by Amanda Geronikos
You can’t miss The Royal Hawaiian. Known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” its bright, regal exterior beckons prospective hotel guests or those who simply want to walk its historic halls.
Opened in 1927, the hotel has hosted many royals and celebrities, including Clark Gable and Shirley Temple Black. In fact, it’s believed Shirley Temple’s signature drink was created here. (She was too young to drink the Mai Tais when she first started coming here). The hotel has also accommodated our nation’s heroes, putting them up before shipping them out for World War II.
Named a Historic Hotel of America, the hotel sits on the waterfront in Waikiki, a beacon for boats out at sea. In addition to an incomparable setting and location, the hotel features a swimming pool, onsite dining, and cultural programming. Guests can stay in the original wing of the hotel, or consider a stay in the new wing with modern furnishings and decor.
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- Historic hotel
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- Home of the Shirley Temple drink
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Rooms are divided by two wings at this hotel -- the original wing of the hotel, and a new wing, added within the past few years. The hotel has a total of 528 rooms, each equipped with bottled water and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request, as are connecting rooms.
Royal Hawaiian Suite
This room has one king bed and is best for couples, however; a crib or rollaway bed can be added to accommodate a third guest.
This room offers panoramic views and is equipped with a full kitchen for preparing meals -- a nice perk for families. It can sleep up to four people, with one king bed in a separate bedroom and a sofa bed in the living space.
This room also features a separate bedroom with a king bed, plus a sleeper sofa in the living area. It features stunning wooden furnishings throughout, plus views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head in the distance.
one of a kind place to stay in Waikiki. Its right on the beach and easy access to shops and buses. Beautiful old building with spacious rooms. The staff are amazing. Concierge desk to help with any questions you may have about tours etc. There's a bakery on the premises if you're peckish and dont want to walk to shops. Make sure to head downstairs and look at the mini museum where there are plenty of old photos and collectables from past eras.
This was a perfect choice for our 40th wedding anniversary and we were treated like guest not numbers. The rooms are old but in perfect condition and super comfortable. Sit on the balcony drinking and talking looking into the garden - relaxation at its best. The concierge “Jas” was wonderful and made us feel special. Booked our tours and luau getting us the best position.
Location is perfect for shopping and restaurants as well as tours and trolley pickups. Close to Cheese Cake Factory a must to visit.
We stayed in the Historic rooms and loved it.
The Royal Hawaiian is located right on the beach, where families can enjoy private cabana rentals and water sports, available by an outside vendor.
The hotel has a lovely pool that's surrounded by pink-and-white-striped umbrellas, evoking a sense of place at this historic hotel.
Kids can learn how to hula dance, make an authentic lei or even learn how to play the ukulele at this hotel.
Don't miss this authentic island luau -- the only oceanfront show in Waikiki. Kids will be in amazement of the music and fire dancers. Reservations are a must.
Azure Restaurant and Bar
Azure has received several prestigious awards, serving exquisite fare in an upscale setting. While kids are welcome, this restaurant is best reserved for families with teens or date night for mom and dad.
Mai Tai Bar
Sure, the Mai Tai Bar serves delicious cocktails, but that's not the only reason it's worthy of a visit. It's believed that Shirley Temple's signature drink was created at this hotel, and bartenders will happily whip up the classic drinks, complete with lots of cherries on top! Light bites are also served here, such as salads and sandwiches. Kids ages 5 and under eat free with a paying adult.
Planning & Tips
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Wi-Fi is complimentary to all guests.
The Art of Smart Timing
The hotel, like most on Oahu, is busiest during the winter holidays and spring break. You may see fewer crowds if you visit in the weeks immediately following those travel periods.
The hotel is about 30 minutes from Honolulu International Airport.
It's easy to get around Waikiki on foot, with shopping and restaurants available everywhere you turn. If you have time to explore other areas of Oahu, such as famous North Shore, you'll want to rent a car.
For Mom and Dad
Head to the Mai Tai Bar for a selection of different Mai Tais -- it's especially fun at happy hour.