While the Oahu town of Kailua boasts amazing beaches, you won't find any sprawling beachfront resorts here. Those are reserved for Waikiki Beach, which can be found about thirteen miles to the southeast. The Kailua hotels, on the other hand, come in the form of bed and breakfast inns, and as there isn't a high number of them, you'll do well to book your stay in advance. This is especially true during the peak Oahu travel seasons, which fall in the winter and the summer. From December through April and June through September, the Kailua hotels not only fill up faster, but they also typically raise their rates, so you can save some money by visiting outside of these periods. While there aren't any discount Kailua motels to choose from, the inns here do well to offer rates that should fit into most budgets. The following accommodations in Kailua rank among the best, so you will want to keep them in mind when planning your visit.
For those planning an Oahu wedding, honeymoon, or other kind of romantic getaway, the Lanikai Bed and Breakfast is one of the Kailua hotels where you might consider staying. There are only two guest units to choose from at the Lanikai B&B, and both offer many of the comforts of home, including kitchen facilities, which might come in handy for preparing a romantic meal for two. You can pick up groceries at the local markets and grocery stores, and there are also good local restaurants to choose from when you feel like dining out. While not it's not right on the beach, the Lanikai B&B is a short walk from Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach, both of which are among the best beaches in Hawaii.
When you're not relaxing at the beach, you can head into Kailua Town to shop, dine, or rent water sports equipment, and Honolulu isn't too far away when you feel like taking a road trip in your rental car. The larger suite here offers ocean views, while the smaller suite, which still comprises more than 500 square feet, offers garden views. In addition to kitchen facilities, both of these quaint guest units feature a private entrance, cable TV, a DVD player, a CD player, ceiling fans, a telephone, and a small deck. A clock radio and a restaurant guide are also provided, and free parking is available if you rent a car. To help you start your day on the right foot, your guest unit will be stocked with breakfast supplies, which include yogurt, fruits, juices, coffee, pastries, and other delights.
The Papaya Paradise Bed and Breakfast, which is just half a mile from the beach, is one of the other top Kailua lodging picks. Hospitable owners and a great location help make the Papaya Paradise one of the top Kailua hotels, and the friendly rates don't hurt either. While the guest rooms here are a little less quaint than those at the Lanikai B&B, they are comfortable and enticing nonetheless, partly because they too boast good amenities. As is typical of the Kailua hotels, the Papaya Paradise B&B does not offer a lot of rooms. There are only two to choose from, and standard amenities include a private entrance, air-conditioning, cable TV, complimentary linens, free shampoo and soap, a telephone, two sitting chairs, a ceiling fan, and a hair dryer. General amenities guests will enjoy include an outdoor swimming pool, high-speed internet access, a guest refrigerator and microwave, a small library, and access to beach accessories. These include towels, coolers, chairs, and boogie boards. Bagels, bread, coffee, tea, and cereal are provided for breakfast, so you can prepare a quick morning meal before you head out to go snorkeling or surfing.
There might not be any discount Kailua motels to choose from, but if you're looking to save on rates during your visit to the eastern side of Oahu, the Sheffield House Bed and Breakfast is priced well. This affordable Kailua lodging option is ideal for families with kids, as it welcomes children, which is fairly rare when it comes to bed and breakfast hotels. Of the two guest units here, one is a studio ideal for a couple, while the other is a larger suite that can accommodate up to four people. Combine the two, and you have ample room for six. A private entrance and a fully equipped kitchen are among the amenities featured in both units, as are a telephone, cable TV, and rattan and wicker furnishings. Cooling trade winds help to keep the units comfortable, as do tiled floors, and while there is no air-conditioning, the ceiling fans usually more than suffice. Sweet bread, fruits, juice, coffee, and tea are provided to Sheffield House B&B guests the morning of their first day. As travelers coming to Kailua are likely to spend some time on the beach, you'll be happy to know that the Sheffield House B&B is only ten houses back from Kailua Beach. Hiking and biking are two of the other activities that you might consider during your Kailua getaway.
When discount Kailua motels and hotels are what you have in mind, the Paradise Palms Bed and Breakfast deserves a look. This friendly inn is a great place to stay when visiting Oahu, not only because of its proximity to some of the island's best beaches, but also because of its relative proximity to Honolulu, Waikiki, and the Honolulu International Airport. It's also a great place to stay because you get plenty for your money. Beach gear is available for use at no extra cost, as are soft towels and sheets, which is all that some guests will need. A private kitchenette is another amenity you will find in your clean and comfortable guest unit here, as are a private balcony and a private entrance. As is common when it comes to Kailua lodging, this inn only offers two guest units, so it's important to book ahead. As for other amenities that you can expect during your stay at the Paradise Palms B&B, they include a phone, access to laundry facilities, access to guide books, and free off-street parking. Fruits, baked goods, coffee, tea, and juice are provided in your private kitchen, and there should be enough to satisfy for at least a few days' breakfasts.
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