The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Avenue | Honolulu, HI 96816 [See Map]
#2 in Best Honolulu - Oahu Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
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Based on 1642 reviews

U.S. News Review

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 pool. The hotel also boasts an 800-foot 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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Awards Received

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1642 guests have reviewed the The Kahala Hotel & Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1642 reviews)

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5000 Kahala Avenue | Honolulu, HI 96816 [See Full Map]