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What We Love

  • Fun couple-friendly options, like dining under the stars in a private beachfront cabana
  • The mix of history and of-the-moment decor
  • An award-winning spa, featuring both local and global treatments, in a lush garden setting
  • The glamorous Royal Beach Tower pool

What To Know

  • There’s a nightly resort fee of around $37
  • Pets are not allowed
  • The hotel is a big hit with weddings and business groups, so expect to encounter groups
  • There are extra fees for beach umbrellas and lounges or poolside cabanas on the private beach

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Head-turning pink palace set right on Waikiki Beach, offering romantic ambience and chic restaurants

The Lowdown

Thanks to its primo Waikiki beachfront position, you can expect to encounter brag-worthy views from the 528 rooms and suites, whether in the the Royal Beach Tower or the iconic Historic Building. Known as “The Pink Palace of the Pacific,” this 1920s landmark feels fresh as a daisy thanks to guest rooms furnished with custom dark wood, snowy white bedding, and splashes of bold color in accents like the fuchsia pink headboards. The Abhasa Spa is a true sanctuary, with al fresco cabanas set among tropical gardens: indulge in treatments utilizing delicious ingredients like extra virgin coconut oil, passion fruit, hibiscus, and Hawaiian honey. The Azure restaurant, meanwhile, features locally-caught seafood in a chic, airy Moroccan-inspired setting.

In the Area

If you can tear yourself away from your poolside cabana at the hotel, with its peerless Pacific views, take a surf lesson with the “Beach Boys” at Waikiki Beach Services, who also offer outrigger canoe rides, catamaran cruises, and stand-up paddle boarding. If history is a passion, spend a day at Pearl Harbor, where you’ll visit historic sites, war memorials, and museums–including a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial. Back at the resort, experience a traditional luau at Aha ‘Aina, held on the Ocean Lawn every Monday.

How to Get There

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
2259 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 4409 Reviews
Tradition at its best
Reviewed 6 hours ago

Hawaii has been always known for natural beauty, great weather and beaches, you also can enjoy the facility to go shopping for any brand that you desire, I’m talking about high end stuff $$$$.
This was my 2nd time staying at Royal Hawaiian Hotel , aka( the Pink castle of Waikiki beach) if you like tradition and location, not to mention the shopping located at Royal Hawaiian Center, this is your hotel. It’s located right on the beach of Waikiki, the property keeps beautiful lush gardens all around the hotel, it’s a great feeling to be able to stay on this property that received many celebrities of the old times, if you google about it , you’ll know how traditional and how long this hotel exists.
If don’t plan to drive or worry about transportation,I’d definitely recommend this hotel, it’s a walk distance from many great restaurants also the best shopping that you can afford, not to mention the vibe of being in Honolulu , a huge mix of people of all ages enjoying life and spending time by the beach.
Btw when you stay at this property you have the privilege to rent the cabanas that are located on the beach in front of the hotel, I literally used to leave breakfast and walk to my cabana where has chaises for 2 people,when I mentioned privilege, I was referring on the fact that you can rent the cabanas ( not included on your stay and only available to rent for hotel guests only $40.00+ daily) I had to have my cabana every day I was there, it’s impossible to stay under the sun without being under an umbrella, at for me it’s.
You also can place orders from your cabana by just raising a green flag located on your chaise, however you can’t order alcoholic drinks, you have to walk to the bar and bring it with you, servers are not allowed to serve alcohol but you can buy and drink it by the beach, I seriously don’t understand the policy but you can have your drinks with no worries.
As of for prices, if you have never been in Hawaii, you should know that nothing is cheap there, at least nothing at the hotels, restaurants and shops( I’m talking about good stuff)
I had a good service, good stay and I’d definitely go back again, as I’m planning.
I do not recommend this hotel for people that rather hanging by the pool instead of the beach, this hotel has a very small pool, but let’s be very blunt here, who gonna go to a such famous spot as Waikiki beach and stay confined on a pool while you have that beautiful clear beach right in front of you?
If this is your 1st time planning a trip to Hawaii and you are considering Honolulu, I’d definitely take a look at this hotel, you’ll be please and VERY satisfied with the location of this property.

Pink Paradise
Reviewed 7 hours ago

I stay here almost every year, and every time I love it just as much as the last. I go here with my boyfriend’s family and family friends, so we end up being a pretty large group and still manage to be accommodated at the hotel’s restaurants.

Ocean facing rooms have picturesque views of Diamond Head and the iconic Waikiki Beach, so book an ocean view room and you will not regret it.

For me personally, Waikiki is too crowded, but at the same time is full of positive energy that feels good to be around. If you know you want to stay in Waikiki and are interested in staying along the beach, definitely stay here or check out the Moana Surfrider.

Diamond Head view and space with this room type at the Royal
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was our first stay at the Royal Hawaiian. As long-term devotees of the nearby Moana Surfrider we thought we should switch sides just once. We requested a Diamond Head view with our Ocean Front Deluxe room in the historic building and got it. The room was huge, with a luxurious lounge area with windows on two sides, one of which fronted the ocean. The room heights are majestic and stately.

We arrived early and were offered complimentary access to the Lokelani Suite hospitality room following an overnight flight, as our room was not ready. It’s these simple gestures that truly count. Then onto to the pool, the chairs were all full but again the staff made certain some were suddenly free to accommodate our needs. Nothing was ever too difficult for staff.

The hotel is rich in character and styles, well worn in parts, but this adds to an ambience that makes it a little grander. You can find all the usual suspects of food, drink and coffee in the most sublime locations.

Best of all the Royal is at the absolute heart of Waikiki. We have never felt so central, yet so able to perfectly retreat.

The key here is to ask for what you want and with some Aloha spirit it may actually appear.

Our tips: head down very early in the morning to secure your ideal poolside or beachside chairs: they are premium real estate; book into the historic building, it’s gorgeous.

And if visiting check out the hallway display physically located behind Newt (the most beautiful hat shop in the State, if not the country). You can learn a great deal about the history of the building and area from the thoughtfully curated exhibits.

Top notch customer service - Mindy Hamasaki
Reviewed 4 days ago

I am a platinum elite member and have been coming to the Royal Hawaiian for many years. One of the best things about the hotel aside from how gorgeous it is, is the high level of customer service.
I can’t say enough a about Eunbee (Mindy) Hamasaki! She takes the time to make sure all of my visits are special. From the personal greeting, welcoming reception, help with room requests, reservations and basically anything I might need to ensure I have a comfortable stay. It’s this type of attention and customer service that will keep me coming back.
Thank you Mindy! I hope you know how appreciated you are!!

Kara

The Most Beautiful Hotel
Reviewed 5 days ago

This hotel is outstanding. It is a magnificent building with all the elegance of a by-gone era. The gardens are gorgeous and full of birds. This hotel is right on Waikiki Beach but is very quiet, it is close to all the shopping and restaurants. The staff are friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic week at this hotel and highly recommend it.