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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Ranked #15 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 2, 2014

We first stayed here with the kids in 1993 and had adjoining rooms at the rear of the hotel with a glimpse of the water. We all had a ball and were sorry to have to leave. We swore then that the two of us would come back one day and stay in a beachfront room. In 2008, we returned and were upsold from a beachfront room to a Diamond Head Suite. These are the corner rooms with two lanais - one facing the beach with sweeping views of the water from the Sheraton down to (obviously) Diamond Head and the other facing along the beach to Diamond Head. The first is in full sun in the afternoon so it's handy to have the other for the shade. The front one has a table and 2 chairs and the second has a smaller table and a lounge chair. There is a main bedroom with king bed and ensuite and a door which leads onto the 2nd lanai. A separate lounge room has a sofa which pulls out to a double bed. There is also an armchair, a coffee table and a larger table and two chairs which could be used as a dining table. There are TVs in both rooms. A 2nd bathroom completes the mix.
In 2008, we were in room 1423. I think this is the top floor and, whilst it was a great room, we felt a little remote from the action below. On our first visit this year, we stayed in 523 and, on this level, you really feel like part of the scene below. i think that any of floors 5 to 8 would be the best - as long as there's a 23 at the end of it. For our current stay, we had earlier asked for 523 again and I'm sitting on the front lanai there now. It's overcast but still hot.
There's a lot more sand out the front of the hotel than there was in 2008 so the beach is nowhere near as crowded as it used to be, particularly when the tide came in. The water is as blue and warm as ever and there's a huge crowd of ripple riders out on boards - 10 to each wave (no drop-in rules at Waikiki).
As other reviewers have mentioned, the hotel's location is fantastic. it's in the centre of everything, including the shopping precinct and, with the exception of Chef Mavro, Alan Wong's, Michels and Hau Tree Lanai, all of the good restaurants are a few minutes walk away. Speaking of restaurants, the famous Dukes is on the Ground Floor of the hotel and seems to be constantly busy from breakfast until late. However, we time our visits to ensure that we are here for at least one Sunday for early dinner at Hula Grill. At just after 4pm on a Sunday, Henry Kapono and his group play out on the terrace at Dukes. Dukes is a complete bunfight at the best of times but, on Sunday, half of Waikiki seems to turn up for the music and the people watching is second to none. A table on the rail at Hula Grill directly above Dukes is the place to be (see separate review).
The staff at the hotel are universally friendly and helpful, especially the valet parking guys and the beach activities team. This is a great hotel and we'll be in a room ending in 23 again during our next trip to Hawaii.
Final note. Waikiki seems to have become very popular with Aussies and there are lots at this hotel.

Room Tip: Floors 5 and higher are the best with higher floors a little quieter. Go for oceanfront as a minimum...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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OutriggerWaikiki, Manager at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2014

Aloha gwegwy. Thank you so much for being a loyal return guest of the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. It takes a familiar visitor to recognize the changes in Waikiki beach since 2008. Your comment about how there is a lot more sand out in front of the hotel is very accurate. In 2012, 1,730 feet of Waikiki shoreline was returned to its lush vintage 1985 condition following a four-month long offshore sand-pumping project. Thus, the beach appears less crowded with much more space for sunbathing and relaxing. In recent years, Waikiki has been very fortunate to welcome an increasing amount of visitors from Australia. This is likely due to the family-friendly beach resort atmosphere, world-class retail shopping options and welcoming Aloha spirit of the people who call Hawai`i home. We are looking forward to seeing you again when you return for another memorable stay in our Diamond Head 1-Bedroom Oceanfront Suite. Mahalo Nui Loa.

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Reviewed June 2, 2014

We only stayed here for 1 night as we transitioned back from Waikiki for our flight home. Because of this, I think we were given one of their worst rooms (807) - was very small, with the tiniest bathroom (only space for 1 person to stand) and although in was a non-smoking room, it smelt of musty smoke. The decoration was also very old fashioned. The view from the room was great (you could see the beach and sea through the buildings) and as we were on the 8th floor it was quiet.

Spent the afternoon at the pool, which was small and very busy - the beach was much nicer (the obnly trouble was it was $50 for 2 sunloungers). However, in terms of location it's right in the heart of Waikiki which is why we picked it. However, I wouldn't stay here again.

Room Tip: High floor so quieter
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank Danni P
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OutriggerWaikiki, Manager at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2014

Aloha Danni P. Thank you for staying at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach during your short return to Waikiki. Please be assured that there are no better or worse rooms in each category of our hotel. While our 524 rooms may be configured differently and have varying views due to location in the building, each unit is preferred by some guests and liked less by others. Our friendly staff at the Front Desk is committed to assist guests in finding a room most suited to their individual preferences. If your future travels bring you back for another visit, please do not hesitate to let us know if you are less than satisfied with the room you are assigned. Mahalo Nui Loa.

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Reviewed June 1, 2014

Stayed 2 nights at this fabulous hotel, 24th & 25th May. Had part ocean view which was nice. Room pleasant with nice decoration but only double bed. Concierge ver helpfull as was reception. Great location right above Dukes!! Paid very reasonable prive for location.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Dianne B
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OutriggerWaikiki, Manager at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Aloha Dianne B. Thank you for spending two nights at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. We are glad you found our Concierge and Front Desk agents to be very helpful during your stay. Mahalo Nui Loa.

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Reviewed June 1, 2014

Wonderful hotel: the service is impeccable: they meet us curb side and took our luggage and we took the escalator to the next floor and checked in. Everyone is very nice. Excellent customer service from the front desk to the bellman to housekeeping. We were to get a king room and housekeeping came and put the two beds together. The bed and all the pillows are extremely comfortable. The room was cleaned daily at a reasonable time. The room had a partial ocean view and really is a view of the building beside the hotel. If view is important: direct oceanfront would be the only way to go. The room had refrig, hair dryer and safe. I would avoid the restaurants on site: they are expensive and not worth it. Also book your tours once you arrive: Arizona Memorial/USS Missouri and rent a car and go up to North Shore and if you like snorkeling don't miss Hanauma Bay: best snorkeling. This hotel is worth every cost from the service, location and view it is the best place to stay in Oahu.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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OutriggerWaikiki, Manager at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Aloha ontheroadagain33. Thank you for choosing the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. It is such a compliment to be named the best place to stay in Oahu. Nothing makes us happier than to know that our guests are satisfied with just about every aspect of their stay with us from our service to our rooms to our location. Mahalo Nui Loa.

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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Nice hotel in a fantastic location. The rooms are really comfortable – beds are soft and comfy with plenty of pillows, balcony is on the small size but ok for 2 people, bathroom clean and tidy.
Staff were really friendly. Our city view room on the 10th floor still had a great view between buildings of the beach. We asked for early check in but had to wait until about 12:30 until rooms were ready. The pool is small and shallow so we spent most time sitting around the pool area to take advantage of the bar service, then swimming in the ocean. There were always plenty of sun beds for our group of 6. The lift system is a bit odd but you soon get used to it.

Room Tip: We had a 10th floor city view on the Diamond head side - room 1011 - still had view of beach between...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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OutriggerWaikiki, Manager at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Aloha aussieshorty. Thank you for staying at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach with your friends. Being located right on the beach, all of the rooms in our hotel allow guests at least a glimpse of the spectacular blue ocean from private balconies. It sounds like you had a wonderful vacation relaxing at our poolside and on the beach. We hope you will come back again. Mahalo Nui Loa.

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Reviewed May 31, 2014

From the moment I emailed to discuss reservations and special needs, they were fantastic. The girls on the desk, activities, they all went out of their way to assist and help in any way they possibly could.
The rooms were impeccable, the view magnificent. If you go, you must stay here.

Room Tip: Choose one facing the beach - beautiful sunrises and sunsets and views of the crater as well, just...
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OutriggerWaikiki, Manager at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Aloha ekbg2002. Thank you for spending your Hawaiian holiday at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. We are very happy to read your feedback about our Reservations, Front Desk and Concierge departments. All of our employees are eager in assist in all aspects of your stay with us from the time of booking until your moment of departure. Mahalo Nui Loa. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Wonderful time at the Outrigger. This is our fifth return visit. You will enjoy the location, beach and hospitality at this hotel. The on site dining and close options offer every food style you'll want. Shopping, activities or just relaxing poolside. You want value then come to the Outrigger Waikiki.

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OutriggerWaikiki, Manager at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2014

Aloha Happy2travel. Thank you for choosing the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach for the fifth time. We strive to provide the best in value and service at all times and we are truly honored to have you as our return guest. Mahalo Nui Loa and A Hui Hou (until we meet again).

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Address: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2941
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Honolulu
#8 Romantic Hotel in Honolulu
#9 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#9 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#15 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range: $278 - $498 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 525
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