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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Sep 15, 2020 joshuahc2020

This place is amazing and I recommend this place to everyone coming to Hawaii!!! I’d give it 10 stars if I could. Traveling with a dog and 4 month old is no fun task and they came up every time we called to walk our dog and change towels and sheets and trash everyday.
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Aug 2, 2020 KemlynC2019

We have stayed at this hotel for almost a month now and we are absolutely thrilled. Location: Great. You are walking distance to popular Waikiki beaches (about 3 blocks), TONS of restaurants, and about a block from the Ala Wai Canal which is perfect for exercise and walking your pet. Staff: Welcoming. As mentioned, we have stayed here for… Read more
We have stayed at this hotel for almost a month now and we are absolutely thrilled. Location: Great. You are walking distance to popular Waikiki beaches (about 3 blocks), TONS of restaurants, and about a block from the Ala Wai Canal which is perfect for exercise and walking your pet. Staff: Welcoming. As mentioned, we have stayed here for almost a month now and I swear each day the staff just gets friendlier. They make sure to greet you as you enter and leave the hotel, they are always smiling (even through their masks) and very honest/helpful when giving recommendations. Pet friendly: Very. We have a 60lb pup and he is having the time of his life here. He loves spending time on the large balcony. Theres plenty of 'potty spots' right outside the hotel lobby. The showers are great for cleaning them off after a day at the beach. Food: Works for us! Although we have not been able to experience the full menu of Mahina & Sun's due to COVID, we are pleased with the current food and beverage menu that offers happy hour prices all day long :) Plenty of options on there for the whole family. There is also a mini fridge in the room that you could keep items in if needed. We brought our air fryer and have been able to save money by cooking meals in our room. Covid-related/cleanliness: SurfJack is on top of it. Everyone is wearing a mask covering their mouth AND nose. If it's not fully covering your face, you will be asked to adjust within a matter of seconds. The only time it is acceptable to not wear a face covering is actively swimming IN the pool, or eating/drinking. The pool area closes and is cleaned halfway through the day, then re-opens for adult swim. There are hand sanitizer dispensers everywhere. Every time I walk through the common areas, someone is always cleaning something. This hotel gives no worries when it comes to this pandemic, or just regular hotel cleanliness. Roosters: I agree, they're not my favorite. I don't necessarily love hearing them in the middle of the night, BUT it is completely unfair to ever blame the hotel for wildlife making noise from 2 buildings over. We are on an island....what do you expect them to do? The hotel walls are sound proof enough that you really can't hear unless you're paying attention to it. Parking: No complaints. With the amount of military/visitors who on average have at least 1, even 2 cars...I believe this hotel handles parking to the best of their ability for being in a city. Laundry: They do not have laundry services. However, they are very helpful with providing recommendations for local services AND they also allow you to bring down your laundry to the front desk for a laundry service to pick up & includes a coupon. Overall: 10/10 recommend this hotel. It is perfect for all members of the family including your furry ones. It's fair to say we have been here long enough to experience this hotel and all of its staff members and are completely satisfied. Read less
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Jul 17, 2020 audbarry Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

My husband stayed at the Surfjack after I was transported from a neighbor island in a medical emergency. The hospital would not let him stay with me due to Covid policy.. so he needed a place to stay for a few nights. He told me the staff at Surfjack was extremely welcoming and genuinely empathic with our situation. He found the hotel to be super… Read more
My husband stayed at the Surfjack after I was transported from a neighbor island in a medical emergency. The hospital would not let him stay with me due to Covid policy.. so he needed a place to stay for a few nights. He told me the staff at Surfjack was extremely welcoming and genuinely empathic with our situation. He found the hotel to be super clean and had a very cool aloha vibe. The bed was very comfortable and he was able to get much need rest. Mahalo Surfjack ohana .. for taking very good care of my hubby during a difficult time. We will definitely stay there the next time we visit Oahu .. but this time.. it will be for FUN Read less
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Jul 10, 2020 636sandyi

Thank you Surfjack! As always time spent at this hotel is such a beautiful experience. The staff is more than friendly and courteous, every person shines Aloha, the entertainment and food a solid 10+! Thank you that during this season of Covid, every staff member wore masks and when not swimming and/or eating, hotel guests wore masks as well. And… Read more
Thank you Surfjack! As always time spent at this hotel is such a beautiful experience. The staff is more than friendly and courteous, every person shines Aloha, the entertainment and food a solid 10+! Thank you that during this season of Covid, every staff member wore masks and when not swimming and/or eating, hotel guests wore masks as well. And even with masks, everyone who stayed there or worked there were pleasant, friendly, with positive attitudes making my stay more than pleasant. Yeah, we had to wear masks but the hearts and personalities would shine through! I participated in the dance party and stayed for the island entertainment by Kellie Boy DeLima and the next day with Dustin Parks. Wearing masks made it a little challenging but sitting to rest In between remedied the situation, it was fun. And both singers were exceptional, high quality entertainment. And the sliders, fries, the happy hour menu perfected the evening. Thank you to every staff member, and to fellow guests, you all made my stay fun, enjoyable, that even having to wear masks, it eventually didn’t matter because of the pouring of Aloha And Love, the great food, cleanliness of the rooms and environment, and the beautiful music of the islands, topped off with the happy hour menu, such an incredible time. It’s all about what we focus on; I was concerned about wearing a mask and all the heaviness of Covid, but you my surprise it all didn’t matter! It’s all about what we focus on, the hearts of the people around us, to enjoy, dance, eat delicious food, and have have restful sleep. I love the pillows by the way! I loved it all, thank you so much! What makes Surfjack different from other hotels is that you walk in and have an “experience,” you are swept up in the Aloha and Love, the beauty of Hawaii through its people, it’s food, and an incredible place that feels like home with an upgrade. Thank you again, can wait for a return. Will he sharing with friends to encourage them to stay over or dine to enjoy the experience of Hawaii at Surfjack, Bravo!!! Read less
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Jul 1, 2020 TheBCLLShow Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

I’ve stayed here in the past and loved it. Starting to show more wear and tear since the last I stayed 3 years ago. If you have any concerns about contracting Covid-19, do not stay here. Only half of the staff were wearing masks and maybe 10% of the guests were wearing masks in any of the public areas including the lobby, poolside, hallways and… Read more
I’ve stayed here in the past and loved it. Starting to show more wear and tear since the last I stayed 3 years ago. If you have any concerns about contracting Covid-19, do not stay here. Only half of the staff were wearing masks and maybe 10% of the guests were wearing masks in any of the public areas including the lobby, poolside, hallways and even the elevators. No social distancing especially in the pool. Many people from the mainland blatantly breaking their 14 day quarantines. Place is literally a hotspot in waiting. Read less