Shane Nelson
Shane Nelson

InsightWork on a $100 million renovation to all 1,229 guestrooms at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa is expected to begin around the middle of next year.



According to the property’s general manager, David Nadleman, the overhaul will be completed in phases and likely last about 18 months.

“We’ll be very respectful of the business coming in,” he said. “We’ll do three floors at a time, and we’re going to self-contain where the work is going to be done, so really no one will have a clue that anything is happening.”

ShaneNelsonFinal touches are being completed on model rooms now, and Nadleman said firmer details about the planned upgrades in the property’s two guestroom towers should be available in December.

“It’s time. It’s just as simple as that,” he explained. “The property’s been very well maintained, but it’s time to give it a nice new look.”

A 30-year Hyatt veteran, Nadleman took over G.M. responsibilities at the hotel in July shortly after it was purchased by the Blackstone Group. The global investment firm paid about $450 million for the property, according to an April 17 report by Real Estate Alert.

A $13 million renovation to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki’s third-floor restaurants, pool deck and public areas was finished in November 2011, and the hotel unveiled a $2 million upgrade to its Kou Ballroom earlier this month.

“Right now, we’re in the infancy stages of truly determining what we want to do to all of the retail space,” Nadleman said, referring in part to the property’s first floor. “That will also take on a renovation, but we don’t really anticipate starting that until some time around the end of 2015.”

Prior to his move to Oahu, Nadleman was G.M. at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco. This is his first job in the Islands.

“I’ve been a tourist,” he said. “But this is my first time to live in Hawaii, and I absolutely love it.”
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