This 1927 flagship Honolulu hotel on Waikiki Beach, lovingly called the Pink Palace of the Pacific, is very elegant and tranquil and attracts an international crowd.  The hotel closed in 2008 for a complete renovation, and reopened in 2009 as a member of The Luxury Collection under the Starwood brand.  In 2010, an extensive renovation of the tower rooms was completed.

Portico at The Royal

An enormous portico with rocking chairs overlooks the garden.  When this hotel was built, visitors to Hawaii arrived by ship.  Having had their fill of the ocean, guests would prefer garden views.  Therefore, the majority of the original historic rooms and formal areas of the hotel have views of the lush landscaping.  While the rooms in the historic section are beautifully decorated and large with high ceilings, they lack a lanai or terrace—again keeping their historic nature intact.  Bathrooms are cozy and updated, but are small by today’s standards. These rooms have stunning carved wood doors installed in the 1940’s.

Tower Room at the Royal

Tower Room at the Royal

The more recent tower section is composed of ocean-facing rooms with lanais.  These rooms are a bit smaller and less elaborately decorated, but quite comfortable and attractive with well-designed bathrooms and nice ocean front lanais overlooking Waikiki Beach.

While all beaches in Hawaii are public, one unique offering at “The Royal” is the private beach area that this hotel claims due to long-standing property rights.  Here there are lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach for hotel guests for a daily fee.

There is a small round pool on the property, most suitable for, but not restricted to, adults.  A more family-friendly lagoon-style pool with slides is shared between the Royal the Sheraton Waikiki next door.

This hotel would be a great choice for families enjoying the many sites on Oahu such as Pearl Harbor, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, a luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center, the upscale shops of Honolulu, the Bishop House Museum of Hawaiian history, and the big waves on the North Shore.