Rated 5 out of 5 by RBMinSF Waikiki Oasis
Was reluctant to stay on Waikiki for all the obvious reasons. But the Royal Hawaiian is an absolute oasis. Close to the shops and restaurants and bustle of Waikiki, but a world away at the same time. The best of both worlds.
May 29, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by GERALD Won't stay again for price
Something should be done with the adjoining doors between the rooms. The sounds from the other room comes into our room. I was kept awake at 4am from noise from the other room for an hour. Also other sounds. The window in the bathroom has a screen that does not block the view from the outside when the light is on. Self conscious about it. Smell not good in bathers elevator and other parts of hallway. Also, a restaurant in another Starwood restaurant was not a part of Starwood. Couldn't use certificate. Disappointing.
May 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by fahaita great experience!
Perfect, could not have been more satisfied.
May 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tommy48 Five Star Resort
When asked what was the most memorable part of my stay in Honolulu, I say The Royal Hawaiian. Thanks for the great stay
May 28, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Disappointedtraveler Not worth it
This is a beautiful hotel that sadly is living on its reputation. The wait staff was VERY uncooperative and refused to have food cooked as requested. The room air conditioning is very noisy. The pool is very small and there is not enough seating. Finally, teh hotel decided that the publicity of having the Today show was more important than its guests comfort. The show interfered with the use of the facilities and was broadcast from 1 am to 4 am, which meant that we could not sleep that night.
May 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by May2013 Great location
This is one of the oldest hotels in Waikiki..with probably the highest expectations.
Check in was seamless.We especially liked the banana bread and welcome fruit cocktail.
Room was a good size facing the ocean with amazing views.
I was a little disappointed with the servicing of the room with no turn down service and used glassware left for 2 days.
We also had to ring for amenities like water and toiletries as these were not replaced.
Poolside the staff were fantastic and I would definitely return.
May 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JonG Beautiful hotel, but our experience was mixed
Overall, this was a beautiful property, and we greatly enjoyed our time there. However, we faced a few challenges checking in that left us feeling unwanted, like we were a nuisance to the check-in staff. The check in experience had its pluses - you sit down at a desk with a check-in agent, and are brought a delicious smoothie. Our check-in agent wasn't very friendly, however, and our situation presented some trying circumstances I don't feel they dealt with well.
My wallet had disappeared at the San Francisco airport, so we were trying to check in without my identification. We had an AMEX Fine Hotels and Resorts reservation (requiring an Amex card for payment) which my girlfriend didn't have, and only my name was on the reservation (and I had no ID). The woman checking us in needed her manager's opinion on how to handle the situation (understandable), but after returning from a conversation with him (Rick), she simply came back and said "We can't check you in without ID and credit card" in a brusk and almost annoyed manner. So, we sat there somewhat in shock - there was no solution or action plan presented.
We then asked her to speak to Rick, and he came out and the three of us eventually worked out a solution. It felt very stressful to us, like we were an inconvenience and our story wasn't being believed, and we were in danger of losing our FHR rate (one night free and free breakfast). We ended up holding the reservation with my girlfriend's Visa until I could arrange for Amex to overnight me a new card. Frustratingly, Rick said he needed to hold on to our FHR benefit packet (including morning breakfast coupons) until I could get Amex to confirm my identity and provide an authorization, and he would need to change our reservation to a normal rate, because the reservation was now on a Visa - and he wouldn't be able to honor the FHR rate. He didn't make it clear that it was only a temporary measure until I got Amex to give them an authorization - we had to clarify that with him.
My point in all this is that there wasn't an element of trust in us, despite our 4-day reservation made through Amex FHR, and the fact that there was an Amex card ON the reservation that would have been charged regardless if we didn't show up. It felt like he was concerned about everything but us - their policies, getting payment and authorization from us, and that he was somehow worried we were scammers. There was no empathy for the experience we had losing my wallet. We left the check-in process feeling very frustrated. After a long afternoon of frustration from the missing wallet, we were hoping to find a refuge in the hotel, and had yet to find it.
In addition - we had to ask if there were any room upgrades available (not only was it an FHR reservation but I am also a Gold member), and it appeared our check-in agent hadn't checked because she then called someone to ask about availability. While a suitable upgrade was not available, If we hadn't asked, I'm not confident it would have even been checked - she certainly didn't address the upgrade without us asking as she handed us the keys and said enjoy your stay.
Later that night, we were called at 9:45pm and awakened because the credit card authorization wasn't working. The problem was that Amex had changed my credit card number due to the lost wallet. I called Amex at 10pm and sorted it out. However, we had been fast asleep for an hour, as we were still on Pacific time. I do not understand the need to call us so late, and why it could not have waited until the morning. Again - the element of trust did not seem to be there.
Lastly, several times over the stay, the phone spontaneously rang in the middle of the night, with no one on the line, awakening us. We called guest services, and they changed our phones - which didn't solve the problem. So I would recommend the phone system be inspected, at least for room 525.
Lastly, they were filming the Today show, and were setting up spotlights two nights before. We were dining at the Azure restaurant (really nice) but the experience was marred by spotlights being shined in our face as crews were working. We all knew the Today show would be there Monday morning, but were surprised set up was happening as early as Saturday evening.
The rest of the stay was great. The grounds and hotel architecture are gorgeous, the spa experience was fantastic, and access to the beach and Waikiki were ideal. We had a few problems with housekeeping (two consecutive days when our room wasn't cleaned) but Monica from guest services did a fantastic job resolving our issue (thanks Monica!).
Overall - I still recommend the hotel - but I recommend the issues we faced be reviewed by hotel management and considered by anyone looking to make a reservation. It's a beautiful property and I do hope our experiences were not the norm. From reading other reviews I don't expect that is the case.
May 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Arizonapeggy Charge for Beach Chairs
This was our fourth visit to the Royal Hawaiian, but I'm not sure we will be back. The $50 charge for a beach chair is excessive considering the room charge and resort fees. It used to feel special to walk down to the beach and ask for a chair and umbrella. Now it feels like a rip-off.
May 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tracy Great stay!
If you are going to Oahu look no further than The Royal Hawaiian for your stay! Best staff, wonderful bedding and the grounds can't be beat! Just Beautiful Hotel that has the charm of old world Hawaiii! I can't say enough- you will not be disappointed !
May 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gigi This hotel is truly royal in every way.
I grew up here in the islands. This was my first experience staying at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. The place is really beautiful and has the feel of old Hawaii. All of the employees I interacted with were very friendly and helpful. The bed is plush and comfortable. The food is excellent both at the Mai Tai Bar and Azure Restaurant. Both overlook Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.
May 21, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by rengri Disappointed could have been so much better
I stayed at this resort about a year ago and was so impressed by the old world Hawaiiana charm of the hotel and the service was excellent. This time was not the same. At check in we were told that the hotel was very busy with the Today Show filming. It seemed as though that was the hotel employees priority. The air conditioning in our room did not cool the room. It came on all night which kept us awake but never cooled the room down. When we switched to a new room the next day due to the air conditioning we arrived at the room and our new keys to the room had not been activated. Back down to the lobby to get new room keys. I would expect better from a "luxury" hotel and for the price per night.
May 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by tmb3 Exceeded My Expectations
Everything about this hotel was lovely. Very comfortable and elegant rooms and grounds. I've read mixed reviews and booked with lower expectations, although I always wanted to stay here. After staying, I can't wait to come back and make a yearly tradition of a Royal Hawaiian stay to celebrate our anniversary.
May 16, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Ugh777 Needs improvement
Hotel has a great atmosphere and location, But needs tremendous improvement. Everything I noticed was rusty and worn out. Bathroom had splatters of brown spots, balcony paint was old and chipping away, pool umbrellas are brown. Our table at lunch collapsed from being worn out. I can go on and on..... But the staff was super friendly.
May 16, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Carlacars Beautiful Old Lady
I love this hotel, the gardens, the wonderful beach front, and the way its old, elegant past has been preserved. Unfortunately, I had to rate it much lower than I would like because there was no "do not disturb" sign in our room, and after a red-eye flight from Tokyo we really wanted to sleep. Finally, we had someone bring us a sign for the door, but then late-night music made it impossible to sleep. After three nights at the hotel we were glad to go somewhere else to rest.
May 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nancy38 The Pink Palace
Stay at the beautiful "Pink Palace" in the Tower Ocean Front rooms and enjoy the magical, sensory, exhilirating and peaceful beauty of
Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach and the amenities of this great hotel. Enjoy a relaxig drink at the
Mai Tai Bar and dining in the Surf Lanai. A true Paradise!
May 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Japanesque Beautiful historic hotel
From the moment we stepped into the hotel the friendliness of the staff and dedication to service was apparent. The grounds of the hotel and the hotel itself are beautiful and the history of the property is well maintained. We were offered and took an upgrade in the tower overlooking the sea, a great view, but the room itself was only average. The junior suite we originally booked in the old building was very nicely decorated but really had no view at all. Still, the hotel is a great place to be - unique in Waikiki and the service is great
May 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fran58 Just beautiful
Old world luxury, like stepping back in time.
Very quiet and comfortable.
Our only fault was the size of the bathroom
May 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by George55 Absolute paradise
We stayed in the historic pink building with a partial view of the sea. The room was elegant and spacious. The staff so friendly and the Mai Tai Bar is the best place on Waikiki beach for sunset drinks. Amazing. Lovely pool area with shade and no problem getting a lounger by the pool. Can't wait to go back.
May 11, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Happy40 The most beautiful experience
A beautiful experience from the moment we arrived to the time we had to say goodbye.
The location is convenient to everything, the room presentation is of the highest standard and the service is professional and helpful ,and above all else the atmosphere created a luxurious and relaxing place to unwind and enjoy the Hawaiian way.
May 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Conseiller99 We Love The Royal Hawaiian
We have stayed two years in a row now, and look forward to returning next year. The Royal Hawaiian is a truly special place, an oasis in the middle of Waikiki wtih its beautiful courtyards, and most of all, the best beach area on Waikiki Beach. The staff is always friendly and accomodating; the rooms are always well taken care of, and the Ali'i Tower lanais have the great views! We just love the ambiance of it all. Great swimming and outrigger canoeing too!
April 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by DrDave An oasis in Waikiki
Approaching the property was like entering an oasis, a magical castle. It had a special energy with quite a history: "if these walls could talk", I would love to hear the stories. Happy Hour at Mai Tai Bar with pupus, checking out the beach scene was a lot of fun. Extra special talk story with a sweet staff member named Romeo, who shared a personal warmth and aloha spirit to a potentially daunting property--made us feel at home.
April 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by miguel01 Nostalgic and comfortable - some suggestions below
The only things I would change are to remind guests to be quiet in their rooms because the walls are not insulated, the lamps should have dimmable LED lights instead of on/off CFLs, maid cleaning products should be natural and eco-friendly, and the refrigerators should have vented doors to let the heat out, saving energy.
April 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by pkmakai The Pink Palace
No better place to stay on Waikiki. The hotel is fabulous only matched by the staff's attention to the guests' needs-
April 27, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Giuseppina75 Beautiful old-timey hotel with a Mediterrenean flair
Having spent 5 nights at a Westin resort in Maui just prior to our stay at the Royal Hawaiian, I had the unique perspective of comparing the two. The Royal Hawaiian had a more sophisticated, European feel to it, with gorgeous old Spanish-influenced architecture. I loved the big, sturdy doors and high ceilings and large windows. The staff was kind enough to upgrade us to a suite when they heard it was our wedding anniversary, however, they also told us they would be delivering us a complimentary bottle of champagne, which they never followed through with?? If you're an American, be prepared to spend a pretty penny if you choose to partake in a spa service (we did an outdoors couples massage) or eat at their restaurant Azure or drink at their bar. But that's just Honolulu in general, I'd say. Every staff member we came across at the Royal Hawaiian was remarkably friendly and helpful. This was what made the stay most pleasant overall.
April 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Willie terrific location
Wonderful bar and beach. Not too old fashioned for mature people, not too many kids, a real positive.
April 25, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Joe50 Very disappointing
the room was very poor. shower sub standard the bed sheets were old and rough. the TV speakers did not work. the entire experience was very very poor for a SPG Luxury Hotel. i would never stay there again nor recommend this property.
April 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by TFPIV Mahalo
Truly enjoyed my stay. Ms. McCarter attended to my every need.
April 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Raven94 The Royal
The Royal Hawaiian lives up to its name - the whole staff treat you like royalty. The rooms are great after the remodel, comfortable and clean and the house keeping staff are wonderful. Front desk personnel were very friendly and the concierge staff were extremely helpful. We used the valet parking service and these folks were also very helpful with suggestions for hiking and sightseeing. A great stay and we will return!
April 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by skygirljan Awesome experience!
Beautiful hotel, fantastic location! Well definitely be back!
April 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Frisbee overcast sky; sunny service
The service was excellent from the moment we got out of the taxi. It was a treat to stay in such an iconic hotel, and we were delighted with every moment, except for the rain that was out of the control of the staff at the Royal Hawaiian.
April 17, 2013