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 stayed here for a week while attending a conference, staff were friendly and professional and the amenities were fantastic. The longboards club was relaxing and I got addicted to the amazing Acai bowls every morning. Location is central to Waikiki and walking distance to main stretch. Overall a great stay.
Staying at Alohilani always is like staying at my home away from home because of the amazing staff. Janice at Swell, in particular, is spectacular and is always so kind and welcoming. I feel lucky to have met her over the course of the last 2 years! Every time I leave, I can’t wait to go back.
After trolling the web sites through countless hotels we selected Alohilani and then have our choice confirmed by our agent. Our stay was made memorable by the fantastic staff. Shade was the host in the Longboarders bar and she treats everyone as royalty. The Longboarders bar is well worth signing up for..... just ask when checking in. Apart from the super comfy beds and well appointed modern rooms the location was absolutely fantastic for us. You are on the edge of the buzz of Waikiki which makes escaping towards Diamond Head area simple. The beaches at this end of town towards Diamond Head are less busy. The hotel has had a major refit so all areas are fantastic. The infinity pool and service around the pool amazing. I would recommend tower 2 which is 1 back from beach road. In this tower the rooms come with balconies.
Enjoy your stay.....