Hawaii Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach to celebrate official grand opening in December By Tovin Lapan / September 08, 2017 Share 1 -- Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, a renovated and rebranded property, is nearing completion and will celebrate its official grand opening in December. It will start taking reservations as the rebranded resort on Oct. 1. Formerly called the Pacific Beach Hotel, the Waikiki property operated by Highgate Hotels has undergone a $115 million, 18-month refurbishment led by the New York-based architecture and design firm Rockwell Group. The architectural work is by WATG and Pacific Asia Design Group.The resort features 839 guestrooms and suites; two restaurants, one of which features a tropical beer garden, from Masaharu Morimoto, of "Iron Chef" fame; and a totally revamped pool deck overlooking Waikiki Beach with a saltwater infinity pool, outdoor bar, luxury cabanas, teak furnishings and fire pits. The new lobby boasts a 280,000-gallon saltwater aquarium highlighting Hawaii's native species.The resort has remained operational during the renovation. The guestrooms have all been revamped and are already available for booking. Correction: The property will be officially relaunched as the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in October and will celebrate its grand opening in December. An earlier version of this article did not use the resort's full name and stated that it would open as the rebranded resort in December, not October.