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Should You Stay in a Hostel on Your Next Honolulu Vacation?



Honolulu vacations can be relatively inexpensive if you know where to stay and where to book your tours.

Staying in hostels is one of the best options for any budget traveler. They are affordable and they have fun atmospheres. However, there are some downsides to staying in a hostel.

Hostels vs. Hotels

Hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms, maid service, and sometimes room service. Hotels don’t have to be outrageously expensive, but the longer you stay in Hawaii, the more you’ll spend.

Hostels often offer private rooms as well as dorm rooms with shared bathrooms. Some people may not want to lose their personal privacy, but dorm rooms are much cheaper than private rooms.

Additionally, hostels have a kind of a “traveler culture,” and often have common areas where travelers will socialize and meet up for excursions. Some hostels will have shared kitchens, allowing travelers to further save money by preparing their own meals.

Here are some hostel options if you’re taking a Honolulu vacation in the near future…

Waikiki Beachside Hostel

This hostel was formerly an apartment complex, so shared rooms are actually converted apartments.

Each former apartment contains two bedrooms, each with a pair of bunk beds. They each share a kitchen and a bathroom, so you don’t have to share a bathroom with an entire floor.

The hostel’s common area is an outdoor seating area that offers free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, and plenty of room to relax in the Hawaii air.

Dorm rooms start in the low $30 range.

HI – Honolulu, University Hostel

HI Honolulu is one of 21 HI Honolulu hostels.

As you can probably guess, this location is close to the University of Hawaii in Manoa. It’s a good place to stay if you’d like a bit of separation from the touristy Waikiki area.

Like many hostels, this one has separate male and female dorms. Each dorm contains 8 beds that share a bathroom and shower.

Common areas include an indoor seating area and an outdoor patio, replete with Wi-Fi, a TV, and a kitchen.

Dorm rooms start in the low $20 range.

The Beach – Waikiki Boutique Hostel

In the mood for something better than a hostel but cheaper than a hotel?

The Beach might be the answer. This hostel offers a range of lodging options, from private suites to mixed dorms to female dorms.

In addition to the typical services offered by hostels, such as Wi-Fi, self-serve kitchens, and facilities, this hostel organizes free events for its guests, offers daily housekeeping service, and free continental breakfast.

Rates for dorm rooms run in the $30 range, while private rooms start in the $50 range.

Polynesian Hostel Beach Club

This hostel caters specifically to youth, aged 20 – 35.

There are a variety of room options, such as mixed dorms, semi-private rooms, twin rooms, and so on. It includes many of the same amenities you’ll find with other hostels, with a focus on fun for the younger crowd.

If you’re traveling with one or two other friends, you’ll probably want to check out the semi-private rooms, which are suitable for one or two guests.

Dorm room prices start at $20 per night.


As with every hostel, hotel, and tour in Honolulu, slots fill up fast. Be sure to book your rooms and your tours before you leave for your Honolulu vacation.

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