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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Jul 19, 2019 Jeane R

I currently have the pleasure of staying in a historic ocean suite #273 and it’s a fine room besides the fact that I would prefer more of an ocean view to drown out the drunken sounds of the Mai Tai Bar. That being said, this particular room has its advantages such as being front row for the entertainment and the room has high ceilings with… Read more
I currently have the pleasure of staying in a historic ocean suite #273 and it’s a fine room besides the fact that I would prefer more of an ocean view to drown out the drunken sounds of the Mai Tai Bar. That being said, this particular room has its advantages such as being front row for the entertainment and the room has high ceilings with parlor doors separating an additional room so this is a great room for families as the hotel provides complimentary roll away beds. The grand Royal Hawaiian Resort is extremely well kept and it represents classic iconic architecture of a bygone era. I would recommend this hotel as a “MUST HAVE ON BUCKET LIST” places to stay. Everything is so classy here and I feel like royalty staying here as s guest!😁🌈🌺 Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The classic pink hotel on Waikiki Beach

Jul 18, 2019 DanaLosAngeles Los Angeles, California

The one and only Royal Hawaiian, which has been centered on Waikiki Beach since the beginning. Still a glamorous with breathtaking views, moorish architecture and such grounds. The property has a new tower that does not feel like old Hawaii, worth checking on reservation to see before you arrive. Older building has mostly smallish rooms. An… Read more
The one and only Royal Hawaiian, which has been centered on Waikiki Beach since the beginning. Still a glamorous with breathtaking views, moorish architecture and such grounds. The property has a new tower that does not feel like old Hawaii, worth checking on reservation to see before you arrive. Older building has mostly smallish rooms. An oasis in the crowded confines of modern Waikiki. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating So glad we stayed here, even after reading your reviews

Jul 17, 2019 Aimee B Bethel, Connecticut

We're from New England and visited our son in Bay Area in July, 2019, and decided to hop over to Hawaii (my first time ever) from SFO. Our rewards program included The Royal Hawaiian and I knew I wanted to stay there, even after reading tripadvisor reviews, some of which had me expecting not much more than a glorified Holiday Inn. Every time I… Read more
We're from New England and visited our son in Bay Area in July, 2019, and decided to hop over to Hawaii (my first time ever) from SFO. Our rewards program included The Royal Hawaiian and I knew I wanted to stay there, even after reading tripadvisor reviews, some of which had me expecting not much more than a glorified Holiday Inn. Every time I think of that now while we are here (4th day here) I chuckle, if not scoff. This place is absolutely beautiful and we have only had positive interactions with every single staff person, behind the front desk, in the shops, in the bedroom halls, by the pool and out on the beach! We let the check-in person know that we would prefer staying in the historic pink part of the hotel, if that was possible, and he stepped behind a closed door, came back out, said yes and handed me a little goody bag of samples from Sephora, as well. We are on 3rd floor, ocean view windows crank wide open and you can hear the waves as though you were on a cruise ship, and birds chirping. At night you can also hear very gentle (the Hawaiian way) live music played at the outdoor Mai Tai bar below, lilting songs to the ukulele (or you can close your window and crank up the extremely efficient A/Cs that have nonstop FAN mode and not hear a thing). See my pics but the rooms have high ceilings and well appointed furnishings. The bed is a California King which makes me realize why, back in the 70s, many families shared just one of these because a kid or two could be in bed with us and I wouldn't know it. The TV has several commercial free HBO channels, so if you are on a different time zone and wide awake when it is only 3 in the morning in HI, you can watch movies. (I got to see Bohemian Rhapsody, finally, from start to finish and loved it.) The lobby areas are outstanding and open out onto patios that are outstanding and gardens that are outstanding (see pics; I am being earnest). The pool truly is very small, this is true but we haven't spent even a minute there and think nothing of it, not when there is such a beautiful oceanfront just steps away. The hotel provides towels or you can rent 2 full length lounge chairs & umbrella at the beach stand right by that Mai Tai bar for (I think) $60 from 7am to 5pm. Once they're yours, they're yours and they place a reserved and numbered tag on them. We did towels one day and rather than pay $79 each for an excursion the next day, we paid $30 each for chairs & umbrella and REALLY enjoyed the ocean. The water is easy to get in to, like a lap pool at the Y (or a tad warmer), looks super clean and clear and is turquoise. You don't need water shoes like on the east coast and there's no seaweed all over the place. You can walk far, far out and still only be up to your chest in water. LOTS of people surf and you can take a private surf lesson for $50 an hour. Once you get here, you need $$$ every day in order to enjoy everything and if you pour all your cash in to your overnight accommodations, you're still going to need quite a bit each day to eat, snorkel, parasail, Uber to Diamond Head or the North Shore or Pearl Harbor or whatever. Eggs 'n THings (est 1974 and old school) Ala Moana is a great place to not only eat hearty breakfast, but you could probably lunch or dinner there too (open til 9pm), and for around $13. Otherwise, everywhere we ate, we paid $19-22 and of course, could have paid double that or more. My husband used a Biki bike for about $3.50 and rode to the Safeway (big, nice grocery store) about 2 miles away and got these excellent fresh fruit yogurt parfaits for $4.99 on two mornings, that are double in size to the ones sold in the outdoor breakfast bar on site at the hotel. But the hotel did give us vouchers for 3 free banana muffins from their breakfast bar at check-in and they were worth eating (I am picky when it comes to baked goods and these are quite good; otherwise they are $2.50 each). WIFI is free & and easy, so are international calls from the room. You get 2 bottles of Aquafina in the room free every day. If you have kids under 12 they eat free with a paying adult at Surf Lanai at the hotel. Waikiki is a city and it is active, so it is not empty and yes, there are hundreds of tourists from other parts of the world there (Aussies, Asians). I never saw one nationality of tourist favored over another, as reviewers had me to expect. Not even a hint of that. If anything, I found myself feeling frumpy when looking at the super cute dresses and hats worn by the Asian women, who dress up even more at night and hit the town. 6pm here felt like midnight to me and I tended to (gladly) crash in the room but there is definitely a night life here, for those interested. If you want to hit all the nature spots, the Biki bikes might work but the website does not include all the stations at which you can park them locked/rent them. We probably should have ridden them to Diamond Head but from the website it appeared there is no Biki place at which to park them locked by DH, but once we walked the 3.3 miles on foot, we saw that there IS one just before you start heading up into the tunnel to enter the crater, behind a big white building that looks just like a church but has no cross on the steeple. You can count on Uber. Most of our rides were $10-15 for both of us, each way. There is a city bus but everyone we spoke to said it takes an hour to get anywhere on them because they stop at each stop, constantly, all day. But look in to the bus schedule yourself, just in case. When we tried to reserve beach chairs/umbrella online, it always said none were available. But my husband went down at 7am when they opened, in person, and he and about 5 others in line all got chars/umbrellas. So again, check it out for yourself, in person. We should have done the same for rental cars. We were told by Uber driver to rent a car for the day (overnight parking is $45) and drive and see everything in a day. But when we went online to several nearby car rental places, NONE of them had ANY cars available (very popular option around here). We did not pursue it further by walking to one in person to double check, but I would recommend that if you are unable to walk/bike/bus/Uber. Today we are doing the Diamond Head Cruises on Ala Moana's snorkel cruise for 2 hours with food/drinks- 6 people at a time on 51 foot boat for 2 hours for $79 each and will review that later. And tonight we are doing the Germaine's Luau, meeting at a nearby Hilton (.3 mi away) to ride a coach bus there for dinner & show (will review later). I love this place and find it immensely beautiful and relaxing. If I were on a tight budget, I probably would not. (Royal Hawaiian provides nice size refrigerator under tv cabinet so if you had to budget, use the Safeway and fridge the best you can----but no microwave. Now that IS too much like a Holiday Inn! hee hee ha.) Read less
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Jul 17, 2019 Marie V

I stayed at the Royal Hawaiian hotel last month. I thought it would be great to stay in Waikiki’s first hotel! As soon as I walked up to the hotel, I was greeted with leis for me and my family. It took me by surprise.... that was pretty amazing. We stayed in the “garden suite” and it was really beautiful. I was personally greeted and robes were… Read more
I stayed at the Royal Hawaiian hotel last month. I thought it would be great to stay in Waikiki’s first hotel! As soon as I walked up to the hotel, I was greeted with leis for me and my family. It took me by surprise.... that was pretty amazing. We stayed in the “garden suite” and it was really beautiful. I was personally greeted and robes were even given a complimentary bday cake for my daughter! I have to say I’m highly impressed. Every single staff member welcomed me and showed the “aloha” spirit. The grounds are beautiful. They even have a tour of the old Hawaii it once was!! I highly recommend taking that tour. I saw old pictures of Shirley Temple and other past celebrities!! That was pretty cool. Artifacts too. The spa was gorgeous. Abhasa spa. Cabanas outside! Wow. The atmosphere was so pretty. I highly recommend the Harmony massage!! Staff was great. I hope to stay at the Royal Hawaiian again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Stay & Trip !!

Jul 16, 2019 Sopha4155 Uncasville, Connecticut

We stayed at the Royal Hawaiian for seven nights at the first week of July 2019 for Celebrate Birthday , Great hotel & location easy direct to the beach , staff friendly & helpful , neally shopping center It was a quick stay, but I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. We had such a lovely time, and the service was great in the hotel… Read more
We stayed at the Royal Hawaiian for seven nights at the first week of July 2019 for Celebrate Birthday , Great hotel & location easy direct to the beach , staff friendly & helpful , neally shopping center It was a quick stay, but I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again. We had such a lovely time, and the service was great in the hotel (Restaurant , valet, etc.). From the app to check-out, everything went smoothly ( only Van pick up to Airport late ). Thank you for made my trip a wonderful visit! Read less