I typically don't care too much about hotels on a vacation, but this one just made it fantastic. Even after reading the reviews here, since it was my first time in Hawaii (my wife had her first honeymoon here), I opted to go all out and get an ocean front room. WOW! Sunsets from the balcony, drapes open for the view whenever we were there, falling asleep and waking to the sound of the surf. Did I say WOW! The room was modern, spacious and quiet. A nice size in room safe held cameras, tablets, a purse, everything we wanted to leave on a daily basis. Restaurants were a short walking distance, be it Top of Honolulu or Subway (right next door and great for a quick bite when trying to get out the door). It didn't matter if we left first thing in the morning or at 2:00 in the afternoon, we returned to a clean room with our effects untouched.
The negatives (I said fantastic, not perfect) would have to start with the in room coffee. Worst anywhere, ever. Don't bother bringing your own, the machines just make horrible coffee. Fortunately, a Starbuck's is at the front of the hotel, so a quick run brought something drinkable. The restaurants in the hotel were just okay (we tried them all), opting several times for the casual one by the pool since it had live music and decent food and usually didn't need a reservation. None were worth writing home about. Also, and this is probably typical, parking is expensive, more than our rental car cost over the course of a week. The price of freedom.
Finally, a quick shout out to Dino, who has a photo stand on the beach right below our balcony (I swear he looks like George Carlin). You know how you rarely seem to have pictures of you and your spouse together on vacation. Try many pictures of the two of you, in leis with 6 parrots perched on your arms, with Diamond Head and the ocean in the background, on your own camera! WOW!
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Reef On The Beach Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Reef Beach
- Outrigger Honolulu
- Honolulu Outrigger
- Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort Hawaii/Honolulu