The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort

2259 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, USA

There's nothing like the legendary "Pink Palace of the Pacific," and the reopening of the renovated Mailani Tower has injected new life into the iconic hotel set on 14 acres of prime Waikiki Beach. Originally built for luxury-cruise passengers, the Royal Hawaiian—the second-oldest hotel in Waikiki behind the Moana Surfrider—is now outfitted with modern comfort amid historic elegance, with a unique blend of luxury and tradition. It's hard to beat the romance and architectural detailing of the historic wing, with its canopy beds, Queen Anne–style desks, and color motifs that range from soft mauve to soothing sea foam. If you want a lanai for sunset viewing, though, rooms in the oceanfront tower are your best bet. As the original guests weren't interested in an ocean view after spending weeks on the high seas, the garden-view rooms are the largest in the historic wing and can often be had for a fraction of the price of other rooms. Ask about garden-view suites and indulge! House Without a Key, the beachfront bar, is a local favorite for cocktails, sunsets, and fabulous local music and hula dancers.

PROS

  • can't be beat it for history
  • mai tais and sunsets are amazing
  • there's a doctors-on-call service
  • no resort fee

CONS

  • history is not cheap
  • you'd better like pink

Location

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Historical
Sceney
On the beach
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 808-923–7311 | 866-716–8110

HOTEL DETAILS

528 rooms, 33 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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