Rider Levett Bucknall, Philpotts & Associates, Pacific Asia Design renovate Hilton Waikiki

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort completed a six-month, $21-million renovation of its 17-story Diamond Head Tower. The top-to-bottom transformation included the refurbishment of all the 380 guestrooms and suites, corridors and a refreshed lobby.

Hilton's Diamond Head Tower offers both views of the Pacific Ocean and resort views overlooking the village's 22 acres of tropical gardens. The location provides direct access to more than 90 shops and services and 20 restaurants, lounges and bars on Hilton's campus, as well as Duke Kahanamoku Beach.

Hilton Hawaiian Village selected Hawaii-based Nan Inc. as the general contractor for the project. Rider Levett Bucknall managed construction, Philpotts & Associates, headquartered on Oahu, handled the interior design; and Pacific Asia Design Group was the architect.


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All 380 rooms, including eight suites and 48 junior suites, incorporated natural textiles to convey a distinctive Hawaii sense of place in a contemporary way. Hues of cream, sand, pale gray and mocha were accented by island themed textures and fixtures, including lauhala style woven chairs, brass drawer knobs emulating porous coral and carpet inspired by Native Hawaiian kahili-feather standards used for Hawaiian royalty. Masculine features, including a sleek, modern granite desk and wooden bed frames and end tables, now provide touches for an upscale beach house feel. Amenities at the property include a lanai or Juliet balcony, a bar area with fridge and coffee maker, a desk, flat-screen TV with premium cable channels and PlayStation 3 and an in-room safe.

The corridors were also upgraded, with new carpeting, recessed, energy-efficient LED lighting and Hawaii inspired artwork added. Lobby improvements also included new furnishings and rugs selected in natural tones and textures to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Artwork of Diamond Head and the Waikiki lifestyle are now included throughout the open air space to providing a distinct Hawaii sense of place.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort is located in Waikiki, Hawaii. The resort has more than 90 shops and services, 20 restaurants, lounges and bars.