The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
What We Love
- Admiring the views of Waikiki—the town and the beach—from the 8th-floor infinity pool
- Sampling delicacies at the on-site Dean & Deluca emporium, BLT Market, and Sushi Sho restaurants
- Getting a full-body hawaiian treatment at the spa, complete with foot soap and scalp massage
What To Know
- Children are welcome, but there are no special kid activities or pools
- Waikiki Beach is less than a half mile away
- No smoking is allowed anywhere on the resort
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Although not technically a hotel, this tower overlooking Waikiki Beach offers nightly rates for some of its 307 residences, which range from 463-square-foot kitchenette studios to generous three-bedroom apartments. All have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Pacific Ocean and were decorated in an urban yet summery style by designer Jon Brent, who chose rich fabrics in off-white and gray hues complemented by polished wood furnishings and white Tibetan marble for the spacious bathrooms. New York City-based Guerin Glass Architects designed the striking building, which features fin-like geometric details on its facade and sweeping, glass-clad common areas. A highlight of the property is an 8th-floor infinity pool with views of Waikiki’s lush landscape backed by the water—making up for the hotel’s lack of direct beach access. The food program is equally noteworthy: an outpost of Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Market, which serves farm-fresh ingredients, is the main restaurant, while Sushi Sho, a 10-seat venue covered in local koa wood, serves chef Keiji Nakazawa’s sophisticated Edomae-style sushi, where the fish is aged for up to two weeks. Rounding out these great options is Hawaii’s first Dean & Deluca market.
In the Area
A visit to Waikiki Beach, just minutes from the resort, is a must, but don’t miss out on the legendary surf culture of Oahu’s North Shore, about an hour away by car. On the way there, stop at the 1962 USS Arizona Memorial, site of the pivotal attack on Pearl Harbor. Back in town, check out the Honolulu Museum of Art, whose permanent collection consists of more than 50,000 Asian, American, and European works, including thousands of pieces representing Polynesia’s culture. Shoppers will be happy to know that the Ritz-Carlton is right behind Luxury Row, a tree-studded lane whose tenants include names like Chanel, Miu Miu, and Coach. For a more casual shopping experience, head to the open-air Waikiki Beach Walk, home to beach-friendly brands like Quicksilver and Island Sole.
How to Get There
As we enter the ritz carlton,we already felt the staff's hospitality. The location of this property is great. You can really feel the luxury that the brand carries. What impresses me a lot is their service. Everyone goes above our expectations. From momo from the pool area, all the friendly front desk staffs and most especially the housekeeping team. Princess and the chinese housekeeper really took good care of us during our stay. Been to so many hotels but this by far,surpassed all of our expectations! We will certainly be back.
Stayed for a week in a one bedroom. Very nice room and this will be a great destination one day. The current problem is the construction of the second tower and main swimming pool. All day long there is the "beep beep beep" of construction equipment. So hanging out by the smaller pool isn't that peaceful. I wouldn't stay there again until all the construction is finished.
The ritz Carlton goes out of its way to ensure that their guests are treated with special care. Top class service with very friendly and helpful staff. The rooms and especially the bathroom is amazing. Comfortable beds .Top class amenities they thought of everything. In room washer and dryer and mini kitchen. Modern up to date rooms and comfortable beds. There is very little to fault at this fine establishment. Well done to the management and the team. Highly recommend the hotel as a top choice in Waikiki beach.
The pool was a bit small and tends to be a bit crowded and limited menu at the poolside and hotel restaurant. You can plenty other choices within walking distance the beach is also walking distance
This is my second time staying at this wonderful resort and it is still a great place to explore Waikiki. You are set a few streets back from the beach but the modern rooms and very comfortable beds make up for it. Great ocean view from the room, allows you to enjoy the Friday night fireworks as well. Staff are super friendly and treat you like family. Mitch and Keith at the pool where great!
The clean, modern design of this newer hotel/condo is very attractive, and our suite as well as the common areas were very comfortable.
The bathroom is luxurious, with double sinks, a shower integrated within the tub area, and a separate little room for the toilet. The toilet had a heated seat and a washlet.
A negative for us: the location is extremely noisy. During the week, construction of the tower next door begins early in the morning and lasts all day. (We got a reprieve on Saturday and Sunday.) The location is smack dab in the city, so traffic noise adds to the din. Fortunately, the building has good sound-proofing, so when the sliders to the balcony were closed, noise wasn't a problem inside the suite.
Every staff member is cheerful, greeting guests with a sunny “aloha!”
We enjoyed several breakfasts and lunches at BLT on the lobby (8th floor) level. The menu is fairly limited, but food quality is very good.
If you want to be in the city and don't mind the associated noise, with a short (ten minute or so) walk to the beach, and luxury is important, this is a lovely place to stay.