The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki
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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
We have been coming to the Royal Hawaiian for 10 years and loved it. They have aboviously decided to down market to cater for the masses. If you are looking for 5 stars it doesn’t exist here anymore. The luxury in the rooms and service has gone. Feeling sad. A tradition lost.
Aloha...We stayed here for four fun filled nights! It was nice to get away from the urban creep that has become Honolulu and stay where all the other hotels wish they could be. Had breakfast at both the tower buffet and the breakfast area that becomes Azure at night. staff was great and the concierge was helpful as we got around town by bus so we could see all aspects of the city. The beach area was great and it was wonderful to go on outrigger canoe rides for several days!! The beach bar was nice too. We had a great view of diamond head from our hotel room deck. Room was well appointed and clean but nothing really special if you are in to that at the beach. Best rooms can be booked through the hotel with a XX00 or XX01 room in the tower with the XX being the floor number for a classic view of the beach and diamond head. Hotel is very unique and historical and a great place to be. Would definitely stay here again!!!
We stayed in the Mailani Towers which offered complimentary breakfast & happy hour daily. Yukari & Christina took excellent care of us each morning for breakfast. The menu was varied but there was always miso soup which I enjoyed and looked forward to each day. Our room had a balcony and a great view of Waikiki beach. The housekeeping staff was exceptional, coming in twice daily The hotel was very close to shopping & local restaurants so we walked everywhere. The beach was only steps away. The property has a luau twice a week. The food was exceptional and the performances were spectacular with Diamondhead as a back drop. Mindy was our Guest Services Representative and Cody was our concierge. Together they made this a very special/ wonderful anniversary trip scheduling tours and activities for us. We had 2 excellent meals at the Azure restaurant (Sam & Vivian) & 1 breakfast at the Surf Lani. Everyone treated us like Ohana (family) at the RHH.*** The only complaint was that there was NO SMOKING on the property. You either went off property behind the Mailani Towers where the gate was locked at night or were referred next door to the Sheraton. There is also no smoking allowed on Waikiki beach.
The Royal Hawaiian has an interesting history - at one point it was closed to the public and was used to house US soldiers. Of all of the ramble of Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian is probably the one hotel with enough class and lore to make it a desirable location to stay. It's unique pink walls and relatively diminutive size give it a boutique feel even though it's a Starwood property. Like everything in Waikiki, it's overpriced -- the rooms are average for the price, even with a view; the loungers, beach access, etc. is probably around the median for Waikiki but still a little steep. We did a one hour surfing lesson which cost around $150 for two. So, you'll definitely rack up the incidentals.
The food at the hotel itself is, in my view, very limited. This meant that we would leave for lunch and dinner which is actually fine since Honolulu provides a cornucopia of incredible food. It would be a crime to stay at that hotel! That said, when you do want the hotel service, it's hard to find it. Pool service is very spotty and I found myself going to the bar to get most of my drinks. The servers try very hard, but the hotel doesn't staff the area well enough and seems to mismanage it in general.
The Royal is a good place to stay if you want to be in Waikiki. This was my third time in Oahu and I think I'll be looking beyond Waikiki the next time I go -- there's so much to do and see in Honolulu beyond the shopping and tourist circus of Waikiki, but if that's what you want, then the Royal is a good pick.
I will stay here again as there are so many great things about this hotel. To name a few the location, the nostalgia, the beach, the man tai bar are all awesome. Where things are lacking a bit is with the service. The valets were not very attentive one day I called down for the car about 20 minutes before we went down as suggested and they never got the car. We had to check in on the status and they hadn't gone to get it. Another time we called down for the car the phone just rang and rang. We had to ask two days in a row for water for our room which is included in the resort fee. In the past when we have checked in for a special occasion noted it on our reservation, the occasion was recognized and were were at least given well wishes. This time for our anniversary we got nothing. I wasn't expecting the pink carpet to be rolled out, but was expecting similar experiences of the past stays. As I said I will stay there again, just gotta lower my expectations a bit.