We visited Guam earlier this month and, overall, enjoyed a most pleasant week-long stay at the Outrigger. After a late-night arrival on the island, characterised by the wash of tropical warmth and humidity upon clearing the air-conditioned airport, hotel check-in (and subsequently, check-out) was effected promptly and efficiently, although both processes occurring in the wee hours may well have been a contributory factor. The resort is centrally located in the island’s capital on the mid-west coast, within easy walking reach of the normally sought-after tourist services and facilities, as well as being positioned on the edge of a typical Pacific lagoon. Initial entry to our room exposed a decidedly musty interior, common with closed up spaces in the tropics, quickly dispelled after opening a window – the hotel might consider a daily airing of unoccupied rooms, although logistics may well make this impractical. First impressions, not to detract from our overall experience, did point to a somewhat time-worn establishment as reflected in our room rating. Staff throughout were friendly and attentive, although we did detect a sense of indifference from a few in the breakfast restaurant, probably a result we ventured of the daily repetitious grind a facility such as this unavoidably exposes its workforce to. Our numerous and refreshing excursions into the sandy/rocky bottomed lagoon found a water depth of around three metres at high tide, and the ability to wade out to the exposed reef a couple of hundred metres distant at low tide if that is your desire (but I wouldn't get stuck out there with an incoming tide). Apart from the superb swimming pools, beach/leisure staff presided over a variety of services, accessories and fun equipment for the many more inclined to test the hot sun and warm waters of the Philippine Sea, my own particular favourite being the refreshment bar situated nearby the water’s edge, offering icy cold lubrication and tasty snack food. Sadly, it was here that we encountered the sole instance of disappointment during our stay – foul-mouthed, out-of-uniform, young imbibing American servicemen, openly cussing in a family environment just as they might back in the barracks. Not at all clever by any means. There can be absolutely no objection to such young men letting off steam but they should be far more sensitive in their choice of venue for such activity. Hotel management, apart from their own commanding officers, need to focus on this issue as a matter of real importance in the public interest. Later, our exploratory road journey around the island saw lush jungle, then the volcanic nature of the southern landscape, evidence of the old Spanish heritage, various World War II battlegrounds and quiet associated war memorials and finally the laid back way of life practiced by the indigenous population, all very interesting and worthwhile facets of our Guam visit. It was notable that, although various journals warn the unaccustomed of sometimes dangerous road conditions, we found the sealed highway (although no autobahn) to be quite adequate and safe, apart from occasional patchwork repair and a couple of speeding drivers racing in the opposite direction. Generally, following an active day and a colourful sunset, the hotel lounge replete with live music provided a relaxing place to sit back, enjoy a nightcap or three and plan the next day’s schedule. No hesitation in recommending the Outrigger Resort for reasonably medium-priced accommodation, hovering around four-star in a good location, certain to be my choice in any return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Outrigger Guam Beach Resort is the preeminent deluxe beachfront resort hotel in the Tumon Bay resort district – an exciting, upscale retail and entertainment mecca that also features one of the best stretches of beach on the island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Guam Hotel Tumon
- Outrigger Tumon
- Tumon Outrigger
- Outrigger Guam Beach Resort Tumon