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Where to Stay on Oahu - Hotel or Condo

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Where to Stay on Oahu - Hotel or Condo

HELP! We are traveling (5 adults) next May and I've read till my eyes are crossed! We can't decide whether to:

1. Go the hotel route in Honolulu and if so, which hotel? HHV, Sheraton, Marriott, Outrigger; or

2. Go to the North Shore and get a condo at Turtle Bay. (Read some reviews about Nathan Olsen and Olsen Villas)

We want to attend a luau while we are there, but not one on the rooftop, like at HHV. We will only be there three nights before catching a NCL cruise and we are looking for GREAT beach and relaxation before leaving on Saturday.

Which is it? Hotel or Condo on North Shore?

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1. Re: Where to Stay on Oahu - Hotel or Condo

I would NOT go to the trouble of a condo if you only have 3 nights on Oahu. There are so many great hotels on Waikiki to enjoy and a wide variety of things to do and places to go ... and restaurants and shops. Prices are very competitive (read: unusually low!).

Hotels -- that will depend on your budget and how many rooms you need, I guess. Hyatt has a great location, and is a fine hotel. Moana Surfrider is on the beach and is classic, as is the Royal Hawaiian. The Outrigger Reef is getting good reviews, as is the Sheraton Waikiki - with renovations. Some great AAA rates for each. You can't go wrong with any of these.

Three nights and only 2 full days? You may want to rent a car and drive around the island. In your situation, I would highly recommend the Polynesian Cultural Center. They have shuttle service from/to your hotel (it's about an hour's drive) and will truly set the stage for the rest of your trip. It's an all-day activity, and the Horizon's show in the evening can't be beat. And there is a luau component. Also, check to see if a luau is offered as one of the excursions on your ship. The Royal Hawaiian on Waikiki has a very nice luau ... and would be a special evening for you and your group.

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2. Re: Where to Stay on Oahu - Hotel or Condo

Most private condos require at least 5 nights. But, with tourism down right now you may be able to make a deal.

You can also get a condo (condotel) in Waikiki. These are condos, but operated like hotels.

Aston has several, Aqua has some Outrigger has a couple. Not much difference in price between these & hotel rooms.

Polynesian Cultural Center has the best Polynesian entertainment in Hawaii. Best if you can spend the entire day there. Don't know if you want to do that with only 3 days on Oahu.

Lots of Oahu info:


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3. Re: Where to Stay on Oahu - Hotel or Condo

Dusty & BLBL said it all.... follow their advice.

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4. Re: Where to Stay on Oahu - Hotel or Condo

If you were looking at Turtle Bay condos because of the location (non-Waikiki), just book the hotel. Many people on the boards love to stay there. It is closer to the PCC where you would go to the luau.

I prefer North Shore (Hawaiian country setting) to Waikiki (city) anyday - however, that's a personal preference thing.

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5. Re: Where to Stay on Oahu - Hotel or Condo

Your trip is next May so you have plenty of time to think about this.

I'd also suggest a hotel but that is just me. I am not fond of making my own bed while on vacation or cooking. Also the cleaning fees always bring the price way up.

I stay at the Turtle Bay Resort. If you want relaxation then TBR is great. They have a luau and beautiful beaches all within minutes. You have time to keep your eye on the rates and know when to book. They always have great rates for May, especially early May.

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