A return trip to the Royal and it was another reminder of what a great hotel this place is. It's got the best location on Waikiki and (if you're staying in the old wing) a wonderful ambience. The restoration the Royal underwent a year or two ago has done amazing things for the old building. And having the shopping centre in between it and Kalakaua Ave does wonders to bring down the noise level. Add the gardens into the mix and the Pink Palace is a tranquil oasis in the heart of Waikiki.
Service around the pool was a bit hit and miss. Rod (I think?) is wonderful, but there's a big gap between him and everyone else unfortunately. The room staff do a great job - always great to get a turndown service. It's a little thing I know, but I do appreciate it...
And this is not specific to the Royal Hawaiian, but it is great news about the beach restoration project due later in the year. Waikiki is getting very small!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1927, the iconic Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, ushered in a new era of luxurious resort travel to Hawaii. Situated in the heart of Waikiki, the hotel offers cultural activities, gold standard signature concierge service, valet parking, doctors-on-call, florist, currency exchange service, Japanese concierge, laundry and dry cleaning, dining service and world-class restaurants and bars, wireless internet access in rooms and all public areas, multi-lingual staff, 24-hour room service, business center, and beach and pool services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Royal Hawaiian Honolulu
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