The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

2259 Kalakaua Avenue | Honolulu, HI 96815 [See Map]
#6 in Best Honolulu - Oahu Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 2003 reviews
Property Type Resort with 528 rooms, 5 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional
Best For Families, Couples

U.S. News Review

Recognizing The Royal Hawaiian isn't difficult at all. This bubble gum pink property has dominated the Waikiki shoreline for more than 80 years. Don't worry: Recent renovations toned down the interior of this Luxury Collection property, with guest rooms now featuring only a splash or two of bright, bold patterns. Accommodations here also come with amenities like LCD TVs, high-speed Internet access and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Overall, previous guests enjoyed staying at this hotel. Although you will have to rush to get a seat by the pool, you can always take advantage of how close The Royal Hawaiian is to the best stretches of Waikiki's midway sands instead. The property also houses the full-service Abhasa Spa, while fresh seafood can be enjoyed in style at the jewel-toned Azure Restaurant. But take note: Many visitors say that a stay at The Royal Hawaiian will cost you — in the opinion of some, a little too much. However, this hotel participates in the Starwood Preferred Guest rewards program, meaning members can cash in their points for perks.

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Critic Reviews


“Of the three luxury hotels in Waikiki ... the 528-room Royal Hawaiian provides the most stunning design, the warmest service, and a solid collection of free little extras, turndown treats, and welcome leis.”

Condé Nast Traveler

“Located in the former playground of Hawaiian royalty, this pink-tinted 'classic old Hawaii' hotel is an 'oasis right in the middle of Waikiki.' ”

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold 2015
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Top Pick
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Guest Rooms

Rooms at The Royal Hawaiian start at 350 square feet and are decorated with Asian and Indonesian-inpired touches, giving them a zen feel. The bathrooms are on the small side.

  • Daily $36.65 resort fee covers in-room Wi-Fi access, morning coffee and tea service and cultural activites like hula classes
  • Minibars are available upon request
  • 14 unique room and suite types

Standard room size:

350 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 2003 guests have reviewed the The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 2003 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Situated along Waikiki's main drag, The Royal Hawaiian is within walking distance of a number of shops and restaurants, many of them popular chains. The hotel sits on Queen's Beach, one of the most popular and populated beaches on the island, known for its warm, shallow water and sandy ocean bottom. Lifeguards monitor the beach throughout the day.

  • Diamond Head Crater, a popular tourist attraction, is only 2 miles west of the hotel, and Pearl Harbor is 12 miles west
  • Valet and self-parking are including in the daily resort fee

  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


Azure, which is only open for dinner, bases its menu (and prices) on purchases made daily at Honolulu's fish auction. Surf Lanai, located by the pool, is the ideal spot to enjoy breakfast.

  • Mai Tai Bar serves snacks and light meals.
  • The resort's Royal Luau is the only beachfront luau in Waikiki
  • Azure open from 5:30 to 9 p.m. daily

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Royal Beach Tower Pool offers guests a place to relax while looking out over Waikiki Beach. Private poolside cabanas are available on the pool deck, and the pool is open daily from sunrise to sunset. There are two pools, two waterslides and a fountain area for kids at the Helumoa Playground

  • Guests may borrow towels and purchase items such as sun products, floatation devices, and toys from the poolside hut
  • The pool that lies between The Royal Hawaiian and The Sheraton Waikiki is a shared pool

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Abhasa Spa at the The Royal Hawaiian provides spa treatments in a tropical garden setting. Services range from classic to local styles, including tropical facials, body wraps and cocoons.

  • Scalp massage, reflexology, and aroma touch can be added on to any treatment for an additional fee
  • Guests younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent in the same treatment room to receive treatments

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


There is no on-site kids club, but guest can arrange for childcare at the neighboring Sheraton Waikiki.

  • Babysitting services are available for children 4 and younger for an hourly fee.
  • Kids receive specialized turndown treats and kid-sized bathrobes and a welcome kit
  • Kids menus are available at all of the restaurants, and meals are free for kids younger than 12 when accompanied by a paying adult

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


There is a small 24-hour fitness center on-site that offers basic cardio equipment.

  • Surfing lessons, paddleboards and kayak rentals done through on-site vendor

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The business center is open daily until 11 p.m. and offers computers with high-speed Internet

  • Copier, fax machine and a printer are available to all guests
  • There are phone chargers available for guest use

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available




The Royal Hawaiian is available to host both intimate and lavish weddings, customized to suit couples' wishes. The hotel can host weddings in both indoor and outdoor venues.

  • On-site wedding specialist team
  • The resort's chefs can create a special menu upon request

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

2259 Kalakaua Avenue | Honolulu, HI 96815 [See Full Map]