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8 Incredible Honolulu Airbnbs for Every Style and Budget

Dec. 16, 2017
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Hawaii may be known for its world-famous beaches and year-round perfect temps, but Honolulu has a lot to offer besides fun in the sun. In this cosmopolitan capital city, you'll find everything from historic landmarks to fine dining to world-class shopping. Luckily, Airbnb offers some of the best stays to get to know the area and they just launched Experiences here — allowing users to book over 100 activities on the island. From the beaches of Waikiki to the shores of Kailua, here are our top Airbnb rentals to really get a sense of Honolulu.

Value Deals (less than $150 per night)

1. Breathtaking Waikiki Ocean View Studio

For serious beach bums, the ocean-view studio in Waikiki is the place to be. It's the perfect nest for travelers who wish privacy and tranquility while enjoying the island's natural beauty. Look for tasteful decorations and all the amenities you’ll need for your stay. This quaint enclave has a balcony and is just steps away from the beach. So be sure to bask in this scenic location and take in the ocean breeze from the comfort of your stay.Rates from $125 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.

2. Waikiki Beach Studio

When staying in Hawaii, the ocean gets all the glory. This charming studio is centrally located and has amazing views of Waikiki Beach as well.This studio has been completely renovated with all the comforts you’ll need to enjoy your stay from a fully equipped kitchen to a pool and bbq/picnic area as well as a credit card-operated laundry room. It is within walking distance to restaurants, bars, Ala Moana mall and the convention center. It has been completely renovated and includes all the comforts you'll need to enjoy your stay. Rates from $85 per night with a two-night minimum stay required on Friday and Saturday.

3. Oceanview Deluxe Corner Unit

This one-bed apartment might be tiny, but it certainly packs a punch. With nearly panoramic views of Diamond Head from the corner window in the bedroom, this Waikiki deluxe apartment makes up for what it lacks in space, in visuals. The location isn't bad either at only a short walk from the beach, Hard Rock Cafe, Hawaii Convention Center, Fort DeRussy, Ala Moana Shopping Center and many other fun spots to check out on your Hawaiian getaway. Rates from $99 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.

Mid-Tier ($150-$250 per night)

4. Wakiki Studio near Diamond Head Center

Looking for that home-away-from-home feeling? This studio apartment offers great views of Honolulu's majestic Diamond Head, one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Located in Waikiki, this section of is quiet and relaxing — an ideal place to be near the action, but not right in the middle of it. It makes a good base for couples, solo travelers and anyone else who wants to explore this vibrant part of the city. Rates from $149 per night with a minimum five-night stay required.

5. Hale Wa'a House by the Sea

Enjoy the beauty of Oahu, and then retreat to your quiet secluded guest house in Hale Wa'a (Canoe House). Centrally located to most everything on Oahu, this home is right off the main roadway that circles Oahu and minutes from Waikiki, Hanauma Bay, shopping and the beach. Rates from $158 per night with a one-night minimum stay required.

High Roller ($250+ per night)

6. Simply Beautiful Waikiki Apartment

This "simply beautiful" Waikiki condo is located in the heart of the city, just a five-minute walk from the beach. An ideal home base and relaxation spot, the property also offers great amenities including a BBQ rooftop and sun deck, pool, jacuzzi and a sauna. The view of the city from this two-bedroom condo ain't too shabby either. Rates from $299 per night with a varied minimum stay required.

7. Hawaiian Paradise Cottage in Portlock

This newly renovated studio is minutes from beaches, supermarkets, movie theaters, restaurants, hikes and ocean sport tours. You’ll love this high luxury private cottage, located in the prestige Portlock neighborhood, because of the luxurious amenities and design, ample parking and outdoor lounge patio. It's an excellent place to stay for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. Rates from $244 per night with a three-night minimum stay required.

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8. Extravagant Verdant Hillside Home

This extravagant Verdant Hillside home encompasses the ambiance of Hawaii that brings comfort and relaxation to all visitors. Enjoy over 6,000 square feet of living area featuring glass walls, outdoor gardens (complete with Koi ponds), a fire pit and private seating areas and a stunning atrium entry with floor to ceiling windows that showcase the very best of Hawaii's beautiful ocean. Rates from $995 per night with a one-night minimum stay required.

Maximize Your Purchase

There are plenty of ways to maximize your stay with points and miles. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, sign up through TPG to get $40 off your first booking — and the gravy train doesn’t stop there. Book through the Delta portal and earn 1 SkyMile for every dollar spent on your stay, and make sure to charge the purchase to a travel rewards card to rack up extra points. Using a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred will get you 2x points on all travel purchases while the Chase Sapphire Reserve will get you 3x points on an Airbnb stay. When you combine the two, you’re effectively double-dipping with your points earning.

Prices are accurate as of publication date but are subject to change; featured image by Art Wager / Getty Images

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4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
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Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees