by Matt Alderton | October 23, 2017
The Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber in Honolulu will transform this winter into Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, owner and manager Outrigger Hotels and Resorts announced today. The new brand, it said, will begin a $25 million renovation in February and conclude 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 Outrigger Hotels and Resorts President and CEO Scott Dalecio. "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 -- well known for his song "Tiny Bubbles" -- performed. To turn it from a midscale hotel into an upscale one, Outrigger plans to completely renovate the property's 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," according to Outrigger, which said the revamped accommodations will feature Pacific-inspired teal hues with accents of marigold 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.