King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel to be rebranded by Marriott

Kona, Hawaii, July 28 (DHN) – It was announced that King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel will become a Courtyard by Marriott property in early 2012. The historic Kona hotel will be rebranded and reinvented as the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. However, the hotel is not being sold to the Marriott. A 20-year franchise deal has been signed with Marriott, yet Pacifica Hotels will continue to run and own the iconic Kona hotel.
The Courtyard by Marriott brand generally focuses on business travelers, so the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is hoping to entice Marriott Rewards members to redeem program points for a relaxing Hawaii vacation on the Big Island. This historic hotel sits adjacent to King Kamehameha the Great’s royal residence, and the hotel even overlooks the incredible Ahuena Heiau (temple) in Kamakahonu Bay. After rebuilding the heiau in 1812, the great King passed away in the heiau on May 8, 1819.

Recent renovations to historic King Kamehameha Kona Beach hotel

The hotel recently underwent a renovation by Honolulu’s Group 70. The two-year project completely transformed the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel’s guestrooms and suites and also outfitted them with all new furnishings. A $35 million renovation, work was completed in 2010, yet the hotel was damaged by the March 11 tsunami. While none of the 453 rooms were damaged, the hotel’s lobby, restaurant and Oceanside grounds sustained damage. The restaurant is currently being redesigned as an indoor/outdoor restaurant. The 180-seat restaurant is scheduled to be open by late September on the Big Island. All content, unless otherwise noted, is created by and for Discover Hawaii News, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discover Hawaii Tours. © 2011

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