The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki to undergo full update

A Hawaii hotel is preparing to completely rebrand itself, changing even its name.

The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club is undertaking a $55.4-million overhaul and rebranding, with plans to complete the process by spring 2017. Once completed, the resort will be known simply as the Prince Waikiki, and will mark the completion of the hotel’s first major update since it opened in April of 1990.

The property overlooks the Ala Way Yacht Harbor, and is near four Oahu neighborhoods: downtown/Chinatown Honolulu, Kakaako, Ala Moana and Waikiki. Its 563 oceanfront guestrooms and suites will be completely overhauled, and additions to the resort include new dining options, an updated lobby, new infinity pool and modernized meeting spaces. 


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Hawaii’s G70 is the architect of the property, while Los Angeles-based Creative Resource Associates Design is in charge of interior design for the resort.

This will be the resort's first update since 1990.

"We're innovating the overall resort experience to meet the needs and expectations of today's traveler by creating a sanctuary within Waikiki that focuses on setting a higher standard for guest services with an eye on quality," said Chuck Abbott, GM of the hotel. "Our remodeled guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean will emphasize relaxation with their natural color scheme, décor, furniture and appointments.

“In working with our design team and identifying our Hawaiian heritage, we decided to focus on key elements that would really elevate our sense of place and bring our story to life throughout the resort," said Donn Takahashi, president of Prince Resorts Hawaii. "They are the muliwai, or abundant, thriving estuary; the Piinaio, a convergence of three fresh water streams from the mountains; the naio flower, which is an indigenous restorative plant; the hinana, which is a nourishing juvenile fish; and limu eleele which is a rejuvenating seaweed."

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The 1.25-million-square-foot property, slated to open in December 2020, will include 777 guestrooms and an outdoor pool amphitheater.

The 60-room resort in Breckenridge, Colo., is the first of several planned Gravity Haus properties.

The owner/operator plans to strategize on further international projects after the hotel’s opening, which is slated for March 2021.