My husband, parents, and I (62, 59, 31, 28) are going to Waikiki in Oct. I need to book a hotel tomorrow, but I am completely torn. I know no one can make this decision for me, but I thought I'd see what eveyone's input is. We want as pretty of a beach as we can get in Waikiki, but if we could get a pretty beach and less crowd.....that would be great too. I had at one point decided to book the Outrigger until I read mixed reviews on this beach's beauty compared to the other areas in Waikiki and that the beach was rough. We plan on seeing everything else that is possible to see also and rent a car for a few days. Here is what we have narrowed it down to. There is only about $600 total difference(for the 4 of us for all 7 nights) from the most expensive to the least expensive (they are in order of lowest price to highest price).
Hilton Hawaiin Village in 2 partial ocean view rooms.
Outrigger reef on the beach in 2 partial ocean view rooms
The Royal Hawaiin in 2 garden view rooms
Otani Kaimana in 2 ocean front suites
Moana Surfrider Westin in 2 Banyan rooms.
We also considered the Kahala, but I just can't bring myself to pay the extra $1000 unless it's just that amazing.
Any help is appreciated! Thank you all for your time!