Waikiki Beach is a vacationer’s paradise. Just saying those two words evokes images of golden sand, surfing, shopping to rival the Vegas Strip, restaurants, and multi-story hotels lining the beach. Where else can you surf in the morning, shop after lunch, party at Duke’s for Happy Hour and eat at an Iron Chef’s restaurant? Finding a place to call home isn’t a problem unless you consider choice to be a problem. For me, I love a Hawaiian classic, and that means the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. Close enough to the action that I can walk to it, but removed enough that I’m not overwhelmed by the crowds. For me, it is the perfect place to call home while in Waikiki.
Located at 2169 Kalia Road, the Outrigger Reef Waikiki is situated in the Northwest portion of Waikiki Beach. It is a one block walk to shops like Louis Vuitton and a mile from the Ala Moana Centre where you can fill up all the empty suitcases you brought with you.
From the Honolulu Airport, I would recommend taking the hotel shuttle as parking in Waikiki is at a premium. We have a car as we have some excursions planned, so it is Valet parking for us, there is no other choice by the way. The lobby is open to the elements and screams tropical paradise. Past the Starbucks and all the way towards the back of the lobby, you will find the registration area. We grab a seat and begin our check in.
With the business portion out of the way, we are straight up the elevator to the 10th floor. As I’m traveling with a friend, we have requested double beds and a pool view.
First look and we are pretty happy. Aside from having our own beds the bathroom is divided into a private toilet and shower room with the wash basin and mirror in its own space. We can both get ready at the same time without getting under foot of each other.
There is also a nice little work desk for me to use should I feel the urge to write a story or two in the morning with my coffee.
The best part of the room though is our balcony with a view of the pool area below and the ocean. A perfect place to crack a bottle of wine we picked up from the ABC stores and relax before we hit the beach.
Did I say we hit the beach? Of course we did. In fact, we walked from one end of it to the other and back again.
We dipped our toes in the water and stopped along the way for a Happy Hour cocktail at Duke’s Waikiki, located in the other Outrigger Waikiki hotel.
We’ve just enough time to head back to the hotel for a refresh and clean up as we have big dinner plans. A lovely 20-minute stroll from our hotel is Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Waikiki. We have dinner reservations, and I can’t wait to share the experience with you next.
What do I love about the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort? It is close enough to everything you will want to do in Waikiki that you can walk, but it is removed enough so that you don’t feel claustrophobic amongst your fellow tourists. It is the perfect compromise between action and relaxation in Waikiki. Mahalo.