WAIKIKI -- The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort is about to change its
name, and with the new moniker will come a $15 million enhancement
-- on top of the $65 million renovation it completed in 2002 -- as
well as new marketing and packaging opportunities.
The resort, located at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki, recently
signed an agreement with local favorite Paul Brown Salon and Day
Spa to create a 7,000-square-foot spa overlooking the beach on
Kalakaua Avenue. The result: Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and
"Spas in today's world are almost like a way of life," said John
Limper, director of marketing for the 1,310-room property. "It's a
health and wellness issue."
The spa, along with an upgraded, 1,200-square-foot fitness
center, "opens up a whole avenue of new customers for us," Limper
Last year's renovations involved shutting down and gutting one
tower. Some outdoor areas and meetings spaces also were improved,
and the Kuhio Beach Grill was added.
Three restaurants will join the property as part of the
renovation, which is slated to begin Sept. 12.
Seattle's Best coffee will add its second location in the hotel,
offering indoor/outdoor seating and sandwiches to go.
An Italian restaurant called Arancino also will provide
indoor/outdoor seating and what everyone in Waikiki wants to see:
Limper said there will be no guest interruption during the 10 to
12 weeks of the resort's improvement project. Only soft goods such
as bedding, carpet and wallpaper will be replaced in the ocean
tower, which means no hammering, he said.
But to be safe, the resort will close three or four floors at a
time, using two as buffers.
The property is changing its name now so that the spa addition
will be reflected in next year's brochures, Limper said.