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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, July 15, 2001

Big projects on the beach

Advertiser Staff

1. Renaissance 'Ilikai Waikiki Hotel

Marriott is investing $25 million to reconfigure the lobby and remodel the 600 guest rooms of the hotel.

Current rates: Starting at $210/night now (slow season); in fall, $250/night or higher.

After renovation: At least 10 percent higher.

2. Hilton Hawaiian Village

The $95 million Kalia Tower project at Hilton Hawaiian Village opened in May.

Current rates: Starting at $360/night (peak season).

3. Outrigger hotels

Outrigger will substantially renovate the Ohana Reef Towers. In Phase 2 of its project, expected to cost $170 million, Outrigger will destroy the Ohana Reef Lanais, the Ohana Royal Islander and the Malihini Hotel and replace them with an 890-room hotel expected to be an upscale Outrigger brand.

Rate information not available, although increases are expected.

4. Prince Kuhio Hotel

Last year, Stanford Hotels Corp. bought the 625-room hotel for an estimated $40 million and announced it would spend $7.5 million renovating the property on Kuhio Avenue.

Rate information not available.

5. Waikiki Beach Marriott

Marriott International took the 1,308-room Hawaiian Regent, renamed it the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, and is throwing $60 million into its refurbishings.

Rate information not available.

6. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

The 714-room hotel was recently purchased out of foreclosure, and about $30 million in renovations are planned.

Current rates: Starting at $169/night; above-standard room: $189/night*

After renovation: $170/night; above-standard room $245/night*

*Rooms with partial view of ocean

Not shown: Diamond Head Beach Hotel

Marc Resorts Hawai'i has assumed management and marketing responsibilities for the 14-story hotel fronting Kapi'olani Park on lower Kalakaua Avenue as the property undergoes a $1-million-plus renovation to reposition itself as a deluxe boutique hotel.

Current rates: Starting at $168/night.

After renovation: About 20 percent increase.

Correction: Marriott is spending $60 million to renovate the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. The cost of renovations was incorrect in a previous version of this story.