The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Honolulu, Oahu

The hotel

As its name hints, Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club’s philosophy is all about getting you into Hawaii’s aqua-infused soul. You'll soon discover how life here centres around the pool. It’s the setting for al fresco big-screen movies. It’s the venue for ‘talk story sessions’, where interesting local personalities host poolside chats. And it’s where you can taste locally sourced food, reinvented by Honolulu-born chef Ed Kenney. With a timeless design, you'll be surrounded by vividly painted metal and heritage furnishings, accessorised with bold prints and a bit of vintage Hawaii. And its spirit follows suit: completely casual, it mixes an ‘anything goes’ attitude with a desire to get you into ‘real Hawaii’, putting on surf lessons and inviting island musicians to play mellow live sounds.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

A few blocks from Waikiki beach, in a more laid-back spot in the Waikiki Beach zone. It’s less than 2 miles from Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head, a 10-minute drive from the urban-meets-bohemian neighbourhood of Kaka’ako, and a 15-minute drive from downtown Honolulu’s dining and nightlife. Transfer time to Honolulu International Airport: 25 minutes.

Hotel information

112 rooms and suites on 10 floors with 2 lifts. All with private lanai, air-conditioning, 40-50” flat-screen TV, SOUNDFREAQ wireless speaker and alarm, WiFi*, telephone, fridge, local snack basket, Caffe Luxxe coffee, hairdryer and safe. Iron and ironing board on request. One Room Bungalows are 285 sq ft, and have 1 king-size, 1 queen-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

One Bedroom Suites are 480 sq ft, and have a separate bedroom, a living area, and 1 king-size bed and a sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Two Bedroom Suites are 612 sq ft, and have 2 bedrooms, a separate living area, and 2 king-size beds and a sofa bed, or 1 queen-size and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Three Bedroom Suites are 914 sq ft, and have 3 bedrooms, and 1 king-size, 1 queen-size, and 2 double beds, or 1 queen-size and 2 king-size beds, sleeping maximum 8 adults.

Mahina & Sun’s (island home-cooking menu with local and organic ingredients, grab-n-go breakfasts, light poolside lunches, and full dinners, bar, weekly live music in Mahina Lounge). In-room cocktail service. Olive & Oliver (beach-themed shop with clothing, accessories, and coffee bar). Swimming pool (weekly live music and DJs, seasonal). Cabanas. Swim Club (with poolside entertainment, including open-air movies, and ‘talk story’ sessions with local creatives). Mini-library (with board game and book rentals). Cultural events (including live soul and jazz, surf lessons*, range of off-site authentic experiences*). WiFi*. Valet parking $39 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee from $25–$35 plus tax, per room per night, payable locally (subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - $10 dinner credit at Mahina & Sun’s restaurant – Morning signature blend coffee - Local snacks in room on arrival - Local and toll-free calls – WiFi - Use of bicycles - Use of Swim Club beach chairs, tote and towels - Reef-safe sunscreen in Swim Club – Daily local newspaper – Experiences and events (including Aloha Fridays, Lauhala bracelet making and fresh flower lei making). Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent boutique hotel

Mar 17, 2020 cptoronto2016 Toronto, Canada

We love the ambience of this well-located boutique hotel. We had a 2 bedroom suite which was of decent size for Honolulu. We loved the music drifting up at night. The hotel is very well located in walking distance to the best shopping and restaurants. My only knock is the parking fee, which can be mitigated by helpful staff giving tips for free… Read more
We love the ambience of this well-located boutique hotel. We had a 2 bedroom suite which was of decent size for Honolulu. We loved the music drifting up at night. The hotel is very well located in walking distance to the best shopping and restaurants. My only knock is the parking fee, which can be mitigated by helpful staff giving tips for free local parking. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great time in paradise

Mar 17, 2020 ELnDee

Thanks for the room upgrade! It's location A!!! Just a short walk to the beach, shopping and restaurants. The staff are great and willing to share their local knowledge. The food's good with happy hour at poolside. A shout out to Sai and Kai for your warm hearts and big smiles.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place to hang out

Mar 16, 2020 karyssamidori San Francisco, California

TLDR: Great location, and awesome staff/price point, but rooms can be noisy in between each other depending on who you get next to you. My husband and I stayed at the Surfjack for a week in March. We selected it because it seemed like for what you get, the price point was amazing. The location was also extremely walkable, and close enough to… Read more
TLDR: Great location, and awesome staff/price point, but rooms can be noisy in between each other depending on who you get next to you. My husband and I stayed at the Surfjack for a week in March. We selected it because it seemed like for what you get, the price point was amazing. The location was also extremely walkable, and close enough to Waikiki beach. Everyone who works here is really friendly, so service is top notch. Loved getting to know Karissa and Hideki (2 of the bartenders) – and they made me some amazing off-menu cocktails when I needed them. Yes, Mahina & Suns can be a bit pricey, but pretty comparable for hotels in the area. The rooms are nice, and the bed comfortable. I loved the decor and vibe the hotel brought - and of course that pool is super insta-famous. My husband was able to work out of the couches/cabanas adjacent to the pool, and the free coffee in the morning was nice. Suggestions on other amenities that would add some extra vibes: bathrobes, body lotion (I never use it, but of course the one time I needed it), laundry machines/or laundry service. My ONLY real gripe was that our room was situated next to a corner suite on the 4th floor. You literally could hear every word that was coming out of someones mouth if they were the room next to the adjoining door. The 1st family next to us started their day at 4-5AM, had 2 young children who were constantly getting yelled a, and a noisy alarm. The next family had a very young baby, who cried every couple of hours. Oh....and there was a group of girls on the other side of us, who partied until 2am, and when someone called security, they knocked on OUR room, and I had to get out of bed to answer it and point them in the other direction. Then I spent the next hour trying to fall back asleep ... and the girls didn't even shut up :( I wear earplugs for all of these reasons, but they didn't help much because it's just the nature of the restored motel rooms. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great time, great atmosphere...

Mar 12, 2020 Hubris S Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

We stayed on the 2nd floor here but spent a good deal of time at the beautiful pool. the staff were great and very attentive. Really enjoyed our stay from start to finish. Will absolutely stay here again...
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Overnight Stay in February!

Mar 12, 2020 dpurvman

My wife and I arrived on Feb. 10th and enjoyed the hospitality and kindness of the Surfjack hotel. Sai at the front desk was most professional and courteous. He made sure our stay was comfortable and was on top of everything. We especially loved the Olive and Oliver coffee shop, the pool and poolside happy hour, the pineapple water, the coffee… Read more
My wife and I arrived on Feb. 10th and enjoyed the hospitality and kindness of the Surfjack hotel. Sai at the front desk was most professional and courteous. He made sure our stay was comfortable and was on top of everything. We especially loved the Olive and Oliver coffee shop, the pool and poolside happy hour, the pineapple water, the coffee service, Mahina and Sons restaurant, and the layout of the courtyard. Would definitely recommend to any wanting to stay somewhere fresh and hip in Honolulu. Read less