Honolulu is a big city, too crowded for my taste. Once we entered the driveway of the Royal Hawaiian, we were in an elegant oasis. The doormen and reception staff made us feel like we were the most special clients they had ever had, as if they were waiting just for us. We were upgraded to a suite--as I say, they made us feel very special--but the standard room we had booked looked very comfortable as well.
Housekeeping staff was in the hallway whenever we were out of our room, and they never failed to greet us, offer assistance, answer questions. Our suite and everything in it sparkled.
We chose the older building, which is full of character...tall ceilings, nice light from the windows, a view of the gardens. The doors to each room are unique. Housekeeping staff explained they were carved in the Philippines, part of the original hotel.
If you don't want to venture outside the oasis, there are rocking chairs to sit in, a wide veranda to stroll, complimentary Mai Tais and great dining at Azure.
If I return to Honolulu, I will not stay elsewhere.
- 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:
- The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Hotel Honolulu
- Royal Hawaiian Honolulu
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