Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
What We Love
- Guests can choose between three wings, one housed in the original 1901 classic hotel
- Waikiki’s only beachfront spa
- The array of al fresco dining options
- The beach and pool are in a prime spot, with Diamond Head and Pacific Ocean views
What To Know
- A daily resort fee of around $32 is charged to each room and includes access to fitness classes and WiFi
- Pets are not allowed
- Reservations are recommended for the spa and the Verandah afternoon tea
- Children are well catered-for at the hotel's Poppins Day Care
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Known as “The First Lady of Waikiki,” this legendary stay–in all its Victorian glory–is a Honolulu landmark, updated for the 21st century with amenities like a freshwater pool, world-class beachfront spa, and sleek fitness center. The resort makes the most of its storied history, retaining Old World rituals like afternoon tea (complete with posh finger sandwiches and scones) at the Verandah. Dining venues are of the breezy al fresco variety, apart from the Bin1901 piano bar, located near the grand staircase in the building’s historic wing, which serves handcrafted cocktails and wines from a globe-trotting list.
In the Area
O’ahu contains a wealth of diversions, and one way to see them all is to embark on a day-long tour of the island by coach with Discover Hawaii Tours, taking in legendary big-surf beaches and secluded, little-known spots. Alternately, lace up your hiking boots and explore the lush volcanic rainforest on a two-mile roundtrip guided hike to a stunning 200-foot drop waterfall. Don’t leave the island without experiencing a traditional luau–one of the most popular is Paradise Cove, featuring a buffet and entertainment set on 12 oceanfront acres.
How to Get There
Stayed here for two nights. The hotel has a nice feel. Kind of like you are at Disneyland but in Hawaii. Lots of comfortable places to sit and people/view watch. Lots of action. The rooms are very small and can be loud. We are Platinum Elite and had a front view of the ocean.
I booked 4-nights here with my husband and our 3 young children upon the advice that the Moana Surfrider was one of the nicest hotels in Oahu. On the surface, yes - it is a gorgeous hotel and its location right on Waikiki beach and in the centre of the strip is immaculate. However, the perks, in my opinion, end there.
Upon arriving with at least 12 pieces of luggage, a pram and toddler and the rest of my family, the bell hops completely overlooked us at the front door - they were more pre-occupied with taking photos of the bridesmaids at a wedding that was happening there. And once inside, at least another two bell hops walked straight past us without offering to assist. We took all the luggage up to the room ourselves!
We had an ocean front room which had lovely views of the beach, but the air conditioning was so loud, we couldn't have it on at night which made for restless sleeps all round. The walls were also paper thin - I heard someone having a coughing attack every night in the room next door. Also, for such a big hotel - the pool is tiny and basic.
I am not one to complain and I am more than happy to pay for a luxury hotel, but I would expect the service and amenities to match the price tag. After staying at the Hyatt Regency in Maui immediately prior which came with a proper island welcome with leis and loads of family-friendly facilities etc, Moana felt cold and unwelcoming with unhappy and unfriendly staff.
I won't be staying here again.
Stayed 4 nights in the older part of the hotel and enjoyed our visit. Right on the beach and in the middle of Waikiki. Nice room and the street noise did not bother us too much but it was evident each night. Drinks are expensive but the setting is great and the entertainment good too. Our only gripe was trying to get a deck chair near the pool which we were never able to do. On most occasions the chairs were vacant for hours but had been "claimed" by other guests or visitors with a towel or shopping bag. 40-50 deck chairs, a dozen people in the pool and and many chairs unoccupied but "claimed", management needs to look into this.