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
This place is amazing. We will definitely recommend it to all our family and friends. The front desk staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. We loved the coffee bar right there at the front entrance. The food in the dining room was so good we ate there for quite a few of our meals
Note: would give this hotel a 4.5 rating if I could.
The previous reviews and the title say it all. The check-in was smooth and effortless, and the staff were courteous and professional. Even though we arrived early (before 11), a room was available and we were promptly given the keys. We appreciated the one-on-one approach, where a staff member sat down with you to review all of the hotel's amenitities and the surrounding area. People staying at the hotel receive a $10 a day discount from the restaurant, which is a nice touch (more if you stay for 3 nights or more).
Our room was comfortable. It was a decent size with a very cozy bed and pillows. We liked having the option to choose air conditioning, the ceiling fan, or opening the door to our lanai to ventilate and cool the room (it can get a bit noisy outside, making these options all the more important).
The bathroom was clean, and the shower had great water pressure. The hotel uses high-quality shampoo, conditioner, and soap, and these little touches elevate the experience.
WiFi worked well in the room and in the lobby. The location is excellent, where one can easily stroll along the canal, head towards the beaches, or shop at the many stores in the area.
We did have dinner at Mahina & Suns, and a seperate review has been prepared for it.
Upon checkout and if you're leaving for the airport, check the prices on Lyft and Uber first and then ask the representatives at the front desk if a cheaper option is available. We were able to get a taxi for a $29 flat rate, inclusive of gratuity/tip. The cheapest price on Uber was more than $32 before tip and this was early Saturday morning.
Surfjack was very convenient for us. It’s so close to everything we walked to the beach shops . Nice and quite place the rooms were very clean and spacious. Staff were very friendly and helpful will definitely go back there again
There are lots of nice things everywhere in the hotel. Especially rent-a-cycle was fun ridding very slowly. I absolutely think cool people can enjoy and relax in here! And we can get iconic T-shirt at olive&oliver is good!
Surfjack was conveniently located close to Waikiki without being close to the main hub. It was quiet and peaceful and staff were helpful and friendly. Rooms were clean and spacious. There was no view of the beach or water, but that didn't really matter. The pool was nice and nightly music and ambience cool. It was what I would call, a no fuss place to stay.