We have just completed a magnificant 8-day adventure on the island of Hawaii, where we resided at the Outriggers Waikiki on the Beach hotel. Although this chain of hotels is not very well known outside of the mainland, the accommodations were superb and the service was prompt, friendly and professional.
We had reviewed other comments on this hotel prior to departing for our honeymoon/vacation, so our expectations were very high. There was no disappointment. The hotel recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation and it was clear that every step had been taken to make this one of the best hotels in the area.
Upon our arrival, we were given an immediate upgrade from the partial ocean view room we had reserved to a full ocean view, which was incredible; along with a complimentary bottle of champagne.
This hotel was designed to accommodate almost every taste; restaurants ranged from the luxurious to the most casual. Our first meal was at the Hula Grill, which was wonderful. We ate a buffet breakfast each morning at Duke's Canoe Club (excellent) and often took advantage of the adjacent restaurants along the strip for lunch and dinner.
Since we were celebrating our marriage, as well as my 50th birthday, my husband and I set out to see as much of Oahu as we could. The staff of the activities desk arranged some great adventures; i.e., submarine dives, deep sea fishing, dinner cruises, luau. It was all fantastic!! I must add, the trips were a little expensive, but well worth it. The highlight of our trip was when my husband landed a 50 lb Baracuda on our deep sea fishing adventure.
One note, our vacation package included the use of a rental car. This hotel is located on millionaires row, an area where a car is really not needed; almost every type of high-end entertainment, shopping, restaurant is located within walking distance. There is also a trolley car that travels the entire route of the entertainment district, which includes the mall. The rate for parking at the hotel was $15.00 per day and there is no public parking available. So if you don't want an unnecessary, added expense, don't bother to rent a car.
Finally, if you're planning to travel to Hawaii during the summer, DO NOT USE A BUDDY PASS! This was the only nightmare of our trip. You can get onto the island, but you can't get off!! We tried to utilize our pass for 4 days with no success; there were people stuck in the airport who had been there for more than 6 days. We ended up paying more for 2 tickets from Honolulu to Los Angeles than we had paid for the entire vacation. (What a bummer!!)
Otherwise, this was the kind of trip that dreams are made of.
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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