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A $60 million renovation in 2016, turned this hotel into a cool, vintage surf-inspired oasis with one of the most photo-worthy pools in Hawaii. It’s very laid back and relaxing, but not at all lacking in charm or polish. 


The Surfjack is known for its design and attention to detail, pulling from local designers to create every stylistic detail, from the fabric on the headboards and restaurant chairs to the wallpaper prin. The pool is probably one of the most photographed elements, with “Wish You Were Here” written out in tiles at the bottom. 


The rooms make you feel like you’re in your own private bungalow, with comfy beds, private lanais, and thoughtful design details. 


The hotel itself is on the small side, but it has a fantastic restaurant and bar, cool boutique, and they pack the schedule with lots of events and workshops (although those have slowed down a bit due to Covid restrictions). 


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412 Lewers St

Honolulu, HI 96815

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Check In / Check Out

  • Check-in: After 3 pm

  • Checkout: 12 pm



  • ~$180 - $350 / night

  • No amenity fee

  • Free validated off site parking at Hyatt Centric Garage at 349 Seaside Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815


  • Waikiki Beach — 3 min drive (or 12 min walk)

  • International Marketplace — 8 min walk

  • Chinatown — 11 min drive

  • Rumfire — 4 min drive (or 12 min walk)

  • Marukame Udon — 5 min walk

Their photo-worthy pool says it all, “Wish You Were Here.” Vintage-inspired surf vibes thanks to local designers. Opened in 2016 after a $60 million renovation.

The Surfjack | Hotel & Swim Club


"Wish You Were Here" written on the bottom of the pool at The Surfjack hotel in Waikiki — Oahu, Hawaii

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  • One, two, and three bedroom suites available. 

  • Comfy beds. 

  • Free WiFi.

  • Kitchenettes

  • Private lanai balconies with each room



  • Mahina & Sun’s: poolside restaurant and bar serving American and Hawaiian comfort food along with craft cocktails.

  • Happy Hour daily.

  • Complimentary hot tea and coffee every morning.

  • Daily cocktail hours at Mahina & Sons, poolside restaurant.



  • Instagrammable Pool with “Wish You Were Here” written out in tiles along the bottom. Raw Elements reef safe sunscreen dispensers available.

  • Private cabanas to rent by the pool.

  • Surfjack Shop and coffee bar, serving great coffee in cute, Instagrammable cups.

  • Complimentary Solé cruiser bikes can be checked out.

  • Welcome baskets filled with local snacks like mango and popcorn in each room. 

  • Use of beach totes and towels for your beach trips.

  • 24 hour front desk. There’s also a 24/7 messaging system to contact the front desk. 

  • Jack, the hotel dog, hangs around the lobby. (He’s got his own Insta @jackthehoteldog.)

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  • Live Music every night.

  • Movie Nights: vintage surf movies (with sound off) are projected above the pool in the evenings. You can watch them from the pool or the bar. 

  • Events and Classes: rotating roster of events includes DJs, musicians, chefs, sunset yoga, and flower crown workshops, just to name a few. [Note: These have slowed down a bit due to Covid restrictions.]

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  • Modify or cancel up to 72 hours before arrival. No charge. 



  • The photos make it look like the pool is on an upper level, but it's on the ground floor, right off the sidewalk. Not a big deal, but just FYI.

  • Location is a little ways from the beach. Expect a 3 min drive or 12 min walk.  

  • The pool is adults only from 6-9 daily. 

  • No coffee maker in the rooms, but they’ll bring their special blend coffee to your room, if you ask. There’s also complimentary coffee and tea at the bar every morning. 

  • No parking, but you can valet to an offsite lot for $35 / night or there’s Free Parking a couple blocks away. Contact the hotel ahead of time to get the address. 

  • No spa or gym, but they may offer things like sunset yoga classes. 

  • Rooms are on the smaller side.

  • This is a smoke-free property.

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  • Plenty for families, including the multi room suites, but probably best for teens rather than young children.



  • Dog-friendly rooms available.

  • Max 70 pounds.

  • $35 per pet / night.

  • Cats not allowed.

  • Contact the hotel for details.



  • Opened in 2016 after a $60 million renovation. 

  • They enlisted local designers to add one of a kind touches throughout the property and guest rooms. Artist Mark Chai designed the lamps. Tori Richard designed the upholstery used for the restaurant seats and guest room headboards. Roberta Oakes & Tori RIchard designed the staff uniforms. Andrew Mau designed the shaka wallpaper in the restaurant and made the Moana Vanity Mirrors. The copper Surfjack sign by the entrance was created by local jewelry designer Jason Dow. Graphic Artist Matthew Tapia hand-painted the “Wish You Were Here” text on the bottom of the pool. Artist Jeff Gress hand-painted the picnic tables next to the bar. 

  • Mahina & Sun’s is chef Ed Kenney’s 4th restaurant. He’s a four-time James Beard Award nominee. 

  • Mahina & Sun’s earned Open Table’s Diner’s Choice Award in 2020. 

  • In 2020, The Surfjack received Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award, TripAdviser’s Travelers’ Choice, and Honolulu’s Best Hotels by Jetsetter. 

Last Updated 8 / 26 / 22

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