Guests at two Waikiki resorts can now stay in posh new surroundings thanks to recently multimillion-dollar renovations.
The Royal Hawaiian, a Honolulu landmark for nearly 90 years thanks in great part to its pink color, has taken luxury to a new level with a makeover of the Mailani Tower. The tower has its own concierge team and also features a dedicated check-in.
Breakfast is served in a lounge for use only by Mailani Tower guests. Barista-made coffees and fruit juice mimosas accompany a menu that changes daily.
About a mile away, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the 380 rooms and suites in the 17-story Diamond Head Tower have had a $21-million refurbishment designed to incorporate a Hawaiian "sense of place" in the rooms.
Accommodations now sport a cream/mocha/sand palette and use island-inspired textiles and fixtures. The furniture includes chairs crafted in the traditional woven lauhala style.
The refreshed lobby sports new furniture and rugs emphasizing earth tones.
Works of art depicting Waikiki and Diamond Head have been added to the tower's open spaces.