Choosing the Right Hotel in Hawaii

When looking to book a vacation in the Hawaiian Islands, you’ll be pleasantly pleased at the huge selection of hotels available in the state. From urban-styled hotels in downtown Honolulu to ultra-exclusive, secluded getaway retreats in Lanai, hotels come in so many sizes, styles, prices, and locations that it can make the prospective vacationer’s head spin. There are, however, a few key guidelines that can help you select just the right property for you.
First off, finding a hotel that fits your interests and your budget should be the first consideration when searching for a hotel in Hawaii. Obviously, every vacationer has a different travel budget, so what is defined as “affordable” will depend on the size of your vacation budget. For those who have no budget restrictions, searching only the five-star hotels will greatly reduce the number of possibilities. Hawaii has some of the most fabulous five-star hotels on the planet!  For those who are looking to save some money, however, finding the best value for your money is key.  Therefore, try to find a four-star hotel that has special package deals if at all possible. While these properties may not be as fancy or as new as the five-star hotels, they can often provide a comfortable stay with many nice amenities.
Of course, location is also a huge factor in selecting your hotel, especially in Hawaii. In a case of a lower-priced four-star hotel or condo, check to see exactly where it is located. If you wish to be right on the beach, you may have to pay a higher price. Many of the less expensive hotels, particularly in Honolulu are close to the beach but not located right on it.  Hawaiian beaches all have public access so if you are not opposed to walking a block or two to get to the beach, then a less expensive hotel or condo might be the right choice for you. You may also be able to get special package deals that might make it just as inexpensive to stay at one of the nicer hotels right on the beach if you check around.  With the downturn in the economy, this is an especially good time to get great deals on your Hawaiian travel.
Comfort and service is the final consideration. Even if you’ve found a hotel that is located where you want to be and seems like a good value, make sure it provides the amenities that you want.  Condos can often be a good alternative to hotel stays since many provide the ability to prepare meals in the room. They can also be a good choice if you have a large family or many people in your party. Restaurant meals in Hawaii are rather expensive and can quickly eat into a budget. Be prepared that even fast-food will cost more in the Islands than it does on the mainland. If you don’t plan on spending a lot of time in your room, perhaps you can settle for a hotel off the beaten path or a condo which can accommodate more people at a lower cost.  In any case, careful planning and budgeting can allow you to spend your money doing other exciting things while on your stay in Hawaii.

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