We stayed at the Outrigger Waikiki for 7 nights while on our honeymoon. I had read all the reviews for months in advance about different hotels including this one just because I wanted the trip to go well for our first experience to Hawaii.
We had a city view room but it still had a nice view of the ocean. The room is good enough, the bed was smaller than I had expected, but honestly we were only there late at night. You can hear your neighbors but it was no different than apartments I have lived in with shared walls. If you have extra wild neighbors they will keep you up. The only thing we really heard was a toilet flush every so often.
The bathroom is okay, that's where the fridge was for us, under the sink. The shower is tiny, not much fun for two, it's basically 1/3rd of a bath, if you can call it a bath. We had a couch in our room and a decent balcony facing the ocean. It was never crowded in the hotel and I was surprised that we didn't have to wait for check-in.
We never had to wait for the elevators for more than 30 seconds. The staff were very nice especially since we had to leave our luggage at the hotel since our flight out was very late. We didn't eat at the hotel. It's hawaii and we didn't want to eat where we were staying, we wanted to see more of Waikiki. Dukes is right there with a nice view and seemed very popular. We didn't play in the pool. Why travel across the world and play in the pool and not the ocean?
The best thing about the hotel was the location. Very easy access to the beach, ocean and shopping. The beach is crowded but there is always space to relax. The hotel is in the middle of the action and everything is close.
We really didn't spend a lot of food. It was actually a lot cheaper than I had planned at the start of the trip. If you want to spend a lot of money you can, if you want to save a little you can as well. There are lots of little shops and businesses and smaller restaurants that don't cost a fortune. Every single restaurant that I'm used to seeing here in my hometown is also with-in a few blocks of the hotel. Honestly we just grabbed bagels, yogurt and fruit in the morning as we headed out on a tour or to the beach. Plus you have ABC convenience stores about every 30 feet that have all the basics. We mainly ate at luau's or even a few homes of the hawaiin's who invited us to dinner one night which was fun!
We never rented a car the whole time and we were really glad. Waikiki is a busy place and we used buses to get to tours and travel the island. We had tours set up and the bus was included in the travel. We caught those just a block away behind the Hyatt hotel when we went to the North Shore, Polynesian Cultural Center, and Snorkling or to the Luau's. We took the city bus when we hiked Diamond Head. You can go anywhere on the bus for just $2 which is nice. I wouldn't recommend traveling to the North Shore this way, but if you just want to go a few miles or less in Waikiki then it's better than driving. Just get a bus map from the activities desk and it has all the routes listed and what buses to take.
We really got to enjoy a lot of activities. We toured the whole island from top to bottom and loved it. We just planned one fun thing a day and lined it up the day we got there and had our tickets for everything. We went on the tour, shows, or snorkling in the morning and then had the afternoons to lay out, shop or just relax. But do things quick or you will miss out and waste your time there.
The stuff we really enjoyed were Captain Bob's Snorkling and the luau's. They only take 40 people a day on a catamaran for Captain bob's and go to a sand bar where you can practice your skills or play volleyball in the ocean. Then you have a BBQ and set out to a reef. It was so much fun and my wife took some fish food and we were surrounded by tons of fish, it was impressive and a lot of fun. We also enjoyed Germaine's Luau. It was a good show and the food wasn't bad either. You should also play on another beach like the North Shore or another part of the island, if you don't leave Waikiki you will be missing out!
The weather was perfect. 82 for a high and 70 at night. I traveled home with shorts and sandals and arrived back to snow on the ground!
Sorry there aren't photos, we took a ton, but we're just married and life is hectic and photos are last on the list to get done right now.
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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