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Alohilani Resort, Waikiki Beach

by Matthew Wexler
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Following a $125 million redevelopment, the former Pacific Beach Hotel reopened as the 'Alohilani Resort in 2017. The refurbishment included a transformation of the public spaces, restaurants, 839 rooms (plus eight suites), and, of course, a gorgeous infinity pool. 

A range of packages and perks — along with its convenient location to attractions throughout Waikiki Beach — have invigorated the historic property, which sits on land belonging to Queen Liliuokalani’s (the last monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom) Trust. 

It's All in the Details

What You Need to Know

The Look

Floor-to-ceiling windows highlight the porte-cochère, which seamlessly flows into the bustling lobby, where you'll find hand-wrapped, basket-woven teak pillars and a beautiful coral wall sculpture. The newly restored, 280,000-gallon saltwater Oceanarium is home to over 550 marine animals. It's the perfect place to gather before the day’s adventures, or to enjoy a cocktail at the on-site O Bar

Accommodations include private lanais (balconies), which feature ocean, city, or Diamond Head views. Pops of blue and green accent the soothing natural palette of white and taupe. Bathrooms feature Malie Organics Koke’e-scented bath amenities; suites are equipped with marble accents and soaking tubs. 

The Vibe

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 (rooms from $309 per night; suites from $899 per night), you’ll likely spot well-heeled travelers along with a few toddler-toting families. 

The Longboard Club offers access to an exclusive indoor/outdoor club-level space, featuring a decadent breakfast buffet with make-your-own acai bowls (6 a.m. to 10 a.m.), afternoon wine tastings (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and private cabanas (subject to availability). 

Who Will Love It

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 chef Masaharu Morimoto. 

Who Might Not

Those in search of an off-the-beaten-path or a boutique experience might find the high-energy vibe (combined with the large number of guests) a bit overwhelming.

Best Amenity

Be sure to set aside an afternoon at the fifth-floor Swell Pool & Bar. Cabana rentals start at $175 (plus $100 food and drink minimum) and can hold up to eight guests. Stay until sunset to witness the rotating video art series projected on the hotel’s exterior wall.

Money Matters

What’s Included

Plenty of perks come with the resort fee (see below) including high-speed wifi, fitness classes, and access to facilities at the on-site Island Club & Spa. The fee also includes an eco-friendly water bottle along with purified water stations throughout the property, in-room Keurig coffeemakers with custom-blend coffee, and complimentary access to the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About

There is a $45 per night resort amenity fee and a one-time fee of $5 in partnership with the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative. Valet parking is $45 per night, while self-parking is $40 per night. 

How to Get a Deal

Consider visiting in the shoulder season (April and May and October and November;  not including Thanksgiving week) for lower rates. Also, check out the property's offers tab, which showcases several ways to save — plus seasonal promotions and discounts. 

Getting There

In the Neighborhood

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

Nearest Airport

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

TheBus offers 103 routes throughout Oahu and costs $2.50 per ride and includes a free transfer valid for up to two hours. 

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.

It's All in the Details