HONOLULU -- The Outrigger Waikiki is moving into the final phase of
an $18 million renovation that began in September 2002.
With an updated lobby and renovated guest rooms now part of its
landscape, the property is turning its attention to the
construction of an oceanview restaurant and a redo of its meetings
The hotel invested $15 million in updating 500 guest rooms, 30
oceanfront suites and all public corridors throughout the 15-floor
Fifteen oceanfront rooms were outfitted with oversize, oceanview
bathtubs. All rooms now include two phone lines.
The 18,000-square-foot upper lobby received a $3 million
face-lift and now features an expansive exhibit showcase for
The artifacts join the lobby's familiar accent features,
including a wall mural, Polynesian voyaging chart and century-old
Kaukahi koa canoe.
New levels of service are being introduced with the unveiling of
the renovations. Arriving guests are treated to a sit-down
check-in, and beginning in March, a full-time Aloha Ambassador will
roam the lobby to offer assistance and answer questions.
The renovations include replacing carpeting, wall coverings,
fabrics and furnishings with dark wood, natural textures and deep
tropical colors and patterns throughout the property as well as
adding nostalgic Hawaiian images, tropical-themed custom artwork
and historical photos of Waikiki.
"If you like the rooms, you're going to love the lobby," said
Dave Lee, vice president, Outrigger property services.
"A lot of thought was put into bringing the room theme into the
lobby, especially the taro-leaf patterns and custom-designed
carpet. Particular attention was paid to the lighting to ensure it
highlights existing artwork."
The hotel is focusing on the refurbishing its three meetings
rooms. An additional 800-square-foot meetings room and a
700-square-foot business center are scheduled to be completed by
The new restaurant, expected to open in July, will constitute
the final phase of the renovation project.
The hotel also is home to Hawaiian cultural healing workshops
and other cultural programming; the landmark restaurant, Duke's
Canoe Club; cabaret entertainment by the Society of Seven; and
For information or reservations, call Outrigger Hotels &
Resorts at (800) 688-7444 or log onto www.outrigger.com
for Outrigger's Best Value rates, which are bookable by agents as
well as consumers.
The Best Value Rates offer oceanview rooms at $286 per night,
double, and oceanfront rooms for $325. Rooms with city views and
partial ocean views are also available on the Web, as are a
selection of packages.
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Unlimited golf at Waikiki hotels
HONOLULU -- Guests staying at either of Outrigger's two Waikiki
beachfront hotels can add unlimited golf to their island
The Unlimited Golf Package includes accommodations at the
Outrigger Waikiki or Outrigger Reef Hotel plus one confirmed tee
time per day and unlimited play privileges on the same day at the
par 72, 6,870-yard Coral Creek Golf Course.
Oahu's newest course, Coral Creek is 30 minutes from
Designed by Honolulu-based golf course architect Robin Nelson of
Nelson and Haworth, Coral Creek offers 18 holes; water comes into
play on 13 holes.
The newly renovated Outrigger Waikiki also features activities
that range from surfing lessons to outrigger canoe surfing.
Just down the beach from the Outrigger Waikiki is the 858-room
Outrigger Reef. The hotel offers an open-air lobby with tropical
gardens and an ocean view.
The property features three restaurants, two with views of the
ocean; 15 shops; a self-service business center; a children's
activity program; and an on-site day spa.
At the Outrigger Waikiki, package prices start at $215 per night
for a single golfer and $285 per night for two golfers.
At the Outrigger Reef, the package starts at $210 per night for
one golfer or $280 per night for two.
Rates are based on single or double occupancy and do not include
taxes or tips. All rates and packages must be requested at the time
reservations are made and are commissionable at 10%. A compact car
rental can be added for $27 per day.
Outrigger's Unlimited Golf Package is valid through Dec. 21. For
reservations or information, call Outrigger Hotels & Resorts at
(800) OUTRIGGER, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web at