Where To Stay On A Budget In Honolulu, Hawaii - Updated 2021

where to stay in honolulu on a budget

Nestled amidst a dreamy landscape of lustrous beaches and jewel-hued waves, Honolulu is a famous destination. Hawaii’s capital city is located on the beautiful island of Oahu and is renowned for its picturesque scenery, stunning cultural landmarks, and cosmopolitan flair. Learn about its past at notable sights such as Pearl Harbor National Monument and Iolani Palace, then gorge on delicious cuisine in Honolulu’s Chinatown. Get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular coastline by hiking along the volcanic crags in Diamond Head State Monument, or lounge on the sands of Waikiki Beach. The turquoise water is also perfect for surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and shark cage diving. While Honolulu’s downtown has a reputation for expensive real estate, there are still plenty of budget-friendly accommodations to enjoy in the city. Read the list below for where to stay on a budget in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1. Studio apartment within walking distance of Waikiki Beach (from USD 57)

This Honolulu property is a superb option for four beach-going vacationers. The studio apartment can accommodate up to four guests and is within walking distance of legendary Waikiki Beach and Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. Inside the apartment is a comfortable king-size bed, a sleeper sofa topped with a memory foam mattress, a well-equipped kitchenette, and a full bathroom. Guests also have access to the apartment building’s many facilities and services, including free on site parking, the swimming pool, the barbecue area, and the fitness center. A minimum stay of 30 nights is required.

Resort Zoned Studio / King Bed / Sofa-Bed / Kitchenette / Free WiFi And Parking
20 reviews
Apartment 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the a/c kept the room cool
-- more like a dorm room; and just a bathroom sink
will definitely stay in this apartment when we go back to hawaii in future
it is very comfortable with adequate space although the only cooking facilities are a refrigerator microwave and toaster
the bed was very comfortable and provided a great sleep after a day of touring the island
the room was very clean and nice
very clean and neat with everything we needed: frig microwave dishes and utensils extra towels
bathroom was clean and everything was too
the room and hotel are old but clean and the location is perfect for my family
the owner is very responsive and checking-in is similar to a hotel
we liked the location and its proximity to shops restaurants and the beach
great location great size apartment everything you need
great location for those looking to enjoy waikiki
value for money loved the location as it was easy walking to beaches waikiki and ala moana
the location on ala moana blvd was easy to find
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2. Condo with amazing ocean view (from USD 95)

Admire the extraordinary beauty of Oahu from this incredible condo. This vacation rental is located in Foster Tower, the closest condo building to Waikiki Beach, and is perfect for couples. It boasts outstanding panoramas of the ocean, mountains, Diamond Head State Monument, and the city of Honolulu. The condo is equipped with high-speed internet access and a desk, two sofa beds, a luxurious bathroom, and some kitchen appliances. The condo’s corner location means that guests can enjoy both sunrise and sunset views between April and September. Guests also have access to the apartment building’s gym, its sauna, the laundry room, and the heated, saltwater pool found outside. A 30-night stay is required.

Studio - Ocean & Mtn Views top floor of Closest condo to Beach in Waikiki
12 reviews
condo 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
the owners were awesome to deal with
the location is ideal and everything is just as described
this place is in an excellent location and is very comfortable and clean
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3. Studio with great views from the balcony (from USD 72)

Modern amenities and a terrific location make this apartment a wonderful place to stay. The delightful condo is comfortably furnished and can provide accommodation for up to two guests. Inside the studio apartment, you’ll find a queen-size bed, comfortable seating, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom, and in-unit laundry machines. From the balcony, guests can enjoy fantastic views of Ala Wai Golf Course and the Koolau Mountains. There is also a rooftop pool, a deck, barbecue grills, and free on-site parking available for guest use. A booking of 30 nights is required. The apartment has a central location in Waikiki and is close to Waikiki Beach, as well as restaurants, shops, and public transit.

Central Waikiki Studio, Great Balcony View, Free Parking,
53 reviews
condo 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable bed nice balcony overlooking the canal and golf course
rooftop pool was amazing would definitely stay again thank you richard :)
everything was clean and neat
well maintained and clean condo
it was clean and had everything we needed
building is a little shabby room was clean and comfortable
i would recommend it the security staff was very professional friendly and helpful
however i cannot fault this property or it’s owner
this place is in a great location close to waikiki beach but far away from the noise
nice place to stay close to downtown would stay again
we were very pleased with the price and location of this unit
what a wonderful place great location beautiful views close to everything
richard was communicative and responsive and the condo is in a central but pretty quiet location
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4. Waikiki studio with city views (from USD 53)

This bright studio apartment provides a comfortable guest experience. The apartment has a fantastic location in Waikiki and is cheerful and pleasant. Up to four guests can stay in this studio, which is equipped with a kitchenette stocked with appliances, a queen-size bed, a sofa bed, and a compact bathroom. Guests can also lounge on the balcony and admire the wonderful views of the city and mountains. The apartment building has an outdoor swimming pool and a laundry room available for guest use. A booking of 30 nights is required for discounted rates.

Waikiki Studio With Wifi, Views And Parking. Sleeps 1-3
16 reviews
Apartment 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we took turns sleeping on the inflatable airbed which is the most comfortable i've ever slept on
room was comfortable and had everything we needed
spotlessly clean well equipped and great location
cute and clean so we were satisfied
the condo was clean fresh and provided us with what we needed for our 5 nights in waikiki
the elevators were clean and fast compared to other places we have stayed at
great location clean and comfortable will definitely stay again
having a car park was great as well
the location of the condo was perfect between ala moana and waikiki beach
parking garage is an easy 5 minute walk
we rate this apartment for its cleanliness location and comfort
i had an amazing 5 nights at inn on the park with my 2 teenage kids
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5. Spacious apartment with scenic lanai (from USD 83)

Filled with modern amenities and cozy furnishings, this elegant apartment provides a peaceful guest experience. The spacious property can accommodate up to 4 guests but has a 30-night stay requirement. Within this airy property, you’ll find a partitioned bedroom with a queen-size bed and a twin-size bed. It also has a bright living room with an additional sofa bed, a dining area, a well-equipped kitchen, and a full bathroom. From the picturesque lanai, guests can admire gorgeous views of the city and mountains. The apartment has a central location in Waikiki and is within walking distance of the ocean, restaurants, and shops.

*Professionally Sanitized**Royal Kuhio~Great Views+Lanai+Full Kitchen+Parking
119 reviews
condo 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
the building was very clean and well maintained
linens were clean and comfy
clean and comfortable and the price was great
the vacation rental was very clean
the vacation rental was very clean
staff at al’ii beach rentals were the greatest
rating details:the property manager was adequately helpful
rating details:the property manager was adequately helpful
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
rating details:the property manager was very helpful
walk to the beach if you didn’t get distracted from the great shopping on the way
i would definitely comeback location was perfect
it was in the perfect location to get around the island
great price close to everything exceeded our expectations
reviewer comments:clean nice location - central in waikiki close to shops and public transport right in your doorstep
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6. Vibrant condo with rooftop pool access (from USD 130)

This condo is a pleasant, family-friendly accommodation in Honolulu. The vibrant property can provide accommodation for up to four guests and is within walking distance of Waikiki Beach, as well as many restaurants, shops, and public transit options. The rental includes a well-equipped kitchen, a living room with a queen-size sofa bed, a bedroom with a queen-size bed, and a full bathroom. Amenities such as beach towels, boogie boards, a crib, and children’s toys are included. Guests also have access to the building’s rooftop pool, free parking, and barbecue areas.

1bed. Center of Waikiki WasherDryer Free parking
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
322 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire condominium (condo) 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
free parking and free wifi and reasonableprice
the condo is nicely equipped with beach amenities and the kitchen is very accessible for eating in with take-outs
the unit was clean tv and internet were available ac in the living room and bedroom area
down to laundry detergent the rooftop pool and views were beautiful
the apartment is extremely well equipped with all manner of cooking utensils and beach equipment
the place is clean and wonderful
her place was clean and had nice touches
it's very clean nicely furnished and well supplied
ewa's place was awesome super clean nicely decorated
the apartment was modern clean nicely decorated with new appliances
building staff was friendly
our hosts were wonderful
easy to reach host with questions
ewa is a great host
eva is such a great host
very convenient location and comfortable
both the apartment and location were great
the ideal place to stay in the neighborhood
it is close to many good restaurants nearby and several grocery stores
the location is fabulous and the condo is really convenient
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7. Studio apartment with view of Pearl Harbor (from USD 65)

A cheerful accommodation for couples and solo travelers, this cozy studio apartment has terrific amenities and great views. The studio contains a well-equipped kitchenette, a cozy double bed, and a full bathroom. Guests can also enjoy views of Pearl Harbor from the lanai. Many beach amenities, including boogie boards, beach chairs, beach mats, and snorkel gear, are included. A minimum stay of 30 nights is required.

Mauka Studio with Pearl Harbor View - 30 day min
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
151 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guest suite 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is no ac but the fan with the door open made the room very cool
the room has a beautiful view just out of the door
the room is very comfortable just as the photos appear
great room with everything you‘ll need even with sand chairs and snorkeling masks
there are only two small fans to keep you cool
bathroom is clean and well furnished
super clean effortless checkin
the shower room was extremely clean and very spacious and they provided clean towels
clean and comfortable place to stay
it was very clean and had great decor
the host are very responsive
the host was great and responded quickly to any questions
the hosts were very nice and helpful
hosts provided very clear instructions
the hosts are very kind and super helpful
the location was great and its near the airport
great location to explore oahu
very cute and tidy place
michael and cristina's place was really well located
great place to stay really close to the airport
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Monthly discount: 10% off

8. Compact guest room perfect for couples (from USD 35)

This compact guest suite is private, cozy, simple, and can accommodate up to two guests. The modest room has its own private entrance and is equipped with a queen-size bed and a modern bathroom. Private parking is also included. The property is located in a quiet area but is close to attractions such as Foster Botanical Garden, Bishop Museum, Chinatown, and Waikiki.

Central Locale☆Private Entrance/Room/Bath☆Parking☆
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
168 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is no ac just a fan so it is warm
the windows and fan help with ventilation
it has a fan microwave a small refrigerator and television
there is a fan but it doesn’t cool off too much
i was more worried about the heat but surprisingly the fan was enough
it's clean and affordable
it was clean and comfortable
easy communication clean room and easy to access
comfortable bed clean relatively quiet locale
we liked especially the cleanliness and the shower
the hosts are very helpful and allow as much privacy as you desire
host answer phone promptly and nice
i really enjoyed staying here and highly recommend as this was budget friendly
lin's place was helpful and enough for a weekend getaway in hawaii
quick and responsive we were in great hands
excellent location and super price
i like the location close to waikiki
however the location is nice
great place that is really close to town
close to where i needed to be and best of all close to liliha bakery
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9. Airy, modern apartment with ocean view (from USD 99)

This lovely apartment is airy, elegant, and well-equipped. Located within walking distance of Waikiki Beach, this studio can accommodate up to two guests and boasts great ocean and city views. The apartment includes a sleek kitchenette, a queen-size bed, a full bathroom, air-conditioning, and a Wi-Fi connection. Guests can also enjoy the apartment building’s amenities, including the rooftop pool, a hot tub, and barbecue areas. The building’s gym and on-site parking can be used at an additional cost.

Renovated Modern Style Studio with Ocean Views
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
77 reviews  Wifi Available
Entire condominium (condo) 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
air conditioning works great
internet and cable with smart tv were a huge plus
great room great view and great location
there is air conditioning a great kitchen and nobu provided beach towels
we were very comfortable and enjoyed the view and close proximity to the beach
clean and organized space
nobu's place was very clean
the bathroom was nicely redone and was spacious
very modern and clean
very clean space with great kitchenette
nobu was a great host very quick to response and helpful
nobu was an excellent host answering questions very promptly
host was helpful with eating out recommendations which we really appreciated as well
the host nobu was responsive and check in was easy
nobu is a great host who’s very responsive and involved in the process
great location only a few minutes walk away from waikiki
good location excellent vistas
great place walking distance from beaches and shopping
great place within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants
this spot is in a great location close to a lot of restaurants and shopping places and the beach
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10. Cozy apartment with beach amenities (from USD 95)

This cheerful apartment provides everything you’ll need for a beach getaway. The studio is located in the heart of Waikiki and is close to several beaches, including Kuhio Beach Park and Waikiki Beach. The apartment can accommodate up to two guests and includes a queen-size bed, a well-equipped kitchenette, a bathroom, and a peaceful lanai. Many beach amenities are provided, including a surfboard, boogie boards, snorkeling gear, and beach chairs.

Waikiki surf relax steps 2 beach,surfboard toys
64 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Entire rental unit 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
efficient use of space makes it comfortable
place is as advertised but has little amenities that make your stay just a little more comfortable
very clean and accessible
very clean and nice
comfortable clean and all the basics and then some
the building is older however clean and tidy
nice clean place quiet and easy to check in
host is super nice and fast response
henry was a great host and very responsive
excellent and responsive host
henry met us in person and was a great host
great host excellent communication
super convenient location and safe
we absolutely loved the location
a good spot location location location
great stay in a central location
great place walking distance to the heart of waikiki
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Budget-friendly rest and relaxation in Honolulu

Honolulu is an extraordinary destination with its unparalleled beaches, fun recreational choices, and unique cultural attractions. While the city may be notoriously pricey, these budget-friendly accommodations will make your vacation less costly. Go big on comfort and convenience with these vacation rentals, and save your money for things you can do and see instead. Start planning your trip today, and keep these budget-friendly accommodations in Honolulu, Hawaii, in mind.

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