What visitors can do while Hawaii hotels rise among the tallest in the US

Hotels in Hawaii reported huge jumps in revenue driven by the country’s highest average room rate for the last reported month (March 2022). Read on for what you can do and our tips.

Nationwide, the average room rate was $378, but some average rates were much higher. Even the national average increased by 33% compared to 2019 and 2021. You might have noticed the same price jump on your last Hawaii vacation. Many of your comments spoke to this and we saw it too.

The prepared study Hawaii Tourism Authority represented 83% of all properties with twenty rooms or more. Vacation rentals are not part of this report. We do not believe incidental expenses such as resort fees were part of this study.

Luxury hotel prices in Hawaii are up 52%.

If you want luxury, it will cost more. Properties considered luxury had an average daily rate of $887, up more than fifty percent compared to 2019. Demand for high-end holidays is very strong, and the rise in prices reflects visitors are willing to pay more, much more in fact, for post-Covid.

Midscale and economy hotels in Hawaii are the sweet spot for visitors.

These properties still have a far cheaper average daily rate of $210 statewide. That’s just a 17% increase since 2019. Visitors can easily book a Hawaii vacation with less financial damage by choosing such hotels.

Hotels on Maui have the highest rates — some averaging $1,000 per night.

Hotels on Maui outperformed all other islands with an average daily rate of $632. That was a 49% increase compared to pre-Covid 2019.

Of particular note, Wailea Maui and its luxury resort area had an average daily rate of $1,000. That’s a staggering 56% increase since 2019.

Hotels in Lahaina, Kaanapali, and Kapalua in West Maui had an average daily rate of $560, a little over half of Wailea’s rates. This is another great opportunity for visitors to stay on Maui’s beach for less.

Hotel prices on Kauai increased by 64%.

Overall, Kauai hotels ranked high with an average daily rate of $465.

Big Island hotels up 53%.

Hotels on the Big Island showed an average daily rate of $420, up just over 53% from 2019.

Kohala Coast had the highest rates on the Big Island and the largest increase nationwide. Average daily rates are now $662, a 72% increase over 2019.

Hotels in Honolulu saw the lowest rate increases overall.

Oahu hotels reported an average daily rate of $244, up just 6% compared to 2019. This is another sweet spot for visitors to consider, as it is among the most affordable places to stay in Hawaii.

Waikiki hotels in particular had an average daily rate of $230, which is up just 3% compared to 2019.

Hawaii has the highest hotel rates in the US

Compared to other US destinations, Hawaii led all other markets in average daily rates in the first quarter with an average daily rate of $362. Miami and Phoenix followed in Hawaii.

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 for Kamaaina rates as a Hawaii resident, it’s going to take some detective work.

If you book directly on the hotel’s website, you can save money or get some benefits. It reduces the cost of the hotel. For example, if you book with Expedia, the hotel has to pay you for that booking.

Check if a hotel package that includes parking, breakfast and/or resort fees is a good deal compared to buying these individual items.

Search Google for “budget hotels on (insert island)” which will generate leads for you to follow.

Consider staying on Oahu, where prices have risen the least since pre-Covid times. And on Maui, consider West Maui rather than South Maui, where prices are almost twice as high.

Redeem travel points for loyalty programs and credit cards for hotel stays.

Compare prices to vacation rentals, which often include a kitchen that lowers grocery costs.

How Do You Save Money in Hawaii Hotels?

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