My wife and two children(12 and 16) spent 10 days at the Outrigger Luana over the Christmas holidays. We were very pleased on checking in to be upgraded to a two-bedroom unit, room 718. While it 'only' had a city view, the size and convenience more than made up for not having the teeny view of the ocean between the Trump tower and Hilton tower. Two spacious bedrooms, washer/dryer, full kitchen, two lanais and a huge open area that can't even be called a lanai made this a perfect long-duration stay. I've heard some complaints from previous travellers here about street noise - we live in a rural area and are used to sleeping in complete silence, but city noise doesn't bother us - it's part of the whole experience - if you want to escape it, stay high up on a beachfront condo - that's the only way you will. We loved the short walk through Fort DeRussy park to the widest part of the beach - barely 10 min - towels from the hotel if we needed, and yes, the fruit water in the lobby - my oldest son would fill up his water bottle with it before setting out each day. If you are a family/couple who has travelled a lot and are 'relaxed' travellers, this is the perfect place. The staff are all friendly and accommodating, rooms were always clean and comfortable, and if you're every grumpy about something, step outside - it's Hawai'i! Yes, valet parking is $25 a day, but that's standard everywhere in Honolulu, and given the cheap price of rentals if you book ahead, it balances out compared to other cities. Every evening we enjoyed the walk down Kalakaua Ave., and the Outrigger Luana is just the right distance away from the truly busy part of this great strip. Never ate in the restaurant as we ate breakfast in the room and usually would eat a late lunch/early dinner out, but it looked more than fine. If we are lucky enough to return or know friends who are going to Oahu, we would definitely recommend the Outrigger Luana.
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