Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island

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U.S. News & World Report ranks the 8 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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    Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
    Kailua Kona, HI
    #1 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3237 reviewsTripAdvisor (3237)
    Free WiFi

    Just northeast of Kekaha Kai State Park, the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is one of the most luxurious resorts on the Big Island. Recent visitors suggested indulging in the Hualalai Spa, which features spa treatments with island twists, like a Polynesian Niu (Coconut) Scrub or a Sun Relief Ti Leaf Wrap. Meanwhile, the resort's seven unique swimming spots  from a saltwater pond with a few friendly manta rays to an oceanfront infinity pool  earn high marks across the board. Should you be interested in learning more about Hawaiian life, the Ka'upulehu Cultural Center offers interactive programs that give insight into the island's history, traditions and even music. After a long day of learning (or relaxing), enjoy a fresh seafood meal at one of three restaurants or two lounges before retiring to your room. Accommodations at this Four Seasons resort feature nature-inspired hues and Hawaiian art, as well as balconies, granite bathrooms and plasma TVs. Although recent guests won't deny that room rates and dining costs here are high, they say that the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai's facilities and customer service are worth the price.

    Kailua Kona, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3237 reviewsTripAdvisor (3237)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
    Kohala Coast, HI
    #2 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4734 reviewsTripAdvisor (4734)

    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 4734 reviewsTripAdvisor (4734)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
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    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Autograph Collection
    Kohala Coast, HI
    #4 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1314 reviewsTripAdvisor (1314)

    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 Rewards members can use or redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Kohala Coast, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1314 reviewsTripAdvisor (1314)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
    Kohala Coast, HI
    #5 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3921 reviewsTripAdvisor (3921)

    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 3921 reviewsTripAdvisor (3921)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
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    Hilton Waikoloa Village
    Waikoloa, HI
    #6 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 8284 reviewsTripAdvisor (8284)
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    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 8284 reviewsTripAdvisor (8284)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
    Kailua-Kona, HI
    #7 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 3095 reviewsTripAdvisor (3095)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Perched on the volcanic cliffs of Keauhou Bay on the western shores of the Big Island, the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa offers beautiful views and kid-friendly amenities. Teens can meet and greet at the Club Le'ale' lounge while younger kids can play in the sand-bottom children's pool. The whole family can take part in manta ray presentations (offered in the evenings Monday through Friday). For a little more excitement, bring the whole family to the Haleo Luau dinner and show, which takes place every Monday. Accommodations here are fairly standard in terms of decor, offering private balconies, flat-panel TVs and Sheraton's signature Sweet Sleeper beds. Though while some travelers weren't too wowed by the rooms, guests can earn or cash in points if they're a part of the Marriott Rewards club.

    Kailua-Kona, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 3095 reviewsTripAdvisor (3095)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
    Waikoloa Beach, HI
    #8 in Best Hotels in Hawaii - The Big Island
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3190 reviewsTripAdvisor (3190)
    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 Rewards members can accrue and redeem points by staying here. 

    Waikoloa Beach, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 3190 reviewsTripAdvisor (3190)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Holualoa Inn
    Holualoa, HI
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 312 reviewsTripAdvisor (312)
    Free WiFi
    Holualoa Inn is a 4 star hotel located at 76-5932 Mamalahoa Hwy in Hawaii - The Big Island. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 312 reviews.
    Holualoa, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 312 reviewsTripAdvisor (312)
    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 59 reviewsTripAdvisor (59)
    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 59 reviews.
    Volcano, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 59 reviewsTripAdvisor (59)
    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 39 reviewsTripAdvisor (39)
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    Kamuela, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 39 reviewsTripAdvisor (39)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Hawaii Island Retreat
    Kapaau, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 140 reviewsTripAdvisor (140)
    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 140 reviews.
    Kapaau, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 140 reviewsTripAdvisor (140)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi
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    Islands at Mauna Lani
    Kamuela, HI
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 222 reviewsTripAdvisor (222)
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    Kamuela, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 222 reviewsTripAdvisor (222)
    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 222 reviewsTripAdvisor (222)
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    Kamuela, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 222 reviewsTripAdvisor (222)
    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 107 reviewsTripAdvisor (107)
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    Kamuela, HI
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 107 reviewsTripAdvisor (107)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi