Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the best hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island based on an analysis of industry awards, hotel star ratings and user ratings. Hotels that scored in the top 10 percent of the Best Hotels in the USA earned a Gold badge. Hotels that appear after ranked hotels are sorted by hotel class and then by user rating, as provided by TripAdvisor.

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<$100 - $300+

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1 star - 5 stars

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    Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
    Kohala Coast, HI
    #1 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4773 reviewsTripAdvisor (4773)

    The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is all about immersing guests in a serene atmosphere. It's located on 32 acres of carefully crafted grounds and pristine beaches along the Kohala Coast. Families, in particular, will find reasons to love this Fairmont property with the Keiki Aloha program for kids ages 5 to 12 and on-site babysitting services. No matter why you're visiting or who you're visiting with, recent guests say that you'll find many of the makings of a five-star hotel here. The Fairmont Orchid's 540 guest rooms and suites all feature private lanais (balconies), as well as marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access. But don't plan on spending the whole trip inside: The Fairmont boasts opportunities to golf, play tennis and simply kick back by the pool. You'll also find the relaxing Spa Without Walls and several restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from.

    Kohala Coast, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4773 reviewsTripAdvisor (4773)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
    Kohala Coast, HI
    #2 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1530 reviewsTripAdvisor (1530)

    The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection is one the Big Island's more historical properties: In the 1960s, the site was hand-picked by founder Laurance S. Rockefeller specifically for its beautiful crescent-shaped shoreline. Although most of the original architecture was battered in 2006 by an earthquake, the modern and sweeping redesign lends a sense of fresh and airy luxury to the hotel. Each of the 252 spacious rooms comes appointed with minifridges, flat-screen TVs and your very own lanai (Hawaiian for "veranda") off of the bedroom. Although this hotel may not be as flashy some of the Big Island's other luxury resorts, you will find a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf course, the full-service Mauna Kea Spa by Mandara and seaside tennis courts. The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel also boasts several restaurants, all of which serve up different island-inspired cuisine, but note that some require advanced reservations. Recent guests had glowing praise for the adjacent beach, one of the island's best, though the service throughout the hotel received mixed reviews. Keep in mind that Marriot Bonvoy members can use or redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Kohala Coast, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1530 reviewsTripAdvisor (1530)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
    Kohala Coast, HI
    #3 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3986 reviewsTripAdvisor (3986)

    Like its name implies, the Westin Hapuna Beach Resort is adjacent to one of best beaches on the Kohala Coast, offering easy access to aquatic activities like bodysurfing and snorkeling. The hotel also offers visitors access to an 18-hole championship golf course, as well as the soothing treatments offered at the Hapuna Spa. The property's guest rooms and suites are outfitted in understated island decor and come with private furnished lanais (balconies). By far, guest's favorite part of their experience was the close proximity to the beach and the service didn't hurt either. Many guests say the staff they encountered were both friendly and helpful, but the on-site restaurants get mixed reviews.

    Kohala Coast, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3986 reviewsTripAdvisor (3986)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    Hawaii Island Retreat
    Kapaau, HI
    #4 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 146 reviewsTripAdvisor (146)
    Free WiFi
    Hawaii Island Retreat is a 4 star hotel located at 250 Lokahi Road in Hawaii - The Big Island. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 146 reviews.
    Kapaau, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 146 reviewsTripAdvisor (146)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
    Waikoloa Beach, HI
    #5 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3255 reviewsTripAdvisor (3255)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a 297-room beachfront property that boasts views of the Anaeho'omalu Bay (or, A-Bay). Each of the guest rooms and suites comes equipped with a minifridge, a coffee maker, a pillow-top mattress and Wi-Fi access (free for rewards members). Most rooms also have balconies or patios with ocean views. Recent guests enjoyed the spacious and clean rooms, as well as the friendly and accommodating hotel staff. And when you get hungry, a couple different dining options serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. There's also a sunset luau two times per week with food and entertainment, plus a shave ice stand. Other restaurants can be found near the property. Additional on-site amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, multiple outdoor pools, two championship golf courses and a full-service spa. Hiking, kayaking and surfing are a few of the activities available at the resort's private beach, but guests should be aware that there is a mandatory resort fee charged daily. Since this hotel has ties to the Marriott brand, Marriott Bonvoy members can accrue and redeem points by staying here. 

    Waikoloa Beach, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3255 reviewsTripAdvisor (3255)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hilton Waikoloa Village
    Waikoloa, HI
    #6 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 9228 reviewsTripAdvisor (9228)
    Free WiFi

    Sprawling across 62 acres of the Big Island's coveted Kohala Coast, the Hilton Waikoloa Village can sometimes feel more like a theme park than a luxury hotel. The property boasts a variety of activities to keep visitors – particularly families – entertained, including dolphin encounters, three pools (one adults-only and one with a 175-foot waterslide) and evening luaus. And for a more relaxing getaway, this Hilton property features a 25,000-square-foot full-service Kohala Spa, as well as two championship golf courses. But despite everything this massive hotel has to offer, not all visitors are impressed. On one hand, visitors appreciate that every room here comes equipped with the Hilton brand's signature Serenity beds and private lanais (balconies). Guests also praise the hotel employees for their friendly demeanor. On the other hand, some travelers felt that because this is a megaresort, they didn't feel special and instead just one of the masses staying there. Others also complained of the high prices at the on-site restaurants. However, members of the Hilton Honors rewards program can save by using points to pay.

    Waikoloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 9228 reviewsTripAdvisor (9228)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton
    Hilo, HI
    #7 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 1080 reviewsTripAdvisor (1080)

    Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton is a beachfront property located in Hilo, Hawaii, near Hilo International Airport. The hotel’s 379 rooms have free Wi-Fi access, minifridges, microwaves and flat-screen TVs. Amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, a 24-hour business center, an outdoor swimming pool and a nine-hole golf course.  The on-site restaurant, Hula Hulas, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s also a full-service bar in the lobby. Recent guests appreciate this lodging option’s location near the water, but some of them say that the rooms are in need of renovation. The hotel provides both valet and self-parking for a fee. It has 13,000 square feet of space for events and meeting. What’s more, because this is a DoubleTree by Hilton property, Hilton Honors members can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Hilo, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 1080 reviewsTripAdvisor (1080)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hilo Hawaiian Hotel
    Hilo, HI
    #8 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 2111 reviewsTripAdvisor (2111)
    Free WiFi

    Hilo Hawaiian Hotel is located near Hilo International Airport and offers easy access to Hilo, Hawaii, attractions such as the Pacific Tsunami Museum, Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, Liliuokalani Park and Gardens, and Imiloa Astronomy Center. The hotel’s 286 rooms, which recent guests generally regarded as spacious and clean, have free Wi-Fi access, minifridges, coffee makers and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Some rooms have extra perks like views of the ocean and private balconies. One-bedroom suites also have kitchenettes with microwaves. The hotel’s amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center. The on-site Queen’s Court Restaurants specializes in seafood. There’s also a lobby bar, Wailoi Lounge. The property provides free parking. Despite all of its perks, some guests say that this property could use some updating. 

    Hilo, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 2111 reviewsTripAdvisor (2111)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Holualoa Inn
    Holualoa, HI
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 332 reviewsTripAdvisor (332)
    Free WiFi
    Holualoa Inn is a 4.5 star hotel located at 76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy in Hawaii - The Big Island. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 332 reviews.
    Holualoa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 332 reviewsTripAdvisor (332)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Kolea at Waikoloa
    Waikoloa, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 242 reviewsTripAdvisor (242)
    Free WiFi

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    Waikoloa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 242 reviewsTripAdvisor (242)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    At the Crater's Edge
    Volcano, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 74 reviewsTripAdvisor (74)
    Free WiFi
    At the Crater's Edge is a 4 star hotel located at 11-3802 12th Street in Hawaii - The Big Island. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 74 reviews.
    Volcano, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 74 reviewsTripAdvisor (74)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Fairways at Mauna Lani
    Kamuela, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 40 reviewsTripAdvisor (40)

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    Kamuela, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 40 reviewsTripAdvisor (40)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Islands at Mauna Lani
    Kamuela, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
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    Kamuela, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Mauna Lani Point
    Kamuela, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
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    Kamuela, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Mauna Lani Terrace Condominium
    Kamuela, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 115 reviewsTripAdvisor (115)
    Free WiFi

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    Kamuela, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 115 reviewsTripAdvisor (115)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi