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 stay in hotels all the time and have visited Hawaii for over 30 years.
This "Ritz Carlton"... well, it's not! The breakfast in the restaurant this morning :- Arrived 8:35 a.m. Ordered French toast for our son, toast and Acai Berries and fruit bowl for us, with 2 teas and a Guava juice.
35 minutes later, nothing!
Obviously asked. (Meanwhile the table next to us arrive 10 minutes after us, order, and receive their COOKED breakfast - eggs Benedict etc, ages before we receive a thing).
"Oh, sorry we were holding off till it all comes at once"🙈😂
"But what takes 35 minutes- is it the toast or the berries?"
Eventually, around another 10-15 later, it arrives in dribs and drabs.
"We've taken the French Toast off the bill".
This hotel has 2 pools, one family, one adult.
BOTH pools do not even get the sun in the morning 🙈🙈🙈.
Avoid at all costs.
This hotel is big and spacious and beautiful, and everything you expect from a premium experience at a Ritz-Carlton. I had some flight issues that kept changing, and the staff went above and beyond to make sure everything was smooth for our arrival (which all happened at different times). The pools were beautiful and had great views, and had the bonus of being open 24 hours, which was a nice and unexpected bonus! I would recommend this hotel for a family looking for large, apartment-style rooms who like quiet in the evening and don't care about nightlife.
The only reason this is a 4* review instead of 5* is purely based on location and how quiet (aka boring) the hotel was in the evenings. Although our room was high up and gave us views of the beach, we were very far from it. Furthermore, the hotel bar closed very early and there was absolutely no one around in the evening. Waikiki is a fun place and there were lots of bars down the street, but the Ritz was just a littttttle too far to be convenient to either the beach or nightlife. We were young women and it wasn't the most exciting place to stay. But it is a beautiful hotel and the staff was amazing!
First off, I had incredibly huge expectations of this resort, one of the priciest on the island. My expectations were BLOWN AWAY by the staff of the Ritz-Carlton. Everyone made a genuine effort to make sure my partner and I were having the most luxurious stay ever. I'd like to especially mention Jaime at the concierge desk who offered amazing recommendations for our drive around the island (the car was organized through the hotel as well!) as well as Mika and Josh at the check-in desk who offered a warm welcome anytime we walked past on our way to our suite in the Diamond Head tower. As previously mentioned, staying here is no small expense, but I feel that the experience offered to us was worth every penny!!!
Amazing services by the staff. Anything and everything you want and need are taken care of. Not sure if we can stay at another place the next time we come back to Oahu. The rooms are bigger than your normal rooms and the views from our 25th floor room was breathtaking.
What can I say, perfection. I stayed here 9 days and have nothing to complain. Room was great with wonderful view on ocean. Perfect for time out. Staff is just wonderful and attentive. I didn’t use pool area as I prefer sea. The hotel is not on beach but it was not inconvenient. I highly recommend this setting if you like privacy and don’t want to be bothered. It is expensive but very well spent money. I cannot wait to return.