Kristin O'Connell

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

  • Where:
  • Why:Celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday
  • When:June 2017
  • Who:Me and three of my besties.
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Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club We woke up like this.

We woke up like this.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club Woven wood screens separate the balconies – each has its own brightly colored cafe table.

Woven wood screens separate the balconies – each has its own brightly colored cafe table.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club Beds are super comfy and balconies overlook the pool.

Beds are super comfy and balconies overlook the pool.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club We loved all the patterns, prints, and ceramics throughout.

We loved all the patterns, prints, and ceramics throughout.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club So excited to be here!

So excited to be here!

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club Diamonhead Beach - the perfect place to take the bikes and enjoy the beach.

Diamonhead Beach - the perfect place to take the bikes and enjoy the beach.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club Work from local artists can be found everywhere.  We loved this 60s hand lettered Hawaii font.

Work from local artists can be found everywhere. We loved this 60s hand lettered Hawaii font.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club Everything we ate at Mahina & Suns had us making audible sounds of pleasure, but perhaps none so much as their poke bowls poolside.  Heaven on earth.

Everything we ate at Mahina & Suns had us making audible sounds of pleasure, but perhaps none so much as their poke bowls poolside. Heaven on earth.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.  The Wish You Were Here was hand painted by local lettering artist Matthew Tapia.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. The Wish You Were Here was hand painted by local lettering artist Matthew Tapia.

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club The drool worthy space of Olive + Oliver.  If you want a cute cup, order a latte; espresso comes in a plain black one.

The drool worthy space of Olive + Oliver. If you want a cute cup, order a latte; espresso comes in a plain black one.

Highs & Lows

  • Impeccable, friendly service. Every interaction with the staff made us feel like welcomed special guests.

  • Their mid-century modern, beachy decor is perfection. From the ceramic lamps, to curated quarterlies in the rooms, to the tile in the restaurant, bathrooms, and pool (oh the tile!), and the Roberta Oaks uniforms, each item blends perfectly into their brand, weaving in local artists and designers whenever possible.

  • A packed calendar of events at the hotel means you don’t have to go anywhere to be at the center of the action. From live DJs, to local beer tastings, to surf lessons and yoga on the rooftop, Surfjack keeps it cool and interesting.

  • The Surfjack has a hospitality suite for guests to shower, nap, or simply hang out in if their flight doesn’t leave until late (and hours after checkout). This was a lifesaver for us after a sweaty day at the beach and a 10:00pm flight on checkout day.

  • Too lazy to get coffee in the morning? No problemo, simply call the front desk and they’ll bring a warm cup of jo to your room.

  • In addition to having one of the best restaurants in Waikiki on their property, they also have one of the best boutiques and coffee shops: Olive + Oliver. Earthy, stylish clothes, Hawaiian inspired décor, and Surfjack souvenirs (we left with a shirt and were very tempted by their enamel mugs!).

  • Really can't think of anything for them to improve upon. We loved every minute of our stay and can't wait to go back.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique Hotel

  • Vibe

    Laid-back mid-century modern aloha.

  • Location

    Two blocks from the beach.

  • Rooms

    112

  • Music

    Soulful island lounge.

  • Year Opened

    July 2016

  • Designed By

    A collaboration between Studio Collective, Wall-to-Wall Studios, and The Vanguard Theory.

  • Health & Wellness

    No gym, but an iconic pool that will make all your friends wish they were here too. Surf lessons and yoga/pilates classes also offered.

  • Restaurant

    Yes. Local Chef Ed Kenney’s Mahina & Suns is a destination in and of itself.

  • Bar

    Yes, including poolside service.

  • Minibar

    Complimentary local snacks like sweet onion potato chips and cheese popcorn. Ours were devoured within an hour of us being in the room.

  • Children

    You could bring them (there were kids at the pool one of the days we were there), but we say leave them at home.

  • Price

    A steal for the quality, experience, and service.

  • Website

    Visit website

Swim at Diamondhead Beach

Swim at Diamondhead Beach

Diamond Head Beach Park, Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI, United States

Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art, South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI, United States

Dinner at Town

Dinner at Town

Town, Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI, United States

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, Lewers Street, Honolulu, HI, United States

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