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
First off, we stayed 2 nights at the Surfjack. I have to admit I was expecting more of an Ace Hotel style vibe (but obvi smaller & island style) ... just because of its mid century swank & instagramable cuteness! What we got was, I think, a pretty good value for a place in Waikiki, AMAZING STAFF (literally everyone was delightful!) and a few things I didn’t bargain for that I’m throwing out just in case they matter to you. 1. The room was small and the bed was too. Bed was full size, I believe and we could feel the springs in it. Room was decorated well and we had a great view of the pool! The small room and bed didn’t suck- but it wasn’t a wow either. 2. There are loads of families and kids. During our stay, it seems almost exclusively families and kids in the pool! Everyone was great and kiddos were fine. But I think I had expected a bit more of a chic adult vibe. 3. Parking is $35 a day and there is an additional $25 a day mandatory to use their bag, towels, and if you eat at their bar or restaurant - a $10 credit back. So, it’s $15 or $25... however you want to splice it. Whatever - it’s a resort fee! We brought our own beach towels and bags so their cute totes & towels felt less like an amenity and more like a non optional fee. We were on our babymoon and are also very laid back so none of this was a deal breaker AT ALL! The hotel is designed beautifully, truly ALL the staff was great and for a couple nights - it’s really worth it. I just wouldn’t advise a long stay if you’re looking for a grown & sexy vibe. It was a good experience but lacked for us in some key areas. I’d go back but I’d have different expectations for it.
Our entire family, including two usually brooding teenagers, had an unexpected "best trip ever" to Oahu last week. This was in large part to this super cool hotel, it's creative, independent vibe and the sweetheart staff. Rooms were large, clean and stylish. We got the one bedroom suite with balcony and it fit the whole fam just fine. The rates were killer compared to anything else in Waikiki and we easily walked to the beach each day with hotel provided chairs and towels. Sai and Ken were our daily send off buddies from the front desk and answered every question I could up with throughout the week. The daytime valet often gave us fantastic tips for our day trips. One day they led us to the coolest surf watching experience at Pipeline ever. Each day they have live music and interesting activities in their midcentury open air pool and lobby area. We can't wait to contact Krystle Carbajal to book our next trip to this hotel. We have traveled all over the world and always look for interesting and luxurious accommodations. This is one of the hippest and happiest places we have ever stayed.
We just completed our third stay at the Surfjack Hotel in the last year. Each subsequent stay has been better then the previous experience. The professionalism of the staff is only exceeded by their friendliness. You are treated as family during your entire stay. SAI and the front desk staff exemplify the aloha spirit for the entire crew at the hotel, from housekeeping to room service.
Look forward to our next visit.
Jim & Donna Byerlotzer
Super cute boutique hotel. We loved almost everything about it.
What we loved about our stay:
-Service was great with most hotel staff.
-Good water pressure and we overall loved the rooms.
-Sheets were nice on the beds.
A few things that can be improved:
-Sofa in living room is not very comfortable & beds are okay.
-Pool water has too much chlorine and the area around the pool is very, very slippery. My husband slipped and had a sore knee and wrist for duration of stay and after.
-They pool hours for kids should be extended to the same hours as adults.
-Limited room service hours and menu. Also, I wish they used real plates and silverware and not take out containers and single use utensils. They did use eco friendly kind to their credit.
We would definitely stay here again and recommend this hotel to others.
We live on Kauai and I have a business on Vancouver, so we are often transitioning through Honolulu. We found this lovely gem after staying at a not so great place close by, and walking by the Surfjack. It looked like everyone was having fun so we decided that we would stay there on our next visit. That was 2 years ago and we’ve never looked back! The staff is like family to us and our 3 year old now refers to Honolulu and Surfjack synonymously. The rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable, and the hotel offers a lot of activities for the whole family. We would be hard pressed to stay anywhere else! ♥️