October 23, 2017
The Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber in Honolulu will transform this winter into the Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger. The rebranding will take place in February, and at the same time, a $25 million renovation will begin, finishing up next summer.

"Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger will be an upscale, urban oasis with a modern Hawaiian elegance that is inspired by the hotel's ocean views and surrounding natural environment," said Scott Dalecio, president and CEO of Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. "This reinvestment is the first of many exciting capital projects to come, and part of our larger strategy to ensure sustainable growth for Outrigger's authentic and iconic brand."

The Waikiki Beachcomber originally opened in 1970 and is best remembered for its iconic showroom, where famous Hawaiian entertainers like the late Don Ho --  known for his song "Tiny Bubbles" -- performed. To turn the property from a midscale hotel into an upscale one, Outrigger plans to completely renovate the 496 guest rooms, as well as its pool deck and public spaces, including the lobby, corridors, elevator and hotel exterior. The new interior will embrace "timeless, coastal décor," and the revamped accommodations will feature Pacific-inspired teal hues with accents pulled from local flora.

Technology upgrades also are planned, as is the addition of all-new meeting space, details of which have not yet been released.