#royal hawaiian hotel
Newport Beach, California
It is a very classic historical hotel in Waikiki, about 40 min from the airport. I had an easy transfer from go808express the best when you come into Hawaii. When I came into into Waikiki to the entrance of the hotel there was a lush garden valet section, and there was it was, The Big Pink hotel I have always seen from other visits. It has a great location in Waikiki – walking distance to Duke’s, stores, shops, restaurants all just a 5 min stroll.
The Royal Hawaiian is one of the nicest hotels on the beach as you come into Waikiki. It is a historical hotel that has been there since 1927, and like how it has been preserved with its original architecture and hotel design. There classic old building which is been preserved as it appeared in many movies as it was with some upgrades, and a new building tower. Nice boutique shops lined with historical paintings and posters line the hallways, with beautiful Hawaiian centerpieces.
We had had a ocean view room in the new tower with club continental breakfast and afternoon small items and beer, wine, champagne and other drinks.
The room was very nice and modern great feel with modern art and decor very tasteful with the bed facing the beach with an amazing view. There was a nice large balcony that look over Waikiki, with a couch for relaxing to view the great sunsets. The bed was so amazing very comfortable and made for amazing sleep.
The lobby was beautiful surrounded by lush gardens. You walk through the hotel and you enter the MaiTai Bar – where it was originally created, and chairs and umbrellas on the beach. There was a small pool, which is ok, but I don’t ever go to Waikiki with the warm water, beautiful beach to sit by a pool.
Staff and service was great all the way through.
We enjoyed the chairs and umbrellas on the beach, some MaiTai’s at the bar, and my girlfriend took a surf lesson she loved and learned to surf, that was a highlight of our stay.
I loved the opportunity to stay here in Waikiki and was happy with my decision to book here. It is a fun hotel with great gardens and sanctuaries to play stay and experience Waikiki.
RHCoordinator, Guest Experience Team at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, responded to this review
Thank you for choosing to stay at The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. We are delighted to hear that you had a memorable experience at our historic hotel, and that the ocean view room was to your liking. It’s always wonderful to hear such nice comments about our staff, and we truly hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back to the Pink Palace again soon.
Guest Experience Team
An Oasis in the middle of Waikiki
Gig Harbor, Washington
Driving down to the hotel entrance you drive through a gate, under beautiful shade trees into a little culde-sac behind the Sheraton. It is a little hidden gem right in the middle of the hustle bustle. By the way don’t trust your GPS, it takes you to the Sheraton’s parking structure it’s a long walk to the hotel.
Check-in was very polite and fast. The lobby is marble crisp, cool and subtle. Unlike many of the other hotels it is not filled with throngs of tourists wandering through it. Water juice are available in the lobby. There are rocking chairs overlooking a large lawn area, on the backside of the lobby. The gardens are mature and lovely. The bell desk was very friendly kind and presented us with our lei greetings.
The bellman who brought up our bags was wonderful. He gave us a short history of the hotel and had sparkling cider sent up to our room (since we declined the wine, being teetotalers).
We had a Jr. Suite in the historic wing. The wooden, carved doors were beautiful. The windows were very tall, but they had no view or balcony. Actually even during the day the drapes could not be opened as they looked out onto a sidewalk, so that was somewhat disappointing. Otherwise the room was amazingly beautiful.
We actually had two rooms, one just down the hall for our teens and then my husband and I had this room, which worked out perfectly. There are 2 closets, so you can pack heavy or shop till you drop there will be room. In the larger closet is a safe, shoe shine supplies, the famous pink bathrobes and slippers in white drawstring bags. There are even satin, padded hangers for woman’s clothes.
In the large bedroom area, was a sumptuous 4 poster bed, a desk with a chair. chaise ottoman, TV, 2 night stands, i-pod docking station. A ceiling fan helped to cool the room. There was A/C but the room stayed stuffy. There was also an I-Pad for in- room use to help find local restaurants and attractions.
Connected by a separate, locking door is a sitting room that could be used for entertaining friends, family or business associates. The room also can be accessed by a door in the hotel hallway, so guests do not have to go through your sleeping quarters. It can also be connected to another room, making it great for a large family.
The room had sofas, chairs, a TV, a mini-fridge and cocktail area.
The hotel provides lots of little extras that put it into the luxury class , the fresh banana bread in the pink package upon check-in with the recipe in your room. The pink stationery, 2 free bottles of water (every day).
The bathroom is on the small side. It was clean all was in good repair. The towels were very plush and 2 bath sheets a day were provided. They don’t skrimp on the number of towels provided per a room. The most amazing thing about the b/r is the Maile Organic toiletries. They smell amazing and the aloe in them is so soothing. I actually purchased some more once I got home on-line. They are a small local company. Oh btw the T3 hairdryer, when I opened the bag was just a cheap $10.00 Conair hairdryer.
Sleep quality was good. A little bit of street noise.
Pool: To say the pool is tiny is an under statement. I guess you can use the pool next door at Sheraton, I don’t know how that works. When we were there the pool always seemed to have padded chaise loungers available. There were wait staff walking around taking drink orders, but the key word is walking around – there were spilled drinks attracting bugs on tables, people waving them down and they just ignored them all. So although I laid by the pool and was hoping to get a drink a snack. I can’t review that part of The Royal Hawaiian. The pink striped towels are large plush. No towel card or wrist band is required. The employee handing out the towels was very grumpy.
Beach- The area in front of the RH is compact so it was crowded. Seems like a lot of people from different hotels were using this strip of beach also, as there were all different colored striped hotel towels. It was towel to towel. They do groom this part of the beach, but there was still more coral here then down by the Mona Surfrider or way down by the Hilton. It’s not a lot of coral, just be aware of where you are stepping. They have an area right up by the restaurant that is roped off for umbrellas and chairs. It is not anywhere near the beach or waves and would noisy and very un-private. Literally people are seated a few feet away from you eating lunch at the restaurant. I would not pay for this.
The SPG Mailani lounge area where breakfast the managers reception is served here, it was very hot stuffy, There was no cross breeze and I guess there was no a/c. The breakfast was only a continental breakfast. It consisted of coffee, tea, small glasses of warm juice and water. I really wish they would have provided ice. For the food selection there were pastries, muffins, banana bread and chunked up fruit. Not a lot of options, just enough for a quick bite. No hot items (except maybe the juice. LOL) are offered. The evening reception had several hot Asian style appetizers. One of the meatballs one very good. There was a salad, cheese, salami cold cuts, veggie sticks, pasta salad. There was coffee, tea and pineapple juice, that they kept letting run out and was hot. No soda was available. At the Mona Surfrider the food offerings are much more varied and they offer a hot breakfast, they also offer snacks, sodas bottled water 24 hrs a day.
This is a beautiful and quiet resort. It feels removed from the hustle bustle of downtown yet is just within steps of all the shops and restaurants. We were so busy I did not get a chance to explore the shopping and dining at the restaurant. I am really looking forward to returning for another visit. Compared to the mega-resorts I would take this historic gem anyday.