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 Deserving of every star

Jul 7, 2020 Lili B San Jose, California

This is actually an amendment to my original review of the Royal Hawaiian Resort In Waikiki, Hawaii. Making annual treks to Waikiki, we’ve stayed in several top rated places (4 start and above) along the beach. Last September was our first splurge to go “Royal”. We’ve stayed on either side of the Royal but last year, caved to temptation. How can… Read more
This is actually an amendment to my original review of the Royal Hawaiian Resort In Waikiki, Hawaii. Making annual treks to Waikiki, we’ve stayed in several top rated places (4 start and above) along the beach. Last September was our first splurge to go “Royal”. We’ve stayed on either side of the Royal but last year, caved to temptation. How can you not be tempted to try the Royal Hawaiian? Take a walk thru and check out it’s legendary history and pink stucco exterior, tile floors, lush tropical grounds, well appointed interior decor, eclectic boutiques and prime location on Waikiki beach. They offer historical and modern accommodations and our favorite are the modern Mailani tower rooms overlooking the adult pool and jacuzzi. If that’s not enough, try the best beach bar in Waikiki - their famous Mai Tai Bar and Grill or a foodies delight - Azure Restaurant. Enough right? Not quite! LOL Trying to make our trip plans to return there again during these trying times of travel restrictions and fears of Covid 19 has not been easy. However, one employee in particular has been our savior this year and deserves recognition as to one of the many reasons the Royal is worth every penny. I’m speaking of Rachel Lindsay, Director of rooms at the Royal Hawaiian. Rachel notified us of the closures back in March, when our reservations had to be canceled due to the pandemic. She offered any help she could provide. Boy did she help, through great communication. Over 15 emails later, 3 changes she made to our dates and a dozen or more questions she answered - all whilst the resort is officially closed, she helped us get our favorite resort lined up for our visit when they reopen. We’re thrilled that the Royal has employees like Rachel which makes us feel the world revolves around our happiness. A trip to the Royal is truly a guilty pleasure, one that’s not easily afforded, but I’m here to tell you it is worth it. The daily resort fee covers many perks, the grounds and furnishings are historical, sophisticated and give you that true Island relaxed vibe. The food and drinks are top quality and a lot made from fresh local ingredients. My observation is the guests seem well behaved and are mostly adult, and those few with kids in tow have them under control. The staff are super friendly, personable, caring and best of all, Rachel works there! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic location for our conference

May 22, 2020 psudino Weehawken, New Jersey

Even though we stayed at the Sheraton our conference was at the The Pink Palace, and it delivered superbly. The building itself is simply stunning. The architecture and the wooden doors and everything had a solid and sturdy and beautiful look. The meeting spaces were nice and the outdoor patio for our social events had a gorgeous view and a… Read more
Even though we stayed at the Sheraton our conference was at the The Pink Palace, and it delivered superbly. The building itself is simply stunning. The architecture and the wooden doors and everything had a solid and sturdy and beautiful look. The meeting spaces were nice and the outdoor patio for our social events had a gorgeous view and a great vibe. Finally, the catering for all our events to the meeting breakfasts and the two dinners were scrumptious. I definitely gained weight during this conference because the food was just that good! Overall, an amazing space! Read less
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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.