Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
(800) 688-7444 or (808) 923-0711
2335 Kalakaua Ave.
524 rooms, pool and spa, free 24-hour fitness center, room service, coffee makers with free daily coffee, 3 restaurants, lots of shops, 4 conference rooms, 24-hour business center, free hi-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access in rooms, free Wi-Fi in lobby and pool areas, free room safes, free local and mainland calls. A 16-story tower right on the beach. The location is fantastic, though the building design means only a small percentage of rooms are right over the beach. They’re near the center of action in Waikiki, and their restaurants—especially Duke’s Canoe Club—are winners. Renovations done in 2012 included a new pool, room designs and some other less noticeable details. One solid decision in the new design was adding soundproofing to the walls between rooms. (Wish other resorts would think of this.) In previous editions this resort was a Real Gem, and it’s unprecedented that we like a place less after a renovation, but there’s always a first time. The color scheme feels dated and dark. And other aspects seem out of place in modern Waikiki. We’re afraid they missed the mark this time.
On the up side, services are nice here—such as a sit-down check-in—and the staff is very good. The deluxe oceanfront categories have separate showers and double Jacuzzi bathtubs, but square footage is slightly smaller at 360 sq. ft. Connecting rooms are available. Some of the “ocean view” rooms get pretty marginal the farther back you go on the Diamond Head side. But overall, this is a resort with a good attitude and a great location. There are lots of beach activities and Hawaiian cultural programs available. Parking is $35 (valet-only). Rooms (330–421 sq. ft.) are $489–$829. Suites (555–685 sq. ft.) are $1,139–$1,419. Lots of packages reduce these prices.