Royal Grove Hotel
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... 8217;s a constant battle of me trying to keep a straight face and say “we don’t talk about that at the center” while I’m cracking up on the inside. Also, I’m happy to say I’m officially in a Hawaii routine. Nights are pretty low-key during the week. I usually get back to the hotel around five, try to come up with something to eat in my hotel room (hard to do with only a mini fridge and a microwave), have some sort of meeting for camp, watch ...
... right?!) so we toughed it out and bobbed around for about half an hour. You can only bob for so long however, so soon we decided to be done with the beach and instead go find something to eat. My director has been stationed in Hawaii many years for Camp A, and she swore that one of the best places on the whole entire island to eat was a shrimp truck that was nearby. At this point all of our clothes and towels were completely soaked from the rain, and on top of that because ...
Hawaii is awesome. We spent most of our time in Waikiki and explored everything from there. As expected it is very tourist like and there are loads of high rise hotels and exclusive shops. The people are very friendly and great everyone with the ever present Aloha!! We lived in a hostel 2mins away from Waikiki Beach so it was easy to go to the beach. We got a sunburn on the first day out of OZ ;) Couldnt find the sunscreen. ...
... but not a ghost or hair tingling on the back of your neck feeling was felt. But on the plus side we did see some more of Waikiki even if it was at night. Wednesday was a day we were both looking forward to - snorkelling and swimming with dolphins. It was a great day, we were picked up and driven to Waianae Boat Harbour where we hopped onto a luxury style catamaran and taken out into the bay for a morning of sun and snorkelling. We spotted spinner dolphins ...
... hotel room to catch up on some zzz's and the rest of us decided to head off to Ala Moana the shopping centre again. I needed to pick up some clothing and was good for the others to sight see. It was a quick shop and we headed back to the resort.
The jet lag caught up to our companions and they all had a naps until early arvie. We joined them on their quick tour of the resort and beaches. We wanted to head out, so ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRoyal Grove Hotel Honolulu
Was truly impressed with this Hotel .
Mind you it's very old and needs a facelift but for the price it was fabulous .
It was like a 1 min walk to the best beach on Waikiki plus the staff was very helpful .
Best value for price in Waikiki .
This is a budget hotel so stay away if you are looking for luxury go to the Hyatt next door .........
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Grove Hotel Honolulu
Great hotel for the price
Great hotel before the north shore....we stayed in this hotel with our son...it had a fridge and freezer stove microwave...great for traveling with a child....our room was very quiet....the decor is not new but we loved this hotel and would go back on our next trip to hawaii we rented a car at vip ..ate at the korean restaurant downstairs from the hotel...also at the food court at the international market place..saved lots of money....the people at the front desk at this hotel are so wonderful and helpful......
Less is way more
Older hotel but well kept up. View from balcony is of highrises, TV is small but really not a problem for us. Room was good size and clean and housekeeping is very good. Extra towels & sand chairs in a stack by the pool- just take 'em. One way in-past the desk. Staff knows the guests and are friendly always, all look like long term people; which we see as good. Distance to Duke statue?Straight down the strret, you've hit a 5 iron that far; maybe a 6. Great location. Smoothie shop and a great BBQ place next door. Parking across street $6 @ day Value plus. Substance over style. Will be back, will recommend to friends. Request a room w/ AC. Free papers too.
Good Hotel close to the Action
Just got back from Hawaii, this is a good/cheap place to stay! When I first walked into the room, I was put off by the "look" of the room, (it's definitely older) but after a long day of being tourists, the character of the room grows on you! This Hotel is right in the middle of Waikiki, and how can you beat that! It is 2 blocks from Waikiki Beach, not only that, but the penicle of Waikiki Beach! The action around this area is almost non-stop, but because you are 2 blocks away, you tend to get somewhat less noise. Just MAKE SURE you get directions on how to get there, as well as how to get out of there, the main highways can be a bit difficult to navigate around Honolulu.
True aloha and a great family place!
My family of 4 and I stayed there for a month. The hotel treated us like family...guest potlucks at the pool, extra TLC, etc. 2 blocks from the beach. We had a suite with a very large kitchen and the price was very reasonable for Hawaii. Loved it and would go back anytime.
Best bang for your buck!
The Royal Grove is a fabulous place to stay. It is extremely well maintained and the location is too good to be true. The best thing about the hotel is the incredibly friendly staff. The whole place has a very homey feel because most people who stay there have been coming back for years and years. I think that this speaks very highly of the staff.
We've stayed there twice, and have already booked for next year:o)
Was Pleasantly Surprised
My Wife & I stayed there 7 nights in 2000 & plan to go back in 2004. I was somewhat sceptical but to my delight found the hotel clean, friendly & the location was great.
The Other Pink Hotel
The Royal Grove is the only place I would stay in Waikiki. It is clean with no frills, efficiently run, and blessed with genuinely pleasant and helpful staff. It is two blocks from Kuhio Beach, a short walk from the Zoo and the Waikiki Public Library, and right on the bus lines.
There are several reaonable local restaurants on the same block, as well as VIP car rental office just around the corner. There's a courtyard with a clean, pleasant pool; a small paperback library; and a modest lobby with comfortable chairs. Air conditioners mask the noise of the street below. It's also painted the same pink color as the Royal Hawaiian, so it's very easy to spot.
Feel at home
I by myself and with my family, wife and two children, have stayed at the Royal Grove, 6 times over the years and I can only say that it becomes your "home away from home" in Hawaii.
Let us in early
We stayed here once a few years back and this is the only hotle in Waikiki that let us checkin at 8 am. When you arrive, jet-lagged from Tokyo at 7 am, this is much appreciated. The Sheraton Waikiki and Outrigger made us sit around in a "lounge" until well after 2 pm! Best service from a small hotel!
We have stayed at the Royal Grove for the last two summers. The hotel is no frills; but clean and comfortable. The owners - the Fong Family and the front desk staff are helpful and make us feel as part of the family when we are there. We like to use our travel dollars on things other than our hotel; so the Royal Grove fits our needs perfectly. We also like that it is very conveniently located to the bus lines, the beach and other hotels. It is just five stories; not a high rise which we also like. The Royal Grove is like our home away from home while in Waikiki. We can be to Kuhio beach in a minute. They have boards, chairs, mats to borrow. There is a small pool. The only down side that we have found is that some of the rooms can be noisy. We have met people from all over the world while staying there.