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James Luckard Feb 27, 17 11:08 pm

Hapuna Beach Resort, Waimea, Hawaii [to become a Westin Spring 2018 after renovation]
 
Returns to Starwood on May 2, 2017:

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin...language=en_US

slidergirl Feb 28, 17 12:36 pm

Hapuna to *wood, Mauna Kea to Marriott
 
Interesting. The Mauna Kea is now part of the Autograph Collection to Marriott. And the Hapuna Beach is now going to *wood as a Westin.
I've stayed at both. I wonder if the reciprocal privileges between the two will go away - used to have a shuttle between the two, could book hotel guest rates at either golf course, charged restaurant charges at either.
I haven't been there for 10 years, though. Flew into Hawaii the day of the big earthquake. When I finally got to the Hapuna Beach (8 hours later after landing), could see some cosmetic cracks in the huge columns at the Lobby and lower level. Dinner was a "bbq" - couldn't use the kitchen without power. The staff scrambled to get every room checked - putting TVs back after falling over, other shifting things. The Hapuna and the Mauna Kea were very close to the epicenter just down the road offshore of Kawaihae. Had some aftershocks while I was there.

Loved both hotels. Nice to know that I can use points to ease the sticker shock at them now!

DeweyCheathem Feb 28, 17 11:36 pm

Well, I remember staying at the Hapuna Beach Prince with Priceline bidding in the mid-$80s per night several years ago. The rooms certainly needed a refresh, but at those prices with that prime location, I wasn't complaining.

crazyhorse May 4, 17 12:11 pm

Seems like this will no longer be a Westin. The reference has been removed.

MSPeconomist May 5, 17 9:06 am

Has it opened as an independent hotel? Or is it being flagged under some other chain?

CPRich May 5, 17 7:48 pm

I appears to be unchanged as the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, according to the website.

Cledaybuck Jun 12, 17 12:17 pm

Looks like the change to Westin is still happening. This is from the hotel's website under updates:

'Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel will embark on an exciting transformation to become a Westin Resort commencing fall 2017 through January 2018. We look forward to sharing our ho’okipa (hospitality) along with reimagined guestrooms, fresh new food and beverage concepts and invigorating wellness options.

Our namesake, Hapuna, translates as "Ha" (the breath, the life) and "Puna" (the spring, the place). Our transformed resort will beckon travelers who appreciate Hawaii’s unique perspective and Hapuna’s sense of place that will be heightened through the strength of the Westin brand."

DeweyCheathem Jun 14, 17 2:22 pm

I'm wondering if this place will be flagged as a typical Westin beachfront hotel, or as a Westin villas resort under the Vistana flag. The latter would seem to me to require a major overhaul, while the former would just need a more standard renovation, and I would guess would be in line with the Westin and Sheraton hotel on the main part of Kaanapali beach, as opposed the the Westin villas further north in Kaanapali.

Cledaybuck Jun 14, 17 5:58 pm


Originally Posted by DeweyCheathem (Post 28443010)
I'm wondering if this place will be flagged as a typical Westin beachfront hotel, or as a Westin villas resort under the Vistana flag. The latter would seem to me to require a major overhaul, while the former would just need a more standard renovation, and I would guess would be in line with the Westin and Sheraton hotel on the main part of Kaanapali beach, as opposed the the Westin villas further north in Kaanapali.

You can read about it here: https://www.princeresortshawaii.com/...-hotel/updates
The timeline suggests a standard renovation to me, but I am by no means an expert in these things.

James Luckard Aug 9, 17 7:56 pm


Originally Posted by DeweyCheathem (Post 28443010)
I'm wondering if this place will be flagged as a typical Westin beachfront hotel, or as a Westin villas resort under the Vistana flag. The latter would seem to me to require a major overhaul, while the former would just need a more standard renovation, and I would guess would be in line with the Westin and Sheraton hotel on the main part of Kaanapali beach, as opposed the the Westin villas further north in Kaanapali.

The hotel's owners sold a portion of the property last year, which will be converted to residences. The sale is funding the renovations. I'm not sure if Westin will operate the residence portion of the property, in addition to the remaining hotel portion:

https://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/...and-hotel.html

James Luckard Aug 16, 17 12:46 pm

Official announcement now, it converts in Feb 2018:

https://www.hotelnewsresource.com/article95943.html

CIT85 Aug 17, 17 7:23 am

Under current MR and SPG T&Cs (uncertain what happens in 2018), Plat members will get free continental breakfast for 2 at the Hapuna Beach Westin, but no free breakfast at the Mauna Kea Autograph Collection. All else being equal, that may be the tie breaker.

slidergirl Aug 17, 17 11:24 am


Originally Posted by CIT85 (Post 28701548)
Under current MR and SPG T&Cs (uncertain what happens in 2018), Plat members will get free continental breakfast for 2 at the Hapuna Beach Westin, but no free breakfast at the Mauna Kea Autograph Collection. All else being equal, that may be the tie breaker.

When you see Hapuna's breakfast buffet, you won't want to make do with just the continental...

I wouldn't allow a cup of coffee and a coconut danish be my deciding factor. The beach at the Mauna Kea is superior. The Mauna Kea has true Hawaiian history. Hapuna was nice, but it just lacked some of the quiet elegance that the Mauna Kea had to me.

CIT85 Aug 17, 17 12:33 pm


Originally Posted by slidergirl (Post 28702657)
When you see Hapuna's breakfast buffet, you won't want to make do with just the continental...

I wouldn't allow a cup of coffee and a coconut danish be my deciding factor. The beach at the Mauna Kea is superior. The Mauna Kea has true Hawaiian history. Hapuna was nice, but it just lacked some of the quiet elegance that the Mauna Kea had to me.

That's why I like the Hyatt breakfast policy, much better than SPG and MR. Free breakfast period, I usually have the full buffet plus cappuccino at Hyatts. Too bad Hyatt's footprint is too small, and not on the Big Island.

Cledaybuck Oct 17, 17 11:52 am

This hotel is now bookable through Starwood and is a category 5.
https://www.starwoodhotels.com/prefe...ropertyID=4751


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