Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach has opened its doors in the former Waikiki Trade Center, marking the first Hyatt Centric Hotel in the state of Hawaii.
Developed by Chartres Lodging Group and CoastWood Capital, and operated by Kokua Hospitality, Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach offers modern guestroom designs which include floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the ocean and Diamond Head, spa-like bathrooms.
The hotel boasts a variety of upscale amenities including a lounge pool, outdoor seating with circular fire pits, and fitness facility. The hotel’s bar and restaurant, The Lanai, will be led by Chef Yoshi Ohata, with the 1,900ft² eatery set in an island-inspired space that will introduce creative Pacific fusion dishes to Waikiki’s culinary scene.
“The revitalisation of this property has been an incredible journey, and our entire Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach family is overjoyed to welcome guests,” explains Charles Young, General Manager of Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach. “We are proud to play a role in the renaissance of Kuhio Avenue. Our hotel is a true launch pad for guests to explore and discover the best of Waikiki’s urban setting.”
Several popular retailers have also joined the property, including a two-level Nordstrom Rack, which opened in September 2016, alongside a Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and American Savings Bank.
“Our vision for this hotel was to create a unique, forward-looking offering for travellers that seek to incorporate exploration into their international experience,” comments Maki Nakamura Bara, President and Co-Founder of Chartres Lodging Group. “Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach reflects the spirit of exploration and discovery that is at the core of the Hyatt Centric brand and is a fantastic addition to the thriving tourism market.”
Construction on the property began in summer 2015, with renovations led by Swinerton Builders, local architecture firm Group 70, and California design firm Design360unlimited. Throughout the transformation, the project created approximately 600 construction jobs and 100 full-time and part-time positions.
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach will be the 12th hotel in the Hyatt Centric brand’s portfolio, joining hotels in North America and Latin America destinations including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Key West, Montevideo, and Uruguay, among others.