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 lovely weekend stay at Alohilani Resort. Very nice, our room was modern and clean, the staff was very helpful and attentive. The resort location is in a great spot with easy access just across the road from the beach. Easy walking distance to lots of nearby restaurants, bars and shops. We really liked that it was right at the beach. We would definitely stay here again. The front building with direct ocean view is probably spectacular. We were towards the back of the resort but the view was still nice. Thank you to the resort staff for a wonderful weekend.
Fabulous hotel, with excellent service and very friendly staff. The pool area is beautiful with the infinity pool overlooking the beach. Loved every moment the cocktails were great and the beds were so comfy.
We stayed here for three nights as a stay-cation and really enjoyed our stay. The check-in was quick and easy with friendly service. Self-parking was easy (although expensive). The lobby and property were beautiful and clean. The room was spacious compared to other Waikiki rooms we've had before and had modern furniture and fixtures. The shower had plenty of hot water with good water pressure. The balcony had a 90 degree view of the beach. The only drawback was the firmness of the mattress. I couldn't get a comfortable night's sleep on the bed, however my wife thought it was the most comfortable bed she's slept in, so it must be personal preference.
Very impressed by this hotel from the moment we arrived. The recent renovations are impressive and the modern Hawaiian atmosphere creates a holiday feel. Had a partial ocean view room and had a good view as well as city and mountain views. The three story fish tank is impressive and daily fish feeding viewing was enjoyed by the kids.
Room was comfortable, quiet and functional for what we required. Bathroom is tiny but clean and plenty of towels. There are no added luxuries like mini bar or wine glasses for in room beverages but made do. The coffee machine was well used and the coffee was tasty.
The kids loved the pool and we enjoyed the pool bar - Mai Tais were my favourite. Around 5pm each night free cookies are brought around! Hip music playing, sunset ocean views and a bar - perfect way to unwind after a day of sightseeing or on the beach.
Tried the breakfast buffett on a couple of occassions and plenty of choice. Overall the hotel was in a very convenient location and very close to shops, restaurants and transportation. Highly recommend this property and if we were to return to Waikiki would definitely stay there again.
Staff said pool is not kids friendly because it's 9 feet deep. Reality is there is a pool for kids that is 2.5 feet deep throughout. Staff is not knowledgeable. Also oceanfront means partial Oceanview.