I have been to Waikiki over 10 times now but this was my first experience at the Outrigger Reef. I have stayed at condos and hotels all over Waikiki and this is definitely one of the better properties I have stayed at.
The hotel is tucked in at one end of Waikiki near Fort Derussy so it is a bit less hectic than the ones closer to Waikiki beach and the middle of Kalakaua. To one side is the Waikiki Shore that I have stayed at before and the other side is the 5 star Halekulani. The Outrigger has been here for a long time and underwent a renovation a number of years ago. The renovations have been well maintained as I found the property and the rooms to be very good.
Upon arrival you walk down past some shops and the pool side bar to reception. Everyone is very eager to help and the reception attendant eagerly engaged me before I even got close. Check in was quick and I was up to my room shortly afterwards. I had a partial ocean view room on the 9th floor that was closer to the street side than the ocean side but since the Waikiki Shore isn't very deep I saw past it and the ocean was right there off my balcony. My view was of the ocean, Fort Derussy and if I looked north the mountains and the Trump property.
My room had two double beds and was a good size. I have been in much smaller than this so it was a pleasant surprise. There was a built in safe and the wifi was free which is greatly appreciated. I do not like hotels that make you pay exorbitant fees for wifi. As I said before, the room was clean and well maintained. Everything was in good operating order. The only thing I would say is that the TV programming was still standard definition and the picture quality needs improvement but this is a small quibble given you come to Hawaii to be outside.
The bathroom was also spacious. Hot water was very quick to the tap. The shower had the curved shower rod as I always like and there is a light in the shower/tub area which I appreciate. The only small downside was the shower head. It didn't provide as much volume of water as I would like but I'm not sure if it was the pressure or the head. I think the shower head since the sink tap was quite powerful.
The thing I wish was a bit better was the noise isolation in the rooms. You can definitely hear water noise (toilets flushing and water flowing from showers) although it isn't extreme. I would just prefer better noise isolation.
We spent time at the pool as well. The only downside here is that the Halekulani is quite high so it takes until almost noon for the sun to directly hit the poolside area. Getting a towel is easy and the attendants are efficient. There are a lot of lounge chairs but it can get busy during the prime time.
I tried both the Ocean House and Shorebird for breakfast. Ocean House is not cheap but the selection of breakfast items and the quality of the food and service is top notch. The Shorebird on the other hand was average at best. It is much cheaper for a buffet style breakfast but I found the selection to be so limited and the quality of the food to be so average that I am willing to pay a lot more to go to Ocean House.
There is an attached Starbucks as well right at the entrance which is very handy for those of us who like Starbucks.
Checkout was as checkin, excellent reception staff who engage immediately and are friendly and efficient. Well trained people here.
Overall I would stay here again although it isn't the cheapest place to be but a hotel on the beach never is.
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Reef On The Beach Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Reef Beach
- Outrigger Honolulu
- Honolulu Outrigger
- Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort Hawaii/Honolulu