Hilton reopens its largest Hilton Garden Inn

(Waikiki Beach)

Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach, the brand’s second property in Hawaii, opened for business.

Hilton Garden Inn is Hilton Worldwide Holdings upscale global brand of hotels. The first one to open in the state was the Hilton Garden Inn Kauai at Wailua Bay. The new hotel has 623 rooms, and is the largest of 700 Hilton Garden Inns worldwide.

“From the modern guest rooms to the grand, open-air lobby space, the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach has been completely re-envisioned,” John Taffin, the hotel's GM, said in a statement.

Last year, the Ohana Waikiki West hotel was closed for a $115-million redevelopment by its new owner — a partnership that includes Honolulu’s BlackSand Capital, Boston-based Rockpoint Group and California-based Evolution Hospitality.

The hotel was rebranded Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach with renovations that include a complete overhaul of public spaces and guestrooms. The room count fell from 659 to 623.

“Opening our second Hilton Garden Inn-branded hotel in Hawaii, the first in the capital of Hawaii, is a major feat for the brand, which is expanding at a rapid pace,” said John Greenleaf, SVP and global head of Hilton Garden Inn.

There are 11 Hilton Worldwide hotels open or in various stages of development in Hawaii.