Hyatt Hotels Corp. announced this week that it will be converting the Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki into a new property under its Hyatt Place brand.
The new Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach will expand the presence of the Chicago-based hotel company in Hawai‘is most popular resort area to two properties. Hyatt Hotel Corp. also operates the 1,230-room Hyatt Regency Waikiki.
The 33-year-old, 451-room Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki, located at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, will be undergoing an extensive renovation, including complete redesigns of its guestrooms, lobby and public spaces. The hotel will remain open during its renovation, with rebranding under its new name happening this fall.
When renovations are complete, the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach will be twice the brand’s usual size, offering 425 guest rooms. The bulk of Hyatt Place branded hotels have between 125 and 200 guest rooms and are located in urban, airport and suburban areas.
Geared toward business travelers and families, the Hyatt Place brand’s standard amenities include a coffee and wine bar, a 24-hour “guest kitchen” to purchase made-to-order snacks and entrees, free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast and a fitness center. (It’s not a pet-friendly hotel.)
This will be the fourth Hyatt hotel in Hawaii—the company has properties on Oahu, Kauai and Maui—and the first Hyatt Place in the state.
The brand launched in 2006 to provide a select offering of lodging services at a lower price point.
The Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki is currently operated by Castle Resorts and Hotels.
Photo: Castle Resorts and Hotels