The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki

  • 2259 Kalakaua Avenue
  • Honolulu,
  • Hawaii
  • 96815
  • United States
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Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 506 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Wife big 40th Arrived here to celebrate my wife's 40th. I booked the room when I was gold so they had to call to confirm that I was platinum. I was given choices for my upgrade and we chose the Tower with balcony that overlooks the beach. Also they sent up a piece of Royal Hawaiian cake and on the last day a bottle of wine with a gift. A couple of weddings were taking place but it wasn't a huge deal. The restaurant for breakfast was SUPER PRICEY. 2 8oz glass of OJ $18.00. The price point is way off for what I consider to be a basic breakfast ($70 for both of us) so next couple of mornings we went elsewhere. Overall, my wife really enjoyed her stay as the RH is in the middle of everything. Thanks for the memories November 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Our Royal Hawaiian Experience We had a great vacation at RHH from the time we checked in till our departure. It is our favorite hotel on Oahu. . The staff has been exceptionally well trained, friendly, nothing is too much trouble and I casually mentioned our big anniversary a nd a bottle of champage was sent to us with a lovely card We also attended a meet and greet with the GM and others and we felt very honored and welcome. Our suite was very large, beautifully decorated and immaculately cared for by our team of maids. This was our second stay this year and plan on more next year.. October 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Elegant Building The reason we chose this hotel was because in the Infinity brochure it said "emerging from a multi-dollar re-imagination. Sadly, this was not the case as our hotel room was badly in need of a refurbishment with a very small bathroom. Last year we stayed at Hotel Maria Christina in San Sebastian and were so happy with it, we joined SPG. It was definitely a 5 star hotel. We had to phone housekeeping every day after coming back to our room as we never had coffee or creamer and it was about 30 mins before this was delivered. It should automatically have been left in our room by housekeeping when the room was cleaned each day. The hotel building itself is very elegant but just needs a bit of loving care. Also we did not have a balcony and on booking were not advised of that. October 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by This hotel is over rated - very disappointed This hotel comes with a grand history and reputation & looks great from an exterior point of view with awesome view of beach but that is where it ends. It was more expensive than other luxury hotels & expected more but received a below par room. Room is dirty, linen dirty, glassware filthy, air con noisy & water pressure poor. Asked for assistance with aircon & brushed off by staff. Asked for clean linen & staff member simply dropped off for us to replace. Room supposed to be freshly renovated, must have been years ago. Have stayed at two other luxury properties in the last two weeks in Hawaii and they make this place look like a 1 star property. August 22, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Needs Improvement Our stay at the Royal Hawaiian was OK. Overall, the grounds and location cannot be beat on this busy stretch of Waikiki Beach. The beach here is wide and the gardens around the property offer some serenity against the hustle outside the resort. The historic building is very unique and a must-see. However, it seems the staff is overworked and has great difficulty keeping pace with the size of the resort and number of guests. The bell staff and valet were good on arrival. At reception, there was a lengthy line. It would have been nice for a staff member to move through the line and touch base with waiting guests to help smooth things over. There was no mention about our SPG membership and it seemed to provide zero benefit. About 15 minutes after arriving in our room, our bags were delivered. Then 10 minutes later another bellman arrived, propped the door open, entered the room and stated he would help us check-out. We informed him that we had just checked in and he quickly left; very odd. The room did not have an iron, ironing board nor a hair dryer; which required a call for delivery. The iron was in terribly poor condition and had all of the non-stick coating removed rendering it useless. Just as poor was the ironing board cover which was stained and did not fit on the board. Our room also did not have robes and turndown service was not provided (although they did come and drop a bag of banana bread near the coffee maker). Otherwise, the room was nicely appointed, but the air conditioning in our tower room was disappointing. The room was never truly cool and consistently damp; our clothes even smelled musty after arriving home. The common areas were mostly in great condition. However, the restrooms near the pool/Surf Lanai/Azure were exceptionally poor for a resort of this caliber (and cost) and particularly as facilities that service the main restaurant. September 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Architecture and Location at a Price The Royal Hawaiian has the BEST location in Waikiki and the most interesting architecture, but rooms are small and have no view, unless you are prepared to pay a hefty price. Amenities are also lacking, unless you are willing to pay up-charges for perks like a beach chair and umbrella that were formerly free. October 6, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Awful Experience I stayed at the Royal Hawaiian 3 nights, having stayed at many of the other hotels in Waikiki as a frequent business traveler. The location is terrific and the setting beautiful. After being sold an upgrade at check-in, I was horrified at the dirtiness of the room. In particular, the shower had hair and the shampoo bottle was from the prior guest (half full). The pillow cases were dirty. The shower faucet was not working properly. I contacted the staff, who offered me another room, which was also dirty. The next morning, a manager offered to upgrade me again to a suite for additional charge. While she did find another room for the same price and offered me a discount, that room also had a broken shower faucet. Not what I'd expect from a "luxury collection" property. September 16, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Great Hotel Dragged Down By One Employee's Poor Service Hello general manager of Royal Hawaii. Your hotel is overall an amazing property, but as a loyal gold member of SPG I was caught off guard by some below average quality of service, so i wanted to take the time to provide the feedback, as I do look forward to coming back again with my family. The Pro: my family of seven people had a wonderful time on the beach and at the Azure restaurant. The staff at the beach counter and the restaurant was accommodating and welcoming, made us feel right at home. Azure staff made sure that we had gotten a very nice large table on the outside patio when they learned that we were there for family reunion and my mom's birthday. There were some wonderful staff members at the hotel, to name a few: our waitress Stephanie at Azure, was helpful, warm, and efficient, we really appreciated the wonderful food and experience; the front door staff and concierge, each one of them was super warm and accommodating, made us feel right at home; the pool staff who helped us set up umbrellas and Matt who taught me surfing, super helpful and just simply delightful people. The Con: I was SHOCKED by the rudeness and unwillingness-to-help attitude of one woman at the front desk – her name was Sora. Given how good other employees are, her rude attitude really jumped out. I had three interactions with her: at check in; when I was getting the room key; when I was requesting the hospitality room key after checking out. This made her the person whom I had THE MOST interactions with when i stayed at the hotel from 10/30 to 11/2. And EVERY time, it was an unpleasant experience. 1. At checking in – she made absolutely no effort to welcome me to the property, no effort to recognize my SPG gold membership, no effort to even try to make a conversation with me. When I asked “The gentleman who received me at the door mentioned that this is the 2nd oldest property here in Waikiki, is that so?” she simply replied “Yes”. She made my check-in experience really unpleasant by NOT proactively providing ANY helpful information about the hotel, NOT EVEN, providing a map to the property or offering me to stay in the hospitability suite while waiting for my room to become available. I was the ONLY guest checking in at that time (it was 6am in the morning). I had to come back to her to ask for a map, and ask about the hospitability suite where I could rest. She made absolutely no effort to tell me where I could spend the waiting time. 2. That negative first interaction was evened out by OTHER staff members’ warmth at the Azure restaurant, where I sat down to have breakfast while waiting for my room. After a couple of hours, I was falling asleep after a long haul flight from Tokyo, and Sora has not called my cell phone (although she promised to) to inform me about my room availability, so I headed back to her counter at the front desk to check. Miraculously, at the moment I showed up, she acted like my room has JUST become available at that moment, and checked me in. Come on!! I’m 100% sure the room has NOT JUST become available the moment I showed up. She offered no apologies for my waiting around (even as courtesy). 3. Thank god I did NOT have to check out with her at my departure, but I did have to talk to her again to ask about the hospitality suite so my mom and I could take a shower. Again, she was cold, rude, and passive aggressive. She handed me the key with no information about where to find the room! When I asked her, she simply said: it says on the key card. Overall, she acted as if she was a principle at a middle school where she would routinely scold students and teachers, rather than a front desk person at a five star hotel. She was rude, cold, not willing to answer questions (every time I asked her a question, like “where can I find the hospitality room?”, she gave me the “you must be stupid” eye), and not willing to be helpful – This really left a black mark on my impression of the hotel, which is really unfortunately given how warm and nice everybody else was! As I was waiting in line to return the hospitality suite’s key to her, I had a chance to observe her behavior and attitude toward other guests – so, she obviously wasn’t just being cold and rude to me, she was like that to EVERYONE! This person Sora really has NO BUSINESS working in the hospitality industry, let along the most important position of welcoming and sending off touchpoint of the hotel – the front desk! I also had a chance to talk to the other front desk woman (when my key was broken, she helped me replace it) and the woman at the concierge desk (when she let me check out my room and return the hospitability key to her to avoid waiting in line for a long time), they were both super warmth and efficient. All in all, my family and I would love to come back to this gorgeous property, as long as we no longer need to deal with Sora. November 3, 2014
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