Home Base in Waikiki
krlynn (Tucson, Arizona)
This is our second time staying at the Aloha Surf. It isn't fancy at all but it is comfortable and clean. The staff is super helpful and friendly. It's location on the Ala Wai canal makes it a very quiet place to stay but it is only one block from the action on Kuhio and three blocks from the beach. We didn't rent a car this trip so it was nice to be so close to the bus stops on Kuhio. If you are looking for a resort experience don't stay here but if you are looking for a place to sleep after a long day of fun on Oahu this is the place to stay.
Not worth it
I will get the only positive part of my experience out of the way first. The concierge was the nicest person I’ve ever met. That was it. We were swayed by low rates for this hotel. (~$400 for 7 nights). After all the taxes it came out closer to ~$750 dollars. Still a really good deal for 7 nights in downtown Honolulu on Waikiki strip. When we checked in the the first night we realized we were staying in something worse than a motel six but paying twice as much. We decided it wasn’t worth it and we would pay double what we payed to stay somewhere else. Checkout and cancellation was smooth until the debit hit my account. Over $200 dollars in hidden fees for staying one night. It literally can’t get worse than paying $125 dollars for a cleaning fee where we didn’t even do anything other than use the bed to sleep in. Not to mention a $65 dollar “room charge” like we didn’t already pay for the room ??? All in all I dropped 300 dollars to stay in a rundown, wanna be motel 6 for one night. If you thought that was bad enough, they have the nerve to ask for $30 dollars a night for parking underneath the hotel that holds 15 cars max for a hotel that I would assume could have well over 200 people in one night. Never again would I pick this place to stay, even if they offered me to stay there free.
Great location, comfortable and friendly place
This is an older building and not fancy but it is clean and comfortable and the staff were very friendly and caring. It was perfect for my post-travel self-quarantine and came to feel like home away from home.
This place sucked
Of all the places in Waikiki I could have picked to stay at, I made the mistake of choosing this hotel. The rooms were gross, the furniture was stained beyond belief, I had to put a towel down on the couch before I sat on the crusty cushions. Security is a joke, my car and another were broken into in the hotel parking garage and the "guard" had no clue it happened and provided barely any help. The rooms were not cleaned during our stay because of covid, even though every other hotel was still providing maid service although they did take out the trash if you left it outside of your room. I will never recommend this hotel to anyone and I will never stay anywhere near this place if I ever return to Waikiki.
Nice place to stay to enjoy the island!
This hotel is affordable and clean and staff are helpful! It’s small and doesn’t have many amenities, but we were just looking for a place to sleep and rest as we spent the days out exploring the island. If you’re looking for amenities or a fancy place to stay this is not for you, but if you need a good and affordable place to stay this is a great choice!