The Pacific Beach Hotel last year announced its plans for a $115 million redevelopment that would completely transform the legendary Waikiki hotel. The hotel’s exterior façade, 839 guestrooms and suites, and public areas including a 280,000-gallon lobby aquarium were scheduled for re-conceptualized, with plans to add two new pools to a destination pool deck. Also on the list for completion was the addition of two new Waikiki beach restaurants – Momosan and Morimoto Asia by celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto.
The renovations are almost complete, with a few select rooms currently available to book. The hotel will fully re-open to the public in December (2017) but will be rebranded and re-enter the market as Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Alohilani means ‘heavenly brightness, a term that was meant to honor Hawaii’s last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani.
With designs provided by the Rockwell Group, the resort’s 839 spacious rooms and suites have been reimagined in a soft and neutral color palette of cream, taupe, and sandy beige, creating a classic and airy atmosphere that leaves guests focused on the spectacular views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean.
Suites provide extra living space as well as extra loveliness with lava stone accents, woven columns, and subtle artwork that honors the native Hawaiian culture, all of which are seamlessly blended together to provide a classic look with an upscale feel.
With the upgrades taking place, it is projected the property will increase its standard daily room rates to a range of $200 – $300/US per night.
However, the renovation is not limited to just the accommodations. Public spaces throughout the hotel will receive the same thoughtful and complementary overhaul, including a new exterior and lobby that will feature an open floor plan, new guest services and concierge areas, lobby bar, an exclusive group arrival lounge, as well as a business and education center.
Guests will arrive via a landscaped entrance that will open up to include lush tropical gardens and rock formations. Custom furnishings will accessorize the space with a limestone reception desk, white sofas, organic live-edge tables and light fixtures that will further the tranquil and tropical setting.
The hotel’s iconic oceanarium will boast an extensive upgrade with the interior of the aquarium touting coral that impersonates reef formations found in local waters. The saltwater aquarium, which is equipped with a one-of-kind replenishment system that filters directly from the ocean, will serve as home to more than 1,000 protected marine animals.
As for the pool deck, the metamorphosis will include a new saltwater infinity pool adjacent to the shoreline, a pool bar, tiered day beds, and stepping stones leading to exclusive cabanas perched above a new shallow water pool for kids. Guests will bask under lush palm trees, lounge by custom teak furniture, driftwood sculptures, lanterns, festoon lights and glowing fire pits.
Clearly, this makeover has taken the hotel to a whole new level of luxury and sophistication. It’s no longer just a hotel – it’s a destination. And the rebranding will undo any negativity originally associated with the property.