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 staff at the Surf jack was consistently warm, helpful, and fun! The rooms are on the small side, as is the pool, but there are some thoughtful details that you don't usually find at a mid-priced hotel here. I loved free bicycles, beach chairs, and canvas tote bags available to borrow. Lewers is a nice street -- off the hubbub of the main drags, and quiet at night, but an easy walk or bike to all of Waikiki. We were two adult friends sharing a room for four nights and we slept really well at the Surfjack. i would stay here again. It's a cute hotel and a great value.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Surfjack and would definitely stay there again. Great location and proximity to all we needed, yet quiet at night. Loved the beach chairs on offer and used them regularly as it's only a short walk to the Beach. The pool area is great, lovely vibe, relaxing cool music. We enjoyed their regular nightly entertainment from local singling artists to local artisan markets. Dined in house too and food was delicious and can easily vouch for the Aperol Spritz's we enjoyed daily...
The staff were all very friendly and accommodating and added to the overall experience. Best coffee at Olive & Oliver coffee shop in the lobby!
Will definitely be back!
The hotel was amazing. As soon as we arrived we could feel a warm sense of Aloha. From the valet, front desk clerks to the housekeepers, everyone we met was very nice and welcoming. Our room was very clean and we liked all the personal touches which made us feel like home. The pool is small but very inviting with the words “wish you were here” written across the bottom. We had breakfast in the restaurant twice, and had the same waiter each morning. When he found out we were returning Locals, he extended a special local rate. He was very friendly and the food was really good.
The hotel is centrally located in Waikiki. Coffee shop right next door made it very convenient.
We came back to Hawaii for a very special event. My moms 90th surprise birthday party.
Staying at the Surfjack was a pleasant surprise.
Would we come back to this hotel? Definitely!
Great hotel .Smaller budget type hotel but full of atmosphere and fun. Friendly staff made this hotel even more emjoyable. Excellently situated. Short walk to the main street of Waikiki with all its attractions. Great for couples and also families. Cannot say enough good about this hotel
This is a great hotel....very clean and staff very friendly and helpful. Within walking distance of beach and many restaurants and shops. They provide beach chairs for your use. There is entertainment by the pool every evening. Very good experience for our first visit to paradise!