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‘Alohilani Resort

by Matthew Wexler
Photo: Courtesy of Alohilani Resort
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With its idyllic oceanfront locale, acclaimed food and drink scene, fascinating culture and history, and postcard-worthy scenery (looking at you, Diamond Head), it’s no wonder that Honolulu is a bucket-list destination for many travelers. While the city is home to dozens of beautiful beach resorts, few can compare to ‘Alohilani Resort. Just steps away from the world-famous Waikiki Beach, this expansive oceanfront property — which sits on land belonging to Queen Liliuokalani’s Trust (she was the last monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom) — offers an abundance of noteworthy amenities, from a swanky infinity pool and stylish restaurants to high-end rooms and suites and an on-site aquarium (yes, really!). 

What You Need to Know

The Look of 'Alohilani Resort

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Floor-to-ceiling windows highlight the beautiful courtyard, which seamlessly flows into the bustling lobby, where you'll find hand-wrapped, basket-woven teak pillars and a beautiful coral wall sculpture. However, the centerpiece is the two-story, 280,000-gallon saltwater Oceanarium, which is home to over 550 marine animals and the perfect place to gather before the day’s adventures. Pro tip: Pop by for one of the daily fish feedings at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

The rooms and suites are just as serene as the common spaces thanks to a soothing, neutral color palette of white and taupe, along with light wooden headboards, bespoke furnishings, plenty of natural light, and expansive private lanais (balconies) with, in the very least, partial ocean views. Consider splurging on one of the aptly named Seascape Suites (one- and two-bedroom options available), which are outfitted with deep soaking tubs, dining areas, wet bars, and, last but not least, Longboard Club access (more on that in a bit!)

The Vibe at 'Alohilani Resort

The sprawling property draws an international crowd seeking ‘Alohilani’s central location and easy access to the beach and nightlife scene. Given the price point, you’ll likely spot well-heeled travelers along with a few toddler-toting families. 

While the location is superb, technically, you have everything you need on-site, including 11 drinking and dining venues. The restaurants and bars here are (pretty much) always bustling, and the recently opened La Bettola is a must-visit. The haute Italian eatery features local ingredients and fresh-caught seafood (don’t miss the signature uni pasta), and boasts the Oceanarium as its backdrop.

Who Will Love 'Alohilani Resort

Architectural and interior design enthusiasts will appreciate the property's sophisticated aesthetic. Meanwhile, foodies will gravitate to the breadth of on-site dining options, including Morimoto Asia (dim sum, stir-fry, and Peking duck are a few staples) and Momosan (which serves up ramen, yakitori, and izakaya-style rice dishes). Both eateries are the brainchild of acclaimed Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. 

Who Might Not Love 'Alohilani Resort

Those searching for an off-the-beaten-path spot or a boutique experience might find the sprawling resort and its high-energy vibe (combined with the large number of guests) overwhelming.

Best Amenity at 'Alohilani Resort

Be sure to set aside an afternoon at the fifth-floor Swell Pool & Bar. Cabana rentals here start at $300 (plus $150 food and drink minimum) and can hold up to eight guests — those who don’t want to splurge on an entire cabana can rent water loungers (two for $40). Stay until sunset to witness the rotating video art series projected onto the hotel’s exterior wall. 

Those who book the Elevate Your Stay package (or aforementioned Seascape Suites) also gain access to The Longboard Club, and exclusive indoor/outdoor club-level space that includes a daily breakfast spread with make-your-own acai bowls, a selection of wine and craft beers, international cheese and charcuterie selections, and made-to-order pasta in the evenings. Private cabanas are also available (subject to availability).

Money Matters

What’s Included at 'Alohilani Resort

As part of their stay, travelers enjoy free Wi-Fi, fitness center access, and complimentary admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About at 'Alohilani Resort

A $50 nightly resort amenity fee includes all of the above plus: 

How to Get a Deal at 'Alohilani Resort

Check out the property's offers tab, which showcases several ways to save (think: resort credits, discounted room rates, and daily breakfast) — plus seasonal promotions and discounts. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood of 'Alohilani Resort

Waikiki Beach is just 60 steps away (really!) and a 15-minute walk brings you to the International Marketplace, which features 75 retailers. The Waikiki Aquarium (two miles away) hosts the island’s only farm-to-table luau. The Pig & The Lady is about 20 minutes away by car; it's an absolute must-visit for incredible (and modern) Vietnamese cuisine.

Nearest Airport to 'Alohilani Resort

Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is about a half-hour from the resort; a ride-share will cost anywhere from $30 to $50. The Roberts Hawaii Airport Shuttle is $18 per person for arrivals and $16 per person for departures. Public transportation ($2.50) will get you within one block of the hotel, but the ride can take up to 90 minutes.  

Nearest Public Transportation to 'Alohilani Resort

The Liliʻuokalani Ave & Kūhiō Ave. bus stop is a one-minute walk from the property. 

The Bottom Line

‘Alohilani Resort's upscale aesthetic feels fresh and inviting for travelers who value high-impact design — and plenty of convenient options for dining and activities.

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