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
Check in was very smooth, there was occasionally a wait for the elevator but it wasnt bad. Check out was also very smooth and they kept our bags for us for several hours until our flight which was fantastic! The only complaint I would have is that on our 2nd or 3rd night our battery in our door lock died, which locked us out of our room for about and hour. We had gone out to grab dinner and were headed back to eat it on our balcony when the battery died, so we were stuck with dinner and no room. We decided to eat it in the lobby and were asked to move because we had outside food too close to their restaurant. Other than that though we had a fantastic stay!
My overall experience at this hotel is very good. Check in went smooth. My room was on the 32nd floor with a view of Diamond Head which was spectacular. I highly recommend this view or the Ocean. The staff were friendly, helpful and responsive. The food was delicious at Longboard Club, the hotels indoor/outdoor guest only venue that serves breakfast , wine in the evening and international cheese and charcuterie selection plus more. I dined one morning at Lychee restaurant where for $40 you get a delicious breakfast buffet. I also dined at Morimoto's, an award winning restaurant located at the hotel. The dinner was outstanding and worth the price. The infinity pool and outdoor lounge are beautiful and a lovely area to lounge, swim and tan. There are day beds, cabanas rentals and fire pits for the evening time. I had a wonderful relaxing day by the pool swimming, lounging and enjoying the pool side bar service.
My only suggestion to Alohilani Resort and Hotel is to upgrade their bathrooms. They are on the smaller side with one sink and the bathtub/shower is older and does not reflect the multi million dollars they spent to refurbish and upgrade this property.
Other then that the nightly room rate is on par for a 4 * hotel and I would recommend this hotel. The location is great, right across from Waikiki Beach.
An amazingly good hotel...great facilities and wonderful staff. Wonderfully designed and in a perfect location. Restaurants good and pool and gym facilities excellent. Staff very pleasant and professional and concierge very helpful.