Royal Hawaiian Hotel – Waikiki, Honolulu

I was lucky to be invited to a wedding in Hawaii, and I’m not sure who in their right mind would not RSVP to go. The wedding was at the Royal Hawaiian, a place I have always wanted to stay. The hotel is located in the middle of Waikiki Beach, once where only Hawaiian Royalty was allowed to surf. It was actually paradise, the Royal Hawaiian is actually paradise.

Lots of people say Waikiki is over run by tourists and should be avoided at all costs, but I disagree. I went in early October when the crowds thinned out, the beach, streets and the hotels were manageable for the most part. What made the trip even better was that the trade winds kept the heat and humidity to manageable levels.

The first night I arrived late, so I stayed at the Sheraton next to the Royal Hawaiian. The Sheraton is a large hotel, with many guests, almost felt like a Vegas Hotel.

The view of the infinity pool at night. I got a low floor, but I was happy to get an ocean view room. But at night not much to see.

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I was on California time so I got up early and it was worth it to see the sun rise from the my balcony. The room was just standard and basic; nothing to write home about or post here.

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And my reflection selfie…

IMG_0093View of the Sheraton infinity pool. It was small, I guess you don’t need a pool if you are next to a world famous beach. I went in the pool and got right back out. 
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If you get a room on a higher floor you can actually see sea turtles and other wild life in the water. If you swim out far enough from the beach you can see and swim with the turtles.

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After the early morning, I went for a walk on the beach. The view of Diamond head in the background was nice. Then a few more selfies.

IMG_0110 IMG_0111 IMG_0112After walking around the beach I went for a dip and also tried out my new water proof iPhone pouch. I bought a cheap one for 5 bucks and it worked just as good as any other case. 
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After a dip in the water, I went to Duke’s for Lunch and a Mai Tai and dessert.

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After Lunch we stopped by the Bridal suite to say hello. The suite was nice, with great views, and the I took a few more selfies. Then we checked into the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

IMG_0119 IMG_0120 IMG_0121 IMG_0123My room was a standard room in the historic building, I have a preference for the historic building if I have a choice. I like them because historic rooms usually have larger proportions than rooms in modern buildings. The rooms were nicely renovated.  
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Room welcome gift was set up during turndown service. Nice touch…

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The Royal Hawaiian is also know for its Bather’s Elevator. The hotel has a dress code and provides a elevator for guests that are dressed to go to the beach. This is great because its strange to be beach ready when everyone else is fully clothed in the elevator.

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The hotel is surrounded by a plush gardens.

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The pool was small here as well, but then again, the hotel is on the beach.

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The were places to sit and relax among the long galleries that run along the gardens. The hotel is very quite and relaxing, at least when I was there.

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View of Waikiki from the hotel lobby.

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Historic building hallway.

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The doors are like works of art. They are solid wood and are all individually hand carved. They don’t make them like this anymore!

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View of the hotel from the Royal Hawaiian beach chairs.

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One of the perks of staying at the hotel is that they have lounge chairs and parasols exclusively for hotel guests on Waikiki. They actually have a chain that keeps the public out. The hotel offers food and beverage service on the beach! After the wedding this was the high light of the trip, I would go back just for this. Go early and book it as its popular. Also go early and the beach is empty.

Not one person in Waikiki… a rare sight.

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My sun visor…

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Lunch….

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Me and the sign… keep out! guests only!

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I need to go back now…

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