The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
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The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
Built in the Roaring Twenties, the Royal Hawaiian ushered in the glam age of Waikiki Beach. The so-called Pink Palace, a Spanish Moorish–style confection set on bright-green lawns was, at the time, the priciest hotel project in the Pacific and a fast favorite of Hollywood royalty and East Coast blue bloods (who, in those early years, arrived by steamship, along with their piles of trunks and chauffeured cars). For those first few decades, anyone who was anyone, it seemed, stayed at the Royal Hawaiian; on any given day, you might see the likes of Spencer Tracy autographing a coconut or Joe DiMaggio surfing off the hotel’s beach. Once other luxury hotels sprouted up on Oahu, the Royal Hawaiian’s star faded some, but after a massive renovation in 2008, it became a member of Starwood’s Luxury Hotel Collection and, once again, one of the top spots on the island. The makeover managed to keep those graceful old bones and art deco flourishes (miles of tile, sweeping arches), while giving the whole place a long overdue upgrade. Genteel surroundings aside, the hotel is as lively as ever. But at night, when the oceanfront Mai Tar bar is rocking, guests can still scope out quiet corners. Retreat to the gracious portico lined with rocking chairs or the garden pathways dreamily lit by torches, and you’ll discover that the romance of old Waikiki lives on.
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Neighborhood Vibe
A pleasant-enough shopping mall, the Royal Hawaiian Center sits between the hotel and the main street, where you’ll find several decent (mostly chain) restaurants and shops. But the best reason to visit is the daily cultural activities, where visitors can learn how to play the ukulele or dance the hula or even how to give a lomi lomi massage, all for free.
Need to Know
Who's it for: Groups of friends or colleagues (it’s well designed for business meetings), history buffs, and families of all sizes and ages.
Our favorite rooms: The rooms in the historic wing are smaller than those in the newer Royal Tower, but have character and charm to spare. For knockout views and amenities, book one of the Prestige Suites.
Special access:The pool at the Royal Hawaiian is small and sedate, but all Royal Hawaiian guests also have access to the more action-packed pools, waterslide, and hot tubs at the neighboring Sheraton Waikiki.
Insider Tips
Who's it for: Groups of friends or colleagues (it’s well designed for business meetings), history buffs, and families of all sizes and ages.
Our favorite rooms: The rooms in the historic wing are smaller than those in the newer Royal Tower, but have character and charm to spare. For knockout views and amenities, book one of the Prestige Suites.
Special access:The pool at the Royal Hawaiian is small and sedate, but all Royal Hawaiian guests also have access to the more action-packed pools, waterslide, and hot tubs at the neighboring Sheraton Waikiki.
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