The Mandarin Oriental Honolulu Hotel and Residences is to open in mid-2024, delayed from its originally targeted 2021 and then 2022 opening dates.
It's an exciting new development, since, apart from the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki, which debuted in 2018, there's been such limited new build when it comes to Honolulu luxury hotels. Even the Four Seasons Ko Olina, in Kapolei, was a renovation of the prior JW Marriott property.
Mandarin Oriental Honolulu Location
The Mandarin Oriental Honolulu will be located at the corner of Kapiolani Boulevard and Atkinson Drive, just outside Waikiki (about a 15-20 minute walk from the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki) and right by the Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Shopping Center. Ala Moana Beach Park is just a 7 minute walk away.
Reserving Mandarin Oriental Honolulu
Reservations won't open until much closer to 2021, but as always, the best way to reserve a Mandarin Oriental property is with Mandarin Oriental Fan Club benefits, as a TravelSort Client or with another Mandarin Oriental Fan Club luxury advisor. That's because Fan Club benefits are better than those you can receive as a Fan of Mandarin Oriental (see Fans of Mandarin Oriental: Still Best to Reserve with Mandarin Oriental Fan Club Benefits and include:
- USD 100 Food & Beverage or Spa Credit, per room per stay
- Daily full breakfast for up to two in-room guests
- Complimentary High Speed Streaming Internet Access during stay
- Personalized welcome amenity
- Celebratory treat if celebrating a special occasion, such as an anniversary or birthday
- One category room upgrade, subject to availability at time of check-in
- Early check-in and late check-out, based on availability
Mandarin Oriental Honolulu Hotel
The Mandarin Oriental Honolulu Hotel will have 125 rooms and suites, and be located on the lower floors (up to floor 18) of a 37 story tower. The 99 residences will be located on floors 19-37.
While hotel room renderings haven't been released yet, those of some of the Dianna Wong-designed residences look beautiful. Some of the units will have panoramic views of Diamond Head.
Residents have access to a residents-only swimming pool with private cabanas on the 9th floor, although there will of course also be a hotel pool for guests.
The Mandarin Oriental Honolulu Spa is slated to be the largest and most luxurious on the island of Oahu, at over 20,000 square feet.
The Signature Restaurant hasn't been announced yet, but Mandarin Oriental is making much of the fact that collectively, its restaurants have garnered 21 Michelin stars.
Do you plan to stay at the Mandarin Oriental Honolulu when it opens?
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This is crazy. Honolulu is unaffordable. Hawaii is overtaxed. Workers can’t afford to live there. Waikiki has the highest homeless in the country. Japan is aging. Where on earth are these people going to come from? Oh yeah. It isn’t even on the beach!
I don’t disagree with your assessment that Honolulu is unaffordable for many locals and that state income tax is high (although real estate taxes are fairly low). That said, it hasn’t stopped the Ritz-Carlton Waikiki from selling its residences very quickly, and that property isn’t on the beach either. There are many Asian buyers, Chinese and Japanese in particular.