Good news SPG & Marriott members! The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel rebrands to a Westin in early 2018.
Prince Hotels & Resorts is a Japanese hotelier that owns a number of properties in Hawaii. But for years now, Prince Resorts have been rebranding their home market properties under Marriott’s Autograph Collection. And now the hotelier is doing the same with some of its Hawaii properties.
The first Hawaii property to join the Marriott family was the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Like most of Prince’s other properties, this hotel is also an Autograph Hotel. The Hapuna Beach Prince, however, won’t become an Autograph Hotel; instead, it’ll become a Westin.
To become a Westin, however, the Hapuna Beach Prince will undergo a $46 million renovation and rebranding project. Work on the property is slated to begin later this month and will wrap up in February 2018. Improvements will include:
- a new adults-only swimming pool
- repurpose existing lounge into a lobby bar
- refresh the existing breakfast restaurant
- renewed lobby
- upgraded guest rooms featuring Westin Heavenly amenities
- reimagined main swimming pool
- a swim-suit-friendly pool bar
- Westin Heavenly spa and fitness center
- a specialty restaurant
- club member lounge
Upon completion of the renovation and rebranding effort, the Hapuna Beach Prince will then become The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort. It will be the first Westin-branded property on the Big Island, and the island’s second Starwood property. The current Starwood property on the island is the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, which is just over 8 miles south of Kona.
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Rebrands Final Thoughts
I’ve never stayed at the Hapuna Beach Prince or even any other Prince Hawaii property for that matter. But if the Hapuna Beach Prince was anything like the Hawaii Prince in Honolulu, a renovation was long overdue. However, it does look as if the Hapuna Beach will receive a much more extensive renovation than the Hawaii Prince did. This would make sense, though, as the Hawaii Prince will be the only Prince Resort left in Hawaii not associated with a Marriott brand.
At any rate, I think the renderings released by the property thus far look great. Despite all the details already released, some questions remain. The biggest of these being what category will the reinvented Westin Hapuna Beach Resort be? For that, though, we won’t have to wait long. The property may officially join SPG as soon as next month.
To see a complete timeline of the property’s renovation efforts, visit the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s renovation website.