Hyatt Regency Waikiki completes $100 million renovation


The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa has completed its one-year, $100 million renovation. The hotel, which is owned by Blackstone Group, upgraded all of its 1,230 rooms, adding items such as surfboard-inspired desks, bidet-style toilets and 55-inch televisions. The property also improved its 10,000-square-foot spa and its public areas.

Blackstone, which acquired leasehold improvements to the 39-year-old hotel in 2013 for about $450 million, is investing in an Oahu hotel market that last year was the country’s second-most lucrative to New York. Oahu hotels’ 2014 room rates averaged $221, while occupancy was more than 84%, according to STR.

All 1,230 guest rooms have redone, adhering to a theme of “simple Hawaiian elegance” for a true feeling of paradise in Hawaii. Guest comfort and spacious functionality were the main objectives in selecting the furniture and color schemes. The fresh, new look includes new bathroom countertops and fixtures, shower heads, artwork, carpeting, paint, duvets, dusters, pillows, chair and chaise lounges, drapes, wallpaper and shower curtains. In addition, all furnishings have been replaced with original custom designed pieces, including armoires, desks, chairs, tables, headboards, bed sets, lamps, mirrors and ottomans.

The Regency Club is a highlight here for Diamond members or those who book a club room (see photo below). Located in the Diamond Head Tower on the third floor, just past one of the hotel’s main restaurants, there is a large and stylish indoor lounge with large outdoor seating area that has views to the beach and is lit up at night with a fire pit.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki

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