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
We were very satisfied with this hotel. The location was close to the main shoppingstreet and the beach. Free coffe and tea all day, and calm and relaxing atmosphere at the pool. It was top service in the reseption and all employees were very serviceminded and helpful.
We just checked out after 2 nights at the SurfJack hotel and we loved it. It’s a very cute and ready boutique hotel in the middle of the Waikiki madness. The staff was very friendly and welcoming!! We had a couple of minor things happen, and they were very responsive and helpful!!
We had a 2 bedroom and found it to be spacious and perfect for us. We were two couples traveling together.
The restaurant, Mahina and Sons, is absolutely delicious!! We LOVED it!! The adobo fried rice at breakfast was so good!! The pool area was a super chill place to hang out!
We we’re on Oahu for the Bruno Mars concert and we’re surprised when the hotel had a Bruno Mars Rum tasting event!!
I LOVED all of the little details at this hotel!! The retro Hawaiian decor and the little extra touches make this the perfect place for me!! We will definitely be back!!!!
if you are looking for something more than your standard Waikiki hotel...you will find it right here. In a great spot...close to everything...retro rooms and pool area. But what makes it are the staff. They go out of their way to make sure you are having a great time.After an initial issue (twin beds on a honeymoon was never going to work!!) they couldn't have been nicer about it...and upgraded us for the remainder of our stay. Would definitely recommend to friends...and we will definitely return.
My husband and i stayed here for 3 nights. We had a great time! The staff was so friendly and willing to help us out with every need. We would definitely stay here again! Absolutely LOVED it here.yay!
Nice, quiet location. Kids get to swim until 5pm. Free surf safe sunscreen. Near a bus stop, 2 convenience stores. Great morning coffee, beach chair, beach towel.
Pool is small.
Decor feels like a beach-chalet.