HONOLULU -- The Ala Moana Hotel here, one of the few hotels on Oahu
outside of Waikiki, finished a $7 million renovation at the end of
the summer and is having a sale through the end of this month.
Located next to the Ala Moana Shopping Center and across the
street from the Hawaii Convention Center, the 1,152-room property
is charging a rate of $89 per night, single or double, in select
room categories through November.
"Our market mix is much different from the hotels in Waikiki,"
said sales director Marty Milan. "Primarily, business travelers
like this hotel because it's out of the resort area," he noted.
"You don't have a lot of people in bathing suits and flip-flops
wandering through the lobby."
Milan said the hotel gets about 60% of its business from
business travelers. He added that the Ala Moana is "the
first-choice hotel for people attending meetings or conventions at
the convention center" because of its proximity to the facility.
Earlier this year, it served as the convention headquarters for the
Asian Development Bank.
The hotel pays agents 10% commission on rates that range from
$125 to $215 per night for a variety of room categories, and from
$250 to $2,300 per night for suites.
During the three-year renovation, the hotel added a new
hospitality suite, containing showers, restrooms and lockers for
guests who arrive before the 3 p.m. check-in time or who are
waiting for their rides to the airport after the noon checkout
time. The hotel also added five new suites and made improvements to
the hotel lobby, fitness center and poolside lounge.
The Ala Moana has 67 suites geared toward business travelers.
There are six categories of suites, ranging in size from 429 square
feet to 2,058 square feet. The hotel also features four
restaurants, a disco, a show room called the Hawaiian Hut that
offers a nightly South Seas Revue and a business center.
Milan said the Ala Moana Shopping Center and the Ala Moana beach
park, located across the street, are popular with guests.