We stayed at the Royal Hawaiian for the first 3 days of our 3 week honeymoon in Hawaii.
Before arriving we had feared that the hotel, and indeed Waikiki in general, might be a bit tacky. We were pleasantly surprised to find this wasn't the case.
Our room was large enough with a comfy bed and all the amenities you would expect. The hotel restaurants were also very good - we had one of the best meals of our entire stay in Hawaii at the Azure.
The main gripe is with the cost, not only of the rooms but more so of the food and drink. Burger and fries plus a couple of beers at the pool restaurant cost us about $60! Seems a little excessive to me!
Compared to other hotels in Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian has a favorable location and a good stretch of its own beach.
Overall, I was reasonably impressed with the hotel. It served well as a brief stop at which to recover from jet lag, although I wouldn't necessarily have wanted to stay there for much longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1927, the iconic Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, ushered in a new era of luxurious resort travel to Hawaii. Situated in the heart of Waikiki, the hotel offers cultural activities, gold standard signature concierge service, valet parking, doctors-on-call, florist, currency exchange service, Japanese concierge, laundry and dry cleaning, dining service and world-class restaurants and bars, wireless internet access in rooms and all public areas, multi-lingual staff, 24-hour room service, business center, and beach and pool services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Hotel Honolulu
- Royal Hawaiian Honolulu
- The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort Hawaii/Honolulu