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Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
Ranked #23 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We stayed here at the end of a cruise and it couldn't have been a better way to end the holiday. The staff were extremely friendly. We renewed our wedding vows whilst here for our silver wedding anniversary coming up, and the hotel surprised us with balloons in the room for our return. The rooms are very spacious and modern, and a large ensuite shower room with bath robes for guests to use. Our balcony overlooked the sea and the sunsets were spectacular. The breakfast is served outside by the Baobab tree at the rear of the hotel, where there is also a bar and a small swimming pool next to Waikiki beach. Chairs can be hired for the beach, and towels are supplied. We didn't dine here in the evening as the hotel is situated close to many bars and restaurants to choose from. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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Moana S, Guest Experience Team at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Aloha,
Thank you for choosing to stay at the Moana. We are delighted to have a played a part in celebrating your special silver wedding anniversary and vow renewal. It is wonderful to hear that you were pleased with your room accommodations and enjoyed the breathtaking Hawaiian sunsets from your private lanai. On your next visit, we highly recommend evening dining at beachhouse at the moana, our signature restaurant. At beachhouse, the elegant oceanfront setting, award-winning wines and handcrafted cocktails, and finest steaks and fresh seafood, are sure to set the mood for the perfect intimate evening in paradise. We appreciate your review and look forward to making your next stay at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, just as lovely as the last.
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

This hotel is top class!! This was the first of our hotels in our Hawaii experience. We absolutely loved it! The room was fantastic, comfy huge bed, champers & chocolates when we arrived. The food is also lovely and reasonably priced. The beach outside the hotel is wonderful, the pool although a little small was lovely and warm. Great location for exploring this area and into Honolulu. Worth getting a bus and having a travel around as its a beautiful area with great coral reefs within a 20 min drive. The hotel is done as a replica plantation house with big comfy rocking chairs on the veranda! All in all a great hotel with top notch facilities...

Room Tip: We had a room that didn't have a sea view but was still a lovely room..
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Moana S, Guest Experience Team at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Aloha Rachel,
Mahalo for staying at the Moana to celebrate your recent nuptials! We are delighted to have been a part of such a special occasion. We are happy to hear that you were pleased with your guestroom and enjoyed restful sleep in our Westin Heavenly Bed. It is also nice to hear that you enjoyed your visits to both Moana Pool and the stretch of beautiful Waikiki Beach fronting the resort. Warm sand, cool water, a sunny day – what more could we ask for in paradise? When you return for another stay, we highly recommend the Renewal for Two spa service. Our private oceanfront couples' suites are personalized with whirlpool tubs, private restrooms and breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach. We hope that your experience with us created fond Moana Memories of your special honeymoon in Hawaii. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

This hotel has both old world charm and modern luxuries. A seat under the Banyan tree in the middle of the courtyard provides a wonderful setting for afternoon cocktails and people watching. The service was wonderful and very friendly. We were upgraded to a room with views of both the ocean and the surrounding mountains. The hotel is in the middle of great shopping and wonderful restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Moana S, Guest Experience Team at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Aloha,
Thank you for your kind review. We are happy to have exceeded your expectations on your last stay at the Moana. It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, from afternoons spent sipping on cocktails in the Banyan Courtyard to days out shopping along the streets of bustling Waikiki. When you are able to return to the Moana for another relaxing stay, we recommend spending the day on Moana Beach under one of our private umbrellas. Feel the warm sand beneath your toes, hear the soothing sound of the ocean, and taste the sweet refreshment of a handcrafted mai tai! We appreciate your review and look forward to your next stay at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Sunsets in Waikiki are pretty spectacular and this location never fails to impress. With a table over looking Waikiki beach, a picture perfect location to sip cocktails. The cocktails are very strong but delicious and the hummus and breads are a perfect snack. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Moana S, Guest Experience Team at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Aloha,
Thank you for visiting the Moana on your recent stay in Waikiki. We definitely agree that the Moana is one of the best places to catch a Hawaiian sunrise or sunset. You said it perfectly, sitting at the Beach Bar in the Banyan Courtyard is the “picture perfect location” to sip on delicious cocktails and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Next time, lounge the day away under one of our private beach umbrellas until sunset – you’ll have an amazing, unforgettable view of the ocean and horizon. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa for another relaxing visit.
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

This hotel boasts of being the oldest on Waikiki, and it is absolutely charming. The lobby is lovely with a stunning stair case going to the second floor balcony. I certainly enjoyed the parade of brides having their wedding pics taken on these stairs. Our room was on the small side but had everything we needed. I loved the large windows in the room and they actually opened so you could enjoy the ocean air. The Beach bar was wonderful we began each evening there and ended each day in an oversized rocker on the on the rear courtyard enjoying live music.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Moana S, Guest Experience Team at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Aloha Maggie,
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. As you noted, the Moana is the oldest hotel in Waikiki, first opening its doors on March 11, 1901. Today, the “First Lady of Waikiki” stands as a landmark of timeless beauty and grace, welcoming our guests to enjoy her historical ambiance and old-world charm. We take great pride in upholding her original structure and features, including the size and layout of guestrooms in the historic Banyan Wing. We are also pleased to hear of your wonderful dining experiences at the Beach Bar and that you enjoyed lounging in the rocking chairs along the Veranda in the Banyan Courtyard. When you return for another visit, we recommend making your way to bin1901, the piano bar in the lobby near the “stunning staircase” to unwind and start off an intimate evening in paradise. Thank you for your review. We await your next arrival to the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Just returned from a wonderful relaxing 5 days at our old favourite still has the beautiful ambience under the tree, facing the blue ocean. The Spa is first class too. The meals do tend to be expensive and yes its a shame they have to charge for hiring beach chairs and the room tax! However still enjoy staying in this fine old lady of Waikiki. We will be back.

Room Tip: The newer partial ocean view in the Tower were great, spacious and airy.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Moana S, Guest Experience Team at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2014

Aloha Deborah,
Mahalo for your kind review. It is our pleasure to welcome you back to the Moana time and time again. We are delighted to be considered your favorite place to stay while in Waikiki. The Moana’s location on Waikiki Beach is so unique– the breathtaking views from the guestroom lanais, picturesque backdrops of the pristine Pacific Ocean, and the comfort of the shade under the Banyan Tree in the Courtyard all make the Moana such a special place to be. It is also wonderful to hear that you were pleased with your experience at the Moana Lani Spa. Retreating to the tranquil spa is the perfect way to rejuvenate the body and renew the mind and spirit. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights in a Banyan Room.
Positives: Location (right on the beach and proximity to shops and restaurants) , Service (everyone we encountered were top-notch), Courtyard (perfect place to sit on the rocking chairs, enjoy the live music and a cocktail).
Not so positives: Resort fee ($31/night), expensive restaurants, expensive beach rentals for umbrellas and chairs, the pool was small and there were never lounge chairs available.
Visiting Waikiki was nice since we haven't been there in over 13 years...it has changed A LOT. One of the most memorable moments of this trip was hiking up Koko Head Crater. It was a 1053 step vertical climb, difficult, but well worth the views from the top! We also took a day trip to North Shore and visited Haleiwa and Sunset Beach and ate at the food trucks in Kahuku- yummy Shrimp! Leonards Bakery is a must for Malasadas! Eggs and Things is what I would recommend for breakfast, but get there early to beat the crowds! Try the Loco Moco and the macadamia nut pancakes! If you're looking for good burgers, Teddy's Biggest Burgers... If you are looking for something outside of the crowded and bustling Waikiki, try Nico's Pier 38. Best Fish and Chips I have had and they have live music at night.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Moana S, Guest Experience Team at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2014

Aloha Lis,
Mahalo for your review. It is unfortunate that the beach and pool chairs were not available during your stay, however we are glad to hear that you enjoyed the time spent in the wooden rocking chairs in the Banyan Courtyard. Rocking back and forth to the rhythm of Hawaiian music while enjoying a refreshing mai tai really is the perfect Moana experience! It is also great to hear that you were pleased with the service provided by our associates and enjoyed the Moana’s unique location on Waikiki Beach. If food is your calling, our signature restaurant, beachhouse at the moana, is a must on the restaurant to-do list. Indulge in the finest quality steaks and fresh seafood with picturesque Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach as your evening backdrop. We look forward to your next visit to the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.
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Address: 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-5041
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Honolulu
#8 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#12 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#18 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#22 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#25 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: £250 - £451 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 791
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Welcome to the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, in Waikiki Beach on Oahu, HI. Visit Moana Lani Spa; or host a wedding on our rooftop terrace, or a meeting in our 10,000sq ft of event space. ... more   less 
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