Hilton Hawaiian Village remake nears finish

The final phase of the refurbishment project at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, underway for seven months at $25.5 million, is scheduled for completion in May. The final phase of the project will include upgrades to the Ali’i Tower’s second floor Ocean View Terrace. The makeover has included all 323 guest rooms in the tower, including new finishes and furnishings, new bathrooms and the reconfiguration of eight junior suites and four 2-bay suites. In addition, all guest room corridors were redone, as well as the lobby and reception desk. The renovation also included the addition of a guest library and lounge adjacent to the lobby with multiple seating areas, Wi-Fi access and computer terminals. Hawaiian artifacts, including wooden bowls, woven hats and carved gourds are displayed throughout the lounge. As part of its “hotel-within-a-hotel”concept, the Ali’i tower boasts its own reception desk, guest lounge and concierge. A pool deck, whirlpool spa, bar, fitness room and terrace on the second floor are for the exclusive use of Ali’i tower guests. (http://www.hawaiianvillage.hilton.com)