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 only stayed for 3 nights and found it overpriced for what is basically a prettied up 1970’s hotel (bit like Mrs C’s in Los Angeles both pretending to be boutique hotels by just pumping in some music by the pool and reception areas!). The bathrooms are ridiculously small as most have already mentioned and whilst we did have a great view of Diamond Head from our 37th floor, we had to queue all the time for the lifts. The pool area is stuck between the 2 towers and so was very windy and overcrowded but we did go for Longboard Club access which gave us some space and calmness and the staff there were very welcoming. In fact all the staff were actually friendly but they are just struggling with the problems of an old building with poor sound insulation between the rooms and weird positioning being side on to Waikiki Beach, trying I guess to offer as many as possible sea views. And whilst not actually on the beach it literally is across the road, so location was good.
So in summary if you can get a good deal and it’s not peak season it might be worthwhile, thanks to friendly staff, the Longboard Club and the lack of better options nearby, just don’t expect a luxury hotel or an exclusive boutique experience as it’s also popular with groups!
This was our 3rd accommodation over a 15 day stay in Oahu, on our 4th year in a row returning to Hawaii.
It was supposed to be the 'luxury 3 night finale' and certainly for the price we paid, it should have been.
I did do my research before booking and knew that I was possibly paying too much but was hoping the gorgeous pics on the website were the real deal. Sadly not quite.
Our experience mimics a lot of the comments on here. In my opinion there was nothing grossly bad about the Alohilani but there was nothing truly great either... except the bed. The bed was fabulous :)
We found the rooms to be very clean, personally I liked the modern minimal decor and our partial ocean view from 1601 was better than ok. But the noise from other guests, doors slamming, the lifts and the pool area is unbelievably loud. Plus where are the basics?? No robes, no wine glasses, no minibar, no room service and a cramped small bathroom ... surely these amenities are not unrealistic expectations of a 5 star hotel?
The pool area was a good experience for us. It wasn't over crowed and we easily secured a couch & shade. Food and Drinks from Swell Bar were good enough although overpriced, even for Waikiki standards
Service wasn't great sadly ... we had to ask for service pretty much every time we wanted something, although the waitstaff did have time to take pics of each other in the Cabanas ...
Check in was efficient & polite although not overly welcoming ... The music in the lobby when we checked out on Saturday morning at 6.30am was so loud I found it hard to hear. I mentioned it and she shrugged and rushed me through ... On checking my credit card statement this morning I found that I have been charged twice for the resort fees, taxes and room charges. I hope the email I sent to Guest Services this morning requesting a refund is dealt with swiftly
There are definitely some common themes running through these reviews and in general I have to agree with them. I would certainly come back but not at the 5 star prices that are being charged
Alohilani is an excellent recently renovated property. OK its not right on the front row at Waikiki, but its only 50 metres from the beach. Very good rooms, with small bathrooms.
The Hotel is Very clean with great overall service.
The Longboard Club is worth joining for your stay.
The Pool is nice but difficult to get a lounge.
W e had a room on the 36th floor and it was sometimes quite a long trip from reception when the lift was full !!