Rated 5 out of 5 by DAG2012 Hawaiian Classic
We stayed in the Historic building, as opposed to the tower. This is our 9th visit to the Royal since 1980. The location is unmatched on Waikiki Beach. The staff, many with long service, is tops. It's hard to beat a breakfast at the Surf Lani or a drink in the Mai Tai Bar...both beach side with Diamond Head in view.
December 11, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by HighValues Missed the beach experience...
Always a pleasure to visit the Royal however this time, I was disappointed at the nickel-and-diming of the property. I don't like the resort charge which was in effect on my last visit but the additional beach chair fee was just ridiculous so I missed out on an enjoyable experience which I've relished in the past. Why else does one stay at a hotel on the beach? As a single traveler, these fees are particularly high. Thankfully, the staff are as wonderful as ever - particularly Alan on the bell desk.
December 9, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Lehoula housekeeping services
We stayed 7 nights and if you didn't leave a note for the housekeeper they never left you amenities! As a matter of fact we had the same sliver of soap left in our shower all 7 days!! To us this is very unacceptable for a 5 star resort.
December 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Poolside Service Exceeds Expectations
Robin is one of the pool service attendants. His service is exeplary and he brightens all guest's experience as he moves about his daily tasks. Nothing is too much trouble for Robin. He is truly an embassador for the Royal Hawaiian and indeed the Starwood Property Group.
December 6, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by sitommy Love the hotel, not the fees
As a regular guest of the Royal Hawaiian for the last 2 decades, my wife and I were very surprised at the new fee structure we recently experienced. In addition to the resort fee, the general taxes and local taxes, we were shocked to now be paying a $40. per day beach fee. It just seemed like everywhere we turned, they was an extra charge. So, while we still love the property, we are not happy about all the charges. In other words, be forewarned that your $400. room rate will be more like $600. when all is said and done.
December 4, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by johnh54 Regal Charm
Overall our stay at the Royal Hawaiian superceeded our expectations. Check in was a pleasant experience espcially after a 30 hour travel day. Staff were always pleasant and helpful. The hotel has a charm about it and we found it very tranquil for such a busy area.
We would highly recommend staying here.
December 3, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by macventure Mixed Experience
I've had amazing experiences with Luxury Collection properties in New York City and the Yukatan. Unfortunately, The Royal Hawaiian isn't in great shape and the staff isn't empowered to assist guests like I've seen at other properties. I had booked a room with a suite upgrade nearly a year ago. It wasn't until a few days before my arrival that the staff informed me that all such requests are limited to garden rooms. Ultimately I enjoyed a beautiful ocean view suite but it came a cost - I had to enlist the General Manager, SPG Supervisors and a barrage of emails. I'm embarrased - it should be easier.
December 2, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by jimmy0118 Our stay at this hotel was the worst experience ever at SPG properties
Like the review title, our stay at this supposedly "LUXURY" hotel was possibly the worst experience we've ever had at SPG properties. We arrived in Hawaii around 2 pm and proceeded to arrive at the hotel at around 2:45 pm. The check-in process was uneventful, but the person checking us in told us that they don't have the room ready until 4 pm. This is unacceptable as we had 2 very young children who just got off the plane and needed to rest and clean up. But no, the room which was suppose to be ready at 2 pm wouldn't be ready until 4 pm. That same night at around 9 pm we got back to our room, but noticed that there was loud music and noise coming from the Mai Tai Bar. I'm not sure how the hotel managed to mess up the sound proofing of the building...this is a luxury hotel...you should have great sound proofing from outside noise or inside noise. The music and noise were so loud that we couldn't sleep. My children were miserable because they couldn't sleep and in turn they made us miserable. The rooms were fairly nice and the banana breads were a nice touch; but I have to say the rooms are showing their age. There were instances where the coffee table had paint scraped off, carpet dirtied, and bathroom with muggy smell. Again, this is a luxury hotel and we were totally underwhelmed by the room. I mean, come on, we are paying over $500 a night at a luxury hotel and we expected luxury rooms. Lastly, the staff at this hotel just didn't perform up to par. The check-in staff we interacted with showed little interest in helping us and resolving our problems at the hotel. Even when a manager was called, it felt like he was just trying to get rid of us...we just didn't feel like we are valued as paying customers during our stay. One bright spot thought...we have to commend Michelle, who was the manager who took care of us and really showed that she cared about our stay. The rest of the staff was sub-par and not worthy of mentioning. Thank you Royal Hawaiian hotel for making this one of our worst vacations in our life time. Oh, and make sure you tell your guests what your resort credit could be used on or could not be used on. You need to be more clear about this.
December 2, 2012
Rated 1 out of 5 by canuckle very disappointing stay!!!
While check-in was ok (even gave an SPG recognition cert), the remaining 2 days have been a huge disappointment and makes me reconsider this being the best hotel in Waikiki!
Room had misc hair (not mine) on bathroom floor!
Toilet had mold! :o
Had requested early room servicing (at 9 am and even heard the agent call it in at the check-in desk) and came back to skipped housekeeping (they cleaned the adjacent room!) In fact offered 3 times for housekeeping 9-12, 5-6 and 6-8, only to have them miss all but the last time. Also was TRYING to sleep in the afternoon only to have housekeeping knocking at door at 2:30 and a phone call at 4 pm asking when Housekeeping could come in! I swear, no one communicated with each other!
asked for dental kit at same time - did not receive it so had to go out and get a toothbrush!
Told had access to Sher Waikiki pool, only to be asked to leave the Infinity pool because it was only for Sher guests.
Quite surprised to see Sheraton amenities in the RH (previous 2 stays had RH toiletries). Aside from 4Pts amenities, Sheraton amenities are prob the cheapest/least desired toiletries.
Finally, when room was refreshed in the evening, there was no turn down, dessert, which is a staple of the RH.
What can I say, for a Luxury Collection (and my birthday!), this was a very unpleasant surprise! Luxury, Five star....not this time - feel like I wasted my money on this stay. Prob as bad as the worst Sher PK stay!
December 1, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by MickAndnick What a dissapoinment
Where to start ? I stayed at the royal Hawaiian last year for 3 nights on the way back from a Vegas holiday ,so immediately decided we would make the royal Hawaiian and Hawaii our focus for our 2012 holiday it was that good , I always put a lot of planning into our holidays as I get 1 a year , I booked 6 months in advance and sent direct emails to the hotel so that all was smooth , on arrival we had to wait a while for our room which is fine but would call me when ready , still waiting for the call ,nothing major ,we got to our room , nothing like the room we had previously and which I requested and was happy to use suite rewards and or points to get , so was a little peeved given I booked 9 nights , I went to check in to try to get a change , I might as well have spoken to the wall ,total waste of time ,the safe in our room did not work had to wait a day for it to be sorted , the toilet did not work properly , our door to the room did not lock ( only picked this up after a day -luckily we had nothing stolen) ,the air conditioner in our room sounded like a jet engine , we had breakfast one day , I am still waiting for my croissant and wife her iced tea , this is not the service you expect of a 6 star rated resort , the 2 biggest insults of all that I went to check in on 3 separate occaisions and the staff simply did not care and when I decided to check out 6 days early , It didn't even bother them 1 bit , the only comment was I couldn't get a late check out as she sad ' we will sell your room and are busy' ! Lucky I am platinum hate to think of the service otherwise , my biggest gripe is the fact they now charge you to sit on beach chairs in front of the hotel ,after what you pay for a room with al the other add ons I find this insulting and absurd , and is more a matter of principle ,ther is no mention of this on spg or when you check in not even an option for spg members , and was decided after a survey with guests ,From what I was told , when you are really looking forward to holiday and get average service and attitude it is very hard to recommend , as a platinum member you just want something for being loyal but here you get nothing and they take it for granted , there is no doubt it is a beautiful building and the lobster roll at surf lanai is awesome and the location second to none ,but the change in service and attitude of management in 12 months means I will never go back ,I still shake my head at the drop in service ,maybe their status should be reviewed .overpriced and over rated .
November 29, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by murphfarm Not the same old hotel
Since the remodel it seems like the hotel has changed. There is a charge for beach lounge chairs now. The new pool is smaller. No snack bar at pool. Carpet in room was not clean. Maids did not leave sufficiant coffee, shampoo, conditioner, or kleenex. Coffee grounds were spilled in the room and maids did not clean the floor. Probably won't stay again.
November 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Craigeboy Non traditional holiday exceeds expectations.
It had been years since I had walked thru the doors of the Royal Hawaiian. when I was younger, I thought it was stuffy. Well, things have changed. From the new remodeled rooms, to the top notch guest services, I will return soon. The RH is the center of Waikiki Beach and it seems like all of the best beach rentals, activities and lounging areas are centered out front. I aslo highly reccomend the Chefs Special Dinner at Azure. The 5-6 course meal was top 5 all time for me.
November 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by SPGgoldforlife2012 Amazing people, location, facility
We enjoyed our time at the Pink Palace of the Pacific!!
November 28, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Silkchan bathroom
We stayed in a junior suite facing at court yard. Quite circumstance was very comfortable. One deficit is a small bathroom and a small bathtub. Dark room and we needs to turn on/off the lights one by one ! Nevertheless, we would like to stay again.
November 27, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hestia Wonderful!
I have stayed at the Royal for many years and in recent years have been staying in a Tower room. As always I was not disapointed, my stay was wonderful. I did however have a few issues this trip but they were dealt with immediatley and rectified. However, housekeeping did lock me out on the lanai one day and that confirmed my thoughts that the lania was not being swept or cleaned on a daily basis. Despite this my love of the Royal Hawaiian remains and I will be back next year!
November 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beto1970 outstanding
Staff very kind and making their best efforts to our confort, always receiving us with a smile on their face.
Room very good, cleanliness perfect
Localization excellent, in front of the beach and just across the shopping area!!
Resort fees covers parking, facilities and international phone calls!!
November 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by WahineinNZ Exceptional hotel, great views & an escape from reality
Transports you to another place in time with very relaxed atmosphere.
November 25, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by frustrated27 too expensive for service level provided
too expensive for service level provided
November 25, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by DisappointedDon A Hawaiian Disappointment
My stay at the Royal Hawaiian was less than optimum. The showerhead was broken, the phone in the room did not work, there was no clock in the room, and there was a strong smell of raw sewage on the walk from the shopping center to the hotel. Overall, I have had better stays at much lesser quality hotels. I would not recommend staying there, and I will not stay there again.
November 24, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Leslie15 Our stay was most enjoyable
Having stayed in the Royal Hawaiian over 20 years ago it was wonderful to find that the look, style and service were as I remembered. It is has retained it's classic feel while offering modern ammenities. The lobby, restaurants and rooms are beautiful and the staff for the most part goes out of their way to make your experience memorable. It was disappointing to be charged separately to use the beach chairs and umbrellas. This should be built into the daily resort fee.
November 22, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by salo9979 Waikiki Disappointment
We booked our stay at the Royal Hawaiian as this was my first trip to Hawaii. After a lovely week in Kauai, we arrived on a Friday to be told that the computers were down. Check-in took about 45 minutes. Once we got into our room, it was fine, although it backed up to the area where music was played until about 10 p.m. each evening, so it was loud. The hotel is old and needs some refurbishing. Also, doors are heavy wood and do not reach the floor so noise from other rooms & hallway is very loud. Beach access (part of the reason to stay here) costs about $50 for a reserved beach chair. Not worth the money, and I won't repeat the experience.
November 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 Tower aircon.
Tower airconditioning in serious state of disrepair.
November 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Exceeded All Expectations!
I've been spoiled by this stay. It will be hard to stay anywhere else! The opulence is amazing!! Everyone is so friendly - from housekeeping to concierge to bell help (thanks Frank!). Loved it, loved it, loved it!!!!!
November 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lloyd747 Outstanding Experience
I stayed for 5 nights as a vacation to celebrate my birthday. It was an outstanding experience. The hotel has the best loocation on the beach, is secluded from the noise and foot traffic on the street and has elegance and charm. I love staying in the historical wing. Had room 271, an ocean junior suite. Huge room, geat view and nice room amenities. Free bottled water and a refigerator to keep things cold. Loved the pool chairs and umbrellas. Yes there is a charge now, but it is never full and you can always get a good spot. Great food, great drinks at the Mai Tai bar and the staff greets you by name every day. This was all in all a great experience and I will stay here on my next trip to Honolulu.
November 17, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by MaxSel Idyllic and Relaxing Stay
A wonderfully relaxing few days and a wonderful hotel - exceeded our expectations on all levels.
November 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by zerreitugar RHW non-smoking rooms
i am an SPG member and made reservations using cash and points for a non-smoking room but at check-in was provided a smoking room on the 5th floor. also, as the reservation system was down at check-in, they could not find an alternate room at the time. we had to sleep in smoke-stanked bed sheets and use smoke-stanked towels after a long night of travel. the hotel security also had to manually open the door for us as we were not provided room keys due to system being down.
November 13, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by MoMo12 Not our best experience!!
This was my 5th annual mother/daughter trip to Honolulu (with my daughter, my sister and her daughter) and staying at the Royal Hawaiian. We have always enjoyed staying at the Royal Hawaiian and it has brought us back year after year. However, this year's stay we were surprised to learn that there is now a $20 per person, per day rental fee for a chair on the beach. So we decided to try the pool area. The pool area is small and many of the chairs are in the shade or shaded by umbrellas or trees. The prime chairs are in the front row around the pool but only one side is sunny. Pool chairs can be reserved by guests starting at 7am each day (by leaving your belongings or book or magazine at a chair) but you can't reserve them in advance (so we were told). However, some of the prime chairs on the sunny side of the pool in the front row were reserved daily from 7am-5pm, by the pool staff, for tower guests that never showed up to the pool!! When we complained to the pool staff that no one had used the reserved chairs all day, the pool staff still did not relinquish those chairs and said that they were being held by special repeat guests in the towers. REALLY!! That didn't really sit well with us or any of the other hotel guests that were forced to the pool area because of the new ridiculous "beach chair fees". The pool area was always crowded while the beach area was hardly used!! We also found out that there is a private reservation book kept by the pool staff for the repeat tower guests. REALLY!! The only plus was great poolside service from our waiter, Rob!! When we did pay the fee to lounge on the beach the service was terrible!! I would have expected a lot more service and attention for the extra $40.00 for our chair rentals. We have stayed at the Royal Hawaiian for the last 5 years because of it's ambiance, beautiful gardens and grounds, it's history and it's semi-private piece of beach on Waikiki and we have paid a premium to stay at this hotel each year!! I believe it is one of the most expensive hotels on Waikiki Beach. However, now with the extra cost to use a lounge chair on the beach along with the new $25+ daily resort fees, we will really have to carefully consider if it is worth the extra money to stay at the Royal Hawaiian next year.
November 13, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Taber Hotel was great, BUT
The Royal was spectacular as usual, however another upcharge is the final straw. They still charge their $35. resort charge but this no longer includes beach chairs. Now your paying (for two) $41 for your chairs and over $60 if you want to sit closer to the water. These new $60 chairs now obstruct the view of the traditional seating area. Sorry to say their nickle and diming of me has gone over the top. Time to say good bye to one of my favorite hotels.
November 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JimChris Fabulous hotel in idyllic setting
This was simply the best hotel experience. Customer service was excellent on every level...the bellman, porter, hospitality hosts, and housekeeping. We were greeted warmly, check in was easy and very accommodating. We had an ocean tower suite with 2 separate lanai areas with breathtaking views. We used the services offered poolside, had a great cabana experience. The location is quiet and restful with easy access to Waikiki area activities. On a short day visit stay following our cruise we were accommodated with a lovely dayroom in the older part of the hotel which was very comfortable. The spa services were excellent. This is a great hotel and a wonderful experience.
November 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by AussieTom Old Meets The New
Thank you for the amazing experience with our stay at the Royal Hawaiin. It was an incredible journey of excellence, from the time we arrived, to reception and to our room. We bathed in the charm of "the old retained" to the modernization of the facilities. Just totally loved the ambience. Large carved wooden doors, plenty of room, fantastic furniture. I rate the staff as the best I have experienced during my continual world travels, and they are great ambassadors for the Hotel. No request was ever deemed to be too hard. Excellent attitudes and commitment to making sure our stay was a pleasant one. To coin a popular phrase by a famous actor "I'll be back!"
November 11, 2012