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4.5
Very Good 3425 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Calm ocean water thanks to the offshore reef
  • Much of the staff is bilingual
  • Lobby chandeliers, dripping with more than 28,000 pieces of colored glass, are original to the hotel
  • The blooming wall of orchids in the lobby stairwell
  • Prints by famous Hawaii graphic designer John Melville Kelly, cultural artifacts and seashell shadow boxes lend a sense of place to the rooms
  • The quiet serenity of the hotel — sleep with your balcony doors open to the sounds of the sea

What To Know

  • Twenty-minute drive from the Honolulu Airport
  • Free shopping shuttle transports guests to the Kahala Mall, Ala Moana Shopping Center and the Royal Hawaiian Center in the heart of Waikiki
  • Nightlife is limited to a quiet piano bar
  • Remote location means you’ll need to drive for entertainment beyond what the hotel offers
  • Most people choose to swim in the ocean, so the pool is on the small side

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

With a stay at The Kahala Hotel & Resort in Honolulu (Kahala), you’ll be close to Kapiolani Community College and Diamond Head. This 5-star resort is within close proximity of Kapiolani Park and Waikiki Shell.

Make yourself at home in one of the 338 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). If you’d like to spend the day shopping, you can hop on the complimentary shuttle.

Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 5 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.

Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Planning an event in Honolulu? This resort has 13000 square feet (1208 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and meeting rooms. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.

How to Get There

The Kahala Hotel & Resort
5000 Kahala Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 3425 Reviews
Perfect family getaway spot
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I have stayed at the Kahala several times in the past few years, usually traveling with my in-laws. This most recent time we all took my baby daughter to the Kahala to celebrate her first birthday. It’s a wonderful place to stay for families, with plenty of kid-friendly accommodations and places to roam around.

As would be expected for a resort on Oahu, the beach is beautiful, and not too crowded since it’s a bit removed from Honolulu. The rooms are comfortable, although the mattresses are a bit too soft for our tastes. The rooms included breakfast at the restaurant buffet, which was well-done as restaurant buffets go, with a wide array of options. Definitely try the thin crepes. You’re on vacation, and they’re worth it.

The concierge was very helpful in arranging daytime activities, recommending among other things a drive up the east coast of the island that was breathtaking.

Also, since it was our baby’s first birthday, we took advantage of the photography services offered by Pacific Dream Photography. They did a wonderful job. Our photographer, Macy, was especially good with our baby, bringing out her absolute best. Keep in mind that the photo packages are pricey, and unfortunately the price lists they provide are somewhat deceptive in terms of showing the full price. Fortunately the representative was understanding, and we were able to work out a package that was suitable for us.

All told, we’ve been very pleased with the Kahala, and look forward to many return visits in the future.

Elegant, understated, luxurious, gorgeous, perfect hotel
Reviewed 3 days ago

I will not go back to Oahu if we cannot stay at the Kahala. It is sheer perfection. The staff are incredible, the food is terrific and the ambiance in every setting is sublime. it is a place you can relax and call home, albeit a very luxurious and indulgent home. The grounds are well planned and gorgeous. The beach is beautiful, the water is easy to get into and out of, there is no rush for beach chairs. We came here 3 years ago and were looking forward to when we could next come. We will not wait so long next time. We are coming back next year.
The circle drive up to the front door is so welcoming with shallow long steps up into the side of the hotel. The lobby, reception area and front room next to the Veranda are gorgeous and just invite you to sit down and have a drink and enjoy the tropical breeze blowing through the hotel. I agree with the title another reviewer gave it, so I will close with it: BEST OF THE BEST.

Best of the Best!
Reviewed 4 days ago

5 Full stars no question. The grounds, room and staff all stand out as a cut above all others. Best beach, Resturant, food, the Brunch is to die for. Highly recomend this a a great couples or family get away...Ron & Ana

Outstanding - trio of a lifetime
Reviewed 4 days ago

Stopped here just over a week ago with my husband as part of our three week honeymoon trip, this hotel was by far our favourite.
From start to finish the staff were phenomenal and would go above and beyond to meet our expectations.
We booked a dolphin lanai room which was breathtaking, we spent many hours watching the dolphins pass by our feet.
The hotel sits in a quiet location with its very own beach. The pool staff deserve a lot of credit for how hard they work to make everyone feel comfortable around the pool and beach.
You can’t explain the pure paradise and credit this place truly deserves, book up and see it for yourself.

Best travel experience ever
Reviewed 5 days ago

Absolutely amazing experience! My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and couldn’t have had a better time over the 10 days we were there. FIVE BIG STARS ALL AROUND!! The property itself is stunning with a beautiful secluded beach, gorgeous gardens everywhere, a great pool area, and a completely unique and amazing dolphin and green turtle sanctuary where a group of highly trained marine biologists offer educational and specialized emersion programs for hotel guests and visitors. A real highlight of the property! There are a number of outstanding restaurants on the property including Arancino’s for incredible Italian fare and Huko’s for more traditional Hawaiian cuisine. We highly recommend both! As much as we could go on about the physical features of the property, by far the most noticeable feature was the incredible service and hospitality we received from virtually every member of the resort team. From check in where Steve Tabiolo, Director of Front Office Operations, personally handled our accommodations, placing us in a beautiful ocean front suite with a great lanai, to Carlos Penaherrera, Guest Services Supervisor, who very politely helped us with a number of requests, to Anji at the pool bar and Dean at the concierge desk, both who gave us great recommendations of places to go and restaurants to try, the exceptional attention to detail and personal attention we received from every resort staff member we encountered made this trip one of the very best experiences we have enjoyed. We can’t wait to go back!!