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The Kahala Hotel & Resort

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Hawaii's reigning luxury resort, set on a secluded beach just ten minutes from the world class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. This legendary hideaway resort in Honolulu's plush Kahala district is a favorite with presidents, international royalty and celebrities. From the moment you arrive, you will know that you are truly somewhere special.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Kids stay free
Paid private parking on-site
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Poolside bar
Diving
Water sport equipment rentals
Tennis court offsite
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Kids pool
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
Butler service
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
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Blackout curtains
Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
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Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
On-demand films
Radio
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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5.0 of 5 stars
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Romantic
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English, Japanese, Korean
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LivingMyDream wrote a review 6 Apr
San Francisco, California58 contributions60 helpful votes
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The Kahala never fails to deliver! We just returned (our 5th!) and truly feel this is one of Oahu’s most special hotels. Perfectly sized, and tucked away in a lovely ocean front paradise, it’s a world away from the buzz of Waikiki. Unlike many other properties on Oahu, the lost art of customer service is alive and well at the Kahala. Almost everyone we encountered was helpful and friendly, addressing us by our last name at every turn, inquiring about our stay, offering tips to better enjoy our visit. Without fail, at every turn, the staff and service at the Kahala is superior to properties elsewhere in Oahu. BUT THERE ARE SOME CAVEATS that may be deal breakers for some vacationers. First, the pool is modest in size with very limited chaise lounges and was overrun by screaming kids our entire stay, all day long. They left no room in the pool to have an adult experience (ie. free from toys, splashing, screaming in my face.) We decamped to the on-site beach but lost access to the wait staff for drinks, food, towels. At this point, we gave up on returning to the pool/beach area and went off property for our water/sun activities. Second caveat: the diminished condition of the rooms. While generous in size, with spectacular views and outfitted with every luxurious room amenity possible, there is a worn-out and slightly shabby feel to the rooms. At this price point, the carpet stains, threadbare upholstery, scratched walls and scuffed furniture is really disappointing. We enjoy the Kahala so much but have to wonder how much longer we can overlook these shortcomings for a proper Hawaiian vacation.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 5 days ago
Aloha and thank you for your review. We're delighted you love the Kahala, and with our current room refresh in progress we hope to impress you in the future as well! Mahalo for your visit!
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SLS wrote a review Mar 2024
21 contributions8 helpful votes
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What a beautiful resort. My husband and I had a fabulous three days here in an ocean view room and it was beautiful. The pool and beach are wonderful and the dolphin lagoon was such a lovely surprise. Our room was large and very clean with a very comfortable bed. Staff were brilliant too. All in all we had a wonderful stay.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from Kahala Resort Hawaii, Guest Services / Front Office at The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Responded 5 Mar 2024
We're delighted you had such a great time with us! We are indeed very fortunate with our location, so nice we could share our Aloha with you. Please visit again soon!
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thejohnsons556 wrote a review Mar 2024
Amberg, Germany529 contributions151 helpful votes
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We decided to visit this hotel for a staycation outside Central Oahu. Parking was easy enough in the self park garage and check in was quick and so courteous. We strolled the property and then decided to swim. Well. That didn’t happen. Pool was packed and overrun with kids running back and forth between the smaller Keiki pool and the larger adult pool. We found a few empty loungers and I was surprised that no staff member confirmed we were guests. We watched the dolphin quest participant show for awhile and it was very cute. Checked out the spa and the rest of the stores. Had dinner at Plumeria House and it was okay; the seafood buffet is Friday and Saturday. It’s $90pp but the food quality/selection is reminiscent of a $50 buffet and you’re paying for the view/ambience. I can’t really recommend the buffet because there’s better food for much less. Pool is 24 hours so we decided to try again later in the evening. Around 630, the pool was deserted; it was a nice swim, quiet and the water was warm. Later in the evening I wasn’t feeling well and visited the front desk. The sundries shop closed at 6, but they will open it for guests in need. They were very kind to open the door so I could get some OTC medication and charged to our room. The next morning we walked the beach and watched the dolphins. The pool is really quiet in the AM also. Overall we enjoyed the stay but I wouldn’t stay again, unfortunately. The room was a little rundown, thought I’m sure there are nicer rooms. The carpet was stained, tiles chipped, bathroom mirror was dirty, the little things. I think if you’re coming here for vacation and are looking for a nice spot outside crowded Waikiki, this is a good option. My review is based on experience for the price, only. There’s good and bad and in relation to the price, I found it average.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 5 days ago
Mahalo for your candid review. We're happy you overall enjoyed your stay, and apologize for the missed opportunities you experienced. We're currently doing a phased refresh of all the rooms for our guests to enjoy!!
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Taro Sato wrote a review Mar 2024
Nagoya, Japan2 contributions
I have visited as a honeymoon trip. We enjoyed food at all restaurants. Especially breakfast was great in beautiful ocean and gentle breeze. The hotel and room was well maintained and prepared. We spent a good time in traditional atmosphere.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Kristeen808 wrote a review Mar 2024
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Our room was directly on the beach. Outstanding. Staff were all cordial & pleasant. Valet is extremely efficient managing patrons from the restaurants, golf club, and hotel guests. Met my expectations in every way.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Mahalo Kristeen for the great scores!
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KJCjeff wrote a review Mar 2024
Waipahu, Hawaii2 contributions
Thank you so much to the Kahala Staff (for the best staycation experience0 for my Family and I. Jock at the front desk, provided an AMAZING upgrade and my two sons were able to watch the dolphins from our balcony and we were a stairway away from the beach. We felt so special because of the room and friendly staff. Special doesn't fully describe how awesome we felt... we were treated like family!!!! THANK YOU
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Date of stay: March 2024
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We're delighted your family had such a great time!! Our dolphin lagoon area is loved by many guests as you are only a 30 second walk from our beach. Hope you get the opportunity to visit again. Mahalo!
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Island80896797 wrote a review Mar 2024
Honolulu, Hawaii1 contribution
It was a nice staycation. It was a nice place to just get away because it’s not crowded like how other hotels are. The only thing that I had a problem with was the slamming of the doors in other people room. It wouldn’t be all night but you will notice it early morning.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Serena P wrote a review Mar 2024
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Dustin was extremely kind in a way we’ll never forget! He asked if we were celebrating anything and was very friendly. He brought us special congratulations cake. The food was delicious and everything was exactly what we needed and more. An unforgettable wedding morning!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for the lovely comments, we'll make sure to recognize Dustin! Congratulations on your wedding, and hopefully we may welcome you back for many anniversaries to come!!
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Sarah S wrote a review Mar 2024
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Incredible experience. From start to finish, a total wow. The breakfast buffet was a highlight, the beach was pristine, the views were amazing. Staff was always so incredible. The entire property was calming, from the orchids to the waves.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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rwla2024 wrote a review Mar 2024
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A nice hotel, in 1996, I presume. This property is trading on past glory. It needs to modernize and still celebrate its past. Service is hit and miss. Kahala Burger was the best I’ve ever tasted. Breakfast buffet is excellent but expensive. Bar drinks average and overpriced. And finally there are four dolphins in captivity, which in itself is an old fashioned position to take on the natural world. Clientele are desperate to be seen and therefore somewhat annoying. In room tv had an outdated menu. Hotel lighting is terrible with wrong temperatures and levels in public areas especially at night. Location is fantastic in a quiet residential area and beach is stunning. If you are rich, come here and enjoy. It’ll suit you.
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for the constructive feedback, and recognizing our Kahala Burger! We're currently completing a phased resort refresh of all the guest rooms and hallways so we can offer our guests an upgraded experience! Happy to read you enjoyed our relaxing atmosphere and tranquil beach!
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₹36,706 - ₹60,870 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesHawaiiOahuHonolulu
NUMBER OF ROOMS
338
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Which popular attractions are close to The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Nearby attractions include ‪Diamond Head State Monument (3.3 km), Waikiki Beach (5.0 km), and The Magical Mystery Show at Hilton Waikiki Beach (5.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tempura Kiki, Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha, and Sweet E's Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does The Kahala Hotel & Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, The Kahala Hotel & Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Kahala Hotel & Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Kahala Hotel & Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.