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Affordable hostel, camping (airport) and hotel Accommodation in Waikiki, Honolulu (on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, USA)
As of June 2005: shared "hostel style" accommodation in Waikiki is available starting at $12 per night
(cheaper is available for some types of memberships); and single hostel rooms start at $38 per night
(though some seem to be available for less). All quoted prices are in US$
Lachlan's Homepage is at http://lachlan.bluehaze.com.au/
Some initial notes and best websites
- Top Notch website: Alternative Hawaii - Where to stay in Hawaii at substantial savings
without sacrificing quality. (fabulous cheap accommodation links and advice)
- Top Notch website: Visit Honolulu! : Hotels
- A Word About Hawaii's Accommodation Rates
- Accommodation rates are not carved in lava. Inquire about the many
discounts available e.g., AAA, Airline, Corporate, Credit Card,
Entertainment Club, Kamaaina (local resident), Association Memberships,
Military, Travel Agency. If eligible for any of the above or other
special discounts, you'll quite often get a better price than the rates
quoted in this guide.
- Accommodation rates do not include taxes. Many properties also charge an extra cleaning fee
- A Word About Youth Hostels in Hawaii
- Note on "GETTING FROM THE AIRPORT TO TOWN : " (within HATESL
Information for New Students in the Department of SLS)
- Getting from the airport to town may be fairly expensive. Unless you
plan to rent a car, your best option is to hire a taxi, which will cost
$20-$25 to get to the university area. Taxis are readily available at
the airport. Look for guys in orange shirts that say "TAXI" on the back.
They are the dispatchers. Be aware that limo taxis cost the same as
sedan taxis. It's just luck of the draw what kind of car you get. Also,
all airport taxis must meet minimum specs, which means that they all
must have workable air-conditioning. Taxi drivers are notoriously stingy
about using their a/c, so before you even get into the car, politely ask
your driver if they have a/c, and then remind them again once you get in
the car if they don't immediately turn it on. If they give you a hard
time, write down their control number, which is visibly displayed on
their city permit posted on their dash, and tell them that you will
report them to taxi control. They'll think you're local, and they should
change their attitude. If they don't, contact taxi control when you get
the first opportunity at 532-7700.
Be aware that suitcases and large bags are not allowed on city buses, so
taking a bus into town from the airport isn't an option unless you're
traveling really light. You will not be permitted to board a bus with
luggage or bags, so don't even try innocently. Once you're settled into
your new surroundings, your best bet is to take the bus around town.
Feedback received about scientists using Hostels for cheap accommodation
To: "'L. Cranswick'" firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2005 10:33:58 -0400
Well this is all good. However, you're probably right that they would be
noisy. Most such places I have stayed in have been noisy. One I stayed
in in Vancouver got condemned by the city fire dept the one night I was
due to sleep there and we were all kicked out at 11pm. Probably for good
reason as it was jam packed with bunk beds and no fire alarm nor fire
escapes. Apparently there were so many people claiming welfare from the
one address that the city sent the police to look at it and that was its
downfall. But it was a good place with free shuttles btw airport and
also ferry terminals.
I have a feeling that if you wanted to sleep and also wanted to bring a
laptop etc, they would not be the place to stay.
I once saw a job at the University of Hawaii for a "part-time postdoc"
in one of the science departments. I assume that other part of your day
is free for the beach. At least this is more honest that UNSW where am
told many full time research students spend more time on the beach than
in the lab.
Waikiki/Honolulu/Oahu Hostel Accommodation including YMCA/YWCA, Backpacker Bostels and Youth Hostels: shared room and private room (with and without facilities)
Note: "Be aware
that cheaper hostel-type accommodations in Waikiki are back-packer
havens, famous for their party atmospheres, lack of privacy, and noise."
- Best Website: Alternative Hawaii - Where to stay in Hawaii at substantial savings
without sacrificing quality. (fabulous cheap accommodation links and advice)
- YMCA'S / YWCA'S on Honolulu/Oahu
Examples of hostels and other accommodation in or near Waikiki/Honolulu/Oahu
- Banana Bungalow Waikiki Beach : "Cheap, funky hostel"
- No longer open: try the Waikiki Beachside Hostel -
- Note received: the Banana Bungalow in Waikiki is closed and has been for a few
years. The good news is that while they are closed, there is also a new
hostel that has worked with Banana Bungalow to fulfill all of their
future reservations at the time they closed, and has hired on several
former Banana Bungalow employees.
- Old Banana Bungalow Waikiki Beach review: Neighborhood: Waikiki
- This funky hotel/hostel is located just a block away from famed
Waikiki Beach. It can accomodate more than 300 guests in dorm-style
hostel rooms and private rooms with bath. Unlike typical
youth hostels, linens are provided free and beds are made daily. All
rooms have cable TV and lanai (balcony); many have ocean views.
Other facilities include laundry maachines, a common room, common
kitchen and games area. Sometimes parties are held in the outside
garden/patio. The place attracts a mostly young, backpacker-type crowd.
Services & Facilities
Laundry Service, Television, Safe Deposit, Air Conditioning, Car-hire
Facilities, Non-smoking Rooms.
Breakfast is included, and the hotel will even provide free airport
pickup. This friendly hostel also organizes regular activities like
barbecues, pub crawls, volleyball games and other fun things for its
guests to do.
- Hawaii Hostels : Polynesian Hostel Beach Club :- Oahu - in the heart of Waikiki
- As of June 2005: Dorm : Single Beds: $18 + tax ($20) ;
Semi-Private Rooms w/ shared bathroom:
Single: $36 + tax ($40)
Double: $41.50 + tax ($46)
Studios: 1 or 2 people: $57.50 + tax ($64)
3 people: $74
- Central YMCA Residence - Honolulu, near the Waikiki Hotels and beaches
- Fernhurst YWCA - rooms for women only
- Camping And Hiking in Hawaii and island of Oahu (where the City of Honolulu is located)
- Camping And Hiking: Youth Hostels in Hawaii (example of fees: $9 for members, $12 for non-members)
- Waikiki AYH - Hostelling International
Free Overnight sleeping in Honolulu (island of Oahu, Hawaii, USA)
- The Budget Traveller's Guide to Sleeping in Airports - Honolulu airport
- Lachlan's Note: For Sleeping in Airports: Honolulu airport rated as "Tolerable" to "Hell" : (bring your own bedding)
- "February 2005 - I arrived around 9pm with morning flight at 5:15am.
Unfortunately the airport now closes after 11pm, so I was shut out of
all buildings. Fourtunatly, nighttime temperatures in Hawaii are
pleasant. The courtyard gardens which were mentioned by other posters
are -inside- security, which you'll have to exit to pick up your
baggage. If you have a boarding pass for an ongoing flight you /may/ be
able to sleep in one of these dark & quiet places on a wood bench. I
arrived after the ticket counter of my ongoing flight's airline had
closed, so I was unable to try that. The friendly security guard I spoke
with told me that I was welcome to sleep outside the airport, near the
curb. I found a springy wood bench 50' from the road between the
off-island and Aloha/Hawaiian terminals. The area was well enough lit to
feel safe but not too bright to sleep. The many security guards never
bugged me but stared a lot. After the first 3000 repetitions, I slept
about 2 hours through the announcements." Added 16 March 2005
- Sleeping in Airports Airport Ratings system :
- Caveates: Student Travel - Sleeping in Airports
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