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The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club For The Hip And Cool In Waikiki

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The Ultra-hip and Cool Waikiki Boutique Hotel

Some want views of Waikiki Beach and the ocean spreading before them, some want to be pampered and sleep in luxury, others like me are looking for a combination of all of the above. I want an affordable price that doesn’t break my bank, a location that allows me to walk to everything including shopping, dining, and of course the Waikiki surf. On top of that, I also appreciate modern amenities that make my hotel room an extension of the life I live back home. Am I asking for too much? No. The Surjack Hotel & Swim Club in Waikiki offers all of the above except views of the Pacific Ocean and I’m okay with that as you will be once you see what this Waikiki boutique hotel has to offer its guests. A slice of Aloha with a hipster edge. Welcome to the Surfjack.

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club Waikiki boutique hotel - photo courtesy of the Surfjack

The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club Waikiki boutique hotel – photo courtesy of the Surfjack

As this is not my first time in Waikiki or Honolulu for that matter I’ve had the opportunity to stay in quite a few different hotels. From right on the beach to a major hotel with all the amenities and services one would expect. What I’m finding out is that I love staying at the smaller boutique hotels. I love them because when I stay there I am one of a few not one of a thousand. Waikiki is already busy enough and I love that the staff quickly know my name and face, as I get to know theirs.

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The Surjack is located one block from Ala Wai Boulevard and Canal and about 5 to 7 mins walking distance to Waikiki Beach. It is tucked away from the noise of Kalakaua Avenue yet still easy strolling distance to the beach, the International Marketplace and a world of restaurants and bars.

My first impression when I arrived was that I was checking into an Ace Hotel. It is not but certainly is inspired by the modern hip design esthetic shared by the Ace Hotel.



The ground level is home to the front desk/registration area, an independent coffee shop and boutique, and the Mahina & Sun’s restaurant. All of this is surrounds the courtyard pool which is completely open to the sky.

Registration and front desk overlooking the courtyard pool at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Registration and front desk overlooking the courtyard pool at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Family friendly pool at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

A family-friendly pool at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

The Surfjack has 112 rooms that are vintage inspired but have all the modern conveniences. Let me take you on a tour of my room.

Pretty “suite” wouldn’t you say. Not much of a view from my room but who needs it when all the view I need is a short walk from the hotel.

For those moments when you need a little quiet time by yourself, there is no better place to hang than the open courtyard lounge areas surrounding the pool. Bring a book, order a cocktail and relax by the pool in mid-century inspired comfort.

The Surfjack lobby and lounge area

The Surfjack lobby and lounge area

Cocktail o'clock at Mahina and Suns at the Surfjack Hotel

Cocktail o’clock at Mahina and Suns at the Surfjack Hotel

If you are looking for a place to wine and dine there is Mahina & Sun’s also on the ground floor. It is Honolulu-born chef Ed Kenney’s fourth eatery and features his delicious and groundbreaking take on island cuisine. It’s elevated Hawaiian home cooking.

The bar at the Surfjack Hotel

The bar at the Surfjack Hotel

My friends were treated to the house speciality, Mahina’s Family Feast which includes a whole fried or steamed fish. As I don’t usually eat much fish I opted instead for the Kunoa Strip Loin which was just as tasty. If the moans and groans coming from my friends were any indication it was a great meal all around.

Kunoa Strip Loin at Mahina & Suns in the the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Kunoa Strip Loin at Mahina & Suns in the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

One of the perks of staying at the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club includes the use of the hotel’s collection of Solé Bicycles. A perfect way to cruise through Waikiki.

So what kind of hotel are you looking for when you visit Hawaii? If a modern, hip, cool and reasonably price Waikiki boutique hotel is for you then welcome to the Surjack.

Wish you were here at the Surfjack Hotel Waikiki

Wish you were here at the Surfjack Hotel Waikiki

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Thanks to Visit Oahu for inviting and hosting me while I was in Honolulu. All views and opinions are 100% my own.


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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