As Hawaii Hotels Hit Their All-Time High in the U.S., What Visitors Can Do

Hawaii hotels saw huge increases in revenue, driven by the highest average room rate in the country for the last reported month (March 2022). Learn more about what you can do and our tips.

Statewide, average room rates were $378, but some average rates were much higher. Even the statewide average is up 33% from 2019 and 2021. Perhaps you noticed the same price hike on your recent vacation to Hawaii. Many of your comments have talked about it and we have seen it too.

The study prepared for Hawaii Tourism Authority represent 83% of all establishments with twenty or more rooms. Vacation rentals are not part of this report. We do not believe that ancillary costs, such as resort fees, were part of this study.

Luxury hotel rates in Hawaii have increased by 52%.

If you want luxury, it will cost you more. Properties deemed luxurious had an average daily rate of $887, up more than fifty percent from 2019. Demand for high-end vacations is very strong and the price increase reflects that visitors are ready to pay more, in fact much more, post-Covid.

Hawaii hotels that are middle class and economy are the sweet spot for visitors.

These properties still have a much more reasonable average daily rate, at $210 statewide. This represents an increase of only 17% since 2019. Visitors can easily access a Hawaii vacation with less budget damage by choosing such hotels.

Maui hotels have the highest rates – some now average $1,000 per night.

Maui hotels overall topped all other islands with an average daily rate of $632. That was up 49% from 2019, before Covid.

It should be noted that Wailea Maui and its luxury resort area had an average daily rate of $1,000. That’s a staggering 56% increase since 2019.

The Lahaina, Kaanapali and Kapalua hotels in West Maui had an average daily rate of $560, just over half of Wailea’s rates. This makes it another great opportunity for visitors to stay at the beach in Maui for less.

Kauai hotel prices have soared 64%.

Overall, Kauai hotels were up, with an average daily rate of $465.

Big Island hotels up 53%.

Big Island hotels posted an average daily rate of $420, up just over 53% from 2019.

Kohala Coast had the highest rates on the Big Island and the highest increase statewide. Average daily rates there are now $662, up 72% from 2019.

Honolulu hotels saw the smallest rate increases overall.

Oahu hotels reported an average daily rate of $244, up just 6% from 2019. This is another great place to note by visitors as it represents some of the best accommodation in Hawaii.

Waikiki hotels, in particular, had an average daily rate of $230, up just 3% from 2019.

Hawaii has the highest hotel rates in the United States

Compared to other travel destinations in the United States, Hawaii led all other markets in average daily rates during the first quarter with an average daily rate of $362. Hawaii’s rates were followed by Miami and Phoenix.

Tips for saving money in Hawaii hotels.

Gone are the days of calling the hotel to negotiate a price. And if you don’t qualify as a Hawaii resident for Kamaaina rates, it’s going to take some research.

Booking directly on the hotel’s website can save you money or provide you with benefits. This reduces hotel costs. For example, if you book on Expedia, the hotel must pay them for that booking.

See if a hotel package that includes parking, breakfast, and/or resort fees is a good deal versus buying these packages piecemeal.

Google “budget hotels on (insert island)” which will generate leads you can pursue.

Consider staying on Oahu, where prices have risen the least since pre-Covid. And in Maui, consider West Maui over South Maui, where rates are almost double.

Redeem travel points on loyalty programs and credit cards for hotel nights.

Compare rates with vacation rentals, which often include a kitchen that reduces food costs.

How to save money in hotels in Hawaii?

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