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

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (800)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Actually a really nice place!

Jul 18, 2019 130Doug Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

At first glance, it really doesn't look like much. The pictures online just don't do it justice, however. The service is ridiculously friendly, the live music every night (from 7-9 if I remember correctly....) is really nice, there's a bar/restaurant right inside next to the somewhat large swimming pool, and there are enough tables and chairs for… Read more
At first glance, it really doesn't look like much. The pictures online just don't do it justice, however. The service is ridiculously friendly, the live music every night (from 7-9 if I remember correctly....) is really nice, there's a bar/restaurant right inside next to the somewhat large swimming pool, and there are enough tables and chairs for a friendly gathering whenever you want! I'd love to stay here again...the staff made it worth it! It's about a 15-minute walk to the beach, but it's worth being a little out of the way for some peace and quiet. :) Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent, again.

Jul 16, 2019 CraigF414 Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand

Our 3rd stay, and Surfjack is as good today as it was for our first stay a few years ago. Great vibe, chilled and friendly. Location simply works, short walk to the beach and shops. Have recommended Surfjack to friends.
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Jul 16, 2019 mammap1975 Winchester, New Zealand

This might be appealing to some and possibly even ourselves had we been on a couples holiday but we had our three children (12, 14, and 16) and would never have booked this place had we known that. To be told after a long hot day out that they weren’t allowed a swim was not a highlight of our holiday. Rooms are really small. Our “three bedroom… Read more
This might be appealing to some and possibly even ourselves had we been on a couples holiday but we had our three children (12, 14, and 16) and would never have booked this place had we known that. To be told after a long hot day out that they weren’t allowed a swim was not a highlight of our holiday. Rooms are really small. Our “three bedroom apartment” was two adjoining rooms with a door between two bedrooms. In one room the main external door pretty much opened into the bathroom. Very limited facilities in the room for an “apartment”. No tea/coffee making facilities, no washing machine or iron. However this is not a place where you hang out in the room. They have a great area around the pool and bar with lots of different seating arrangements. Tea and coffee is available here each morning. Although they say it is free you do pay a $25 per night ammenities fee on top of your room rate which is just “money for jam” (my pet hate). They have live music here each night and the whole place has a good vibe. Staff are really friendly and the best thing about this place. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Trendy, Understated and Friendly

Jul 15, 2019 ritzstewart

The tone for the entire stay was set upon arrival. The front desk clerk and the rest of staff greeted my husband, granddaughter and me as if we were family. In fact, each day we felt as though we were in the home of a hospitable, trendy aunt. The suite room we shared was thoughtfully and tastefully appointed. The open air lobby with beautiful and… Read more
The tone for the entire stay was set upon arrival. The front desk clerk and the rest of staff greeted my husband, granddaughter and me as if we were family. In fact, each day we felt as though we were in the home of a hospitable, trendy aunt. The suite room we shared was thoughtfully and tastefully appointed. The open air lobby with beautiful and understated furnishings is a comfortable place to hang out. It was a very easy walk to the beach. I will miss the lobby morning coffee service for many days to come. And, the food and drinks at Mahina & Sun's is not to be missed. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent staff and clean, but one room bungalow is very small

Jul 13, 2019 Scarlet1611 Adelaide, Australia

The staff at the Surfjack Hotel were EXCELLENT - especially Whitney who went out of her way to help us. We appreciated that we were allowed to check in early - this was so good as we'd just come off a long overnight flight. The hotel is very clean and our rooms were beautifully cleaned each day. We had 2 separate stays here during our holiday. … Read more
The staff at the Surfjack Hotel were EXCELLENT - especially Whitney who went out of her way to help us. We appreciated that we were allowed to check in early - this was so good as we'd just come off a long overnight flight. The hotel is very clean and our rooms were beautifully cleaned each day. We had 2 separate stays here during our holiday. We initially stayed in a one room bungalow, then we later stayed in a one bedroom suite. The one room bungalow was very small with insufficient room to hang clothes and insufficient drawer space, but the one bedroom suite was much better. The $25US per night amenity fee was expensive - the hotel provides a list of items that this fee includes, however I feel all these items are things I would expect to be included in my basic room fee. The hotel is an easy 10 minute walk to the beach and there's an ABC store almost next door where supplies can be purchased. Read less