Refurb of New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel nears its finish

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The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel completed a renovation of its main tower in 2015 and is now starting work on its smaller, three-story building.
The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel completed a renovation of its main tower in 2015 and is now starting work on its smaller, three-story building.
Tovin Lapan
Tovin Lapan

With a $1.5 million renovation of the main tower complete, the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel has turned its sights to the rest of the property's accommodations for fall 2017.



The main, nine-story building and its 112 rooms underwent a complete refurbishment that concluded in 2015. Now, the hotel will give a similar treatment to its smaller, three-story Diamond Head Wing that holds six studio and one-bedroom suites.

The hotel, located on Kaimana Beach just south of the Waikiki Aquarium, opened in 1964 and last saw a renovation in the 1980s. The bulk of the work, on the main building, started in 2010 and took five years to complete. The design and architecture was done by Hawaii-based firm Pacific Asia Design Group and the Japanese company Studio M.

"The hotel was in dire need of a renovation," sales and marketing director Arlene Chmolack said. "Now we have a modernized, chic design that is a lot more elaborate than what we had before."

The final renovations will last from August to December and the building will be closed while most of the work is done. The accommodations at the property range from 202-square-foot studios to the 838-square-foot Pacific Suite with a soaker tub, rainfall showerhead, wet bar and other amenities. All rooms have patios and the suites have been upgraded with iHome radios that are compatible with a range of phones and devices, Chmolack said.

"We renovated the rooms from scratch. They've been completely redone," Chmolack said. "Now, it's more of a modern chic design. We've also added a lot of ecofriendly touches and initiatives, like LED bulbs for all recess lighting and energy-efficient sliding doors that shut the AC off when they sense the door is open."

The three-story building is being redone in a slightly different way from the main tower, she said, with more of an emphasis on family accommodations and amenities for long-term stays. Both the studios and one-bedrooms in the Diamond Head Wing come with kitchenettes featuring a microwave, sink and refrigerator.

With the rooms renovated, the hotel has also moved to refresh its website, providing a better user experience. They expect to launch the new site sometime later in August.

"We have a brand-new hotel website coming up with a totally new look," Chmolack said. "There'll be new, better photos, we'll provide more information and the overall experience will be better."
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