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 Exceptional... but make sure you know these things...

Jan 26, 2020 cmills Chandler, Arizona

The picture of what you think you are getting may not be what you get. When we checked in for our "ocean view" room, we were given a room that looked at palm leaves. In between there were (very small) glimpses of the beach/ocean. After talking to the manager we were moved twice and finally settled in a room that was what we had reserved. From… Read more
The picture of what you think you are getting may not be what you get. When we checked in for our "ocean view" room, we were given a room that looked at palm leaves. In between there were (very small) glimpses of the beach/ocean. After talking to the manager we were moved twice and finally settled in a room that was what we had reserved. From that point forward the stay was divine. Service was great, and housekeeping was exceptional. Do the turndown service... it was a great addition! Tip: do not plan early check-in. It won't happen, but they do have some lounges for you to change if you want to go to the beach until your room is ready. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Awesome hotel experience

Jan 21, 2020 555sherah Gilbert, West Virginia

The hotel is amazing. The surf unbelievable. The mai tai bar is such a cool quaint way to end the day. Darrell S is amazing. Try the Mule and the Cauliflower wings at sunset. Cheers. We met so many friendly people. The atmosphere is not snobby. We really enjoyed our stay.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A wonderful historic hotel

Jan 20, 2020 KirkPA Pennsylvania

If you want sleek and shiny - don’t stay here. This is an historic hotel, lots of uniqueness and extremely well run. We stayed under the American Express platinum/centurion fine hotels and resorts program. This is our 2nd trip to this particular property. We had a lovely oceanfront lofted suite, clean nice large bathrooms, very nice. Don’t… Read more
If you want sleek and shiny - don’t stay here. This is an historic hotel, lots of uniqueness and extremely well run. We stayed under the American Express platinum/centurion fine hotels and resorts program. This is our 2nd trip to this particular property. We had a lovely oceanfront lofted suite, clean nice large bathrooms, very nice. Don’t go cheap on the rooms and we recommend that you do a package that includes breakfast daily. Otherwise it will cost you $100/couple for breakfast. The staff is exemplary- from bellmen to check in to housekeeping - the pool/beach staff - everyone is just so helpful and accommodating. They just seem to take pride in what they do - which is 5 star service in a Great historic hotel. Note: beach chair reservations - make them early - or they fill up. It does cost to reserve chairs and it’s worth it. Enjoy! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Spirit of Aloha

Jan 19, 2020 166geremyl

The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is historic, holds prime majestic position on a world famous beach and is five star hotel. Many hotels around the world can claim similar attributes, but this hotel has something that very few others can claim - the Spirit of Aloha. I am a return guest of this very special hotel, and each visit reminds me without… Read more
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is historic, holds prime majestic position on a world famous beach and is five star hotel. Many hotels around the world can claim similar attributes, but this hotel has something that very few others can claim - the Spirit of Aloha. I am a return guest of this very special hotel, and each visit reminds me without reservation, that the people that work there are the reason this property is a standout in the competitive luxury hotel market. Every associate interaction is greeted with warmth and excellent genuine service that not only makes me feel so very welcome but also appreciated. My room was in the historic wing of the hotel which was built in 1927 (a complete refurbishment of the hotel was completed in 2009). My room had beautiful uninterrupted view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. The high ceilings and classic interior of the room took me back to a more glamours time. It was spacious, very well appointed with a super comfortable bed. The bathroom had an operable window with a beach view also - a real treat whilst showering. All public areas of the hotel are airy and regal, you feel you are somewhere special. You can almost not believe the noise and vibrant activity of Kalakaua Ave, which is just a stone throw away from The Royal Hawaiian, disappears as soon as you cross the threshold onto the hotel property. It is a serene oasis with lush tranquil gardens. The gentle trade winds bring the coconut palms to life and almost seem to whisper to you the proud knowledge they hold of the legendary guests and royalty that have walked these grounds before you. The Mai Tai Bar is a must, to not only enjoy the famous cocktail they are named after, but to witness what I call "Mai Tai Magic". The team behind the bar are masters of their craft, but also great story tellers. It is a great spot to witness sunset each evening. Even a solo visitor will feel part of this family. Azure Restaurant has never disappointed me. It is a premium offer and you will pay for the experience, but it is well worth it. If travelling solo I highly recommend sitting at the Azure bar to eat. The bar staff will take you on a culinary journey with wines to match that you will never forget. The Royal Hawaiian is the only hotel (that I know of) that offers food and beverage service on the beach. I strongly advise booking your beach chairs and umbrella in advance of your visit as they do sell out quickly. The Waikiki Beach Boys are at hand to set you up with ample towels and advice on surfing and swimming. If you enjoy history, I highly recommend taking the Historic Tour of the hotel. Its free and offers wonderful insight into a bygone era. Overall, this hotel is well worth a visit whilst on Oahu. Shopping, restaurants, cafes and many other things are within walking distance. The location on Waikiki Beach is the best of any of the other hotels and the people that work there will captivate you with The Spirit of Aloha and you will be coming back again and again like me. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating "Luxury" is Stretching the Truth

Jan 16, 2020 LisaT91403 Sherman Oaks, CA

We stayed for 3 nights in a Mailani Tower Loft Suite. I wasn't able to find any reviews about this particular suite before I booked, so I thought I'd come back and share. When we arrived and went to the check in desk, we were told that the Mailani Tower had its own desk. We were lucky someone was there to check us in, as we noticed during our… Read more
We stayed for 3 nights in a Mailani Tower Loft Suite. I wasn't able to find any reviews about this particular suite before I booked, so I thought I'd come back and share. When we arrived and went to the check in desk, we were told that the Mailani Tower had its own desk. We were lucky someone was there to check us in, as we noticed during our stay that the desk was not staffed all that often. We were given our room, and ventured down the hall with the bellman. When we entered the room, we found that while it had 2 beds downstairs and a king upstairs (as described on the website), there was no bathroom downstairs. This was a huge problem for us, as 82 year old Grandma can't be going up and down steep stairs in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. I had called the Royal Hawaiian before booking this room to make CERTAIN that the room would have 2 toilets (I was aware that the only shower would be upstairs). I went back to the desk, and the person working seemed surprised that there was no bathroom downstairs. She had to call someone to find out which of the suites had the extra half bath. The good news is that she found one for us, so we switched rooms. As we got familiar with the suite, we realized how incredibly poorly designed they are. We had 4 people sharing the suite (my husband & I upstairs, Grandma and my son downstairs). There were no drawers downstairs at all. This made it impossible for the downstairs guests to ever unpack and get settled. There was also nowhere to sit, other than on the beds themselves. Not a single chair or sofa in the entire suite, upstairs or downstairs. There was narrow floating shelf under the TV downstairs, and a beat up dresser upstairs...but there were barely any flat surfaces to put stuff on. What little furniture there was was old and worn. Other than over the sink, there was no mirror in the room; what "luxury" hotel has no full length mirror? There was no door separating the bathroom from the upstairs bedroom (just a door to where the toilet was). The was an overly complicated Toto toilet upstairs; I'm sure some like it, but I found it to be uncomfortable and weird. The toilet paper holder was coming out of the wall (needed repair). The shower head attachment leaked and sprayed everywhere; we tried tightening it, but were unsuccessful. The shower itself was gigantic, but there was no clothes line to dry wet swim stuff; seems like a poor use of space. All of the plugs upstairs were next to one side of the bed; if you were sleeping on the other side, you could forget plugging in any of your devices. We had A/C problems because it would be freezing downstairs and hot upstairs. This made it difficult to sleep. As others have mentioned, the pool is very small...but you do have access to the Sheraton next door if you are so inclined. I was shocked to find that we weren't allowed to use the beach chairs and umbrellas, though. We were paying a big resort fee -- for that, we got lots of bottled water...but I'm not sure what else. We stayed at Aulani after The Royal Hawaiian...no resort fee at Aulani, and all of the beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, etc. were at no charge. The beds were comfortable. The breakfast in the morning was not great the first day, but was better on subsequent days. We liked the twice daily housekeeping. The location on Waikiki beach was great. Overall, the property itself was nothing terrible...but not "luxury" by any means. The design of the suite, however, was ridiculously poor...there was simply no way to get comfortable in that room, and I would not book it again. Read less