A rendering of the pool area at Romer House Waikiki. Photo: Romer House Waikiki

This Hawaiian Island Is Getting Its First Adults-Only Hotel

Hawaii News Epic Stays
by Suzie Dundas May 8, 2024

The Hawaiian Islands are known for being extremely kid friendly, with almost all hotels catering to vacationing families. But starting on June 1, one island is getting a little less family friendly — or at least one less hotel is.

On June 1, the new Romer House Waikiki on Oahu will open with a very distinct selling point: it’s an adult-only hotel, with no one under age 18 allowed on property (except for in the restaurant). Romer House Waikiki replaces the former Pearl Hotel Waikiki, which closed earlier this year for extensive renovations and rebranding. While the Pearl Waikiki had fairly middle-of-the-road reviews, new additions like a Japanese izakaya and bar; hula, sound baths, and other wellness classes; and welcome cocktails will bring Romer House Waikiki to a four-star experience. All 179 rooms are described as having an “urban beach-chic aesthetic,” and some have private lanais.

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A rendering of the new Romer House Waikiki restaurant, called IZAKAYA 855-ALOHA. Photo: Romer House Waikiki

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A king room at Romer House Waikiki. Photo: Romer House Waikiki

The hotel sits roughly an eight-minute walk to the beach, so it’s not beachfront — but for travelers drawn to Romer House Waikiki, being a bit removed from the sounds of kids yelling and running on the beach is probably a selling point. The hotel is only the third adults-only hotel in Hawai’i. Sensei Lānaʻi by ultra-luxe brand Four Seasons requires guests to be 16 or older, and Maui’s Hotel Wailea, a Relais & Chateau property, raises the age to 18 and older. Families interested in a Romer hotel on Oahu should check out the brand’s sister property just a half-mile down the road, Romer Waikiki at the Ambassador, where families are welcome.

Not being beachfront comes with a happy trade-off for guests: it’s far more affordable than other beachfront resorts in Waikiki. Room rates start at $195 per night, and while there is a pesky resort fee ($45 per night), it comes with a handful of perks. That includes a drink every evening, bike rentals, daily workout and wellness classes, and use of beach chairs and umbrellas, among other benefits.

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Guests of Romer House Waikiki can use the rental facilities and beach just outside the nearby Twin Fin Waikiki. Photo: Benny Marty/Shutterstock

Yes, beach chairs. While the Romer House Waikiki isn’t beachfront, it has a partnership with the Twin Fin Waikiki’s Beach Candy rental shop. Guests can head there to pick up free beach chairs and umbrellas, or spend the credits included with their resort fee on items like beach toys, paddleboards, novelty floaties, and more.

Bookings are now open for dates beginning June 1. If you’re headed to the Ahola State, Romer House Waikiki is the only adults-only hotel in Hawai’i you’ll find that could be considered affordable, as Hotel Wailea starts at $899 per night and Sensei Lānaʻi’s starting rate is $1,300 per night. Romer Waikiki at the Ambassador is even a few dollars cheaper, starting at $169 per night, plus a similar $45-per-night resort fee.

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