The now bottom-of -the-barrel Ocean Resort Hotel in Waikiki is being re-branded as a Hyatt Place. It’s a Hawaii spin on the Ugly Duckling fairy tale. Will this new version turn into a swan?
Waikiki Ocean Resort Hotel had a sordid history. Personal reports and abundant reviews make it clear why. Comments I read include things like:
- Bed bug bites
- Blood stained carpet
- Simply disgusting
- Beds as bad as I’ve ever experienced
- Extremely rude and condescending staff
- Leftover food and trash from previous guests
The reviews reminded me of the now thankfully demolished Laie Inn; a hotel stay the likes of which I am loathe to remember, let alone repeat.
A New Beginning: Two Tower, 425-room Hyatt Place Waikiki
Ocean Resort Hotel will be reconfigured under Hyatt brand standards.
The former Ocean Resort property will first undergo major renovations prior to the planned reopening. Something tells me there won’t be any historical mementos saved. As much distance from the previous property will likely be desired.
Ocean Resort changed hands last month when it became a joint venture of Chartres Lodging and Morgan Stanley. The Hyatt Place Waikiki will open this Fall. Work will be completed in two phases with the first tower opening in November and the second tower opening next April.
There are 160 Hyatt Place hotels now open in the U.S.
We wish them all the best in the renovation. This will be one huge job.
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