The Kahala

Honolulu, Oahu

Virgin rating

The hotel

The Kahala has always been one of Hawaii's top hotels, with a celebrity guest list that's included nearly every president since Richard Nixon! Even Cond Nasté Traveller thinks it has the 'Best Rooms and Restaurants in the US'. And when you get there you'll see why. Your spacious room will overlook either the ocean, mountain or lagoon. There's a beautiful pool area to relax by and even the fitness centre has ocean views to give you a boost. When it comes to eating here, you can choose between four stylish restaurants - the award-winning Hoku's, with its innovative fusion menu, comes highly recommended.

Amenities

  • Scuba Diving
  • Windsurfing
  • Kids Club
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking

Where is it

Nestled on an exclusive crescent ivory sand beach, just east of Diamond Head on the island of Oahu.

Hotel information

338 rooms on 10 floors with 3 lifts. Newly renovated rooms all with air-conditioning, cable TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, plush bathrobes, large bathrooms with Floris amenities, and hairdryer. Scenic Rooms sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child (up to 17 years). Only rooms on the ground floor have a terrace.

Ocean View Rooms and Partial Ocean View Rooms, Ocean Front Rooms have a Juliet balcony. Ocean View Lanai Rooms, Ocean Front Lanai Rooms, Scenic with Lanai Rooms and Partial Ocean View Lanai Rooms, have full balconies with furniture and sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child (up to 17 years).

4 restaurants: Hoku's (fine dining), Plumeria Beach House (à la carte and buffet), The Veranda (afternoon tea) and Seaside Grill. Swimming pool. Use of beachside chi health energy fitness centre with steam rooms, Jacuzzi and dry sauna. Award-winning spa suites. Water sports* including surfing* and scuba diving*. Keiki kids' club*. Guests are welcomed with a cool towel and Aloha lei at check in. Business centre. There is a free shuttle service to Waikiki with its shops, bars and restaurants. Valet or self-parking $32 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: There's a $8 daily donation for the Koa Tree Planting Fund (payable locally, subject to change).

Rating summary

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May 24, 2024 katherinebR4342YA

The Kahala Resort is just a tranquil, beautiful space. The beach is spectacular and well-serviced. The veranda is lovely for an afternoon drink and chat. The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are spotlessly clean and, for Hawaii, quite large. I've stayed many places on Oahu and this is, without a doubt, my favorite.
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May 24, 2024 michael m California

This place is the standard by which all others are measured. Service impeccable, great cleanliness, amenities extremely nice examples being the fitness center and pools. They have a great private beach. Grill food is excellent. Plumeria also great. They make good cocktails too. Loved the private feel as never felt very crowded.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Dated rooms in a busy hotel but nice beach

May 22, 2024 TravellingMamaYYZ Toronto, Canada

We booked standard room and were disappointed. Although the room spacious but it was very dated and carpets were old and bathroom smelled of drain. We did not like the old layout of the bathroom with his and her closets inside of the bathroom. The shelves were very worn and needed to be refurbished. We had a mountain/golf course view with a… Read more
We booked standard room and were disappointed. Although the room spacious but it was very dated and carpets were old and bathroom smelled of drain. We did not like the old layout of the bathroom with his and her closets inside of the bathroom. The shelves were very worn and needed to be refurbished. We had a mountain/golf course view with a side view of the dolphinarium and found it private and it was nice to have a lanai. Despite being an old hotel, the common areas still looked classy and comfortable including the lobby and restaurants. There is only one pool and it is rather small to accommodate all guests. The hot tub was always crowded as it was a bit cold in March. We loved the beach area especially for little ones. It was always calm and very shallow. Although the beaches in Hawaii are not private to the hotels, Kahala Beach is very wide and never felt crowded like the pool area. Breakfast was included and it was plentiful and offered Japanese options as well. We enjoyed having breakfast outside overlooking the beach. It was busy on the weekends and there was a bit of wait but it wasn’t bad. Wished this waitress we saw did not let a solo patron sneak in from the patio without lining up like everyone else. Shuttle service to Royal Hawaiian Center and Ala Moana really came in handy when we didn’t have a rental car. We always booked the same day, just a few hours before and they were able to accommodate without problems. There is a Hertz office and it was very convenient to rent and return the same day so we did not have to deal with high parking fees. Overall service was okay but nothing extraordinary. Everyone seemed too busy and occupied. We were not greeted or helped with our luggages until my husband went to disturb bell boys really into their conversation. There was no personal touch or welcome and we did not feel like the service we received was anything close to 5 star including the always busy reception. Read less
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May 22, 2024 Rachel A

Beautiful views, peace and quiet, private property. We enjoyed all the amenities and dining. Breakfast buffet was great. Service all around the hotel was excellent. Loved the yoga sculpt class, dolphins, and chi center. The only negative is they need to update their mattresses.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent staff and great location

May 16, 2024 Bruno71i Strasburg, Ohio

The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The location is easy to get to and is perfect for the weather and beach access. Most things are just a short drive away. However, some of the restaurants on site can be very busy - you might need a reservation before hand.