Royal Hawaiian

Honolulu, Oahu

The hotel

Even though you’re in the heart of Waikiki Beach, the Royal Hawaiian feels far from crowded - rather it’s a heavenly respite from the bustling world around you. Known as the ‘Pink Palace of the Pacific’ and Spanish-Moorish in design, it’s may be pink but fluffy it isn’t with world-class amenities galore to tempt you. The rooms also are well-equipped and boast stunning views, of the surrounding gardens or the beachfront itself. A favourite pastime at the Royal is simply sunning yourself on the beach, a cocktail from the Mai Tai Bar to hand and a good book. There is a swimming pool to laze by and you also have access to the Helumoa Playground, a shared pool area overlooking the beach, with two freshwater swimming pools, a 70 ft water slide and kids' interactive fountain area. No visit is complete without a trip to the Abhasa Spa, ranked as one of the best in America and nestled amongst tropical plants and trees. There are several body wraps to choose from, cocoons and facials, all guaranteed to banish any lingering cares. Dining is a treat too, in the privacy of your beachfront cabana perhaps or feasting on fresh seafood at the jewel-toned Azure Restaurant. For island cuisine, the Surf Lana is ideal. Additionally you can enjoy an epicurean journey through time every Monday evening at the Aha’Aina – fascinating as well as taste-bud tantalising!

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Free Parking
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On Waikiki beachfront with panoramic views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

Hotel information

529 rooms and suites on 17 floors. All with air-conditioning, balcony, satellite TV with pay-per-view films, telephone, WiFi*, mini-fridge, coffee-making facilities, iHome alarm clock radio for iPod, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Historic Rooms offer a tropical garden view with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Historic Garden Rooms offer views of the coconut grove or gardens with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Historic Ocean Rooms offer views of Waikiki beach with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Historic Ocean Deluxe Rooms feature 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Historic Garden Junior Suites offer views over the coconut grove or gardens and a separate bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Historic Garden Suites offer a separate living and dining area with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Historic Ocean Suites with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Mailani Tower Premier Ocean Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Mailani Tower Ocean Front Rooms offer a private balcony with panoramic ocean views with 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

Mailani Tower Ocean Suite offers a private balcony and 1 king-size bed or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults.

 

Azure Restaurant (open for dinner, seafood cuisine), Surf Lanai Restaurant (open for breakfast and lunch and Sunday brunch, Hawaiian cuisine) and Mai Tai Bar. Swimming pool, hot tub and private cabana* rentals. Access to the shared Helumoa Playground, with 2 freshwater swimming pools, water slide, 2 whirlpools and kids' interactive fountain area. Abhasa Spa Waikiki*. Traditional Hawaiian entertainment including Lei making, ukulele classes, hula classes and historic tour. Water sports* on the beach (operated by external company). Kids' programme. 24-hour room service*. 24-hour front desk. WiFi*. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Self-parking*. Valet parking $40 plus tax per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee from $35–$50 plus tax, per room per night, payable locally (subject to change)

Resort fee includes: - Internet access in guest room - Self-parking for one car - Unlimited local and 1-800 telephone calls - Children 5 and under eat for free from children's menu at designated dining outlets with paying adult - Fitness Classes, 15 minute Surfing Instruction - sand demonstration, historical and cultural activities - One day rental of GoPro Camera (1 per room per stay) - Two 500ml bottled waters replenished daily - Sea Life Park, buy one, get one free entrance - Complimentary Press Reader Access - access to 5000 newspapers and magazines in multi-language - Complimentary bag of Signature Baked goods from The Royal Hawaiian bakery, one per room per stay - 10% off retail gift box items at The Royal Hawaiian Bakery and Abhasa Spa charges. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Luau show

Mar 26, 2020 211mrsp

We came to this wonderful hotel for the Luau show Well we was very much surprised by this stunning hotel .. full of history The show was superb and the entertainment was excellent the story of the island with luau etc .. we learnt a lot that evening .. and we had the outside show of “ fire eating & dancing “ The food was exceptional .. a… Read more
We came to this wonderful hotel for the Luau show Well we was very much surprised by this stunning hotel .. full of history The show was superb and the entertainment was excellent the story of the island with luau etc .. we learnt a lot that evening .. and we had the outside show of “ fire eating & dancing “ The food was exceptional .. a fantastic spread and continually replenishing it too I do recommend this place for the luau show .... Read less
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Mar 24, 2020 Janette M Canberra, Australia

We had so much help from Mark. He was so helpful when we checked in and when we checked out. Staff like Mark make Royal Hawaiian special. And no we had never met him before and this is a completely objective review. Janette and Andrew
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Mar 20, 2020 Flyby0161 Oak Brook, Illinois

Classic place, no, it’s iconic. The heritage wing is nostalgic, the rooms don’t offer balconies and showing some age. The newer section offers brighter more upbeat accommodations with balconies and wraparound balconies in corner rooms. The best proximity in Waikiki.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Classic Hotel

Mar 20, 2020 Mike H Phoenix, Arizona

The original pink hotel was not the first on Waikiki but is probably the most famous. We wandered through the hotel which is hidden from the main street by the mall but can be seen from the beach. The Sheraton Hotel on the east and the Outrigger on the west blocks the view from parts of the hotel. It is a peaceful garden on the west side that… Read more
The original pink hotel was not the first on Waikiki but is probably the most famous. We wandered through the hotel which is hidden from the main street by the mall but can be seen from the beach. The Sheraton Hotel on the east and the Outrigger on the west blocks the view from parts of the hotel. It is a peaceful garden on the west side that blocks off the noise of the city. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The gorgeous “Pink Palace of the Pacific”

Mar 20, 2020 SeaDreaming22 Melbourne, Australia

We were torn between choosing the more modern looking rooms with full ocean views, and the traditional heritage rooms in the old original part of the hotel - so we split our stay between the two spending 4 nights in each. General: The staff at the RHH are all incredibly friendly and helpful, and service is excellent. The grounds around the… Read more
We were torn between choosing the more modern looking rooms with full ocean views, and the traditional heritage rooms in the old original part of the hotel - so we split our stay between the two spending 4 nights in each. General: The staff at the RHH are all incredibly friendly and helpful, and service is excellent. The grounds around the property are a lush green oasis of calm and adds to the exclusivity. The hotel location can not be beaten - it’s got the best part of the beach, and outside you’re right in the middle of the shopping area. The resort fee includes portable Wifi hire - perfect for using while out exploring the island. The hotel Wifi is free and super-fast (70-90mbps). Beds are very comfortable and the linens are top quality Frette. Toiletries are gorgeous organic Mālie. Mailani Tower: The building is a 70’s concrete construction, but the views they offer are unparalleled. Beach, palm trees, surf & surfers - Iconic Hawaii - this is what you’re paying extra for at the Mailani Tower. We also loved hearing the sound of the ocean - so soothing. ***Tip: It’s also definitely worth paying a bit extra for a high floor! The rooms are a mix of tired-traditional and faded-modern decor. The air conditioning units are old and clunky and loud - you can’t sleep with it on, even on low it’s noisy. Bathrooms are very dated and the over-tub shower isn’t the best - not what you’d expect from a top hotel. No blockout blinds or curtains - just sliding louver shutters which let in the morning light so no sleeping late allowed here. The Mailani Lounge provides a complimentary “light” breakfast in the mornings, and also a happy (2.5) hour for drinks and nibbles in the evening. The lounge was never packed during these hours- always seating available. Service was super friendly too. There is a coffee machine in the lounge too and this is available for use though the day and evening. Traditional wing: The original part of the hotel is absolutely stunning- wide open spaces with high ceiling and beautiful architectural features, and all beautifully maintained. The room doors are original heavy carved wood, the hallway carpet are gorgeous pattered. Rooms are spacious with lots of natural light - we were given a room on the 6th floor. Curtains are black-out so great for the mornings. Beds are much more comfortable than the Mailani Tower too. Bathrooms have a modern shower cubicle and the shower is excellent. We loved our stay at this historic beauty, knows as The Pink Palace of the Pacific. Read less