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The Best North Shore Oahu Hotels for 2024

The North Shore boasts some of the most aesthetic hotels and resorts on the entire island.

While some are on the higher end of cost, such as Turtle Bay Resort, you can find everything from dormitory and private suites to a more hotel vibe at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Below is a detailed breakdown of where to stay depending on cost and what you are looking for.

The Best North Shore Oahu Hotels of 2024

Option 1: Turtle Bay Resort

Originally opened as Del Webb’s Kuilima Resort and Country Club in 1972, it transitioned to Turtle Bay Resort in 1983.

Nestled on 1,300 acres right between Kawela Bay and Kuilima Cove, Turtle Bay Resort is by far the most aesthetic and breathtaking resort on Oahu.

The 4-star resort offers ocean villas, beach bungalows, and suites, which range from $600 to $800 per night for rooms and bungalows $1000 to $1600 per night.

Besides the two ocean-side pools, there are two 18-hole golf courses: the Arnold Palmer Course and George Fazio Course, a spa, tennis and pickleball courts, a gym, and yoga classes.

Turtle Bay is consistently ranked among the best hotels on the entire island of Oahu.

If you are looking to grab a drink or have a bite to eat, there is also a restaurant on the base level of the resort, which is open to the public.

Option 2: Backpackers Vacation Inn and Plantation

Just south of Shark Cove and near the Kalahopele Gulch sits Backpackers Inn.

Don’t let the name take away from its beauty.

This gem offers beachside rentals as well as cheaper dormitory options.

Single bed dormitories average at around $40 per night, with the private rooms ranging from $90 to $280 a night.

Private rooms are cozy and private, giving you your own peace and quiet. The communal area is clean and has a kitchen. Bathrooms are communal.

For those who aren’t getting a beachside rental, don’t worry; even when staying in the dormitory, you are just a few steps from getting your toes sandy.

Option 3: Ke Iki Beach Bungalows

Ke Iki Beach Bungalows are located just north of Pupukea Beach Park and directly in front of Ke Iki Beach.

There are 11 different bungalows, with most sleeping between 5 to 6 people and one sleeping 10. There is also a couple’s studio that is perfect for a weekend getaway or honeymoon.

All have their own private bathrooms, and most have kitchens.

While the website states a 30-day minimum stay, arrangements can be made for day, week, and month stays.

The average nightly stay price ranges from $355 to $995. This stunning beachside beauty also hosts wedding ceremonies and offers yoga classes to guests.

Option 4: Courtyard by Marriot Oahu North Shore

While not directly on the North Shore, the Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore is the perfect spot for families, couples, or individuals who do not want to splash the extra cash on a resort-style stay such as Turtle Bay Resort.

The average price per night, depending on the room, ranges from $300 to $380. The Marriott sits directly in front of the Polynesian Cultural Center, perfect for a day tour to see the extensive and precious history of the Polynesian culture and Hawaii.

Most rooms have views of the beach as the resort also sits right on Onini Beach, near Laie. It has a gym, a pool with small waterfalls, and a jacuzzi.

While the Marriott is a 15-to-20-minute drive from the North Shore, it is a much cheaper option if you are looking for a hotel rather than a house or dormitory.

Option 5: Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging Sunset Beach

Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging is in one of the best locations for the North Shore, as it is just across the road from Sunset Beach.

It is predominantly run by Bernie Baker, co-founder of the iconic Triple Crown of surfing and former editor of Surfer Magazine.

Kalani’s offers private rooms, studios, and dormitory-style rooms.

Some of the private rooms have their own bathrooms; if not, there are communal bathrooms that are kept extremely clean.

There is a beautiful lanai (outdoor patio) with a grill and hammocks surrounded by greenery.

Whether you're looking for a couples retreat or for a spot for surfers, it's a great place for groups.

Best North Shore Oahu Hotels: Conclusion

The Turtle Bay Resort is by far the most beautiful resort on this list, with so many different amenities.

Even if you do not stay at the resort, I would highly recommend going to grab a drink or a bite to eat at their restaurant and bar.

If you are a surfer, Kalani is the best place to stay as it is very clean and affordable if you want to be close to the surf.

The Ke Iki Beach Bungalows are ideal for wedding settings and couples’ retreats.

Regardless, anywhere you stay on the North Shore is going to be an experience for the ages.


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