What was old is new again. In 2016, the then Pacific Beach Hotel underwent a massive $100+ million redevelopment. The complete makeover involved all 800+ hotel rooms and included all public spaces. The fruits of this investment was partially unveiled in late 2017 when the hotel was rebranded and reimagined as the Alohilani Resort. What can you expect? A modern and contemporary vibe that evokes calming relaxation, or, as they like to call it, Aloha Chic.
The Alohilani invited us for a weekend staycation in December to check out some of the new features at the resort. We decided to spend the weekend to simply explore the Alohilani, since there were so many new things to see, taste, and experience. The first thing that I noticed when I entered the very open and spacious lobby was the fabulous sculpture installation by renown artist, Nina Helms.
Upon checking-in, we received tickets for complimentary mai tais at the O Bar. I noticed many of the guests also enjoying their complimentary mai tais!
Of course, we had to sample a few of the appetizers at O Bar, like the ahi poke dip. Tip: The O Bar does have happy hour specials from 3:30PM-5:00PM and 9:00PM-10:00PM.
Our room was spectacular and an experience in and of itself. The first thing that we noticed when we opened the door to our room was the impressive views of iconic Leahi, better known around the world as Diamond Head.
And then you step out on to the balcony and you see this. Talk about panoramic views.
The Swell Pool & Bar at the Alohilani is likely where you will spend a lot of your time. Tip: Enjoy it during sunset….because…why wouldn’t you?
The Swell Bar is at your beck and call. What are you having?
If you’re like me, then you’ve got to start your day with a nice workout. We later followed up the gym session at the Island Club and Spa with a couples massage, which is also available in this new facility inside of the Alohilani. We’re already planning our next massage session at the Island Club and Spa.
Waikiki’s latest brunch experience is at Alohilani’s Lychee. I should also mention that Lychee overlooks the large 280,000 gallon Oceanarium, filled with hundreds of tropical fish. Check out this article for a Lychee post filled with photos from brunch.
And when you’re exhausted, you head back to the hotel room, and again…Diamond Head, but this time at night. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Alohilani, and especially enjoyed the friendly staff that made us feel so welcome.
Some Alohilani Insider Tips
2490 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Our Favorite Alohilani Resort Perks
- Access to the Island Club and Spa in the Alohilani
- The Monkeypod Kids Club offers activities for children
- Extremely knowledgeable and friendly Concierge
- We loved the complimentary mai tai at check-in
- Lychee Brunch (weekends only) includes champagne and live music
Our Favorite Nearby Attractions
- Waikiki Beach is a short 5-minute walk away, or 60 steps from door to shore!
- The International Marketplace is a 6-minute walk away
- The Honolulu Zoo is a 7-minute walk away
- The Waikiki Aquarium is a 13-minute walk away
- Diamond Head is a 8-minute drive away