The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Honolulu, Oahu

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 898 reviews

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

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 898 reviews

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Feb 20, 2019 Rvdveer Ballarat, Australia

I love this hotel it’s just off the main shopping/tourist strip of Honolulu (Kalakaua Ave) you can walk to Waikiki beach so super easy to get around down town without a car especially at night. The hotel itself is a amazing beautiful place, great great coffee, food, comfy clean quite and cool rooms. All the little extras made it feel so welcoming… Read more
I love this hotel it’s just off the main shopping/tourist strip of Honolulu (Kalakaua Ave) you can walk to Waikiki beach so super easy to get around down town without a car especially at night. The hotel itself is a amazing beautiful place, great great coffee, food, comfy clean quite and cool rooms. All the little extras made it feel so welcoming and relaxing: the filtered water, the sunscreen, being able to borrow quality beach towels, the cookies, cleaned rooms everyday and the best part of all is the lovely friendly staff who could answer any question you have, take your bags, open the car door, wish you a good day and then welcome you back! Also the fact that is an environmental conscious hotel which is a great thing to support! I literally miss it all and can’t wait for any chance to come back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Surfjack rocks!

Feb 16, 2019 Voyage50878274260

We loved our stay here, and were sad to leave! We had already stayed for a week on the North Shore at a B&B, with all beach time, so when we got to the Surfjack, we were happy to just chill by the pool (eating their complimentary mac nut cookies yumm!). The pool isn't huge, but it's a boutique hotel so it suits the vibe. The staff were amazing and… Read more
We loved our stay here, and were sad to leave! We had already stayed for a week on the North Shore at a B&B, with all beach time, so when we got to the Surfjack, we were happy to just chill by the pool (eating their complimentary mac nut cookies yumm!). The pool isn't huge, but it's a boutique hotel so it suits the vibe. The staff were amazing and accomodating. The rooms were super cute, clean, and not modern but up-to-date for most other Waikiki hotel standards. Waikiki is INSANELY busy and our family's food standards are quite high; we were so happy to stay in our little Surfjack oasis, away from the crowds, and eat at Mahina & Sun's. The steak dinner was the best food I've had in Waikiki, and our 8 year old loved their maple waffles for breakfast. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We LOVED it here!!!

Feb 13, 2019 Tia W

My friend and I stayed here over the weekend and it was PERFECT! The staff is awesome, the coffee shop and little store was awesome! Dinner at Mahina and Suns? Awesome! Location? Awesome! We won’t be staying any where else in Oahu!!!
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Feb 12, 2019 MandMontour Annandale, Australia

If you're not hung up on being right on the beach front, the Surfjack is a great alternative. It has been cleverly designed to avoid the big hotel experience where you feel like you could be anywhere in the world once you go inside. The rooms are really comfortable but a bit quirky. The service is consistently good but not ingratiating. The… Read more
If you're not hung up on being right on the beach front, the Surfjack is a great alternative. It has been cleverly designed to avoid the big hotel experience where you feel like you could be anywhere in the world once you go inside. The rooms are really comfortable but a bit quirky. The service is consistently good but not ingratiating. The location is super handy. The coffee from the bar at the front door is excellent. Would stay again, for sure. Read less
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Feb 11, 2019 bluelavadreams Niagara Falls, New York

On our trip to Oahu from The Big Island in February 2017, we stayed at this hotel and were very happy with everything- price, cleanliness, hospitality, etc. this past trip- February 2019 we thought we would stay here again because of how happy we were the first time. We were told we paid online prior to arriving but when we got there we were… Read more
On our trip to Oahu from The Big Island in February 2017, we stayed at this hotel and were very happy with everything- price, cleanliness, hospitality, etc. this past trip- February 2019 we thought we would stay here again because of how happy we were the first time. We were told we paid online prior to arriving but when we got there we were surprised to find out that we “hadn’t yet paid,” and that the price, which we were told was ~$270 a night, would actually be $400+ for the first night and then $270 a night after that (for what exactly? A view of other buildings or parking garages?!)!! At this point we were too tired to argue, so we grudgingly paid, got our keys, and went upstairs. When we got to our room there was dried (what looked like) vomit on the floor in the bedroom, a dirty shower, and urine on the tile around the toilet!!! All of this, ESPECIALLY for the price, was COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. THEN when you leave they charge you an ADDITIONAL $40+ for parking- for 2 days!!!!!!! We stay in a beautiful place on The Big Island for $217 a night (which is two bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom, full kitchen and a washer and dryer and free parking), and with staff that genuinely cares about your experience! We understand fully that Oahu is a completely different situation (limited space, etc) from The Big Island, but after going through all this we will never stay at The Surfjack, or recommend it to anyone, again. Read less