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Outrigger Launa Waikiki

I stayed at the Outrigger Luana Waikiki during a travel agent familiarization trip for Aubree’s Travel. I try hard to write my reviews from a neutral standpoint, which can help readers and my clients to get a fair, balanced overview of the property they are researching.¬†

If you are familiar with Waikiki, skip the next paragraph.

It is always very important that people fully realize that the Waikiki area is a big city on a beach. If you’re looking for empty beaches and quiet areas to enjoy the tropics, this is not the area for you. Waikiki is a busy city, with tall buildings, fronted by a lively, fun and often crowded beach. Waikiki offers high end shopping, excellent dining and entertainment. It is the gateway of sorts to a beautiful island, that boasts such tourist draws as Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the North Shore (every surfers dream) to name just a few of the gems you will find here on Oahu. Hollywood loves it, and it has been the backdrop for many loved shows and movies over the generations.

For those looking for an affordable option NEAR Waikiki Beach, I think the Outrigger Luana Waikiki is an exceptional option. For the price range (budget/moderate) it excels.

You are greeted by the very friendly valet staff, (parking was $25/night) who were very quick and efficient. If using a shuttle or public transportation the greeting is equally as good from what I observed. The lobby is large, yet warm and inviting. Check in was a breeze. The gentleman at the front desk was extremely pleasant an informative. He remembered me later in my stay and inquired about something we had chatted about days prior. It is this sort of employee that makes a big difference and Outrigger in general does a great job at having exceptional customer service and staff.

My room was on the 8th floor, just a moment’s ride on the swift lobby elevator. Perfectly clean. The room had a comfortable bed and a small kitchen area with fridge and coffee maker. My room did not have a microwave. I wanted a few more pillows and they were quickly delivered after one brief request. I would say the room size was average and adequate. Wi-Fi worked very well and was free. The private lanai (balcony) comfortably sat two. It had a nice view of the pool, city, and a peek of the ocean. If wanting to be right by the beach, I do not feel that this property is the right choice. You can walk there, but it isn’t just across the street. They have a gift shop and a restaurant on site and plenty of both in walking distance.

Overall, if you are on a fairly tight budget and looking for a clean property in the Waikiki area, and don’t mind being away from the beach, I would highly recommend this property. Be sure to speak with your Outrigger Specialist travel agent about which property will work best for your situation, and to receive one of the many special discounts they will know about. Have a wonderful time experiencing the warm Aloha of this beautiful island!

Room Tip: Ask for a higher floor to have a better view.

To book your perfect Waikiki vacation, please contact the travel agent below!

Aubree Carter
Owner - Aubree’s Travel
541-942-7189
aub@aubs-travel.com

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