Not "royal" but still good
We had no previous reservations and we could get a room on this very well located hotel, just 2 blocks from Waikiki beach. People there was kind and helpful, no complains at all. There's a small pool, but with the beach 2 blocks away it's ornamental. It doesn't have breakfast service but the rooms have a kitchenette and TV.
My "Good Deal" Hotel
I am not a big splurger when it comes to accomodations. I like to keep things cheap and simple. period. I found the hotel rather charming in its oldness. the rooms are cheap, like $45-75 a night, our trip consisted of 3 girls, we paid $60 per night - it came with a queen bed and a single bed, a functional bathroom, and a full kitchen (stove, fridge, micro, coffee, pots, pans - you get the picture?) The rooms were a little dated but clean and well taken care of with personal touches here and there... I felt like I was renting a studio apartment rather than staying in the hotel. I liked it. small, intimate pool area. personal details in the rooms. friendly staff. great family atmosphere. GREAT location. only about a block and a half from the beach.. very close.
Hawaii on a Shoestring
My husband jokingly told me that if I wanted to holiday in Oahu near Waikiki Beach, I had to find a place for under $50.00 a night. I searched the Internet, read the reviews concerning The Royal Grove Hotel and felt quite comfortable in reserving for a two week stay, which averaged a daily rate of $37.50. Upon arrival I was sceptical of our room, which was in the older wing - clean, but provided neither balcony or air conditioning. While I was made aware of this while I was booking online and felt it unnecessary, I changed my mind when the 85 degrees of heat and 100 % humidity pressed against my body. My husband and I asked at the front desk if we could be upgraded and by the end of the day we were in a room three times the size of the space before. Mind you, the price changed to $59.00 (taxes included) but it was worth every U.S. penny. It had all the comforts of home including a mini bar, stove/oven, microwave, balcony and A/C. Kithchenware was provided but next time I would bring a few plastic beer glasses (for around the pool), a cork screw (one wasn't provided - unless you visit room 202. We forgot ours there!), and a small bottle of dish detergent. The bed was utterly soft and comfortable, and the water pressure in the shower was perfect and we never ran out of hot water. When we asked if it was possible to stay in our room for a few extra hours since our flight wasn't leaving until 6:00 - there wasn't even a moments hesitation. To sum up the hospitality of Mr. Wong and his management was the posting in the elevator a few days before our departure back to Canada. It was an open invitation to all guests to sign up for Thanksgiving supper on November 25th - hosted by the Wong family. Another note to mention is the Oahu Discovery Passport bus pass. It costs $20.00 for 4 consecutive days of unlimited travel. Available at any ABC store. It is recommended to also purchase a Map and Guide Book at the same time ($4.99). Well, worth the money.
A locals great find
My daughter and I flew over from Kauai where we live and stayed at the Royal Grove Hotel in December of 2004. Living here in the islands costs enough as it is, so all I was looking for was a clean, cheap place to lay our heads. I spent a good three or more hours going over reviews before deciding to stay here, and I'm so glad I picked it. Not only is it really affordable at $60/night for the type of room we needed, but it was close to EVERYTHING! My family flew in from all over the U.S. because my cousin was playing a football game against U.H. and they all stayed at places like the Hyatt and privatly owned house rentals. For the amount of time we all actually spent in our rooms, we all agreed I made the wisest choice. The staff was great, the rooms were clean and included, fridge, stove, and microwave. They also had avaliable, boogie boards, surf board and other beach stuff, for free! Now I do have to say that if you are looking for luxury, spas, and pampering, this is NOT the place to stay. It is a older small family owned hotel. While I was there, I was waiting next in line to add on an extra night, and the couple who were foriegners, in front of me were complaining that there was a cockroach that someone had "planted" in thier room. Well all I have to say to that, is welcome to Hawaii. There are more cockroaches than people in Hawaii. You're lucky you only saw one! Anyway, I just wanted to share that this was one of my better choices in life! The Royal Grove was great, and anyone who says different should pay the extra money it costs to stay at the Marriott or Hyatt. You get what you pay for and I ended up getting a lot more than I expected. The next time my family and I go to Oahu, we will most definatly be staying at the Royal Grove and spending the extra money we saved on ourselves out and about while we are there. Aloha!
Ocean Resort Hotel or Royal Grove in Waikiki?
We found a pretty good rate for Ocean Resort($70/night) but it seems a lot of reviews are really negative.
Has anyone ever stayed there? How was it( cleanliness, service, location, AC, noise level)?
And how about Royal Grove?
Which is is better and quieter?
Thanks so much!
RE: Ocean Resort Hotel or Royal Grove in Waikiki?
We have stayed twice at the Royal Grove and have reservations for this year it is a smaller hotel compared to many in Waikiki. The location is very good for what you pay only two short blocks to the beach and Kapiolani Park is an easy walk. The Ocean Resort is about a block away and we have seen better reviews for the tower with the kitchenettes which I believe is also the newer tower. The clientele we have seen at the Grove are pretty much the same as us coming back to their rooms to shower, change and maybe fix a quick meal before taking off again. I do recommend a courtyard or poolview room as the hotel is close to the street. The newer wing of the hotel has a/c and kitchens the older wing does not have a/c but is about $20 a night less I like opening the door to the lanai in the morning and watch the sunrise. There is another hotel that has got very good reviews and in the same area however I know very little about it just what they put in the review it's called the Waikiki Prince. You can check it on tripadvisors.