Firstly let me say I love Hawaii and in particular, the Waikiki Beach area. There are so many great hotels to choose from. I have been visiting Hawaii on a regular basis since 1960. Perhaps more than any other hotel, the Outrigger Waikiki keeps calling me back. I have stayed at this hotel probably in excess of 20 times. On a recent business trip I again returned to this, one of my favourite hotels.
The Outrigger Waikiki has not changed a lot in all these years and is perhaps one of the most popular hotels on the beachfront. Compared to its neighbours, it is relatively inexpensive, with outstanding views to Diamond Head. The city view rooms are less expensive but why go to Waikiki and not take advantage of the beachfront view. The view from the balcony made one understand why a beachfront hotel is a must, forget the slight additional cost.
The décor was still very much in a time warp of “Hawaii Sixties” but this did not worry me at all, as I almost preferred it to the more generic modern hotels. Staff were very efficient and helpful. Our room was clean, spacious and with all the expected appointments including free wi-fi. The room was furnished with dark heavy wooden furniture, that I would like to see made lighter, for a more tropical feel. The hotel’s pool is right on the edge of the beach.
The location was perfect, right in the middle of the Waikiki shopping and restaurant area, great for an evening stroll. Buses at the door to Al a Moana Shopping Centre and also to the Outlet Centre. A favourite store, almost opposite, was Macys which was great for late night shopping .
The hotel boasted two very popular restaurants, the more casual Dukes and the Hula Grill, there was live music at each venue.
This four star hotel is very popular with Australians, who appreciate a good deal and great value.
Words and Photos: John Pond