Motels in Honolulu, Hawaii

by Kristina Connover

Offering an affordable alternative to more pricey Honolulu digs, economy lodging on Oahu is usually located on the outskirts of the central tourist area of Waikiki, possibly near the airport or other industrial areas of town. Typically low-rise and offering shuttle service or limited parking, they give visitors a choice in accommodations that are less crowded, smaller and usually more easily accessible than the Waikiki high-rises.

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Pacific Marina Inn

The Pacific Marina Inn offers comfort and convenience in a location at the Honolulu International Airport. This gives visitors a spot directly between Waikiki area and Pearl Harbor. The Inn's amenities include a pool deck, TVs, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. The diner-style Lance’s Kitchen Restaurant serves three meals a day, while the Canoe Hut Lounge offers traditional Hawaiian drinks such as mai tais, perfect if you just got off the plane from the mainland.

OHANA Airport Hotel

The OHANA Honolulu Airport Hotel is geared specifically toward the needs of airport travelers with comfortable economy accommodations steps from the Honolulu International Airport. Eat at the hotel's Willoughby's Restaurant and enjoy the swimming pool, fitness room and snack store, which all cater to the needs and flight schedules of international, domestic and inter-island travelers. A free airport shuttle and lobby Wi-Fi add to the amenities.

Best Western The Plaza Hotel

Located on north Nimitz Highway, Best Western The Plaza Hotel Honolulu puts visitors close to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and the Honolulu International Airport. Microwaves, fridges, satellite TV, pool and free Wi-Fi give guests the usual amenities. Business travelers who need to call on Hawaii Pacific University, University of Hawaii, downtown clients or the industrial areas along Nimitz find the low-rise Plaza offers them a great location.

The Breakers

Located on Waikiki Beach Walk, The Breakers is casual, informal and quaint. About a half block from the beach at Waikiki, the Breakers is also near shops, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. Every unit features a kitchenette to allow for greater convenience and help guests reduce their restaurant tabs. Studios that accommodate larger groups are also available. Swimming pool, limited parking, complimentary coffee and free Wi-Fi round out the list of amenities.

About the Author

Krisitna Connover has been writing professionally since 1987. An award-winning, senior advertising copywriter, she's crafted copy for major clients in Southern California and Hawaii. She's also a features writer for a popular Big Island home magazine and other national titles. She is a Fodor's Hawaii guidebook writer and editor. Connover holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.