Volume 4 No.1 Spring 2008 800.688.2254 

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Top Value Hotels

Who wants to cook on vacation?  Condos can be great for large families, but many people who vacation in Hawaii want to escape to a hotel where they can be pampered and don’t have to think about things like making dinner.  But you’re paying a lot of money to vacation in Hawaii, so you want to make sure that money is well spent.  Sure, you could easily spend upwards of $600/night for a luxury hotel, but you don’t need to in order to have a great time.  This issue we take a look at some hotels on the islands which offer the most bang for your hard-earned buck.

Maui

Royal Lahaina- Kaanapali

In 2007, the Royal Lahaina completed a $33-million refurbishment to the guestrooms and suites of its 12-story Lahaina Kai Tower. Each room received a $100,000 complete makeover resulting in new luxurious guestrooms and suites celebrating the artistry, environment and culture of Hawaii. It’s safe to say these new rooms are nicer than even some of the 5-star resorts on the island.  Not bad considering rooms start at around $200/night.

Priced from $215/night
Why it’s a Value: Five-star quality rooms for three-star prices.

Kaanapali Beach Hotel - Kaanapali

Travel & Leisure Magazine has rated the Kaanapali Beach Hotel as the #1 Best Value Hotel in Hawaii, so that alone makes them good enough for our list. But that award aside, it’s easy to see why KBH is considered such a great value.  Located on the famed Kaanapali Boardwalk, you’re just steps away from Whalers Shopping Village and the fabulous shops and restaurants at the Sheraton, Westin and Hyatt. 

Priced from $200/night
Why it’s a Value: Premium location without paying premium prices.

Kauai

ResortQuest Kauai Beach at Makaiwa - Lihue

The ResortQuest Kauai Beach at Makaiwa was recently completely renovated and is now a great option for the budget-minded traveler to Kauai.  Three shopping villages are within walking distance and on site you’ll find a pool, restaurant, fitness center and tennis court among other amenities.

Priced from $140/night
Why it’s a Value: A beachfront hotel with newly renovated rooms centrally located on Kauai

Hilton Kauai Beach Resort - Lihue

This hotel has been through a lot in the last few years.  It was independently owned, then a Radisson, then it was independently owned again and now Hilton has finally taken over and given it quite a makeover.  It’s now one of the nicest hotels on the east shore of Kauai, yet you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to afford to stay here.  For less than $200/night you get solid 4-star accommodations at a beach front hotel in Hawaii.  The grounds are nice as well, offering four pools, two restaurants, a bar, fitness center and plenty of other amenities.

Priced from $180/night
Why it’s a Value:  Hilton-quality accommodations in Hawaii for less than $200/night

Oahu

Waikiki Parc Hotel - Waikiki

Though the Waikiki Parc Hotel is the “little brother” of the famed Halekulani (the premiere hotel in Waikiki) this hotel offers quite a bit in the way of upscale contemporary accommodations.  The hotel offers travelers casually elegant accommodations in a chic 297-room, boutique setting.  The Waikiki Parc Hotel recently completed a room and lobby redesign as well as updating the technology in all of their guest rooms.

Priced from $190/night
Why it’s a Value:  Four-star accommodations just steps from Waikiki Beach for less than $200/night

ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel - Waikiki

The recently renovated urban-Hawaiian themed ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel is located on the most scenic end of Waikiki, directly across the street from world-famous Waikiki Beach. Eighty-five percent of the guest rooms flaunt beautiful partial or full ocean views featuring striking tropical colors and cool decor that deliver hints of Hawaiian nostalgia in an energetic style. As an added amenity, guests are provided with the hotel's daily "Breakfast-on-the-Beach," a full breakfast served in a portable "to go" fashion.

Priced from $170/night
Why it’s a Value: Renovated rooms and steps away from the beach; free daily breakfast for all guests

Hawaii

Royal Kona Resort - Kona

Following a multi-million dollar renovation, the Royal Kona Resort showcases newly renovated guestrooms in the Alii and Lagoon Towers featuring new granite countertops, expanded marble showers with new fixtures, upgraded wet bars, new tile flooring and carpeting throughout, and plush King or Double beds. Their new open-air restaurant, Don the Beachcomber, features breathtaking views of the ocean as you dine for breakfast or dinner.

Priced from $128/night
Why it’s a Value: Tough to find accommodations of this quality for less than $130/night anywhere, never mind in Hawaii

Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort - Kona

Keauhou Beach Resort’s guestrooms have been beautifully refinished with new carpets, lighting, furniture upgrades and complimentary wired high-speed internet access.  New color schemes on walls and bedcovers echo the sea, sky and flora in view from your outdoor lanai. Part of the seven-story hotel is actually built over tidal pools where Hawaiian green sea turtles glide through the tranquil waters. There are 306 rooms, a day spa, ocean view fitness room, oceanfront restaurant and bar, swimming pool and six tennis courts. Kahaluu Beach Park, one of the best snorkeling beaches in Hawaii, is adjacent to the hotel grounds.

Priced from $140/night
Why it’s a Value: Full-service resort next to a great beach for less than $150/night

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