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“7 days of fun” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Ranked #13 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Wauwatosa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“7 days of fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2005

We arrived on Tuesday 04-19 at 1pm at the hotel. we automatically got an upgrade to a partial ocean view, not bad. the rooms are clean and updated, i thought the maids did a great job as well as the rest of the staff.

Some of our friends arrived on Wed and we hung out at the pool and at Duke's. Great time by the hotel with excellent beach access. The beach is very crowded, but you can venture in to the pool area and grab a ice-cold water or relax in the hot tub. Pool staff was a little slow, as was Dukes. Good food and drink though. Massages on the beach too, we opted for a massage 2 blocks away in King's Village shopping center at Pluma, it was okay.

Dinning on our trip. 1. Went to Tiki's, good food but slow service, moderate price, had portugese sausage and clam dish which i liked, but my stomach did not shortly after. 2. Cheeseburger in Paradise, good for a reasonable and quick bite to eat. 3. LuLu's overlooks the beach for a nice view of the ocean, had a great philly steak sandwich. 4. JR's China Buffett in the International Market Place, they are advertised in all the coupon mags, save your money and go to somewhere else. I like most asian foods and was excited to try more authentic dishes but was rather dissapointed by JR's and the other food vendors in the market. 5. Chart House by the bay. I liked it a lot, expensive, great service, known for steaks and seafood. 6. Royal Hawaiin Lua, they offer a Lua every Monday with a buffet, $90 per person for the show and food, 3 drinks included, here i got a more authentic taste of the food on the island, great tasting pig and salmon salsa dish. 7. Zippys for lunch, had the Surf Pac and chili-rice. I enjoyed it and it's a local favorite, ate Spam and did not even know it.

Adventures - 1. Defeintely go to Pearl Harbor, in and out in a little over 3 hours, you may wait for 1-2 hours before taking the boat to the Memorial, but the museum portion is great and very interesting, operated very smoothly.
2. Hike Diamond Head. Great views and a little rough if not in shape, bring water.
3. Haunama Bay. Great Snorkeling, saw 4-5 foot sea turtles right next to you and eels too. plan to spend 3 hours, peak time seems to be 9 - 1pm. Parking lot was full one time we went.
4 Catamaran Ride. spent $25 a person for all you can drink 1.5 hours boat ride. Every one on the boat was in great spirits, well narrated by the local crew. Dolphins swimming right next to us, boat can be shaky.
5. Royal Hawaiin Lua. Good time with our group of 10 people, food was well prepared, dancers i liked and fire thrower. the DJ of the lua had the worst jokes.
6. Cruising the island by car. went along the east coast one day and saw some great short board surfers with big waves. north shore offers more relaxed beaches, went to Sandy beach and sharks cove for snorkeling (very rocky and high tide but fun). stop for a shaved ice with ice cream at the bottom for a treat.
7. Walking the srip at night. Some interesting sights on the streets at night, thats all i'll say. Parents, make sure your kids stay together at night, travel in groups.

The highlight of our trip was our friends wedding at the Mandarin Resort on Friday night. The most beautiful setting, quiet and reserved from the hustle of Waikiki. Dolphins and sea turtles in their pools. Our friends said they were treated like royalty at the hotel, but paid the price too.

All in all a great time for a group of 12 cheeseheads in their late 20's. Definetly plenty to do. If i ever go back i want to travel to the other islands but Waikiki is highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2005

We went on our honeymoon on 4/16-4/22 and stayed at Outrigger Waikiki. The first day we got there we got a city view room. It was the smallest room I have ever seen. The bathroom was right next to the bed. Then I complianed to the manager and she called me that night saying we would get a partial ocean view room upgrade the next day.

Dont book a city view room. Book a partial ocean view or higher. After we moved we had an excellent time. The beach is just few steps away from the hotel. Very nice beach with waves. There is a beach about ten minutes by the city bus called Ala Moana beach its very very nice with no waves and crystal blue water.

Over all we had a great time at the hotel. The dukes bar is very busy and crowded all time especially on Fridays and Saturdays. The pool is nice except its a bit on the deep side. The prices at hotel restaurants are high and food is not all that great either. The breakfast buffet at the Dukes is just average nothing too exciting. We ate breakfast mostly at the Hula Grill because u can just order what u like. The bar at the sheraton next door is really nice not very crowded and u can sit down and enjoy. The view from the bar is also breath taking!

I would recommened this hotel to anyone but would advise to prebook at least a partial ocean view room cause its worth it!

  • Stayed April 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2005

I just returned from my honeymoon April 18th-23rd. This was my first trip to Honolulu. We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by the employees. It took about five minutes to get checked in and go to the room which was an ocean view thanks to the 2 room upgrade. I did not ask for the upgrade it was just given to us. I asked the front desk and thay said they will always give upgrades if rooms are available. The room was on the 11th floor. It had a king size bed, a couch and table with chairs. The rooms look just like they do on the outrigger website. The hotel is beutiful. Dukes canoe club is on the beach and has wonderful food at very reasonable prices. There is also the hula grill restaurant which serves fresh seafood and chucks steakhouse. The beach is very nice but crouded. I did not find the beach to be dirty or rocky at all. Across the street from the hotel is the International market place, and I mean directly across the street. This is a great place to shop but make sure you go to the Aloha stadium swap meet first, the prices are better. It is open from 8AM to 3PM Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. The main street in front of the hotel is Kalakaua Blvd. It runs for several miles along the water and is lined with shops, hotels, bars, and restaurants. The Cheesecake factory is 1/2 block from the Outrigger. There are many things to do such as parasailing and snorkeling and taking a 1/2 day trip to drive around the island. If you have the time I suggest that you buy the entertainment book for Honolulu. This will save you alot of money on tours, Luau's, dining, and many other things. The book will give you 50% on tours and buy 1 get 1 free. The catamaran at the Outrigger reef is very fun but do it in the morning because the water is not as rough unless you want to get completely soaked. Please email me with any questions or if you would like some of my photos sent to you. PS you don't have to worry about your safety the city has alot of police officers in the tourist areas.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2005

The drive down the main drag may feel abit like Las Vegas in the making but once you step into the Outrigger on the Beach you will be in paradise. We were upgraded immediately to fulfill our request for a bathtub. Tip: rooms w/2 dbl beds have shower stalls, rooms w/king's have full baths. So if you're travelling with a friend keep in mind that you'll be sharing a king-sized bed to get the tub. There is a tad less privacy w/the bathroom design as the door is louvered not solid and the toilet/shower areas have sliding doors. Good news - the beds are really, really comfortable. The rooms are very nice as was our mini view of the ocean. The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Everywhere you go from check-in, maid service, parking, concierge, restaurants...every single person was genuinely happy and helpful. Breakfast at the Hula grill was delicious and affordable. I dined alone in the morning and was seated at a lovely table and had excellent service. We didn't spend time at the pool but it looked great. The beach is perfect. Get up early and reserve your umbrella and beach chairs - they will set them up in the sand and they're yours for the day for a small fee. Behind the pool area are washers/dryers and a few steps more you'll find a very reasonable healthy food stand...fresh fruit, sandwiches when you don't want to take the time/money for a restaurant meal. There are catamaran's right out in front but we highly recommend you stroll up the beach to the Outrigger Reef and book yourself onto the catamaran that has "Outrigger" painted on the side. High speed sailing (1 1/2 hrs.) and snorkel/sail tours are not to be missed. Go to the Outrigger website and you can print yourself a 2 for 1 coupon - unbelievable deal. Duke's is definitely poplular and it's a hotspot for afternoon/evening partying. If you're feeling adventurous and have a car a trip to the North Shore is worth the hour drive. Turtle Bay resort actually has a public beach access so you too can enjoy their exquisite setting. Sunset Beach is a great place to watch surfing and Shark's Cove provided wonderful snorkeling. Honolulu is quite congested and there is alot of construction going on near some of the beachfront hotels. We were not bothered by any construction noise. When you leave the beach and the hotel you do find yourself on a very busy street w/lots of shoppers and traffic. Be brave - fight the traffic and find your way to Leonard's Bakery for malasadas. We can't wait to return to the Outrigger!

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leawood, Ks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2005

Took family with two middle school kids in an ocean view room and had a fantastic vacation. The room was big enough and noise wasn't an issue. Location was super and during our 6 days there were two major parades and festivals right in front of the hotel. The stories about upgrades are true. At check in just ask for an upgrade. The hotel happened to be full when we checked in but, they really did go through the system looking to see if they could upgrade us, they weren't just blowing us off when they didn't. The beach is wonderful. Swimming with the view of diamond head is unbelievable and you can walk out very far into the ocean but it can be very rough on the feet. It is worth every penny to walk out the hotel onto the beach without even crossing the street. Surfing lessons are fun and you will get up on a wave and oddly enough, your arms will feel it the next day. A massage outside by the pool deck will solve that. Go to Hanuma Bay for snorkeling either very early or after lunch when the first wave has left. If you can't park in the parking lots, come back later, but do come back. And my wife agrees about the lava flow. She LOVED that drink. The only negative was the elevators were frequently full. When we go back it's certain we'll return to this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2004
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2005

We stayed at the Outrigger Waikiki the first week of April. I had booked an ocean front room, and was upgraded to a deluxe oceanfront room upon arrival. I mentioned it was our wedding anniversary and they sent up a nice bottle of wine.

The hotel was lovely, the service great, and the location is the best on the beach. It's a fun place. We've stayed at Halekulani before, and its about as un-fun as a place can get.

A few tips:

- Ask for a room on the 14th, 15th or 16th (penthouse) floors. There's an express elevator that goes straight to 14, so you're not waiting forever and stopping at every other floor.

- The oceanview and some oceanfront rooms are angled on the side of the building and all look out at the neighboring towers. Great if you're a voyeur or an exhibitionist, but you want ocean front, where you're looking at the ocean and nothing else. There are only a handful of these rooms on each floor.

- The deluxe oceanfront room was was smaller than the room I had booked. One of the reasons I liked the Outrigger was its larger rooms (it was built in the 60s, but has recently been redone and feels new and fresh.) The oceanfront room I had booked was in fact spacious -- with a king bed and a sitting area large enough for a couch. However, these rooms look out onto the neighboring towers (as well as the ocean). The deluxe oceanfront room is slightly smaller to begin with, and has a spa tub in the bathroom that eats up a lot of space. Sounds nice to have, but we never used it once. I'd rather have the space, but that room configuration with the straight-on ocean view only does not exist.

- I didn't experience the thin wall problem so many others talked about. Didn't hear much from the neighbors.

- This is a great hotel. Enjoy. Be careful battling the mastadons at the omlette station at Duke's breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2005

Just returned from a week in Oahu. We stayed at the Outrigger (Waikiki Beach) for a couple days and then headed up to the North Shore where we stayed for a few more days at the Turtle Bay.

The Outrigger is very nice; it's clean, comfortable, and the services was impeccable. I dont remember ever encountering such nice staff members. We were on our honeymoon and had no problem upgrading to an oceanview room for free. The front desk person, Lei, was very friendly and accomodating. The location is obviously amazing, and the restaurants were great. We ate at Duke s and the Hula Grill, and enjoyed both experiences.

The only problem with this hotel is that the walls are very very thin. I had read others complain and kind of brushed it off. Let's face it, people can be picky. Now, I understand their concerns, as I was awoken by my neighbors, who mind you, were not yelling, just talking. I heard every word of their conversation, and can even tell you that their names were Tom and Shelly. That's how thin the walls are. In the morning, when someone would flush their toilet, I would be awoken by the water flowing down the pipes. Again, thin walls are to blame.

But, because of the staff friendlyness, location and food, I cannot give this hotel anything less than four stars. Despite the walls, it is still a very good choice. You just have to hope your neighbors are very very quiet.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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15 Thank naven
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Property: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
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
#8 Luxury Hotel in Honolulu
#9 Family Hotel in Honolulu
#15 Business Hotel in Honolulu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 525
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