Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
What We Love
- Two Masaharu Morimoto restaurants onsite
- A three-story aquarium in the expansive lobby
- Ocean-inspired cocktails at the O Bar
- The resort’s hat-tip to history: it’s named for Hawaii’s last monarch, Queen Lili’uokalani
What To Know
- The resort was formerly the Pacific Beach Hotel, a 60s-era Waikiki stronghold
- For your very own lanai, or verandah, book a Premier Oceanfront room
- The scenic pool deck here rivals some of the area’s beaches
- The hotel’s cabana package includes a cooler, TV, and lounge chair
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Pacific Ocean panoramas abound at this modern, minimalist stunner on Honolulu’s south shore
The palm-studded boulevards of Waikiki, Oahu’s most vibrant neighborhood, were once considered the stomping grounds for Hawaii’s monarchs, inspiring decadent luaus and swinging seaside soirees. Whispers of that extravagant past can still be detected in this overhauled hotel (fresh from a $115 million facelift). In the capacious lobby, you’ll find a beguiling display of white-marble countertops, teak wood sculptures, and the Oceanarium—a splashy keepsake from its Pacific Beach Hotel days. Each of the 839 rooms, spread between two towers, is a beach-inspired oasis clad in calming sand tones; some of the best face Honolulu’s most recognizable icon, Diamond Head, while others serve up intoxicating ocean and city views. The resort’s signature restaurant, furnished with a glass-encased exhibition kitchen, marries Asian techniques with gourmet Western flavors, while a more casual counterpart promises ramen, gyozas, and a tropically landscaped beer garden. Don’t miss an al fresco happy hour at Swell Bar, where frozen mai tais, live ukulele, and a blazing sunset make for a quintessentially Hawaiian evening.
In the Area
Though its eponymous surf beach is undeniably Waikiki’s star attraction, you’re also within walking distance of the Honolulu Zoo (if you’re traveling with the family, book the twilight tour or a dinner safari—the hotel can help) and the International Market Place, an open-air mall with over 80 boutiques and a nationally renowned banyan tree. Further afield, there are jungle expeditions and horseback riding adventures at Kualoa Ranch, the 4,000-acre expanse made famous by blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Godzilla, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Culture vultures should reserve a tour of the late Doris Duke’s former home, Shangri-La, a dazzling example of modernist architecture brimming with the heiress’s prolific art collection.
How to Get There
We had a banquet function here and were blown away by the staff! They were extremely accommodating to our requests and provided such great service to our guests. I wish I could remember all of their names but I did catch Victor & Mel. If you're looking to host a large event I would highly recommend!
We stayed overnight at Alohilani as we were having our holiday party at the hotel. First off, the banquet and catering team did such a fantastic job of running our event and taking care of our every need. Rhoderika helped us with all the planning and was also there the night of to ensure everything was perfect. Jonathan and his amazing banquet team (Mel, Cheri, Victor and everyone who worked that night) executed everything flawlessly all with fantastic aloha spirit! Mahalo!!
We were also given a fantastic room that had both a terrific makai (ocean) and mauka (mountain) view. Not too long after we checked in we received a text from Mathea to ensure everything with the room was great (it was!), which I thought was a very nice touch. After our holiday party we ended up having a drink at Swell Bar, and Chad and the other gentleman working that night were very friendly and provided excellent service.
Beautiful newly remodeled resort hotel, with large rooms and excellent views. Extremely courteous staff that will go out of their way to please. Great location away from the crowds of shoppers. Kuhio beach across the street not as crowded as Waikiki beach.
We booked the Ocean view room for a family of 3. The hotel is located in a fantastic location with the beach just right across the road. It is also walking distance to many eateries along Waikiki and you can walk to almost all tour/shuttle bus pick-up points from the hotel. We had 3 free drinks for our hotel stay and had a relaxing time at the lobby cafe. One can feel the hustle and bustle of Waikiki at this hotel as it is always crowded at all times.
The downside is that the hotel does not provide amenities such as toothbrush, toothpaste and we have to grab them from the ABC store at the ground floor. The ocean view is also a little disappointing as we only get to see the ocean by looking out from the right side of the balcony. Other than that, we had a great time staying at Alohilani!
It was one of the most pleasant vacations we have had so far. The swell pool is awesome, my son loved it so much that we spent most of our day just enjoying the view from the pool and hang out at the jacuzzi. Our server Janice was awesome. She made us comfortable and welcomed us with Aloha. Very clean environment... and the complementary water on the side kept us hydrated. Very friendly crew. More power to you guys !!!! Aloha... we will definitely be back!!!!