The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Ave. | Honolulu, HI 96816  [SEE MAP]Honolulu, HI  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

No resort fee
High price for parking
The Kahala Hotel & Resort — located about 3 miles southwest of Diamond Head on the coast of the 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. So naturally, the rooms are fairly posh, featuring private balconies with views of the ocean and or nearby mountains. 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 lounge chairs that line the pool. The hotel also boasts a pristine stretch of 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 feature a lagoon where guests can swim with bottlenose dolphins. Afterward, enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the hotel's multiple restaurants. The only drawback: Some guests were frustrated by the high price for parking. But, not having a resort fee makes up for most incurred costs. Keep in mind that as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, this property participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.
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Location
Honolulu, HI
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Resort hotel, 338 rooms
Primary View
Ocean
Style
Modern
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families

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Scorecard
  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Fodor's

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Hidden away in the upscale residential neighborhood of Kahala ... this elegant oceanfront hotel has played host to celebrities, princesses, the Dalai Lama, and nearly every president since Lyndon Johnson as one of Hawaii's very first luxury resorts.

Oyster.com

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A celebrity retreat since 1964, the newly renovated Kahala is quite possibly the best hotel in Oahu. Yet its vibe is more 'family fun' than 'pretentious glitz' ...

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 3298 have reviewed the The Kahala Hotel & Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3298 reviews 4.5 (based on 3298 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Standard rooms start at 550 square feet and feature a variety of views, from the Pacific Ocean and Ko’olau Mountain Range to the resort’s Dolphin Lagoon and the Diamond Head and Koko Head craters. Accommodations also feature sliding glass doors that open out onto balconies to give guests great views. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, coffee makers and chenille bathrobes.
  • Nightly turndown with bottled water
  • Tea and coffee maker

Standard room size550 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is located on Oahu and sits about 5 miles southeast of Waikiki. It's on a secluded beach that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is less than a mile from the Waialae Country Club and Waialae Beach Park. There is also a complimentary shuttle to take guests to Ala Moana Shopping Center, Waikiki and Kahala Mall.
  • About 12 miles southeast of Honolulu International Airport
  • Around 4 miles east of Honolulu Zoo
  • 24-hour valet parking ($32)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($32)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

The hotel’s dining options include Arancino at the Kahala, a modern Italian restaurant, and Hoku's, which features a blend of Hawaiian, Asian and European flavors. Plumeria Beach House is a casual, oceanfront restaurant with indoor and outdoor terraces and Seaside Grill offers lunch and poolside service. The Veranda is the on-site lounge that offers afternoon tea, cocktails, appetizers and live music.

    Number of restaurants5

    Cuisine TypesAsian, Italian, American

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • free breakfast

    Pool

    The hotel has a beachfront swimming pool that's surrounded by lounge chairs and umbrellas. There's also a small children’s swimming pool and a hot tub.
      • Lap pool
      • Wading pool
      • Lazy river
      • Family pool
      • Infinity pool
      • Whirlpool/hot tub
      • Adults-only pool
      • Lifeguard on duty
      • Poolside service
      • Waterslide
      • Deck chairs or cabanas
      • Pool bar

      Spa

      The Kahala Spa has nine treatments rooms, each equipped with a shower, deep-soaking tub, changing area and relaxation area.
      • Emphasis on Hawaiian ingredients and treatment techniques
      • Group beauty programs for couples and bridal parties available
      • Spa hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

      Services offered:

      • Massage
      • Facial
      • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
      • Salon services
      • Outdoor treatment area
      • Steam room
      • Sauna

      Kids

      The Kahala Keiki Club offers half- and full-day programs for kids ages 5 to 12. Some offered activities include hula dancing, lei-making, ukulele lessons and turtle encounters.
      • "Dolphin Quest Encounter" program invites families to swim with dolphins in the on-site lagoon
      • Kids Club
      • Free Kids Club
      • Fee for Kids Club
      • Cribs
      • High Chairs

      Fitness

      The hotel’s CHI Health Energy Fitness Center features cardio and strength-training equipment. There are also personal trainers on-site as well as fitness classes for $25 and a stand-up paddleboarding yoga class for $35. Water sports equipment, such as snorkel gear, boogie boards, sailboats, kayaks and more can be rented at the hotel.
        • Weight equipment
        • Cardio equipment
        • Yoga mats
        • Free fitness classes
        • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

        Business

        The hotel houses everything needed for a business gathering, including boardrooms, ballrooms and function spaces as well as a 24-hour business center, catering and event planners.
        • Business services include photocopying, printing, shipping, equipment rental and secretarial services

        Number of meeting rooms7

        • Business center
        • Meeting rooms
        • Meeting and event planners available

        Pets

        Pets that weigh 25 pounds or less are allowed for a fee of $150.
          • Pets allowed (with fee)
          • Dog walking
          • Pet-sitting

          Wedding

          For couples looking for a tropical destination wedding, the Kahala has wedding packages and offerings available. There are oceanfront ceremony areas to choose from and couples can hold their receptions in one of two ballrooms, or in an oceanfront reception room.
          • Hotel has relationships with island photographers
          • Pastry chef on-site for custom-designed wedding cakes

          Maximum wedding guest capacity300

          • Hotel hosts weddings
          • Outdoor space for weddings
          • Wedding planners available

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