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A midsize condo-hotel; five to ten minutes removed from the bustling heart of
Located in a suburban-like section of apartment complex that doubles as a hotel. All of its 213 suites and studios are individually owned, but for most of the year the units are leased out to guests by the Outrigger management company. But unlike other condo-hotels, Outrigger does an excellent job maintaining consistency across its units as well as just keeping the property looking good., Outrigger Luana Waikiki is essentially a generic-looking 16-floor
But you don't get much in terms of amenities or service. In the small lobby, the front desk is usually manned by one casually dressed clerk, if anyone at all. Guests make themselves similarly scarce -- the pool deck is often empty. Luana is a fine place to crash, but you'll probably do most of your eating, drinking, shopping, sunning, and surfing elsewhere.
Right on park to the .main drag, , but it's five to ten minutes by foot to the heart of the action. It's also inland a bit -- five to ten minutes across a
The location isn't ideal. In some sense, you get the worst of both worlds: You're a tad removed from both the Aloha gas station; across the street, a small . In front of the building, traffic whizzes by before slowing a few blocks later, when narrows and congests.and the best shopping and dining, yet you're still right on the busiest road in . The immediate area feels a lot like a suburban thoroughfare. Next door is an
Across the park -- albeit a big one -- from , the closest subsection 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 Luana Waikiki is located across the park -- effectively, three city blocks -- from thesection, which is far less crowded than its more famous neighbor to the southeast, Queen's Beach. The water is shallow, warm, and calm, making Fort DeRussy a decent place to swim, especially for kids.
Comfortable, but no-frills, apartment-style vacationing in studios and one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens. Standard rooms -- a studio minus the kitchenettes -- are also available.
Spacious and comfortable, the studios and suites at Luana -- most of which have full kitchens -- are well suited to families or small groups on long stays. All the units are individually owned, but Outrigger works hard to maintain consistency with respect to and amenities. To be sure, these guest rooms won't win any design awards -- though I did grow to love (or at least chuckle at) the hula-lady and surfer-dude lamps flanking my bed -- but for the price, you get a lot more here than you would at most other Waikiki hotels.
Like most condo-hotels, the in-room kitchens are a great way for families to save some cash. But this is largely a condo, not a resort, so there is no kids' club or organized activities.
Clean, overall, and well-kept since its 2005 renovation
Guest rooms are independently owned condo units, but Outrigger provides housekeeping services (not daily), and the property is well maintained. It would be an overstatement to say that the Luana still looks fresh, but it's certainly holding up well. Like most other hotel rooms in Waikiki, you might spot a on the floor, some bird droppings on the balcony, or some nicks and in the furniture.
On-site Protea Cafe offers a light and healthy fare
The on-site Protea Cafe -- open only for breakfast and lunch -- serves healthy fare and creative cocktails in an intimate setting. The contemporary menu includes thin-curst pizzas, grilled panini sandwiches, and specialty smoothies. Breakfast favorites include the Amazon Acai Bown and the the Hawaiian sweet bread French toast with warm raspberries. The restaurant also provides room service (service charge and gratiutity additional).
The hotel is about a five- to 10-minute walk from the heart of Waikiki -- where dining options abound -- but in the immediate vicinity of the hotel you can find some great affordable restaurants. For lunch or dinner, you can head to Cheeseburger Waikiki, a burger joint with quirky signage and waitresses who wear hula skirts. For breakfast, there's Eggs 'n Things -- it's a Waikiki institution, so expect to wait at least 30 to 45 minutes for a table no matter what time or day.
Of course, you can also use the kitchen in the or suites and save some cash by eating in. The ABC convenience store across the street sells some breakfast essentials and microwavable meals. The closest grocery store, Food Pantry, is about a half-mile away.
About a 10-minute walk from central Waikiki, but this Outrigger is still the best midrange condo-hotel in park from the , and studios and suites have full kitchens (no stovetops in standard rooms). Service is minimal, but features include a lovely little pool deck.-- clean, comfortable, across a