HOTEL REVIEW: Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Hawaii


Street front facade

Review of Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

The Moana Surfrider falls under the Westin Resort & Spa brand and is located on Hawaii’s famous Waikiki Beach.  She is affectionately known as ‘The First Lady of Waikiki’ and first opened her doors back in 1901.  In our opinion this hotel enjoys the best location in Waikiki.

The hotel has been refurbished many times over the past 100+ years, but thankfully she still retains her Victorian heritage charm.  The grand facade opens into an elegant lobby featuring chandeliers and hardwood floors with a neutral colour palette along with plenty of natural light.  The hotel has a very relaxed, yet chic feel.


Moana Surfrider Lobby

If you head upstairs from the lobby to the historical floor, you will notice a nod to the past with a mini museum of sorts displaying photos of the hotel in years gone by.

Moana Surfrider Rooms


Tower Deluxe Ocean Room, Moana Surfrider

The Moana Surfrider boasts a huge 791 rooms, of which are located in 3 separate wings.  The rooms in all wings offer both ocean and city views.  Our pick is the modern Tower Wing (go for a Tower Ocean View room), but you may also choose to stay in the Diamond Wing or the Banyan Wing, which is located in the historic building.

All rooms feature the Westin signature (and extremely comfortable) ‘Heavenly Beds’, amenities, bathrobes and slippers, wifi internet and balconies are available in some rooms.  We highly recommend you book a room with a balcony and an ocean view!

Moana Surfrider Facilities

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool, Moana Surfrider

Moana Surfrider Swimming Pool

The swimming pool, whilst not large, serves it purpose.  You will find sun lounges and umbrellas to keep you comfortable.

Private Beach

Private Beach, Moana Surfrider

Moana Surfrider Private Beach

If you’re going to stay at Waikiki, you’re going to want your own private beach and The Moana Surfrider certainly delivers on that.  You can hire sun lounges and umbrellas for full or half days each morning from the attendant at the towel desk.  The private beach is in the perfect spot to enjoy the best of the strip.


Moana Lani Spa

Moana Lani Spa

The Moana Lani Spa is the only beachfront spa in Waikiki.  A variety of treatments are offered at the spa and they also offer couple treatment rooms and water therapy areas.  You may like to try the traditional Hawaiian massage ‘Lomi Lomi Ola’.

Click here to visit the Moana Lani Spa website for a full list of their treatments and offerings.

Fitness Centre

Fitness Centre

Moana Surfrider Fitness Centre

If you’ve been over indulging on your holiday (or if like us you just want to eat and drink guilt free), you will be pleased to know they offer a fitness centre with cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights.

Restaurants at Moana Surfrider


Verandah at The Beachhouse

The Moana Surfrider offers a number of dining options from fine dining to casual.  Let’s explore them.

Beachhouse at The Moana

The Beachhouse restaurant provides diners with spectacular ocean views and a menu that is focused on steaks and seafood, whilst utilising the best local produce.

The restaurant is open for dinner only.

Verandah at The Beachhouse

The Verandah is attached to the Beachhouse restaurant and whilst it is outside it is mostly undercover.

The Verandah is open for breakfast, afternoon tea and lunch.

The Banyan Tree courtyard

The Banyan Tree Courtyard

Beach Bar

The Beach Bar centres around the historic (and huge) Banyan Tree which is a central feature of the hotel.  It offers sensational views directly to Waikiki Beach.  This is the perfect spot to indulge in some tropical cocktails and enjoy live Hawaiian music and entertainment.  Great bustling vibe day and night.

Open from 10.30am – 11pm.

Vintage 1901

Wine lovers might like to check out their wine bar in the evenings where you can sample wine and beer flights as well as casual bites.  A great spot for  a pre or post dinner drink.

Surfrider Cafe

If you’re looking for a casual offering for breakfast and lunch this is your place.  Plenty of juices and healthy offerings.

Restaurants near Moana Surfrider

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar, Waikiki Beach

There are plenty of dining options right on your doorstep.  We suggest you try the following suggestions to start yourself off on the right foot, morning, noon or night:


Island Vintage Coffee
We found the coffee a bit hit and miss but the best we found was Island Vintage Coffee.  We like the location upstairs in the Royal Hawaiian Centre.  Also a good spot for breakfast and lunch.  Beware it gets busy!
2301 Kalakaua Ave (Royal Hawaiian Center), Honolulu

Smart Casual

The Pig and the Lady
Bustling restaurant serving modern Vietnamese cuisine in a casual setting.
83 N. King St, Downtown Honolulu

House Without A Key
Located within the glitzy Halekulani Hotel you will find this popular indoor/outdoor restaurant offering stunning beachside views.  Great for breakfast, lunch and sunset cocktails.  Go for a Mai Tai!  You can also enjoy taditional Hawaiian music at certain times of the day.
Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
This charming Italian wine bar is located within short walking distance of The Moana Surfrider.  They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner so it’s a great option any time of day.
2233 Kalakaua Avenue Suite 110, Honolulu

Fine Dining

Alan Wong’s
Famous Chef Alan Wong’s flagship restaurant serving Hawaii Regional Cuisine.
1857 S. King Street, Third Floor, Honolulu

Roys Waikiki
Experience Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian fusion menu at his Waikiki restaurant.
226 Lewers St, Honolulu

The Beach Club, Moana Surfrider


The Beach Club, Moana Surfrider

We highly recommend you join The Beach Club for your stay, which is their executive lounge offering.  This will entitle you to breakfast each morning in this private space (which is not just a continental breakfast, it also includes hot options such as scrambled eggs).   You can also access bottles of water and coffee during the day and enjoy cocktails and canapés in the evenings.  Oh, and there are no low tides here.  They poor a decent glass of wine!  For foodies we think this is money well spent.

Moana Surfrider Room Rates is a great website to find the best hotel deals and also provides handy traveller reviews, photos and detailed information. Click here for the latest prices and more details for The Moana Surfrider.

All in all we love The Moana Surfrider.  Plus, you really can’t beat the location if you want to stay at Waikiki Beach.  In fact, it’s our pick of hotels in Waikiki!

Address:  2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: +1 1 808 922 3111
Website: Moana Surfrider

Images courtesy of Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa.

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