that Waikiki in particular is pretty much jam packed with hotels and condominiums. There’s just no room for a new property. Instead of tear-downs and rebuilds, developers are improving and re-branding properties that are already established, transforming the characters of the hotels inside and out.
From high end luxury properties to more affordable new Hawaii hotels, the choices are numerous and varied on each island. We cover our favorites, most of which we’ve visited personally.
We share the basic pricing of these new Hawaii hotels, the features and amenities we love about each property, and the unique characters of the towns where they’re located.
We podcast about Hawaii because we love Hawaii.
We didn’t have time to cover all of them so here’s our list of favorites:
The Surfjack Hotel and Swim Club (formerly Hokele Suites Waikiki)
The LayLow (Formerly the Wave Waikiki)
Hyatt Centric (Formerly the Waikiki business center)
Ritz Carlton (New build)
Holiday Inn Express Waikiki (Formally Maile Sky Court)
Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore (New build Formally Days Inn)
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach (Formally Pacific Beach Hotel)
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina (Formally Marriott Ko Olia)
Aston at The Whaler, Kaanapali Beach
Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea (New Build)
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Kaanapali (new Build)
Kohea Kai Resort (New build)
Marriott’s Waikoloa Ocean Club (new build)
Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection (new build)
Sheraton Kauai Resort
Aqua Kauai Beach Resort