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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We cannot say enough good things about this hotel. The staff are wonderful and welcoming from first stepping foot on the property. We were greeted with leis and personally escorted to the check in desk. We received a welcoming drink and a towel to refresh ourselves as we completed check in. During our week, everyone was friendly, positive and extremely helpful. The room was beautiful and serviced a couple times a day, with water replenished daily and chocolates by the bed at night.
We will definitely return and perhaps try another Ritz at their other destinations.
I'm looking at buying a vacation rental on O'ahu. Unfortunately, O'ahu recently passed an ordinance limiting the neighborhoods where short term rentals are allowed: Waikīkī, Ko Olina (leeward side) and the North Shore. The prices in Ko Olina are higher vs what I want to spend (more than $1 million), and North Shore is far. So I focused my efforts on condotels in Waikīkī. The Ritz is very new, and in my price range: I gave it a test drive.
Pros: The service was excellent. Yokina kept me posted regarding when my room would be ready; Big room (667 sf) with a large bathroom w/ two sinks, door for toilet, Toto washlet w/ remote control, a dinette, kitchen and two TVs; Firm bed; Large lanai; Sydney at the pool was supah nice. She hails from LA, but embodies the aloha spirit; Speaking of the pool, there are two. One for adults and one for kids. The adult has two jacuzzis and cabanas for rent; Spa and fancy restaurant on site; Large gym, but I would prefer a water machine vs little water bottles (be green); Close to Ala Moana, Foodland & Zippys, IMP and the strip (Kalakāuā).
Cons: Far from the beach; I stayed in the Diamond Head (East) tower. You have to check in at the Ewa (West) tower, and walk to the DH tower; I stayed in 1510. You have to traverse a long walkway that overlooks a parking lot. Not good for someone who doesn’t like heights; Gap under the front door that lets light in. The bed is right by the door.
In summary, the pros are way better vs the cons. The cost was $620/night (Nov), which was $10 more vs Trump. However, in my mind, the Ritz is nicer vs the Trump bc the room is bigger, the bed is firmer, it has a better pool, and the gym is larger. I’m doing the math to see if I can generate sufficient cash flow to make a Ritz condotel work. However, if I do not buy, the Ritz will be my no ka oi (number #1) place to stay in Waikīkī.
Soo impressed with this hotel. Everything was perfect with the room. Never been soo relaxed in a hotel. Felt more like being in your own apt. Housekeeping was fantastic and they really thought of everything even providing laundry detergent. Pool is quite small but I like the way they enforce the adults only rule in one if them.
The only negative point I will raise is that we were offered an upgrade only to find the actual room offered at a cheaper rate than we paid on the ‘Ritz’ website. Not impressed as we were made to feel like we were getting a deal. As long term Ritz Carlton visitors all over the world I expect honesty.
Will be back soon tho.