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Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Completes
$28 million Eco-friendly Guestroom Renovation
HONOLULU – August 1, 2008 – Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (www.marriottwaikiki.com), the recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR award for three consecutive years and recently recognized on Travelocity’s IgoUgo.com list of “10 Hotels Where Every Day is Earth Day,” has completed a $28 million guestroom renovation project to its oceanfront Kealohilani Tower.
In the oceanfront Kealohilani Tower, 605 guestrooms and suites feature beach house-inspired interiors that reflect a stylish residential feel and look. The interior design by Creative Resource Associates, Inc. of California includes granite tops and wood furnishings, as well as vibrant colors, prints and textures that entice visitors with the warmth and essence of the islands.
“From the moment of stepping off the elevators and walking through the hallways, guests will see dramatic enhancements that offer a fresh, island sense of place,” said Chris Tatum, General Manager of Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.
Key aspects of the newly redesigned guestrooms and suites include:
“The Kealohilani Tower, with its newest additions, is the best place for guests to experience all the resort has to offer,” said Tatum. “It’s an exciting time as guests will also delight in Paul Brown’s Spa Olakino * Salon, the 24-hour fitness center, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar and d.k Steak House, Harley Davidson (opening August 2008), Hertz Rental Car, and other fine shops and boutiques.”
In keeping with the hotel’s business model to practice responsible energy consumption and waste reduction, the room renovations feature a green, eco-friendly twist while indulging in the new style and luxurious feel of residential comfort. To implement the latest green features, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa retained Group 70 International, a Hawaii-based leader in international sustainable development, and Creative Resources Associates, Inc. of Woodland Hills, California.
“Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa should be commended for embracing sustainability in every possible aspect of the oceanfront tower renovation,” said Norman Hong, AIA, Group 70 vice chairman. “The oceanfront tower is a model for seamlessly incorporating sustainability without compromising luxury.”
“Many of our guests inquire about our hotel’s green initiatives which factor into their decision to stay at our hotel,” said Tatum.
Prior to the installation of the new furniture and carpeting, the guestrooms were retrofitted with water saving components. Windows in all guestrooms and public space were tinted to help reduce the heat load as well as the demand for increased air conditioning.
Highlights of the eco-friendly renovation include:
Founded in 1971 in Honolulu, Group 70 International, Inc. is an award-winning firm specializing in sustainable development, architecture, planning and environmental services, interior design and assets management. Group 70 International is known for innovative designs and cultural and environmental sensitivity in community consensus building. For more information, visit www.group70int.com.
About Creative Resource Associates, Inc.
For further information, contact Mike Lindenlaub – 21759 Erwin Street, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 – 818.577.4320 – www.cradesign.com.
WAIKIKI BEACH MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA fronts the best stretch of Waikiki Beach. Conveniently located in the heart of Waikiki, the hotel offers 1,310 refurbished guest rooms and suites with private lanai providing spectacular views of world-famous Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach. Other amenities include Kuhio Beach Grill, featuring the best in Pacific Rim cuisine; Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar and d.k Steak House; Arancino di Mare Italian Restaurant; Restaurant Run, contemporary sushi bar; Moana Terrace, offering live Hawaiian entertainment nightly; Seattle’s Best Coffee; Paul Brown’s Spa Olakino * Salon; Faith Riding Company Surf School; two freshwater, heated swimming pools; 10-person whirlpool; 24-hour fitness facility; business center with 24-hour Internet access; high-speed and wireless Internet access throughout the resort’s guest rooms and public spaces; shops and boutiques; and Hawaiian cultural activities. For more information, visit www.marriottwaikiki.com.
Jeanne Datz Rice
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