Rated 5 out of 5 by dm72 This Hotel more then met our expectations
We were so happy with our stay the upgrade in room was such a anks for a great stay.rprise and so appreciated thsu
August 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by axj25 Good but not great
I have stayed here before and had a better impression of this iconic hotel. The room is not cool enough and is "warm" in the daytime. The carpets need to go or need changing. Hope it gets better than it is now.
August 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by zucca2325 Excellent Staff
The quality, responsiveness and Aloha spirit of the staff provide an excellent guest experience.. The concierge desk and staff that work the breakfast on the Lanai were particularly exceptional. The only thing that kept the experience from being exceptional is the total unavailability of poolside or beach chairs. When we're paying $60./day in "resort fees," I don't expect to pay $40. for a place to sit. Guests are allowed to throw down a paperback book on a chair to "save" it and it often remains unoccupied for hours. Poolside staff..."That's just the way it is." Really?
July 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RAFLifestyle Peace & Quiet
Fantastic first time stay at this iconic hotel, so peaceful & quiet tucked away in Waikiki. All the staff gave me wonderful recognition throughout my stay.l
July 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by GinaBear An intimate tropical paradise in bustling Waikiki Beach
The Royal Hawaiian has an exceptional nestled amistd busy Waikiki Beach. The moment you step off the busy street and onto the Royal Hawaiian's grounds, you feel calm and immediately relaxed. I was only for the one night due to a work trip, but wanted to stay longer becasue of the incredible feeling of relaxation at this resort.
July 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by BBSouthbay Better staffing and employee training
The hotel is quite nice but food service on the beach, attendant service is overwhelmed. One attendant for food service on the sand is not enough. 30 min. for drinks to come back is way too long. Same with beach attendants, saying will bring something then get distracted by the volume of people needing service and not follow thru. Never a problem during my stays at the Four Seasons in Maui and Hualalai. Training for staff - if your are going to have WiFi and a Bose system in room, have staff that can trouble shoot other than just the mechanic. After repeated phone calls to guest services regarding the inability to access wifi i called the provider myself to get it worked out- I was never put into the system. Should have been an easy look up but I wasted 30 min. with Docomo doing it. Lastly, the Bose system, if you put it in the room explain how to use it somewhere. I have one at home so using a DVD in it requires a few steps with multiple remotes but if someone isn't familiar with it, good luck. Good restaurants and nice local. If you want to be in Honolulu not bad spot.
July 23, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 Location is everything but hotel has a long way to go
The room in the Tower was nice but the food odors wafting up from the restaurants are nasty. The check-in experience was miserable - kind of like a bus station (they never sent the champagne they said they would send for our anniversary), the elevators are slow and dirty, the tour we booked through the concierge to visit Pearl Harbor was miserable, the food in the restaurants (breakfast and dinner) is awful and over-priced, but the beach experience is great.
July 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Monkeymum Perfect Location
Loved my stay at the Royal Hawaiian. Stayed in the historic wing with an ocean view of Waikiki Beach. Room was comfortable and housekeeping staff are fantastic. Great being able to use the pool at the Sheraton Waikiki. Only issue is the bather's elevator which has carpet and can get a little smelly when wet.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LFreitas Best location on Waikiki
Staff was excellent and friendly.
Loved getting the best of both worlds. Being able to step out to Waikiki entertainment and restaurants, and also enjoy the fun Sheraton pool and then be able to come back to a quite and relaxing hotel.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by PSK14 Royal treatment at the Royal Hawaiian
My recent visit exceeded my expectations.
Beautiful, historic, hotel...exquisite location on Waikiki Beach...professional ,courteous,and friendly staff...delicious food with impeccable presentation...we felt more than satisfied...lovely experience...One could not ask for more!!!
July 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Emily555 Great beachfront hotel
If you want to be on the beach in Waikiki, this is the place to be. Excellent staff ready to meet whatever requests you have.
July 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by thomast Delivered on all expectations and then some!!!
10 x better than the Sheraton...if u need to choose between the 2 no doubt pick the Royal!!
July 18, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Hanu Just not what we were looking for
I guess it boils down to this: everyone was efficient and professionally friendly, but no one was, well, welcoming. It just didn't feel like the ohana we have come to expect in Hawaii.
We had a problem getting our beach chairs reserved, and the concierge did take care of that, but she kept promising to call us and give us a status, but we always had to call her. She did get it taken care of, but it should not have happened in the first place. Also, on our last day there, the breakfast service was terrible. The waiter kept saying how "everyone came to breakfast at the same time". We had to ask more than once for a refill on our one cup of coffee; and it took almost 30 minutes for the smoothies, even after we reminded him. I don't know; I guess being as it was the Pink Princess, we expected more.
July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ajm97 Excellent Hotel - Comfort, Style, and Service
Royal Hawaiian is an excellent hotel with elegance and charm. My family and I stayed in a Suite with a garden view. We were impressed by the high ceilings, crown moldings, updated bathroom, and other details that made the room luxurious. Our only observation was, for a room that size, 2 double beds in the main bedroom just seems odd. There is certainly enough space to replace all Double beds with Queen beds so that spouses could sleep in the same bed while on vacation. Otherwise, the room was plush with all the desired amenities and the service staff was gracious, welcoming, and responsive to our needs. Thank you for a wonderful visit to Oahu!
July 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SAinPDX Excellent location
The location and proximity to the beach, shopping and dining can't be beat.
July 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by TheTrailmaster Historical Charm
The Royal Hawaiian brings you back to yesterday when Waikiki was much different. If you are looking for a modern high rise then this is not the place for you. If you are looking for historical ambiance of a by gone era with modern amenities, then this has no equal.
July 11, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by RayGunFlyer Beautiful Hotel, Horrible Service, and Bad SPG/Hotel allignment
Though the managers were polite and empathetic in all dealings with me, they frequently were insulting in the content of their gestures, and unable to take action to correct both mis-understandings as well as gross negligence. The hotel's reservation system is apparently completely mis-aligned with the SPG website and availability shown cannot be trusted, and the valet gave my car to someone else without checking ID. I recommend skipping the property all together--a good Sheraton or Westin would easily be better, and a lesser hotel would provide a better guest experience than the Royal Hawaiian, "a Luxury Collection hotel."
It's a rarity for me to take my family on a business trip, but my kids were out of school this past week and I had meetings in Hawaii.
My family dropped me off at my business meeting and continued to the Royal Hawaiian to check-in. I set this up with the SPG support line, and was ensured this would be alright by putting my wife's name on the reservation, providing my SPG number, and sending her with my first-born child. Upon arrival, my wife was told she could not complete check-in, or discuss Platinum Room upgrades without the SPG Platinum member present.
While my family waited, I was forced to take 20 mins out of my business meetings to call the hotel and talk about room upgrades. I checked online if there were any Junior suites available while on hold for the first 5 minutes of the call--and there were. I was put in contact with the Manager right away, who told me that there weren't any upgrades or jr. suites available. We discussed the disconnect between what I could book online (SPG.com), and she said the website was frequently wrong. After about 10 mins of being told there weren't any suites but SPG suite-night Awards are always honored (mine were declined), she told me that their solution was to offer me their nicest suite for a LARGE amount in addition to my reservation...
We had planned for a fun day traveling around Oahu on the 4th of July-- When I didn't see our car at the valet, they apologized for giving another guest my car 10 minutes earlier. THATS RIGHT, they gave my rental car including my kids CAR SEATS to another person without checking ID or asking any questions. The manager suggested a cab, and that they would pay our return fare after our first destination--so we could see if our ACTUAL RENTAL CAR had been returned yet. We left for Breakfast about 45 minutes after I directed them to contact the registered guest they had given my car to. I usually tip the valet guys... I didn't.
Nothing was easy with this Hotel. I spent over 3 hours during my stay talking with staff about simple things like checking in, and late checkout availability. I recommend going to a different SPG property.
July 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Beaux808 THINK PINK FOR LUXURY!
I have stayed at 5 star hotels within the United States and Europe…I have never received the quality of personal service that I enjoyed during my stay at the iconic "Pink Palace."
I also love the boutique feel of the hotel, rather than the monster size of other respected establishments. The hotel is steps away from decadent shopping sprees and entertainment.
July 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by garyrobo Annoying "Resort Fee"
Although I know most luxury properties follow this practice, it is no less annoying. The only amemity I was able to take advantage of was the morning coffee which ran out of cream and I don't know if it wass ever replenished. I gave up after around 20-30 minutes and went into the restaurant and got some off an empty table. I thought the chairs and umbrellas would be part of this fee but found out not only they were not but had to be reserved up to a year in advance. Had I known that I could have reserved them before I came I was able to get the last set one day by being there at 6:30 before they opend to be first in line. Our remote control didn't work one night and we were told one would be sent right up. After waiting 45 minutes I called back and told them to forget it we were going to bed. It is a beautiful property and the staff was mostly very nice but the resort fee still annoys me.
July 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hallett All and All
We had a GREAT time at your hotel and have stayed there before. We would stay there again. Everyone was very friendly and nice. Everything was exceptional.the Luau was really great, we have been to others and yours was the best. We had a GREAT time. Thank You.
July 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shari89 Personalized attention
One of the most impressive aspects of our stay at The Royal Hawaiian was the name recognition from the staff. Each day whether leaving or entering the hotel your staff addressed us by name with well wishes. A very welcoming environment that showed geniue appreciation for our business.
July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Koohiichan Oasis in Waikiki
The Royal Hawaiian is an oasis in the middle of Waikiki. Set back off the road, with quiet gardens and the best beach access in Waikiki, the Royal Hawaiian is the only way to go for a real, luxurious resort experience. The staff is top notch and the food and facilities are wonderful. This is not a budget friendly hotel, but as long as you go in with this in mind, you will enjoy splurging. The pool is small (can use the Sheraton's Helumoa pool next door) but it is less crowded than those nearby and our kids preferred it.
June 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jeannie14 Beautiful Pink Palace
It was truly a beautiful hotel with a rich Hawaiian history. We loved our stay. We had a little air conditioning problem and it was fixed right away when we talked to the guest manager and to was extremely comfortable after that.
June 23, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Maxmen Luxury Hotel
We stayed here for the first time for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. What a romantic hotel. The staff was courteous and friendly. Our room was beautiful and we didn't have any problems with noise. I highly recommend this hotel.
June 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jimbo626 Very Disappointed
As a Lifetime Premier Gold member with over 500 SPG nights, I usually get a decent room when staying at Starwood Hotels. After waiting almost 20 minutes to check in (I was the only person waiting in line) I was given a very small garden view room dirctly across the hall from the maid station and the service elevator. This hotel rarely recognizes my status and could not of "upgraded" me to a worse room. The bathroom was the size of a small closet and the furniture was vintage 1960. Yes, I'm bitter.
June 23, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Jimbo626 Very disappointing experience
I have over 500 SPG nights and travel to Honolulu on business regularly. The wait to check in (20 minutes) was not pleasant as I was the only person in line at the time. The process takes way too long. I was given an "upgrade" which happened to be garden view, across the hall from the maid's closet and service elevator. The room had a tiny bathroom and the furniture was out of the 1960's. Very, very disappointing, although the guy who parked my car was really nice.
June 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by YS98 Hard to find the location of the hotel
I drove to find the hotel at night, but could not find it for the first time. Although I used my GPS, but it also did not tell me where the hotel was located. I drove around the area for about 20 min and finally find it after asking a question to some walking people.
If there is a big traffic sign to be noticed easily at night, it will make easier for people to find the hotel and get the hotel more attractive.
June 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bailey1111 Royal Hawaiian
Great location, great service, just a great place to stay
June 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by RomanceTravelMay2014 Beautiful hotel, great location, romantic getaway
We traveled to the Royal Hawaiian for our first trip to Hawaii and stayed a total of seven days. The hotel staff was very friendly upon check-in and the hospitality continued for our entire stay. The location of the hotel is great for reaching shops, restaurants, and other hotels. We loved that many of the nearby hotels were also under the Starwood banner so we could charge drinks and dinner to our room while visiting other hotel bars and restaurants. The ONLY negatives were the high cost of food (which should be expected-TIP! Try to find a package online that includes breakfast vouchers as we easily paid $100 for two meals and a mimosa each morning) and the very thin walls in the historic wing. We were awakened almost every night or early morning by our neighbors, literaly hearing every word of their conversations. It was so bad and the walls were so thin that we could tell we went through three different occupants next door during our 7-day stay. It was a shame to be in such a nice room with a beautiful view of the ocean but unable to get a good night sleep after a day of adventure. However, we know this is part of staying in an old, historic location so we did not mind it much. Overall, this hotel was a gem if you don't mind being in the hustle and bustle of Honolulu...which we enjoyed. The spa was great, too, we had a very nice couples massage that was amazing!! We are already planning our trip back...and will stay at the Royal Hawaiian, of course. Thank you for making our romantic getaway all that we expected and much, much, more!
June 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Winegal51 Wonderful Visit
The Pink Palace of the Pacific is an amazing hotel!!! The grounds are beautiful, the hotel is elegant and the service is wonderful. Being able to hang out on the beach all day with chairs and an umbrella was a treat and the next day at the pool was delightful. Will definitely return!
June 16, 2014