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Royal Grove Hotel
Ranked #62 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Awesome Vacation”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

Every time we go to Waikiki we stay at this little hotel and we've never had a problem. When we go to places like this where a beach is available and so many activities, we prefer a cheaper place to stay cause the main reason is to have a bed to sleep, other than that we are never in the hotel. The staff were awesome while we were there and always helpful giving us information when needed. Housekeeping was very helpful and trusting as well. I really liked the Monday evenings here because there was music and hula dancing in the main area which was very enjoyable. The pool was always clean and the tables and chair area was always clean. We'll be staying here again in the future

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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New Westminster, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2013

We have returned recently from our 8th time staying at the Royal Grove, and made sure we booked for next year. As we arrived at the hotel, the greeting we received was more like visiting family - both from the staff on shift, and the other guests that are there the same time every year and have become friends - than going to a hotel. It was another great 2 weeks - the Monday night music session, the Friday night pot-luck, the afternoon around the pool listening to those folks from Australia practicing the Ukulele - you can't beat the price, the friendliness or the closeness to everything. Thank you Mr. Fong and staff.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the pool - the street side tends to be busy.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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225 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2013

The Royal Grove has definitely seen better days. You certainly cannot beat it for the location and cost. If you are planning on staying in your room much, this would not be the place to stay. But for a two-minute walk to Waikiki, this place cannot be beaten. Be sure to enjoy the ukulele night. Mr. Fong, the owner, and local musicians sing and dance in the hotel lobby one evening a week, and it's a genuine delight to be there with them. I am not one for all the glitz that often is part of Hawaiian shows. I like this real Hawaiian experience with locals. Get some shave ice at the Coconut Cafe just two doors away from the hotel--best in Waikiki.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Penrith, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We have just returned from our first trip to Hawaii. We had 3 nights at the Royal Grove prior to a 7 day cruise around the islands plus 1 night on return from the cruise. After reading all the reviews I was more than happy to book a room here and was not disappointed. Yes, it's old, and some of the furnishings are dated, but for the price and location it can't be beaten. The rooms (we had 2 different rooms, one before cruise and 1 after) were clean and surprisingly spacious, the beds were comfortable. We didn't need the kitchen facilities, but the kitchen appeared well equipped with the basics. We had air conditioning which the staff turned on during the day but we turned it off once the sun had moved and didn't use it, we left the balcony door open at night (not a fan of air con if it can be avoided) and had very little noise. We used the supplied beach mats and towels for a swim at the beach, and I was able to take a book from the library for my flight home. The staff were very helpful and friendly, offering to ring and confirm pickup times and help with The Bus timetables. I would certainly stay again, excellent value for money.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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5 Thank mandyg31
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Amsterdam
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

We initially booked a room without airconditioning for 55 a night. We thought, if you can sleep without an aircon, it should probably be doable. Don't do it!! The first room we entered, looked very shabby and had sliding windows (the ones that cut fingers when they fall) and two pretty huge plastic fans. We had 5 nights ahead of us with 90F at daytime and 75 plus at night, we quickly decided that we 'needed' aircon as a standard! So back to the desk and we got another one, without having to switch later that week. Kudos!

That room was still being cleaned, it was the first and last time that week. The other days, they just changed the towels and did the beds. No more vacuuming after that moment.
The room itself is nice, not shabby if you don't touch the furniture, as it is close to falling apart! It feels like walking into the seventies and not knowing better, one could think the room has not been touched ever since!
The aircon works continously, so no switching on and off during the night and it keeps the room cold enough all the time. Then again, there are no windows you can open in the room, just the balcony door.
The wifi is only available for free in the lobby, maybe the owner likes to see his guests every now and then, but in our room, next to the elevator, we just didn't have a signal.
The tv was small by the way and shampoo only comes once a week. So buy it yourself!
There are pans and glasses in the cabinets and there is a large fridge and microwave.

Next door you have a great Korean place and a Denny's (with golden sign, other than red) for a fair price and the shopping centres are around the corner. Markets are there too, very cosy!
Parking can be done two blocks away in a hotel, for 15 dollars per night. Don't gamble on street parking, there is hardly any and everything is one way traffic, killing!

With the beach at the end of the street and surfboards to take in the lobby, what is the reason to really complain? You're in Waikiki for less than 100 dollars a night!! Just look through the old stuff, take this advice and save an awful lot. It can send one of the two to another Island for free and do a volcano tour. That's how much it is!!!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is one of the best hotels we have stayed in for value for money, pool, quiet, friendly, great price, shopping and eating just around the corner, Waikiki beach 200 metres away, and buses pass near by to any where , overall we give this hotel a 9 points for all things.
,Alf Meads, Auckland New Zealand, stayed 13th September for 5 nights.

Room Tip: Top floor but any where is ok
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Berkeley, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2013

If you are on a budget, but still want to stay in the heart of Waikiki, this hotel is your pick. My wife and I spent a week on Oahu, mostly travelling around or lying on the beach. We spent little time in our hotel room, but it was perfectly fine. The staff was helpful (they suggested a nearby cheap parking garage, they provided us with beach towels etc), and the room was clean. The building itself is pretty old and rundown, but it is tidy and everything worked just fine. Close to the beach and restaurants. Many people in the hotel were returning guests, most of them seniors, and they were really nice people to talk to.
I want to emphasize again: this is not a fancy hotel. If you want all glamour of a Hyatt, go to a Hyatt. But if you just need a clean and decent room, this is a real bargain.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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10 Thank Komaromi A
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Additional Information about Royal Grove Hotel

Property: Royal Grove Hotel
Address: 151 Uluniu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3297
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Honolulu
#41 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 120
Also Known As:
Royal Grove Honolulu
Hotel Royal Grove
Royal Grove Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu

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