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Oahu Hotels With the Best Free Stuff

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Here are the Oahu hotels with the coolest amenities and perks that are completely included with your stay. We only included hotels and resorts with amenities that were 1) included with the room rate at no extra cost and 2) fun and unique or just really damn useful on a Hawaii vacation.


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Silent Disco Yoga and events at The Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki.

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club


The Surfjack is on the small side, but a $60M renovation in 2016 turned it into a vintage surf-inspired boutique hotel. It’s a great value for Waikiki, especially considering all the cool perks that come with your stay.


  • They’ve got the most Instagrammable pool in Oahu, with ““Wish You Were Here” written out in tiles along the bottom.” (FYI, their coffee cups at the coffee shop are also really cute and photogenic, but you’ll have to pay for those.)

  • Welcome baskets filled with local snacks like mango and popcorn in each room.

  • Solé cruiser bikes can be checked out.

  • A rotating series of events includes Silent Disco Yoga, Pancakes & Booze Art Shows, DJs, musicians, chefs, and flower crown workshops, just to name a few.

  • Hot tea and coffee at Mahina & Sun’s restaurant every morning.

  • Daily happy hour.

  • Live Music every night.

  • Movie Nights: vintage surf movies (with sound off) are projected above the pool in the evenings. You can watch them from the pool or the bar.

  • Beach chairs and towels.



 

A ukulele from The Laylow hotel Waikiki.

Every square inch of The Laylow was designed with Instagram in mind. Everything is meant to be fun and unique, and the free perks aren’t any different:


  • A welcome basket that includes 2 pairs of Laylow branded “rubbah slippahs” (aka flip flops) and local snacks like taro chips, Hawaiian chocolate, Honolulu Cookie Company cookies, and Hi Chews.

  • Ukulele lessons. Each room comes with a ukulele for you to borrow during your visit. (It’s $75 if you want to take it home.)

  • Complimentary shave ice served poolside every afternoon.

  • Fire pits in the evenings.


Check out our guide to The Laylow.


 

The Aroma Bar to choose your room scent at Hotel Renew in Waikiki.

Hotel Renew


Hotel Renew is a calm, relaxing hotel that’s one block from the beach and a great value for Waikiki. There aren’t a ton of amenities (which is why it’s affordable), but they’ve got some great offerings that are all included for free:


  • Choose a scent for your room at the “aroma bar” at check-in.

  • In-room fitness equipment rentals — yoga mats, bands, weights, and medicine balls for private workouts.

  • Complimentary beach gear — boogie boards, snorkeling gear, towels, etc

  • You’re given a bag of local lavender as a souvenir.






 

The Friday Night Fireworks from Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel in Waikiki.

Hilton Hawaiian Village


Hilton Hawaiian Village is the largest resort in Hawaii. It’s right on the beach and it’s a big draw for families. The downside is that it can feel really crowded sometimes.


  • The biggest perk is their Friday night firework show. It’s about 10 minutes long at 7:45pm. And you don’t have to be a guest here to sit on the sand and enjoy it. Just get there early to get a spot.












 

Hike with a dog at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore

Turtle Bay Resort


Turtle Bay Resort is the most luxurious option on Oahu’s North Shore. Here you’ll find horse stables, golf courses, surf lessons with dogs and a ton of other things that will cost extra. But there are a ton of things that are already included too.


  • Go on a hike with Pono, Turtle Bay’s resident dog guide.

  • Lio Lesson where you Meet the horses at the stable and learn about basic horse knowledge and care.

  • Use of GoPro Camera for up to 24-hour

  • Borrow cruiser bikes.

  • Local Live Music and DJs on weekends.

  • Lots of complimentary beach gear rentals — snorkel gear, boogie boards, beach toys, beach chairs, and umbrellas.

  • Cultural activities like ukulele and hula lessons.

  • Daily Basket of Range Balls (after 12 noon)

  • Miles and miles of hiking trails that take you through the forest and banyan trees, and to different beaches and tide pools.



 

Poolside mai tais, popsicles, and snacks at the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina


The Four Seasons is one of the most luxurious resorts in Oahu, but it still has a serene, laid back vibe. And they really pack in the included perks:

  • Pillow menu and Customizable Four Seasons bed lets you choose your mattress softness. Pillowtop beds with premium bedding.

  • Customizable private mini bars.

  • Free poolside mai tai, snacks and popsicles in the afternoon.

  • Beachside services with free snorkeling equipment and paddle board rentals at the lagoon.

  • Sunrise yoga on the beach.

  • Lei greeting and welcome drink upon arrival.



 

The "Greetings from Hawaii" mural at the 'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach.

‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach


The ‘Alohilani is just a couple minutes walk to Kuhio Beach Park. A $125M renovation in 2018 updated every square inch of the property and added a bunch of cool perks.

  • Their Greetings from Hawaii Mural is a cool photo op. Instead of painting it on a wall, they painted it on the ground. It can be seen from the Swell Restaurant and Bar. It took 35 gallons of paint to complete.

  • 9th floor batting cages.

  • Near the lobby is a 2 story Oceanarium filled with colorful sea life. It’s 200,000 gallons filled with over 1000 colorful, native Hawaiian reef fish. Twice a day, a scuba diver drops into the tank to feed the fish.

  • They have all kinds of ongoing events like Lei Making, Hula Lessons, DJ brunches, and more.

  • Group fitness classes like Aqua Fitness, Yoga, Zumba, Island Condition.

  • Portable phone chargers to borrow.

  • $5 of your room charge goes towards planting 100,000 Indiginous trees to restore hardwood forests that have been decimated. You can have your own tree-planting ceremony within the ‘Alohilani Forest on Oahu. Each tree is tagged with a radio frequency ID chip that you can continue to track long after your trip.



 

Dole whip at the Queen Kapiolani hotel in Waikiki.

Queen Kapiolani


The Queen Kapiolani is one block from the beach and completely updated after a $35M renovation in 2018.


  • Dole Whip tasting upon arrival at Aloha Whip.

  • Complimentary beach towels and chairs

  • Yoga on the go sets with carrying bag, jump rope, foam roller, multi pound fitness cable










 

Mickey and Minnie Mouse in aloha attire at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Oahu.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa


Aulani is a luxury resort that’s fun for both kids and adults. There’s an insane amount of stuff to do here. Most of the activities cost extra, but you can put your wallet away and enjoy any of these that are included with your stay:


  • Disney Characters dressed in Aloha attire wander around taking pictures with guests.

  • 7-Acre Waikolohe Valley Waterpark with 3 pools, 4 hot tubs, a splash zone with a climbing play structure, 2 waterslides, and a lazy river that’s supervised by lifeguards. Goofy stops by sometimes to play games or get pool dance parties started. The pools are heated between 82° - 86° year-round. (Psst… if you need a kid break, head to the adults-only hot tub near the ocean. You’ll also find an adults-only bar.)

  • Menehune Adventure Trail is a high-tech scavenger hunt throughout the resort. The Menehune are thought to be mischievous characters hidden throughout the resort (as wooden statues). Supposedly there are over 300 of them throughout the resort. (There’s even one hidden in an elevator.)

  • Fire Pit Storytelling. Uncle, a master storyteller, shares magical tales of Hawaiian legends and lore.


Check out our guide to Aulani, A Disney Resort.


 

Banana bread muffins from The Royal Hawaiian resort in Waikiki.

The Royal Hawaiian


The Royal Hawaiian is hard to miss. It’s the flamingo pink resort that sits right on Waikiki Beach. Like most Oahu hotels, they charge a resort fee, but it does come with nice perks.


  • One GoPro Hero 5 rental per room per stay available at the Front Desk.

  • Welcome Bag of Royal Hawaiian Signature Banana Bread muffins.

  • Daily cultural activities like ukulele lessons, beginners hula, ribbon lei making, shell / kukui nut lei bracelet making, lauhala weaving, haku bracelet making and flower lei making

  • Morning yoga.

  • Sharing privileges to Sheraton Waikiki’s pool and waterslide next door.

  • Chilled towels at their heated oceanfront saltwater pool.



 

A waterslide at the kids pool at The Sheraton Waikiki hotel.

Sheraton Waikiki


The Sheraton Waikiki is right in the middle of Waikiki with an infinity pool overlooking the ocean. Families love it here, but there’s a little something for everyone. But like the Hilton Hawaiian Village, it can feel pretty crowded.


  • The Helumoa Playground Pool (for kids) has 2 waterslides — one for little kids (15-foot long) and one for big kids (70-foot long). There’s also an interactive fountain area for kids.

  • Your stay comes with a coupon to the gift shop where you’re given a brown bag that you can fill up with anything you want — beer, wine, coffee, candy, beach bags…. You name it.

Cultural activities like lessons in hula dance, ukulele, and flower lei making.




 

A luxury car rental at Espacio, The Jewel of Waikiki hotel.

Espcacio, The Jewel of Waikiki


Espacio, The Jewel of Waikiki might be the most exclusive resort in all of Oahu. It’s made up of just 9 luxury suites and each one takes up an entire floor of the boutique hotel. As you would expect, that includes some top of the line perks included.

  • Butler and concierge service.

  • Round-trip luxury airport transportation.

  • Complimentary premium car rental.

  • Complimentary in-suite shopping by Neiman Marcus.

  • Two bottles of wine (in-suite).

  • Wine card for on-site dispenser in lobby (one-time $50 credit).

  • Shiseido ocean-friendly sunscreen.

  • Complimentary admission for 2 to Bishop Museum.

  • Complimentary admission for 2 to Honolulu Museum of Art.


 

Morning yoga at The Moana Surfrider hotel in Waikiki.

Moana Surfrider


The Moana Surfrider is an iconic Waikiki hotel. It sits right on the beach and it is full of Victorian charm. But even though this is the oldest hotel in Waikiki, their free perks are definitely geared towards today's travelers.


  • One day Go Pro rental.

  • Morning yoga offered daily on the front lawn.

  • Rental of MiFi device for Wi-Fi on the island (which is a huge plus if you plan to go out exploring).
















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