We stayed in Waikiki in July 2013(summer holidays) which of course is THE most expensive time, but I don't really think rates change that much year round. We split our stay with some nights in a privately rented Condo at the Illikai Marina, then travelled Maui, Kauai and back to the Outrigger. The first problem, the cabbie took us from the airport to the other Outrigger, so twenty minutes wasted in traffic, in and out of the cab and an extra 10 bucks wasn't a good start. I had shown him our booking info, which had name and address, he just got it wrong. Not really the hotel's fault, but you would think they could change the names up a bit more than what they are, eg. call one East and the other West or something. Make sure you clearly reference Trump Tower to get to the right one.
The first impression is space. The entry is very spacious, luxurious and check-in was fast and efficient. Some nice, very expensive shops are located just off reception. The room was great, very spacious even though it only had the standard bed, ensuite, TV, mini fridge, mini balcony etc. We were on the NW corner, so our view was straight at Trump Tower swimming pool, and across the park to the military hotel. Nice.
Overall impression of the hotel was great, but unremarkable. Service, staff etc we're awesome, but there was no real kicker, nothing "thrown in" or a bonus, eg massage, dining voucher etc. The restaurant waits were impossibly long so we never actually ate there. It is right on the waters edge and a very popular place to eat, but equally priced; very expensive.
The "beach" is a joke. Nice, aesthetic viewpoint, but wear reef shoes to swim, the bottom is covered in broken coral, large rocks or broken reef that jut up to kick your toes on, and also slimy grass/weed that the turtles feed on. The water has no visibility, your lucky to see about 20cm(8") underwater. The 15m strip of sand was heavily populated with sun bakers, and the sand itself very hard. Someone told us the sand is actually imported from right here at Stockton Beach in Newcastle, and that not too far under the sand, are rocks and concrete to stabilise the shoreline during bad weather. Wouldn't surprise me, it was hard underfoot. So pool it was, but it is simply not designed to cope with the number of rooms and guests. It is larger than most other Waikiki hotel pools that we could see though. Especially Trump Tower, whose pool looked small and was always packed with Japanese guests.
So overall, location is good. It is on the western fringe of the main strip, so there are some, more "reasonable"(waikiki standard) priced shopping and eating in the vicinity. It's on a transport hub, so buses, cabs, day trips are easily caught.
Price: I begrudgingly booked it to have that "Waikiki Beach Experience. Was it worth it? No. Our Illikai Condo was 3x the size, had a kitchen(big fridge), washer/drier, and lounge room. We didn't really cook there, but being able to make your own breakfast saves probably US$40 a day and a stack of time. And due to US portion sizes, were able to store and reheat our restaurant left overs. We never like to pay over AUD$150/night for our accoms, anywhere. Outrigger was US$380. Illikai Condo was US$120. The two just don't compare. We didn't like the Waikiki Experience where everyone seemed out to rip the tourist. The shopping was great, but expensive. BUT, Every shop in Waikiki, was also at the Ala Moana Shopping Centre, plus the bigger chain stores, only a lot less walking to find them, and a food court with 20 or so reasonably priced fast food eating options (no tipping required), not overpriced restaurants and bars with massive line-ups. It's Pretty ordinary when you have to leave your phone number, so they can "ring you in 90mins" when your table is ready. Who puts up with that? That is not carefree holiday dining. It just stresses you when it's time to eat. Ala Moana is a 5min walk from Illikai/Hilton Village area.
If I did have to come back to Waikiki, it would be an easy choice to return to the Illikai. There is just no value-for-money at any of the " Waikiki Beach front" Motels. And Trump Tower, at over $600 a night, is not even on the Beach. Wow. Stay away from over priced Waikiki, and go stay on Maui, at Lahaina.
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- Outrigger Reef On The Beach Hotel
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