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
From the 1st glimpse of this historic Waikiki hotel, you know it's a special place. Located in the heart of Waikiki Beach on the upscale side of town, built in 1901 as a place for the world's upper echelon to relax and "be seen" this hotel still retains its charm and elegance but more affordable to the "middle class" traveler. They need to upgrade their double room options to queen size beds (there certainly is enough space) but other than that, the rooms are nicely appointed and decorated. You can walk to many great restaurants and shops or hang out at the beach or sit under old Deva and enjoy a tropical cocktail at the pool bar. The Veranda at the restaurant is a great way to start the day with great ala carte options or a buffet for those with a heartier appetite. Waikiki isn't my first choice when visiting Hawaii but if I find myself back in this area, this will definitely be my hotel of choice.
Now don’t get me wrong if you want to stay right on Waikiki Beach in June it’s gonna cost you a few bucks. So we get to spend that kind of money, you might as well stay at the Moana Surfrider a Westin property. First of all it’s historic and has a lot of charm. The rooms are beautiful right on the beach and the staff certainly has the spirit of aloha. Many amenities but I recommend getting out there on the beach that’s right in front of you and you can take it from there. Thank you for my Marriott titanium room upgrade which overlooks the beach in the water. They certainly know how to treat their titanium members so kudos to you Westin. Feel like a King of Queen for a couple of days and enjoy yourself.
My wife and I stayed at the Moana Surfrider for our wedding ceremony/honeymoon. It's a beautiful historic hotel in the perfect location.
I'm writing this review to compliment Merlita, a member of the housekeeping staff. My wife accidentally left her wedding band and engagement ring on the desk. We went back to the room to retrieve them as soon as we realized what had happened. Merlita was cleaning the room at the time. I was very impressed with her professionalism and the security procedures in place at the Moana Surfrider. Before Merlita allowed us back into the room, she politely checked that our room key opened the door. She also mentioned that she had called security to take care of the items, but cancelled the call once we returned.
We really enjoyed our stay and meals at the Moana Surfrider and look forward to staying here again in the future. Thank you Merlita for helping to make our stay at the Moana Surfrider a pleasant experience!
Hotel is older, but updated and very nice. Rooms are ok size, but bathrooms quite tiny. Bonvoy members can use the lounge which save a ton of money as breakfast is very expensive, but BEWARE if traveling with kids - they charge you a very high price if your kids are over 12 and use the lounge. They are militant about checking age and i saw many families upset over this. There are two outside bars with slightly different menus and both are excellent. One of the few hotels actually on the beach. Consider renting beach chairs early as they fill up fast.
Front desk and concierge were very friendly and helpful.
Beach club access was an added bonus. The food and drink were great as well as the amenities. A huge thanks to Karen and all the lovely staff who went out of their way to make sure our stay was perfect!
We stayed in an ocean front suite. Could not fault the room and wow that view!
Recommend a day at the spa to relax. A sauna with a view is rare!
Buffet breakfast had a bit of everything and fresh food.
Centrally located and you can walk everywhere.
Housekeeping were a little slack.
Corbin from the tours desk was quite rude.
Overall an excellent hotel and would highly recommend. We stayed at The Modern last visit but would definitely stay again at Moana Surfrider next visit!