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April 4, 2017

Supplier News: Big Hotel Refreshes in Hawaii and Maryland

It’s been a big week for reflagged event hotels. Here are the latest developments to watch. 

prince waikiki

Following an extensive $55.4 million renovation, the former Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club will debut a new identity as Prince Waikiki starting March 31, with completely remodeled spaces for private events:

  • Piinaio Ballroom, a 6,960 square-foot space with the capability of dividing the room into two rooms
  • Manoa Boardroom, a 408 square-foot executive venue designed to facilitate collaboration and productivity
  • Palolo Room, a 1,293 square-foot space that can be partitioned into four breakout rooms
  • Makiki Room, a new venue with natural lighting, is a 1,594 square-foot space
  • Waihi Boardroom, another new space with natural lighting, is an intimate 358 square-foot space
  • Muliwai Deck, an outdoor venue adjacent to the pool serves as a casual space for receptions and dinners

The eight-month renewal includes 563 transformed oceanfront guest rooms and suites, redefined dining options, a modernized lobby with new personalized services, a new infinity pool, and enhanced meeting space.

All of the hotel’s thoughtful design and rebranding elements—identified by G70 as the lead architect, and executed by Creative Resource Associates (CRA) Design and Wall-to-Wall Studios—aim to perpetuate its sense of place in Waikiki. The hotel chose distinctive elements that once flourished at the site: the muliwai, or thriving estuary; the Piinaio, a convergence of three fresh water streams; the naio flower, an indigenous restorative plant; the hinana, a nourishing fish; and limu eleele a rejuvenating seaweed. These symbolic elements served as the foundation for the redesign and rebrand.

The renovated hotel greets guests with a signature art piece suspended in the lobby named Hulali i ka la, meaning “glistening in the sun.” Designed by local artist Kaili Chun, this exhibit is also embodied in the hotel’s new logo. Over 800 pieces of shimmering copper representing hinana are the collaborative creation of artists, employees, and guests. Another native Hawaiian artist, Solomon Enos, created abstract paintings displayed throughout the hotel.

Guests will also be able to take advantage of new indoor and outdoor gathering spaces—lobby, pool, dining and event venues—as well as personalized guest services with Prince Ambassadors managing all needs from check-in to booking island experiences. A new infinity pool and exclusive Prince Waikiki Club lounge offers views of the ocean while the Muliwai Deck allows for outdoor relaxation near the pool.

Guest Rooms

All 563 remodeled guest rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling ocean views, with windows that open to the tropical breeze, and a new seating area. The décor and interior design contain nods to the hotel’s historical sense of place: the carpet reflects sand dunes that was once formed by the estuary where the hinana fish flourished and the hand painted wall mural captures the naio flower, which thrived along the banks of the Piinaio waterway. Bathrooms include updated fixtures, modern washlets and specialized bath amenities by Maile Organics, offering all-natural organic products embodying the tropical flora of Hawaii.

Dining Venues

The hotel’s signature restaurant, 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar, frames sunset views and focuses on fresh island cuisine. The new bar serves craft cocktails, beers and wines on tap, and small bites. In addition, private dining venues offer options for special occasions.

Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo has opened its first overseas location on the hotel’s lobby level. With its first restaurant opening in Meguro, Japan, in April 2002, Katsumidori Sushi Tokyo is famous for offering fresh, high-quality sushi at affordable prices.

Rounding out the hotel’s new dining options is Honolulu Coffee Company, a café in the hotel’s lobby.

Prince Waikiki is at the center of Honolulu’s Chinatown, Kakaako, Ala Moana and Waikiki neighborhoods, near to the beaches and shopping of Waikiki and Ala Moana, as well as local restaurants. Guests can also easily access landmarks such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head State Monument and the hotel’s 27 hole Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay championship golf course.

Visit www.PrinceWaikiki.com

meeting room at the delta hotels baltimore hunt valley

Hunt Valley Inn near Baltimore is joining Marriott International’s Delta Hotels brand following a major refresh of its event spaces. 

Hunt Valley Inn, in the greater Baltimore area of Maryland’s historic horse country, has announced the rebranding of the hotel to into the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley. Following a renovation project, the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley be part of Marriott International’s premium, full-service Delta Hotels brand.

The conversion follows on the heels of a recent $15 million property-wide renovation to its 392 guest rooms and 30,000 square feet of event space. The property has the area’s largest collection of meetings, events and weddings spaces, hotel representatives said. As a new member of the Marriott Rewards loyalty program, loyalty members will earn points for their stay at Delta Hotels and can redeem for hotel stays across the Marriott Rewards portfolio of brands.

Other amenities will include a destination bar and restaurant, The Cinnamon Tree, grab-and-go dining options, charging stations, concierge services and complimentary Wi-Fi. Situated in Maryland’s horse country, the hotel is also near Baltimore’s business hubs with convenient access to the city’s downtown attractions and BWI Airport.

The Delta Hotels brand’s recent expansion into North America has made the brand one of the fastest growing in the Marriott International portfolio. There are currently 38 Delta Hotels and the development pipeline has the brand growing to more than 80 hotels in the next 18-24 months, including growth into major global markets including New York, Shanghai and London.

Visit www.deltahotels.com

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