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 Charming, Quiet, Historical but No Views

May 18, 2019 toolworker Tiburon, CA

This is a lovely, elegant property with a great history. (A good friend emailed me that he learned to swim in their pool as a tot in the early 1950's, when the Royal Hawaiian stood alone at Waikiki. Now it's surrounded by high rise hotels.) But I have to downrate it because a view is very important to me, and there aren't any. Despite my pleas… Read more
This is a lovely, elegant property with a great history. (A good friend emailed me that he learned to swim in their pool as a tot in the early 1950's, when the Royal Hawaiian stood alone at Waikiki. Now it's surrounded by high rise hotels.) But I have to downrate it because a view is very important to me, and there aren't any. Despite my pleas for a high room, I was given a second floor "garden view" room with a modest window mostly blocked by a huge palm frond. There is a 17 floor tower annex which might be better, but your best bet for a good view is the Sheraton next door. If view and price are not an issue for you, then enjoy the ambience, the quiet (very few kids or other loud people), the food (breakfast was tasty; also pricey but that's to be expected) and the history. Our room was comfortable, with a wonderful modern stall shower. After one night with the palm front view a manager arranged a move to the sister Sheraton property next door with an upgrade to a beautiful view room. So one more dot for good guest service. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overrated

May 18, 2019 Lbd104

This hotel is overrated. Perhaps it's classified 5* because it's architecturally looked charming? Comparing to other 5*, it does miss some details: small bathtub, refrigerator not working, garden view=no view (couldn't open the window curtains because my window faced directly to other people balconies), small pool, both garden and front lawn… Read more
This hotel is overrated. Perhaps it's classified 5* because it's architecturally looked charming? Comparing to other 5*, it does miss some details: small bathtub, refrigerator not working, garden view=no view (couldn't open the window curtains because my window faced directly to other people balconies), small pool, both garden and front lawn blocked entire week for use of a big group of hundreds noisy oversea tourists. This hotel charged $38plus taxes Resorts Fees per day, but to use the beach I had to pay another $40plus taxes per day for beach chairs. Of course I had to wait hours to check in because my flight came early, but my room still wasn't ready at the check in time. My bathroom didn't have a shower curtain, I had to call and waste my valuable vacation time to wait for shampoo and shower curtain brought in. Then room key didn't work when I came back later. Front desk staff was sure that I demagnified my keys. They made me go downstairs to get new keys which still didn't work. Then I had to waste more my valuable vacation time to sit around while they changed the batteries on the door lock. Since this hotel brags 5* and the cost start from $500 and up per night, I expected higher quality than a 2* hotel. I found that staff attitudes were overall fine even with their little mistakes here and there. Attitudes from managers level bothered me. When I brought up my concerns, the managers didn't wait for me to finish expressing my frustration, they already responded with their typical bs "ok ok yes yes sorry sorry" and acted like they couldn't wait for me finish talking because their time are more valuable than mine. For $500 a night, hotel managers could at least pretended some sympathy to a tired customer. This was the third visit to Waikiki and I slowly grew to hate it. My experience from this hotel surely is the final straw. I'm so done with Waikiki. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Elegant hotel staffed with people who always go out of their way to be warm and helpful. A very specisl place!

May 18, 2019 EinKC Kansas City, Missouri

We cannot say enough about our four nights at this beautiful landmark. It has been updated to preserve its old elegance but with every modern comfort. We also cannot say enough about the staff, who were friendly, always helpful, and so pleasant. We started our mornings with their wonderful breakfasts looking at the ocean and Diamond Head.... and… Read more
We cannot say enough about our four nights at this beautiful landmark. It has been updated to preserve its old elegance but with every modern comfort. We also cannot say enough about the staff, who were friendly, always helpful, and so pleasant. We started our mornings with their wonderful breakfasts looking at the ocean and Diamond Head.... and ended our days with a glass of wine enjoying the ocean breeze and night sky shining on the water. We will definitely return to this special place. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Classic Hotel with Romantic Vibes

May 17, 2019 FilmScoreComposer Tulsa, Oklahoma

My main interest in staying at the Royal Hawaiian was it's history. I had heard about it through some Navy veterans who had stayed there while on 'Liberty' during their service in WWII. I looked at their photographs, which were black and white, and only later discovered that the hotel was actually pink. They spoke very fondly of their memories of… Read more
My main interest in staying at the Royal Hawaiian was it's history. I had heard about it through some Navy veterans who had stayed there while on 'Liberty' during their service in WWII. I looked at their photographs, which were black and white, and only later discovered that the hotel was actually pink. They spoke very fondly of their memories of staying there, and it looked like a classic place from a bygone era. I was delighted to learn that it was still standing, uniquely among a sea of other modern (and rather bland-looking) other hotels. I had always wanted to visit Hawaii, and of course I would now have to stay at the Royal Hawaiian. I'm so glad that I did. I have really fallen in love with Hawaii, and this hotel. It's elegant, romantic, and still sits in a prime spot on Waikiki beach, with a splendid view of Diamond Head. The service was excellent, and the amenities were as well. I especially enjoyed the beautiful trees and foliage that surround the place. When I swam out in the ocean and looked back at the hotel, and at Diamond Head, I thought of those sailors that I had spoken with. I imagined that I was walking in their very footsteps, enjoying the very same beach, at the very same hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Hotel

May 13, 2019 Knsd1122

Visited for the second time. It was exactly as beautiful as I remembered. Everyone working there was very friendly and helpful. Room was clean, spacious and comfortable. Definitely wanna go back again.