A Hawaii hotel can indicate a wide range of options, from few or no on-site amenities to enough extras to qualify as a mini-resort. Generally, Hawaiian hotels offer:
- daily maid service
- on-site laundry facilities
- a pool
- sundries/convenience-type shop (rather than the shopping arcades that most resorts have these days)
A top Hawaii hotel also has:
- an activity desk
- concierge and valet service
- room service (though it may be limited)
- business center
- airport shuttle
- bars and/or lounges
- and perhaps a few more shops
The advantages of staying in a hotel are privacy and convenience; the disadvantage is generally noise (either thin walls between rooms or loud music from a lobby lounge late into the night). Hotels in Hawaii are often a short walk from the beach rather than right on the beachfront (although there are exceptions).
Hawaii hotels, as elsewhere, commonly undercut their standard published rates to remain as close to capacity as possible. While some hotels simply offer discounted promotional rates, a few of the larger chains throw in a free rental car or a free room instead. Before booking any hotel, it is worthwhile checking online for hotel deals or packages. For instance, it is often cheaper to book a hotel, flight and rental car together as opposed to separately with Hawaii Vacation Deals.
At most hotels in Hawaii, the rooms are basically the same, with rates usually corresponding to two variables: the view and the floor. An ocean view often costs 50% to 100% more than a garden view. And since higher floors are generally quieter, especially on busy roads, you pay a higher price the higher you go.
While a good travel agent at home may know about some of these deals, many of the best Hawaii hotel deals are advertised online.
If your time is flexible and you don’t have a specific hotel in mind, you can save a lot of money with Hotwire.com and priceline.com. You can even name your own price at priceline.