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
- 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
Currently staying at moana surfrider. The location is great, rooms are okay, but pool area is the worse. Visitors come at 7am when the pool opens and throw towels on the chairs and leave for hours. Pool attendants say they are monitoring the chairs (they are supposed to be freed up if the visitors haven’t been on the chair for an hour), but having been at the pool for hours on several days of our trip, we can vouch that the attendants aren’t doing a good job. One lady beside us had 2 chairs blocked all day and no one used the chairs beside her. There were several other families that came to the pool and left because they couldn’t get chairs. Frustrating to see such weak controls.
I love this hotel! the historical charm, great service, and location were perfect. The room was clean and updated. Being in the center of Waikiki allowed us to walk to everything. The restaurant was excellent - we ate breakfast there every morning, and we easily walked to other restaurants in the area. Parking across the street was easy too.
I'm not sure why this hotel gets the hate that it does but my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We were here from March 2nd to March 7th, 2019. It's a wonderful hotel located in the heart of Waikiki and directly on the beach. First off, this is the first hotel ever built in Waikiki and the reason why it's called the First Lady. The hotel is gorgeous with its classical open air decor that leads to the terrace and beach. The service and staff here is phenomenal. We had no problems getting assistance with any request. We stayed in the Tower Premier Ocean View Room with a View of Diamond Head. Its was worth every penny for the view. They have onsite restaurants, gym, spa, a pool, and beach rentals. The list of included amenities that the resort fee covers is definitely worth it. It even includes a one day GoPro rental. Yes, resort fees suck but to us it was worth it this trip. The pool is a bit on the small side but who goes to Hawaii to be in a pool when the beach is just steps away. Also, for those who complain about Waikiki Beach being crowded just get there early or later in the day. Enjoy the fun of the island. If you're looking something quieter head to the North Shore for a day. Thanks again to the staff and management for making our first trip to Hawaii memorable.
I recently spent a few days with my sister at Honolulu, and being that I stayed at Moana Surfrider before a few other times, I suggested that we do the same. The hotel is just as lovely as ever, with very comfortable beds and it's so conveniently located. The BEST part of our stay was definitely our experience with Nelly, the concierge. She patiently booked everything for us, and was happy to move a couple of things around later when our trip to whale watching didn't go as expected (no whales!). Service like that is hard to find (we know as my husband and I travel pretty extensively), and we wanted to especially thank Nelly for her extraordinary service. She made our girls trip wonderful!
Oh, and I must also say that we enjoyed the piano music at the lounge so much. Ethan Capone was playing. He took song requests, played Bossanova, Jazz, etc. and was absolutely delightful! We stayed pretty much the whole time he played, and he never even took a break. We would probably become groupies if we lived on the island :)
We loved our one night stay before heading out from Honolulu. The location is perfect right in the middle of Waikiki. The hotel is beautiful, the rooms are amazing, view was great too.
My two things that were not that good....the pool is very small, not really for the size of the hotel.
Beach is small and very crowded, I understand it is a public beach but it is just very uncomfortable how tight you are with the umbrellas next to you.