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.

Rating summary

  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (2633)
  • Very good (1070)
  • Average (488)
  • Poor (234)
  • Terrible (183)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent

Sep 15, 2019 Amonsterinparis United States

Our stay here was incredible. We were upgraded to an ocean view room and it was beyond beautiful. This is a first rate resort with wonderful staff who share the aloha spirit and made us feel so welcome. Our experience was superb.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great feel to the place

Sep 14, 2019 highlandspring888 London, United Kingdom

I stayed back in 2018 and really enjoyed the hotel, the atmosphere was really terrific with good shows put on. Only tiny minor issue was I was repeatedly asked for my room number on the beach which made me feel kinda like I wasn't supposed to be there. But will 100% go back, I loved the food, service very good and great historic building.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating GREAT HOTEL!!!!!

Sep 11, 2019 inkyaz

My experience at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel was simply GREAT! MIRA was GREAT at breakfast. The hotel was extremely clean. ROMEO, the manager was VERY helpful in problem solving small issues! The towel lady at the pool was GREAT! I did not catch her name but she has short white hair. She was a very hard worker! What a historical hotel. It is my… Read more
My experience at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel was simply GREAT! MIRA was GREAT at breakfast. The hotel was extremely clean. ROMEO, the manager was VERY helpful in problem solving small issues! The towel lady at the pool was GREAT! I did not catch her name but she has short white hair. She was a very hard worker! What a historical hotel. It is my "go to hotel." Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not so much 5-star customer service

Sep 11, 2019 helloworld-3

I booked the hotel through the 3rd party which I normally do when travel and so far had no problems. This time, I made a mistake which I used my nickname on the reservation instead of my legal name. I didn't want any trouble when we check in so I tried to take care of it beforehand. First two phone calls were extremely helpful and friendly. They… Read more
I booked the hotel through the 3rd party which I normally do when travel and so far had no problems. This time, I made a mistake which I used my nickname on the reservation instead of my legal name. I didn't want any trouble when we check in so I tried to take care of it beforehand. First two phone calls were extremely helpful and friendly. They understood what was the problem, they knew what they could do to fix it but unfortunately they couldn't help me at the moment because the reservation record didn't come through yet so they asked me to call back the next day. I called the next day, and finally they were able to see my reservation on their system but now the lady said she can't fix it. So I explained my phone calls with them from the other two days since they sounded like it was a pretty easy fix. But her answer was still flat no, she can't fix it and that she doesn't understand why I made a reservation under a wrong name... Well, that is true that I made a mistake and I know that is why I'm making extra phone calls and going through this trouble but them giving me different information without adequate explanation and not being willing to help is a different thing. It was frustrating to see a person who works at a hospitality service which named themselves a 5-star hotel gives out such a poor customer service. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 4.5 out of 5

Sep 10, 2019 Quagm1re London

We've stayed here many times before - in fact its the only hotel I've stayed at in Waikiki for 20 years. Check in was quick and easy and it was a pleasure to be back again. This experience was much better than previous times when there have been long lines and waits for rooms. The arrival experience is wonderful, the hotel still feels… Read more
We've stayed here many times before - in fact its the only hotel I've stayed at in Waikiki for 20 years. Check in was quick and easy and it was a pleasure to be back again. This experience was much better than previous times when there have been long lines and waits for rooms. The arrival experience is wonderful, the hotel still feels special! The room was nice. Being an older hotel they do vary in size and layout but this was a nice room on the 6th floor. I was surprised that this room had a shower/tub combo (previous rooms had a walk-in shower) which was a shame. Bathrooms are small! Beds were great. The rooms are starting to show their age having last been remodelled around 10 years ago. The we ate at the surf lanai for breakfast and the Mai Tai bar for dinner and drinks. Breakfast was $42. Expensive, but the location right on the beach is great. Food at the Mai Tai bar was hit and miss. One day we had a pizza and it was good, two days later it was soggy and greasy! The drinks were always good though and the view even better! The gym is small but functional, as is the pool (you can use the bigger, crazy, pools at the Sheraton next door) Service was decent. Not amazing but consistently good. The same two gripes remain. The $38 resort fee is worthless. I'd rather it was just included in the rate. You also have to pay $45 for loungers on the beach - if you can even get them. This feels cheap and is a poor experience Read less