This was my fourth stay at the Outrigger and was fantastic as always! The location of this hotel cannot be faulted - you are right in the heart of Waikiki beachfront. I think it's the best value for it's position, nestled in between the Royal Hawaiian (Pink Palace) and Moana Surfrider.
We upgraded from a Partial Ocean view room to an Ocean Front (!) room upon arrival for $90US per night. The view from the 14th floor and use of the express lift was a delight!
We checked in around 10am and was given our initial room immediately until our upgraded room became ready at 1pm. The check-in agent was lovely - so helpful and full of Aloha spirit.
Rooms have an older Hawaiian decor which adds to the charm (maybe this is why they haven't got flat screen TV's yet...?). Bathroom was a reasonable size however it was strange to have the fridge located in there...
Breakfast was included in our package. We went to Duke's for the buffet, but the last two days got a bit over it and went to Hula Grill for the remaining two days. Hula Grill was strangely unorganised considering it had a lot fewer customers than Duke's. However, the pancakes at Hula's were an more than an inch thick, and stacked three high - yum!
Pool is great. The only downside is you must be down there early (preferably when it opens at 8am) to reserve a spot. The pool guy was obviously getting tipped well as before it has even opened he had already reserved 10-16 chairs for people who would venture down around lunchtime (if at all!).
The only problem we had was with the Timeshare desk located on the Lower Lobby. It's located next to the hotel's activity desk and whilst trying to book a tour we were given the hard sell. He was pushy and aggressive with sneaky sales tactics. If timeshare isn't your thing, don't get sucked in out of politeness like us listening to the spiel and promises of free breakfast, $100 in vouchers and a "quick" presentation where you HAVE to bring a credit card at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach.
But apart from that, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I highly recommend the Outrigger - you won't be disappointed.
Tahiti Trans Shuttles had the dingiest un-roadworthy shuttle buses that I still can't believe we made it to Waikele Outlets, VIP Trans were late picking us up from the airport, but Reliable Shuttle was outstanding).
Tours - our Enoa Tour with 'Cousin Shorts' and Discover Hawaii Tour with 'Maui' were both excellent!)
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- Outrigger Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Waikiki Beach
- Outrigger Honolulu
- Honolulu Outrigger
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