The most coveted hotel on Waikiki Beach is The Royal Hawaiian. The bright pink hue of its concrete stucco façade with its Spanish Moorish style architecture and prominent location on the wide sandy beach, have earned it the nickname of the Pink Palace of the Pacific.
My favourite hotel The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki
My Favourite Hotel the Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki
The most coveted hotel on Waikiki Beach is The Royal Hawaiian.
One of the first hotels established in Waikiki, The Royal Hawaiian is considered one of the most luxurious and famous hotels in Hawaiian tourism. And in its 90 year history has been host to numerous celebrities and world dignitaries.
The bright pink hue of its concrete stucco façade with its Spanish Moorish style architecture and prominent location on the wide sandy beach, have earned it the nickname of the Pink Palace of the Pacific.
Words can’t describe the level of excellence you experience here from check in to sumptuous breakfast. And of course the concierge is always great for local tips.
A meal and a show
For example, ask them where to eat, and you won’t go wrong. In one case, the concierge suggested we try The House Without a Key, which is on the grounds of the Halekulani Hotel, walking distance from The Royal Hawaiian. Reservations are a must and well worth it—you get a show with dinner around 8 p.m.!
The Royal Hawaiian is close to the Main Street on Waikiki and for a city lover like me, that’s ideal. I can’t sit on the beach all day, and I like to wander and try new places to dine.
That said, once on the grounds it’s like you’ve entered paradise—it’s so quiet. The Royal Hawaiian has 528 air conditioned rooms, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature iPads, iPod docking stations, down comforters, 37 inch flat screen, TVs, refrigerators and coffee and tea makers.
For those with business to attend to, this Honolulu resort provides complimentary wireless internet access. Business friendly amenities include desks and laptop compatible safes, as well as phones—free local calls are provided though restrictions may apply.
We usually stay in an oceanfront historic wing room, and admit that these days, they’re looking a little bit tired. On our next visit, we’ll try one of The Royal Hawaiian mailani tower rooms, all of which have ocean view balconies.
The beach and bar
One of the bonuses is the hotel has its own private stretch of Waikiki Beach. Although the beach chair fee is pricey, it’s well worth the privacy and comfort in having non alcoholic drinks served to your table. And if you really do need it, the hotel wifi stretches all the way to this part of the beach.
On the grounds near the beach is the Mai Tai Bar, and it serves—without a doubt—the best mai tai on the island. I know every hotel says that—in this case, it’s true. When Shirley Temple stayed at the hotel, this was the bar that created the Shirley Temple beverage.
Tip: Get to know the bar staff and ask them to make you a drink. They love being creative.
The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools on site, along with a children’s pool. Other recreational amenities include a waterslide, a spa tub and a 24-hour fitness centre.
Note the pink palace is by its name, very pink. So if that’s a color you can handle, even though it’s soft, then this may not be the perfect place for you. Personally within minutes. I’ve ignored the pink, because I’m staring at Waikiki Beach.
The Royal Hawaiian always delivers excellent service. I can’t remember the last time I had a real turndown service with pillow chocolates, but it’s standard at The Royal. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.
When to go and where to eat
We typically go in April when it’s a bit quieter and not so hot.
Restaurants we like that are close by include The Beachhouse at the Moana Hotel for its views and great food. La Mer in the Halekulani Hotel is terrific for a romantic dinner. And if you want something easy, quick and comfortable, there is a Benihana a short walk away.