Best Hotel in Waikiki!

Alana Whiteman

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When coming to Waikiki, you should definitely put the Royal Hawaiian, also known as the Pink Palace, at the top of your list. You can’t beat its location right on Waikiki Beach. My family and I go to Waikiki Beach every year during winter break and we always stay at the Royal Hawaiian. We are never disappointed! The rooms are nice (although you aren’t likely to spend much time in them), the service is terrific, and the property itself is picturesque. Yes, the food and drinks are a little pricey, but generally on par with the other properties in the area. 

The moment you step in the lobby,  a decor of open air and artistic flair depicts the hotel’s history and charm.  When we arrived there, they weren’t that busy, and I was assisted right away.  The rooms are very spacious, the establishment is gorgeous and very roomy, with so many great places to take magnificent photographs with your family,  your friends, and all your loved ones. I love the history of this hotel, and I love that they keep the history relevant throughout the hotel. 

There are so many PROS for staying at this hotel and here they are:

Hotel location- literally smack in the middle of the Waikiki strip.  The International Marketplace is just a few minutes’ walk down the street.  The Royal Hawaiian Center (that’s another review in itself) is behind the hotel!  This center holds so many great restaurants and shops.  Oh, yes, tons of luxury brand shops; the ABC store is there as well.  

Staff- very friendly staff from the front desk down to folks at the pool/towel area.  I cannot stress enough, we were treated so well and pampered.  Great service throughout

Mai Tai Bar – a great place to grab a drink, eat, and come back for more at night to listen to their daily live music.

Beach access – literally awesome and just a few steps away from the beach.  You can even make reservations for their lounge chairs and umbrellas for around $50 for a day’s rent (8am – 5pm).