Some luxury Honolulu hotels are changing their looks — and their names

Where to stay in Honolulu this fall and winter just got more challenging. Three hotels are wrapping up top-to-bottom renovations, and two of them are even changing names.

The has undergone the priciest makeover, with $115 million spent on the transformation. The hotel is expected to relaunch in December as the .

Located steps from the sand, the reimagined property will greet guests with a 280,000-gallon aquarium full of colorful marine life. The hotel’s new look is the work of design firm the . There are nearly 840 rooms and suites with views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head.

I checked and found partial ocean view rooms available from $364 night in January. Info and reservations: , .

At the northern end of Waikiki, the former Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki has shortened its name to following a $55-million renovation. The hotel underwent eight months of work on its public spaces and 563 oceanfront rooms.

Guests now can enjoy a new infinity pool that appears to merge with the adjacent Ala Wai Boat Harbor.

Iron Chef , who has been absent from the Honolulu restaurant scene for about a year, will introduce two new dining concepts at Alohilani: Momosan and Morimoto Asia.

I checked and found rooms available for $259 for various dates in October. Info and reservations: , .

Away from most of the crowds at the southern end of Waikiki Beach, the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel is in the final phase of a multimillion-dollar renovation. The project has been going on for seven years, with completion anticipated in December.

A check shows rooms available in January starting at $187 a night. Info and reservations: New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, .


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