Home Sweet Hotel: The Royal Hawaiian, Guest Blog by @truelane
If there’s one iconic place to stay at Waikiki Beach, it’s The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort. Located next to and affiliated with the Sheraton Waikiki, it was a dreamy place to spend my last two nights in Honolulu, making me crave a true week-long vacation instead of just the two extra days I tacked on to my work trip for POW! WOW! Hawaii. Pulling up to the property is an iconic moment in itself – it’s stately, elegant, and a brilliant shade of pink.
I should have known instantly that everything in the hotel would be pink – but it was still a pleasant surprise to enter my hotel room and find a pink striped bathrobe and pink champagne, and pink umbrellas and beach towels on a stroll out to the pools. I was very happy with my oceanfront room and balcony with a view. While on site, I learned that when the hotel was built, most of the guests were traveling to Hawaii by boat and didn’t want to see the ocean from their room – they had just spent days on the water, and preferred the views of the mountains and Honolulu on the other side of the hotel.
However, next door at the Sheraton Waikiki, 80% of the rooms in the entire hotel are oceanview. It’s a great place to look if you want to guarantee yourself a spectacular sunset each night.
We spent most of our time at the adults-only pool at The Royal Hawaiian, but if you’re into a more active pool scene, definitely check out the Helumoa Pool that sits between the Sheraton Waikiki and the Royal Hawaiian. There are mini and full-size cabanas for rent, and food that you can charge straight to your room, even if you’re staying at the Royal. I would definitely recommend starting your day there early, as the energy ramps up as the day goes on.
Sheraton Waikiki also has a ton of fun little areas to check out and put your feet up. They just renovated all of their lobby areas, and the new furniture is awesome!
The coolest thing I got to take part in this week happened right at the Sheraton Waikiki. 808 Urban was commissioned to paint and incredible mural at RumFire restaurant on-site. It was such an honor to learn the meaning of aloha from such a passionate island local – it was an incredible moment to be a part of.