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“A spectacular location in the heart of Waikiki” 5 of 5 stars
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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2169 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815   |  
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Ranked #7 of 82 Hotels in Honolulu
Wasilla, Alaska
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13 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“A spectacular location in the heart of Waikiki”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I stayed at the Reef for business, but enjoyed the location for pleasure as well. The rooms are well appointed, and the location is wonderful. The lower level lobby is one large indoor/outdoor area where the registration, bell hop, concierge is located, along with the typical tourist shops (jewelry, Hawaiian crafts, wooden items, clothing, etc).

My room looked west toward the Army Museum and green, but couldn't really see the ocean. The pool is typical size, not viewable to the sea, but does get good sun during the day. It is located between the hotel and the next one, so the sun doesn't shine on the pool all day. They have good service at the pool from the Kani Ka Pila grill, at reasonable prices. At night, the grill hosts local musicians for entertainment and karaoke.

I love the location in downtown Waikiki. Within walking distance are many, many shops, restaurants, art galleries, malls, etc. Street musicians and performers are just down the road on Kalakaua Ave. There are also a number of parks where you can stretch your legs in the sun.

For beach activities, the hotel rents jet skis, kite boards and other such items. Diving is not popular right in Waikiki, but not far.

Shorebird restaurant is in the ground floor and serves good food. We had dinner and breakfast there. Their style is self-grill. They have a large salad bar and bring out your entree raw for you to cook on their open grill. If you are nervous about it, the staff will recommend times and seasonings for you. For breakfast, a large buffet is reasonably priced for Waikiki (around $15).

Room Tip: To get a view of the ocean, you will pay much more. Look for rooms on the upper floors (above 5 or...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Omaha, Nebraska
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

The hotel has had a recent $100+ Million renovation. All areas: the lobby, the rooms, the hallways, the pools, the restaurants, etc. all reflect it. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OutriggerReefHotel, Manager at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, responded to this review, January 30, 2013
Thank you Dan for your 5 star review!
ALOHA!
~Your Outrigger Reef Ohana
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New York
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We recently stayed for 2 nights at the Outrigger on the Beach, and had a recently renovated room that had a good partial view of the ocean. Check in was a bit strange, the guy on reception basically gave us his entire life story while we were checking in so it took about 20 mins rather than the standard couple of mins. Neither my partner nor I really said a word but it was very awkward. The room was very nice, the bed comfy etc and exactly what I would expect for the price and the star value. The pool is good, but not next to the beach and it misses the garden area that you see at the other hotels it is next to (sheraton, Royal Hawaiian etc.) Shorebird, the inhouse restaurant has a beautiful position right on the beach and a good vibe, but annoyingly you can't just sit and have a drink at one of the tables, even if you are a guest, until late as priority is given to diners, so you can't just have a drink and watch the sunset. I enjoyed our stay, but as the title of this review suggests, it was exactly what I expected for the price and was missing that 'something extra' that some hotels have. If heading back to Waikiki and looking in the same price range, I would probably pick the Royal Hawaiian or the Moana Surfrider which just seemed that bit more atmospheric.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wollongong, Australia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We've just had 10 days at a this hotel which lived up to earlier Tripadvisor good reviews. Our comfortable, good-sized room on the 5th floor overlooked the pool area and the nightly (6-9pm) Hawaiian style singers who were very enjoyable. Double glazing kept this muted and anyway we were out eating at one of the many places nearby, or else shopping in centres such as the Royal Hawaiian, so they had finished their set by the time we got back, so we were not in any way disturbed! Of the 3 restaurants, we thought Ocean House was the best, with seating virtually right on the beach (similar to the Shorebird restaurant), with a good breakfast choice of dishes -granola /fruit/eggs etc. at a reasonable price, together with a magnificent view up to Diamond Head. A great start to the day! Service in all areas was excellent, at check in, the restaurant staff and the lady who tidied our room each day. The pool was very good, with plenty of towels available, with no difficulty in getting a lounge chair to relax on for a few hours. Deck chairs on the beach itself, however, have to be paid for. This hotel is very well located - only a short walking distance from plenty of restaurants and good shopping centres. Recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We have stayed here a few times now and upgraded this time to an oceanfront room, great views, staff and overall the hotel is in such a great spot on Waikiki beach I wouldn't think of staying anyway else on a return trip here! check out the shorebird for happy hour, great Mai Tais!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: ocean view room a must
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

I read all the Trip Advisor reviews on this and other hotels before booking us here! Based on all the positive reviews reviews on the hotel we reserved for Nov. 17/12 to Nov. 25/12. On our arrival everything was as we had read! A completely renovated facility looking as if it had just been built! Check in was a quick 5 minutes and all that we had requested was confirmed ie adjoining rooms, high up, ocean tower, close to the elevator for my disabled spouse etc. Opening the door to our room was a very pleasant shock! It was more than we ever expected. A balcony overlooking the ocean, brand new carpet, king size bed with new linens, completely new tiled washroom facility, comfortable mattress and pillows, large plasma tv, fridge, tea and coffee and TONS of storage. We took pictures BEFORE bringing in our luggage! Our room attendant (Lori) was just a sweetheart! So pleasant and friendly! We ate four dinners at the Shorebird restaurant and had a ton of fun "grilling" our own steaks under the helpful and watchful eye of the chef! (for others who commented on NOT liking the experience, DON'T go there then...they DO advise you that the evening buffet is exactly what it is...grill your own!) We had four meals at the bar/pool area restaurant and fell in love with the food and especially our server Corey, who each time we requested his working area. What a prince of a guy! The last night there we had Melissa and she too was so friendly! ALL the staff were so amiable. The location was also terrific! Three blocks to the Main Street, close to the army park and the beach was 60 metres from the elevator for my hubby's convenience (can't walk far)! The only disappointments were the rocky ocean floor, the hotel pool isn't heated (or at least not enough to make it enjoyable on cooler days) and you have to pay for beach chairs and umbrellas which is VERY expensive. Otherwise this was the PERFECT place to stay and was most enjoyable. The evening entertainment poolside each night was most enjoyable too! The pricing for this hotel was the BEST value in the area! Feel safe and secure in booking this hotel.

Room Tip: As it was our 40th Anniversary we booked the vow renewal ceremony which was so IMPRESSIVE! What a t...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

My partner and I travelled to Honolulu for the sixth year and elected to stay again with the Outrigger chain of hotels. On this visit we selected the Outrigger Reef on the Beach. From our arrival to our departure I have nothing but praise for the staff, the hotel and our partial ocean view room with breakfast. The choice of three restaurants to select from for our breakfast added to the pleasure of our stay. Cooking your own steak and all you can eat salad bar was great as was the waiter service at the poolside. Well located in Waikiki means a short walk to do your shopping
either along the beach front --great at sunset or sunrise-- or through the streets.
The rooms are adequate in size, the shower and bathroom are good ,free wifi and internet
rroom service was always completed by mid afternoon.
Next year we will be back and "the Reef " will be our choice of hotels.

Room Tip: Try to get a room in the Ocean Tower if possible simply because it places you closer to the beach...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2169 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#5 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#6 Spa Hotel in Honolulu
#6 Business Hotel in Honolulu
#10 Family Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 639
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