Hotel Review: The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort

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The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort is located in the heart of Waikiki and shares an entrance with its sister property the Sheraton Waikiki. The Royal Hawaiian features 528 guest rooms and suites and is a SPG Category 6 property starting at 20,000 points per night, and is just a quick walk from the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach.

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The resort is one of the original hotels on Oahu, and you it shows in the small details of the property. I was pleased to learn that we were upgraded to an ocean view room at check-in.

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Reception and Concierge Area

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View from Ocean View room

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Ocean View room with 2 double beds

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Mailani Tower Lounge

Guests staying in the newer Mailani Tower as well as SPG Platinum members have access to the Mailani lounge, which is located on the ground level of the Mailani Tower, and key card access is required to get in.

Per their website, guests enjoy complimentary continental breakfast selections at Mailani Mornings and hors de ouvres and a selection of beer and wines at Mailani Evenings in the Mailani Lounge.

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Mailani Tower Lounge

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Breakfast consisted of assorted pastries

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As well as fruit and yogurt

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The evening spread had a few cold items as well


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Hotel gym

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Open-air lobby in the evening

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Pool area

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View from the pool to the beach.

Bottom Line

Overall, the Royal Hawaiian was a nice getaway for three nights while in Oahu, and if you’re a SPG Platinum member you’ll get added value as you’ll get access to the Mailani Club Lounge.

The hotel’s main pool however is quite small and most mornings if you weren’t down early to claim a chair, you wouldn’t be able to get one the rest of the day. The hotel does have chairs and umbrellas on the beach for a fee.

While we were there, the hotel didn’t charge a resort fee, but their were talks that they will be adding a resort fee at the property so double-check if you’re planning on staying here.

Have you stayed at the Royal Hawaiian before? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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  1. It’s a great landmark for Waikiki beach…and it still has some good beach square footage.

    Been years since I’ve been there, but they used to have an awesome breakfast buffet.

  2. It actually looks like a better value — and nicer — than the adjoining Westin Moana Surfrider, which is another iconic Honolulu hotel. I was kind of disappointed in the Westin both times I stayed. It was an utter madhouse in September with overworked staff. Also, the poolside area had room for maybe 50 guests.

  3. We have enjoyed the Royal Hawaiian for several years. My one comment would be the change in recent years from beach loungers/umbrellas being free to RH guests to now available for a fee which pushed guests to the pool, thus overcrowding their facilities. We were disappointed by this change.

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