This was our first visit to Hawaii and the Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach was our hotel of choice after much research of Waikiki hotels and we were not let down. We landed early in Hawaii after a 10 hour overnight flight from Melbourne, arriving at the hotel at 9am. Our room wasn’t ready and that’s fair enough, however even though the check in time was 3pm the front desk staff did say to us check back at about noon as we will try and have your room ready, and they did which was great as it allowed us a quick nap before hitting the beach. We stayed 4 nights for our first visit and then another 4 nights after returning from the Big Island.
The hotel rooms were large and well appointed with great furniture, effective air-conditioning (while somewhat noisy), a small bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, large screen TV, large desk, super comfy bed and pillows, good size bathroom (no bath), and heaps of cupboard space. The room also had a small balcony (aka a lanai) looking to Diamond head and a so, so view of the beach (refer to photos). Our rooms were on the 15th & 14th Floor for our stays roughly in the middle of the floors and we had no problems with noise internally or externally, room numbers were 1535 & 1435. These rooms were behind the lifts… there was no lift noise whatsoever, which made them easily accessible.
The hotel is in the perfect location on Kalakaua Avenue and being right on the beach is in my opinion the best way to enjoy Waikiki. The hotel pool is small but being right on the beach we chose to swim at the beach. Unfortunately to hire a beach umbrella and 2 sun lounges on the beach was $USD50 per day, a bit pricey!! At least pool and beach towels were supplied for the hotel guets. None the less being right on the beach you could use the sun lounges at the hotel and then walk to the beach for a swim. Having Pai’s sandwhich bar at the hotel meant you didn’t need to leave the hotel if you wanted a simple bite to eat while spending the day at the pool or the beach, or you could order food from Duke’s while at the pool. The hotel has a small but well appointed gym, didn’t use it cause we were on holidays ;-). The hotel has cold water in the lobby and also by the pool, which is a nice touch. The hotel also has free wifi which is great, however it is almost impossible to get a connection first thing in the morning or after 5pm in the afternoon, on many occasions we had to ring the front desk to get the connections reset. Hotel management should look to investigate automatically disconnecting inactive wifi connections after 15mins (it is easily done), which will save lots of unhappy wifi users. Being in the heart of Kalakaua Ave means easy access to many dining options, shopping and some sightseeing which can all be had by foot. If you do not have a car, the easiest and least expensive way to get around is by local bus, a bus map can be collected from the hotel’s information centre. If there are 4 of you in some instances a taxi may be a reasonable and more efficient method of transport as bus tickets are all $USD2.50 per person.
The hotel has great and reasonably priced dining at all its restaurants, and Duke’s is by far the most popular and when you go you will see why, the menu is great and the salad bar stupendous, on numerous occasions we over indulged the salad bar meaning we struggled to finish our meals. Duke’s is super popular, everyone comes to Duke’s, from all different hotels, so expect to wait over 90mins for a table in some instances we heard 2 hours (Friday nights). BUT, the great thing is that hotel guests get priority, which I would expect and the hotel delivers. Basically you can call Duke’s from your room, tell them what time you want to dine (give them at least an hours notice), and they will call you back when your table is ready….so no waiting for the hotel guests.
All staff were great, they were friendly, courteous and always willing to help and give advice. It was nice to stay in a hotel/resort that has ALL its staff trained to respect the guests staying there. I tip my hat to the management. I would definitely stay again and would recommend it to our family and friends.
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort Hawaii/Honolulu
- Outrigger Honolulu
- Honolulu Outrigger