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About Royal Hawaiian Hotel
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is hard to miss. Regardless of one's usual opinion of pink, this hotel's unmistakable pink color somehow works, perhaps due to the hotel's similarly out-of-place Spanish-Moorish architecture, perhaps due to the hotel's fascinating history that entails this contentious color, or perhaps due to the fact that the pink goes surprisingly well with the deep blue Pacific and bright blue skies.
Built in 1927, the "Pink Palace of the Pacific" is the second oldest hotel in Hawaii, trailing the Moana Surfrider. The land on which the hotel is situated was sacred land, a playground for King Kamehameha after he conquered the island of Oahu, as well as the location for Queen Kaahumanu's Summer Palace. The hotel currently consists of two towers: the original and elegant Historic Building and the 17-story more modern Royal Beach Tower that was built in the 1960s. Each room in the Historic Building is different, just as every door to each room is hand-carved out of heavy wood from the Philippines. In the original Historic Building, all rooms originally faced the Coconut Grove instead of the ocean because the hotel's first guests had just completed a strenuous journey on the sea and were thus sick of the ocean. These guests would stay long periods of time; many even brought over their servants and Rolls Royces.
Decades later, travel methods have progressed, and the hotel has gone through renovations; however, the Royal Hawaiian somehow maintains the same amount of glamour as it had during the days of flappers and top hats. Now with 528 rooms and suites, the hotel is one of the few in Waikiki with its own private beach. Right in front of the famous Mai Tai Bar is a designated area right on Waikiki Beach, exclusively for guests at the hotel. How's that for luxury?
Upon arrival, guests will receive a fresh flower lei, juice, and banana nut bread.
At the Royal Beach Tower Pool, guests are attended to by pool attendants, while lounging on luxurious plush cushioned-chairs under oversized umbrellas. Poolside cabanas are available and can make this quiet oasis even more private. For the more adventurous, surfing and paddling lessons are available on the beach, as well as outrigger canoe rides. Children will enjoy the Helumoa Playground, featuring two freshwater swimming pools, a large water slide, an interactive fountain area, and two large whirlpool spas. Guests can also enjoy lei making, hula lessons, and storytelling on the playground.
The Royal Hawaiian's dining options will satisfy any discerning diner. Azure is a lavish oceanfront restaurant specializing in fresh fish from the "azure" part of the Pacific. For a more private experience, opt for one of the beachfront cabanas with stunning views of Diamond Head and the azure waters. The Mai Tai Bar is perfect for sipping on exotic cocktails and snacking on appetizers after a swim. This is where the mai tai originated. The Surf Lanai Restaurant is an elegant beachside restaurant serving American classics with an island twist. Many of the ingredients used at these restaurants can be found right in the herb garden on the property; watch the chefs choose their herbs mid-afternoon.
Basked in warmth from the sun and oozing with history, the majestic Royal Hawaiian will win the heart of any pink-hater. This hotel captures the essence of grandeur in Waikiki and continues to be a world-class destination.
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