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.
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort Hawaii/Honolulu
- Outrigger Honolulu
- Honolulu Outrigger