Review: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach


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If you’re looking for the best luxury hotel in Waikiki, look no further than The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach. This is a fantastic property but it’s worth mentioning from the outset that the hotel itself is not based on the waterfront. There’s no beach in front of the property instead it’s a 10-minute walk away.

Spoiler alert! To get the best deal or discount at a Ritz-Carlton, book via our luxury travel concierge. See what our clients say about us and how thrilled they are with the extra benefits we provide at no extra cost.

Book your next Ritz-Carlton stay via our luxury travel concierge and the perks that we can add into your stay are typically:

  • Breakfast for two people per bedroom
  • Food and beverage or spa credit of $100 USD per stay
  • Upgrade of one category, based on availability at time of check-in (this usually excludes suites)
  • Early check-in / late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary basic Internet in all guest rooms
  • Complimentary welcome gift

We offer similar free upgrades, free breakfasts, and free perks at other luxury hotels, including Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria, Hyatt, Andaz, Four Seasons, Marriott, InterContinental, and more. The other properties where we offer great free benefits on Oahu include Four Seasons Ko Olina, The Royal Hawaiian Waikiki, Halekulani, and the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort And Spa. Beyond Oahu, we offer free benefits at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Montage Kapalua Bay, Fairmont Orchid, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, and more…

Why We Love This Hotel

The highlights of this luxury enclave are the spacious high-end rooms with exquisite views from the floor to ceiling windows, and the magnificent pool area complete with sun loungers the dip their legs into the edge of the pool so that when you get too hot you can just swing around and cool your toes off in the crystal clear waters.

Best Time To Visit

Visit in Hawaii’s off-season, when the rates are cheaper, the best deals are available, and the islands are less crowded. Ideally, travel in spring (April to June) and fall (September to November). Winter in Hawaii can be cloudy and wetter from December to March, but it is a popular time to travel simply because the rest of the Northern hemisphere is so miserable and cold.

Service & Facilities

If you book your stay with our luxury travel concierge, one of the perks we include is early check-in which can be particularly useful if you have an overnight flight to Honolulu. Another perk is breakfast, which is also included if you book with one of our advisers and is extensive with hot and cold options.

There are lots of lots of nice little extras included for free at this hotel. For example, at 2:00 pm the family can enjoy complimentary Hawaiian ice cream by the family pool.

I mentioned the views earlier and the views that you can enjoy from the rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Residences are breathtaking as the hotel itself is a high-rise. Oh, there are also fantastic views from the adults-only infinity pool, which is the highest infinity pool in Waikiki. This infinity pool is a great spot to enjoy a cocktail in peace and if you splash out on the private cabanas, you can enjoy a TV and minibar by the pool!


The Hotel has 552 Ocean view residences starting with studios and leading up to apartments with four bedrooms making it a great choice if you’re bringing your family or traveling in a group. Deluxe Oceanview rooms have a kitchenette a washer and a dryer.

The fact that the rooms include a washer and dryer might seem odd for a hotel of this caliber, but this facility actually comes in handy as you can clean your clothes from the plane, and with the tropical temperatures, it’s useful to keep up with your washing to stay fresh. There’s also a hub and an empty fridge in each room so you can stock up from the ABC store with snacks.

Food & Drink

The hotel has a number of restaurants including Sushi Sho as well as French and Italian eateries. To be honest, in this part of Waikiki you are spoiled for choice in places to eat. Whip up dinner in a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, or savor chef Keiji Nakazawa’s omakase-style cooking at Sushi Sho.

Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor. Posts may be sponsored by the proprietor or brand being appraised. All opinions remain our own & are in no way influenced.