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
Honolulu has so many old beat up hotel properties and seeing a newly built first class property with the quality of the Ritz was quite a treat to stay there using our Marriott points before the amount skyrockets.
We opted for the studio for the two of us and it was more room than we needed. Extremely well planned out and thoughtful considerations for space. We used the kitchen to make minor meals, the refrigerator worked well keeping things cold and we loved the washer and dryer setup. Large bathrooms with a spacious double sink and my favorite Toto toilets which as doubled as a bidet.
Property is quiet and soundproofing very good by Honolulu standards. Coffee pods by nepresso provided.
Staff were always seeking to help in any way and whatever you asked they wanted to help.
The property is two blocks from the beach but there is very little sand left along this part of Waikiki so we hung out at one of two pools or went off to other beaches out of the tourist strip for peace and stunning views.
My only complaint is that their restaurants were disappointing overall and expensive. So after a semi warm breakfast and disappointing pool side snack we just went off property to eat.
Finally, I did not understand why such a premium property did not offer beach chairs like the other hotels do in that star category. Very odd.
I hope we can return in the future.
I am so happy that we chose Ritz-Carlton in Waikiki to celebrate our 20th Anniversary .
We going to Hawaii every year but this is the first time that we choose Ritz.
I am Marriott Platinum member and wherever we go they recognize out status but here they treating everyone like celebrity.
Everyone is nice and friendly, service exceeded my expectations.
Brenda and Myra were taking care of our room and they were super friendly. They left us Happy Anniversary card with flower lei and swans made out of towels.
Upon our check in we also got Happy Anniversary card from hotel staff with plate of tropical fruits in a fridge.Very thoughtful.
Bathroom is stocked with soaps, shampoos, toothbrushes etc.
Everyone greeted us by our names from moment we arrived to the moment we left.
Pools are beautiful.You can watch sunset from there or fireworks at Hilton from room balcony.
Thank you all at Ritz-Carlton Waikiki for making our vacation memorable.
We will be back.
We are so happy that we picked the Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. The place is beautiful and the service is over the top. I am elite rewards member with Ritz Carlton and have visited many Ritz Carlton resorts all over the world. This is one the best. I worked with David ( Concierge) before arrival and he was fantastic to work with. We saw him a lot and he always addressed us by name and just a really nice guy all around. The staff at the pool really made our stay over the top ( Momo, Josh, Catherine, Ocean and many more) . They even decorated our pool cabana for our anniversary. There was balloons, flowers , chocolate dipped strawberries. It was incredible. In our room the staff provided us with Champagne and cards for our anniversary as well. We loved having breakfast in the market each morning, It's open air and the food is great. Summer took care of us each day and she just made it even more special. Just a magical place all around. Tops in service hands down. We loved it!
Most wonderful hotel and family friendly! Truly an amazing experience for the second time.
Views beyond imaginable and walking distance to luxury shopping, beaches and restaurants!
Honestly the promised 5 star treatment and facilities!
Truly a paradise!
Excellent in every way and exceeded my expectations! From the moment we entered the property until we left, we were given the royal treatment! Smiling, helpful, very professional staff added great value to our experience! As soon as we arrived, the attendants approached us with a smile and offered to take our bags and to escort us up in the elevator to the lobby. I don't think we could have gotten up to the lobby without assistance, though, cause I believe they had to use their keycard in the elevator. We were then greeted by a lovely lady, Moko, who was very welcoming and put lovely lei's on our necks! What a pleasant surprise and very nice touch as she also handed us cool, wet towels and a welcome drink! What a way to greet guests! They nailed it from the beginning to end! Then, Ally, the front desk agent, who checked us in was very kind and had a great demeanor! We were very thankful for the upgrade and early check in! We also were given great assistance at the front desk by Josh and other staff including the operator, during our stay! We did have to change rooms a couple times due to the refrig not working in our first room; the second room didn't have a true king bed, so we were kindly moved to a third room which had a true king bed (instead of two twins pushed together); each room was excellent although I did notice a couple slight differences...one room didn't have a dishwasher... and the sheets in the higher floor room were even nicer, if that is possible! Since the rooms are actually residences with their own respective owners, maybe the owners of each room set the rooms up with varying options. I must mention that the toliets in the rooms were simply amazing! High tech at it's best (heated/nightlight...!). It's nice that the room refrig is stocked with as much water as you like, just advise the concierge or housekeeping. The rooms are fully equipped and is more like a lovely condo! Our room was in the brand new (2 week old) Diamond Head Tower and it was amazing! We were escorted from the main lobby to the pool area to await our room. The infinity pool is simply amazing and everything anyone could wish for in a pool with a great view of the city! Service was great and I do believe the young lady who helped us most was named Ocean. Everyone who assisted us were very kind and thoughtful. One of the corner cabanas which we utilized for the day was a very nice treat which added to the amazing ambiance! The cabana had a mounted tv, stocked mini frig, and very comfy lounge chairs. The cabana structure was cherry wood, I think, and it was very upscale looking! Apples, towels and infused water was available as a courtesy in the pool areas, which was a nice treat, too!
The gym is very nice (new equipment) and I especially liked the punching bag, but, would have liked if they provided boxing gloves. I had to wrap towels around my hands to get in a few hits on the bag! Water, wet/cool towels, earplugs, and apples are provided which is very nice, too!
We ordered lunch while at the pool and it was very good! The price was a bit high as to be expected...they use Waygu beef for the burgers! The bread was good, and the fries were good, too! We also went out on the town for burgers and they didn't even compare to the burgers at The Ritz!
We used points for the first two nights and paid over $600 for the third night! It was very expensive to us, given that it was way outta our normal budget, but, I must admit, it was well worth the memories being made here! I am on the lookout for any future deals at this property or off peak prices, because this is one of my absolute favorites!
I am a bit disappointed that we didn't take advantage of the turndown service. It would be nice if this was shared at checkin. I saw pictures of another person's turndown and their chocolates, and I was sad that I missed this little treat and getting my room refreshed. My fault for not asking for it and for having the do not disturb on my door, though. Next time, though, I'm gonna take advantage of every little treat offered, ijs, lol!
Oh, we stayed a couple nights down the street at the Marriott hotel which is right across the street from the beach; we like staying there which is more in our price range! The Ritz is about a 10-15 walk to the beach but it is near all the high-end shopping spots right near Luxury Row; it's also near a lot of restaurants! The Marriott is an old property and the rooms could use updating but it is very clean and the lobby is a very nice relaxing spot as are the other amenities on the property!
Lastly, I must mention that there was a strike going on from Marriott workers, and, had we known beforehand, we certainly would not have stayed here until after the strike, out of respect. I hope the Marriott brand hotels and the workers (the Union) can come to a fair/good solution for all involved...
I love the Marriott brand of hotels!