HONOLULU, HI — Pacific Beach Hotel is undertaking a $115 million redevelopment that will completely transform the Waikiki hotel, it was announced mid-July. The hotel will remain operational during the 18-month transformation, with expected completion in fall 2017.
The hotel’s exterior façade, 839 guestrooms and suites, and public areas including a 280,000-gallon lobby aquarium will be re-conceptualized, and a destination pool deck with two new pools will be added. Two new restaurants by celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto will be created for the hotel. Acclaimed design firm Rockwell Group and architectural firms WATG and Pacific Asia Design Group have been enlisted to redesign the guestrooms and public areas.
Following the renovation, the hotel will rebrand as ‘Alohilani Resort at Waikiki Beach. Renovation of the guestrooms is underway, with a select number of new rooms available to book. Work on the public areas will begin in the coming weeks.
Situated close to Waikiki Beach and offering ocean and Diamond Head views, the hotel will reflect a modern beach house ambiance.
Natural materials, including wood, stone and concrete, and a palette of white and beige, accented by blues and greens, will be featured in guestrooms and suites.
Public spaces will include a reconfigured hotel exterior and lobby that will feature an open floor plan, new guest-services and concierge areas, lobby bar, an exclusive group arrival lounge, and a business and education centre.
The pool deck will feature a new saltwater infinity pool overlooking the shoreline, a pool bar, tiered day beds and stepping stones leading to cabanas perched above a new shallow water pool for kids.
The hotel’s oceanarium will also undergo an extensive upgrade, with the interior of the aquarium featuring new coral that will mimic the coral reef formations found in the waters of Waikiki Beach.
On the food side, the hotel will offer contemporary dining concepts ranging from a buffet breakfast to fine Asia-Pacific cuisine. Located on the second floor, the hotel’s signature restaurant, Morimoto Asia, will feature dishes that integrate Western and traditional Asian ingredients. A casual street-level eatery, Momosan Waikiki, will serve yakitori, ramen and small plates for lunch and dinner, and include a beer garden.