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
My husband and I stayed at Alo'Hilani resort for three days, four nights and all I can say is WOW. A stunning resort and CLEAN! Everyone was friendly and welcoming which made the stay so relaxing! We booked a cabana on the pool deck which was absolutely beautiful. Nikki and Rachel were so helpful, they attended to our every need! Their service really shined through, me and my husband felt like VIP! We will definitely be staying here again next year! Cannot wait!!
Nice hotel, with helpful staff and room service, and good public spaces. The infinity pool looks great with lot of people sitting around it last two days, but not many people actually using it as the water is totally cold.
Impressed by the decor and style of the lobby and furnishings. Fantastic location! The housekeeping and Bell staff were awesome and room spotless. The rest of it stunk. The front desk and guest service staff were useless and very stuck up. Not accommodating at all. There is also no room service at the hotel which we found odd for this class of hotel. Not great options for eating. Only one expensive breakfast buffet, 2 Asian restraunts, and 2 bars. Not even a coffee stand with quick bites.
,he resort fee everyone seems to charge...well this hotel had no business mainly bc it's not a huge resort. Pool was very small on 5th floor and there is a gym...but both of these should be standard and inclusive. Nothing EXTRA or amenities to warrant a daily resort fee. We stay at alot of hotels and this is not up to the class and service they claim to offer.
We came in from a 6 day Airbnb condo stay which was more expensive and problematic.
From the moment we arrived we were impressed. The staff was very accommodating, and helpful. We knew the building was recently renovated but they absolutely hit a homerun. Our room was spacious and always impeccably clean. We had a balcony, and could hear the ocean at night. The headed salt water pool was really nice, though there was several youngs kids to navigate through. When we headed for the edge pool we quickly realized it was not heated, but the huge jacuzzi easily made up for it. There was even a batting cage and tennis courts on the 9th floor roof. The Japanese restaurant was reasonably priced yet very high class.
Walk through the lobby and out the side door and you are looking at the beach.
Wow, we can't wait to go back!
A celebration for the mural artists was held here as a grand finale. They did it up right with 2 bands that played everything from the Eagles to traditional Hawaiin music.
Beautiful setting, comfy soft seating, spectacular view.
Mikki, their pool attendant did an impromptu hula dance in her uniform. Even in shorts, she was so graceful and elegant as she danced. Should make her a regular feature!