Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu

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Pros

Cons

  • Few available pool chairs after 7 a.m.
  • Late night noise in lower-floor rooms
  • Fee for parking

Bottom Line

It's location over luxury at the 524-room Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach -- it's in the heart of the action on one of Waikiki's best beaches. The hotel's 2012 renovations brought somewhat more elegant decor to rooms, as well as up-to-date amenities -- including flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi -- and better soundproofing. The oceanfront guest rooms also feature clear glass lanai railings for unobstructed views of the ocean. While the nearby Sheraton Waikiki's features are a notch above Outrigger, there's something for everyone here, from daily kids' activities to tons of amenities for adults, including surfing and ukelele lessons, a full-service spa, and a fitness center. All in all, it's a decent pick for location if you don't mind the crowds.

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 Scene

This 524-room hotel in the most popular part of Waikiki is constantly buzzing.

Lobby, on the 2nd floor
Lobby, on the 2nd floor

Located on one of the best stretches of sand on Waikiki Beach, the main draw to this Outrigger outpost is its location -- in the heart of the action, between two of the most historic, most luxurious resorts in Oahu, the Moana Surfrider and the Royal Hawaiian.

But its popular location has a downside -- it's incredibly crowded, and often noisy. Outrigger's lobby is located on the 2nd floor, so guests enter at street level through what's essentially a shopping mall and head up an escalator. Duke's Canoe Club, a veritable tourist trap and one of the most popular restaurants in Waikiki, is located on the ground floor and its nightly music can rattle the windows on some of the lower-floor rooms. However, the hotel's 2012 renovations included a much-need soundproofing to all rooms, which has made noise less of an issue in most floors. Queen's Beach, just out front, is easily the most crowded beach in all of Oahu.

 Location

On the beach, in the heart of Waikiki

With a front door on Kalakaua Avenue and a back door on the sand, the hotel is in the heart of Waikiki. Two of Waikiki's most luxuious hotels -- the Moana Surfrider and the Royal Hawaiian -- are next door, and the International Market Place, where vendors hawk endless carts full of puka-shell necklaces and Obama bobbleheads, is across the street.

Kalakaua Avenue is a touristy, milelong stretch of shops, restaurants, and high-rise hotels that runs along Waikiki Beach on Oahu's southeast coast. It offers a curious blend of mainland creature comforts and local flavor. On the sidewalks, Japanese tourists intermingle with tanned locals, surfboards under their arms, on their way to the beach to catch a few waves after work. On both sides of the street, high-end retailers -- Tiffany, Cartier, and yes, even an Apple store -- are interspersed with indoor malls and streetside vendors hawking cheap seashell jewelry and T-shirts. Seemingly every midmarket chain restaurant can be found here -- Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, Tony Roma's -- along with more than a handful of Starbucks and fast-food joints. And towering above it all: 40-story, thousand-room hotels like the Hyatt Regency and Princess Kaiulani dotting the landscape like pins in a cushion.

  • Wide variety of shopping, dining, and drinking -- all within walking distance
  • Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and International Market Place are just down the block.
  • Honolulu Zoo is a 10-minute walk.
  • Kapiolani Park, an oasis of (relative) calm for people-watching and local flavor, is also within 10 minutes walking distance
  • Cheap and easy to get around Waikiki via "The Bus"
  • Honolulu International Airport is a 15- to 20-minute cab ride.
  • Parking is charged by the day, with in and out privileges, but a rental car isn't essential on this part of the island.

 Beach

Center of one of the most famous, and most crowded, beaches in the world

Beach outside the Outrigger Waikiki
Beach outside the Outrigger Waikiki

Outrigger Waikiki is on what's arguably the nicest stretch of Waikiki Beach. Loosely speaking, the entire 1.5-mile stretch of sand alongside Kalakaua Avenue is known as Waikiki Beach. In reality, it's more like three separate beaches, the borders of which vary depending on whom you ask. Outrigger Waikiki is located on the section called Queen's Beach, which is the part you see on postcards of Waikiki: manicured, palm tree-dotted lawns leading to a sunny white-sand beach. Children splash about in the shallow water near the shore, while surfers and standup paddle-boarders (the rad new thing to do) patrol the outer waters.

To summarize Queen's Beach in one word: packed. Packed with energy, packed with activity, packed -- most significantly -- with people. Towels carpet the sand like blankets at a sold-out concert. Families with small children, honeymooning couples, even locals taking lunch breaks -- they all merge here, sunning, swimming, and sandcastle-building, all the while doing their best not to kick sand in each other's faces.

  • Private stone section of patio just at the sand’s edge, with chairs crammed together (some guests claim they have to get there as early as 6 a.m. to claim a chair) -- no private section of sand as found at hotels like the Moana Surfrider and Royal Hawaiian
  • Free towels and chairs at the pool desk on a first-come-first-served basis -- but return the towels, though, lest you're charged
  • No umbrellas; you'll have to rent them from U.V. Rays Beach Services Center on the beach -- but get there early, they might run out as early as 11 a.m.
  • Warm, shallow water -- a great place for kids to swim -- though Kuhio Beach tends to have calmer waves
  • Sandy, not rocky, ocean bottom -- unlike neighboring Fort DeRussy Beach to the west and Kuhio (aka "the wall") to the east
  • Lifeguards monitor the beach throughout the day.

 Rooms

Ocean views, but late night noise in lower-floor rooms

Standard Room
Standard Room

In addition to soundproofing, all guest rooms were remodeled and updated in 2012, with even balconies getting a facelift. All rooms received new furniture, wallpaper, linens, and carpets, providing a much needed refreshing. Dated, low-quality bedspreads were replaced by elegant deep-red comforters with a tropical design and matching bolsters, which along with the traditional wood furnishings and a few decor touches helped keep the Hawaiian look of the rooms. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combos (in some cases, half-size tubs) and generic granite countertops, but most have attractive wooden cabinets and locally made toiletries, as well as huge mirrors with bamboo-shaped metal frames.

  • All guest rooms are larger than average -- about 360 square feet -- and have either a king or 2 full-size beds, plus an additional pull-out sleeper sofa in some rooms; one-bedroom suites also available.
  • Balcony angled for an ocean view in every room -- a significant advantage over the standard rooms in most other Waikiki hotels
  • Oceanfront guest rooms feature clear glass railings for unobstructed views of the ocean
  • Flat-screen TVs with basic cable channels, movies on demand, and Nintendo games available on request
  • Safe large enough to fit a laptop
  • Bathrooms have granite countertops and a standard shower/tub combo
  • Empty mini-fridge and coffee pot with a few packets of coffee in every room
  • Bath products made locally with papaya and pineapple fruit extract (the hotel's own brand)
  • Fre Wi-Fi
  • Request a room on the 14th floor or above -- less noise; faster, express elevator to your room
  • Accessible rooms with special features available on request and subject to availability

 Features

All the features of a mega resort -- pool, gym, spa, theatre -- but on a smaller scale; expect crowds

Crowds at the pool
Crowds at the pool
  • The pool and Jacuzzi were renovated in 2012. They are now larger, which makes accomodating so many guests easier; however, you'll still have to arrive early if you want to snag a lounge chair.
  • Quality 24-hour fitness center on the 17th floor -- great views of the ocean; extensive cardio and weight-training equipment; a big flat-screen on the wall (no personal TV monitors); limited room for stretching
  • Waikiki Plantation Spa offers a full range of services from massages and facials to body wraps, waxing, manicures, and pedicures.
  • Since 1969, Society of Seven has been performing a comedy and variety show in the Outrigger's theatre.
  • Free Wi-Fi in the lobby and in all guest rooms
  • Fee for use of the business center

 Family

Daily activities and a great location, but there's no shallow end of the pool

Ukulele lessons
Ukulele lessons

Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach draws lots of families with its beachfront location, lively atmosphere, large rooms, and family activities throughout the day -- from lei-making to ukulele and hula-dancing lessons. But its pool doesn't quite compare to the enormous pool and waterslide at the Sheraton Waikiki.

  • Most rooms sleep four -- either a king and a pull-out sofa or two full-size beds; one- and two-bedroom suites and adjoining rooms are also available.
  • Free cribs; rollaways charged per person, per night.
  • Kid-friendly menu options at Duke's and at the on-site deli

 Cleanliness

Well-maintained guest rooms and grounds

Save a little mildew in the shower, the rooms are very well cleaned, as is the rest of the property.

 Food

Steak and seafood aplenty; plus cheap eats and ample to eat within walking distance

Duke's, a Waikiki institution
Duke's, a Waikiki institution

Outrigger Waikiki's on-site restaurants are all either on or overlooking the beach, and they span a wide price range, from cheap sandwiches to $40 steaks. Plus, the hotel's central location means that there's plenty of other places to dine within walking distance.

  • Nightly live music and good (but not great) steak and seafood can be found at Duke's Canoe Club, located right on the beach. It's open breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but allow time to wait -- there's always a line.
  • Hula Grill has an incredible view, delicious, reasonably priced breakfasts and well-regarded steak and seafood dinner entrees
  • Like Hula Grill, Chuck's Steakhouse serves pricey chops and seafood
  • An on-site deli serves affordable sandwiches, salads, and smoothies.
  • Seattle's Best Coffee, a Starbucks-like franchise, is also on-site.

 Bottom Line

It's location over luxury at the 524-room Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach -- it's in the heart of the action on one of Waikiki's best beaches. The hotel's 2012 renovations brought somewhat more elegant decor to rooms, as well as up-to-date amenities -- including flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi -- and better soundproofing. The oceanfront guest rooms also feature clear glass lanai railings for unobstructed views of the ocean. While the nearby Sheraton Waikiki's features are a notch above Outrigger, there's something for everyone here, from daily kids' activities to tons of amenities for adults, including surfing and ukelele lessons, a full-service spa, and a fitness center. All in all, it's a decent pick for location if you don't mind the crowds.

Things You Should Know About Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach

Address

  • 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Hotel is Also (or Was Formerly) Known As

  • Honolulu Outrigger
  • Outrigger Honolulu
  • Outrigger Hotel Honolulu
  • Outrigger Waikiki
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach

Room Types

  • City View Room
  • Deluxe Oceanfront Room
  • Oceanfront Room
  • Ocean View Room
  • One Bedroom Deluxe Oceanfront Suite
  • One Bedroom Oceanfront Suite
  • Partial Ocean View Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 524
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Waikiki, Honolulu
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
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