My wife and I are flying through Honolulu with lousy connections and we have about 14 hours in Honolulu from 7am, flying out at 10.30pm. We are having difficulty finding a day-room without paying for two nights when we only need 12 hours of rest time.
Is there any hotel or website that would direct us to a hotel with day rooms?
Ian M. Hoffer
I've done a bit of research on this and found a few websites that can help with discounted day rates - HotelsByDay.com is one and there's also Between9And5.com and BookaDayRoom.com. One hotel that popped up as an option on these sites was Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach - so it could be worth getting in touch with them.
I also searched around and found some discussion on this topic on TripAdvisor. A few places listed as offering day rooms were Royal Grove Hotel, Waikiki Prince Hotel and Pacific Marina Inn. I think the best thing to do would be to contact the hotels directly - they may not advertise day rates, but could probably sort something out if the dates work.
My contact at Booking.com also had a few suggestions for good hotels near the airport - they don't do day rates, but they have some good one-night offers and you shouldn't have to pay for two. They've suggested Waikiki Parc Hotel (starting at $303), VIVE Hotel Waikiki ($323) and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort ($312). These guys only recommend highly rated hotels.
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