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The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Avenue | Honolulu, HI 96816 [SHOW ON MAP]
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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
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Awards Received:

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2014
  • Concierge.com Editors' Pick
  • Conde Nast Readers' Choice List 2013
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels


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How it Ranks: The Kahala Hotel & Resort ranks #2 out of 201 Honolulu - Oahu Hotels based on an evaluation of expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews. The hotel scored high enough to make the exclusive U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in the USA.

Our Take: The Kahala Hotel & Resort — located a few miles from Diamond Head on the coast of the posh Kahala neighborhood — has played host to a long list of ritzy clients. Even lovebirds Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton came to stay at this Honolulu landmark after their marriage in 1964. So naturally, the rooms are fairly posh, featuring teak parquet floors, mahogany furnishings and grass-cloth covered walls. Previous guests especially like the deep soaking tubs and the private balconies or patios that come attached to every room. While you're here, take a break from the Honolulu hustle and bustle with a massage at The Kahala Spa, or simply kick back and relax in one of the cozy cabanas that line the hotel pool. The hotel also boasts an 800-foot-long stretch of beautiful white-sand beach, so you won't have to worry about fighting crowds for a spot on the shore. While you're here, recent visitors highly recommend taking advantage of Dolphin Quest: The Kahala grounds encompass a 26,000-square-foot lagoon where guests can swim with bottlenose dolphins. Afterward, enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the hotel's two restaurants.

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Location & Top Nearby Hotels

Of 201 hotels in Honolulu - Oahu, 21 are ranked on the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Honolulu - Oahu. The 10 closest to The Kahala Hotel & Resort are shown on the map below. These include Hilton Waikiki Beach (3.1 miles) and Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (3.2 miles).

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Nearby Things to Do

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is 3.2 miles from the #1 ranked Honolulu - Oahu attraction, Waikiki Beach. Of the 13 top rated attractions, the five closest ones are listed below.

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