Destination guide

Why people love visiting artsy Downtown Honolulu

The area's art galleries and monuments are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Downtown Honolulu. Travelers to this cosmopolitan city praise the shopping, beaches and island views. Take in top local attractions like Aloha Tower and Iolani Palace. With a vacation rental, you get a home away from home—many rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor grills for some home cooking.


Activities and attractions in and around Downtown Honolulu

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Downtown Honolulu a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Honolulu Zoo (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Waikiki Aquarium (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Sea Life Park (12.6 mi / 20.3 km)
  • Wet'n'Wild Hawaii (14.9 mi / 23.9 km)
  • Ala Wai Golf Course (3.2 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Judd Trail (3.9 mi / 6.3 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Downtown Honolulu

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Downtown Honolulu is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Diamond Head (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (10.6 mi / 17 km)
  • Kailua Beach (10.7 mi / 17.3 km)
  • Lanikai Beach (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Kaka'ako Waterfront Park (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Thomas Square (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Downtown Honolulu

Fly into Honolulu, HI (HNL-Daniel K. Inouye Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.3 mi (7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could book a flight to Kapolei, HI (JRF-Kalaeloa), which is 13.6 mi (21.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Downtown?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 54 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 4 Houses to 42 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Downtown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • Waikiki: 2,811 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Honolulu: 388 vacation rentals
  • Lanikai: 207 vacation rentals
  • Hawaii Kai: 4,048 vacation rentals
  • Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis: 2,163 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kaka'ako Waterfront Park: 4,842 vacation rentals
  • Iolani Palace: 4,856 vacation rentals
  • King Kamehameha Statue: 4,833 vacation rentals
  • Hawaii State Art Museum: 4,827 vacation rentals
  • Hawaii State Capitol: 4,842 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 4 Houses in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 42 rentals available
  • Studios: 16 rentals available
  • Boats: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Yachts and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 33 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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