The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club
What We Love
- The retro vibe full of Hawaiian flavor
- Relaxing at the poolside cabanas’ comfy sofas while listening to mellow ukulele tunes
- Outdoor movie screenings, fashion shows, and live music scheduled year-round
- The restaurant’s delicious local seafood, including sickle pomfret and broadbill swordfish, and fresh organic vegetables
What To Know
- Waikiki Beach is four blocks away
- Rates are affordable compared to nearby beachfront properties
- Dog-friendly property
- A concierge can organize farm excursions, mid-century architecture walking tours and other off-site activities
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
1960s tiki culture gets an update at this fun boutique hotel with an eye-catching pool and a top-notch restaurant
Set in a renovated 1961 modernist building, the Surfjack retains that era’s flavor while championing Waikiki’s current trends in design, art, and food. An oval pool at the center of the U-shaped hotel steals the spotlight thanks to local artist Matthew Tapia’s underwater mosaic reading “Wish You Were Here.” While there are only a handful of lounge chairs for sunbathing, the pool area—dubbed The Swim Club—is surrounded by comfortable cabanas decorated with midcentury armchairs and black-and-white murals emulating waves, along with a coffee bar and a boutique dedicated to beach culture. There’s also a bar doling out Mai Tais and tacos as part of the in-house restaurant Mahina & Sun’s, where top Hawaiian chef Ed Kenney serves locally sourced seafood in a breezy dining room that features fun design elements like wallpapers patterned with the shaka (hang loose) sign. Most of the interiors were created through collaborations with local artists, including the 112 bungalow-chic rooms, which have whitewashed cane-reed ceilings, Koa carvings, framed vintage photos, and surf-themed illustrations.
In the Area
A visit to Waikiki Beach, about a 10-minute walk from the hotel, is a must, but don’t miss out on the legendary surf culture of Oahu’s North Shore, about an hour away by car. It’s worth sticking around the hotel around sunset to take advantage of its roster of events, which include live music by local songwriters and DJs. Elsewhere in Waikiki, you can check out the shops at the open-air mall Waikiki Beach Walk, then head to dinner at MW Restaurant, a casual space run by two established chefs who give Hawaiian home cooking an upscale makeover. For late-night cocktails with a view, stop by Sky Waikiki, a 19th-floor lounge and nightclub.
How to Get There
The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club was the perfect escape for a much needed vacation! If you want a more laid back vibe and friendly atmosphere, this is the place. The staff are some of the best I have seen in their business. They make you feel like family as soon as you check in to the time you regretfully have to check out. With added perks of free coffee, sunscreen, beach bags to use during your stay and wonderful music by the pool each night, we couldn't have asked for a better time. The bed was so comfortable and the rooms were kept very clean. The restaurant food was very good. In fact, we ate there a couple of nights during our stay to enjoy the wonderful musicians. We are already looking forward to going back! Mahalo to all of the Surfjack Staff!
The open air of the central area is awesome. The front desk, restaurant, and pool are all in the same open-air area on the ground floor. We ate breakfast at the restaurant on back to back days because the food was so good. During the late afternoon, there is a good happy hour deal. Bed was comfortable, room was clean and nicely decorated. Highly recommend this hotel.
Mixed a little business with a few days of vacation. The room was great, food was excellent, the staff was responsive to anything we needed and went out of their way to make us feel at home. Great family atmosphere around the pool. Music every night with top tier musicians. Perfect place to get away. We will be back hopefully for many years to come. Lynette your staff are the best. Thank You