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. That’s why 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 provide poolside conversations. It’s the spot for board games from the mini-library. And it’s a place to taste locally sourced fare reinvented by famed Honolulu-born chef Ed Kenney. Near Waikiki Beach and shopping, its design is timeless Hawaii, with smooth wood, vividly painted metal, and heritage furnishings accessorised with bold prints and vintage Hawaiian finds. 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, this hotel sits in a more laid-back spot in the Waikiki Beach zone. It’s less than 2 miles from Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head, 10-minute drive from the urban-meets-bohemian neighbourhood of Kaka’ako, and 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, safe, hairdryer and daily local paper. An iron and board is available 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 retail space featuring 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, tote and towel rentals). 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 $35 plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee from $35–$50 plus tax, per room per night, payable locally (subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - Board game and book rentals - Daily Caffe Luxxe coffee - Daily local newspaper - Local and toll free calls - Local snack basket - Swim Club tote and towels - WiFi - In-room safe - Use of bicycles. 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 Our best hotel experience in Oahu

May 21, 2019 agsaldana

Came to Oahu for our 11-day honeymoon. We don't naturally gravitate towards luxury, because in the end we prefer a space with good vibes amid equal parts interesting design and comfort. Oh and we are suckers for mid-century modern aesthetics. The Surfjack did not disappoint on any of those fronts. The room decor is impeccable. In some ways it is… Read more
Came to Oahu for our 11-day honeymoon. We don't naturally gravitate towards luxury, because in the end we prefer a space with good vibes amid equal parts interesting design and comfort. Oh and we are suckers for mid-century modern aesthetics. The Surfjack did not disappoint on any of those fronts. The room decor is impeccable. In some ways it is more like a old-school motel in its layout. However unlike a motel, the restaurant and poolside areas are true amenities. Mahina and Sons has a full breakfast/brunch menu, a menu for poolside bites, and a superb dinner menu. Everything we ordered was really good. We let the hotel staff know that we were on our honeymoon, and they generously upgraded our room to one with a huge balcony plus sent up a bottle of bubbly. No coffeemakers in the rooms, but the complimentary coffee by the pool was worth the trip down. Olive and Oliver is a cute boutique and coffee bar. Perfect for a high-end souvenirs. Lewers Street is quiet and doesn't get all the extreme foot traffic of Kuhio or Kalkaua, but plenty is within walking distance. On the rest of our trip we stayed at Turtle Bay on the North Shore and then at the Laylow once we were back in Waikiki. Those were great places, but the Surfjack is where we will stay whenever we are back in Honolulu. Read less
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May 20, 2019 LDTravels24

Such a quaint place to make memories! Our group of nine friends loved staying at this property for a week. The service was impeccable and everyone was so friendly! They have paid attention to every detail. The location is convenient for exploring the island. I wish I could return (after I get over my jet lag)!
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May 20, 2019 Trail41353997474

My wife and I stayed here for our anniversary/baby moon. It was great. The room was super clean and the decor out of sight. Not to mention the cookies. So good. Also the restaurant had a truly tasty brunch.
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May 19, 2019 jennifer721 New York City, New York

Our room had a distinct urine smell for the first 2 nights. I think either a child or pet urinated on the carpet which is made of natural fibers. At first I thought the scent was the "Surfjack scent" they talk about but realized the lobby smelled different from our room. The room is small, suitable for 2 people. The bathroom door is a pocket door… Read more
Our room had a distinct urine smell for the first 2 nights. I think either a child or pet urinated on the carpet which is made of natural fibers. At first I thought the scent was the "Surfjack scent" they talk about but realized the lobby smelled different from our room. The room is small, suitable for 2 people. The bathroom door is a pocket door so may have less noise muffling than some would want when using the toilet sometimes. The location is good, very walkable to restaurants and stores. Check in and check out were quick, staff if friendly and courteous. Pool was clean and maintained. There is free reef safe sunscreen by the pool. The amenity fee includes room snacks but they are not refilled, you only get one set of snacks on arrival. I like that they make an effort to be sustainable with glasses made from wine bottles, etc. Read less
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May 18, 2019 travellerabroad0 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

We visited for our honeymoon and were greeted by a beautiful rose petal set up and heart shape on our bed alongside a bottle of champagne - we found out at check out that a staff member came in on her day off to do this, thank you! Awesome location, great vibe - really relaxed and chilled with the wonderful pool. We liked that it wasn’t your… Read more
We visited for our honeymoon and were greeted by a beautiful rose petal set up and heart shape on our bed alongside a bottle of champagne - we found out at check out that a staff member came in on her day off to do this, thank you! Awesome location, great vibe - really relaxed and chilled with the wonderful pool. We liked that it wasn’t your typical resort crowded full of people The restaurant here is also incredible, we were so fortunate to have this in our hotel. Highly recommend! Read less