"Chic boutique'' is an apt description of the new Hotel Renew. From the dramatic lighting and striking artwork in the lobby to the way trendy vacation packages have been put together, there is nothing old-school whatsoever about this 9-story resort. A $4-million makeover completed in mid-2008 elevated this property from mid-class to upscale as the first representative of the Elite brand with the Aqua Hotels and Resorts Group.
As its name implies, the hotel's mission is to offer guests the opportunity to relax, rewind, and renew themselves. To distinguish itself from competition, Hotel Renew combines innovative design, comfort and technology with intimacy. Great emphasis is also placed on personalized service.
Guests are greeted with a complimentary chilled beverage upon arrival and are invited to a free continental breakfast each day of their stay. Other services provided gratis include wireless Internet in all rooms, daily newspapers, use of beach gear (based on availability), and a weekly mixer with hosted cocktails. Children aged 17 and under stay free with parents.
Those guests arriving on the Hawaii Sun & Fun Package have use of a convertible car or jeep during their stay. They are also given 100% organic beach bags and Hotel Renew Flip Flops. Meanwhile, the Sunsational Vacation Package includes a complimentary Red Bull on arrival, a cocktail each night, and discounts at select retail shops and restaurants.
With just 72 guest rooms, Hotel Renew takes pride in individualization of the resort experience. For example, a dimmable light system has been built into every unit. Many units are equipped with 80-inch projection television systems. Shoji screens, natural rock and earthy tones convey an ambience of tranquility; specific scents have been assigned to the rooms; and guests may select the firmness of their beds and pillows. Also, unlike most Waikiki accommodations, Hotel Renew is pet friendly, welcoming dogs up to 20 pounds.
Room types range from City View units with a queen, a king or two double beds to Ocean View units with platform beds - all non-smoking. Standard amenities are air-conditioning, a 32-inch LCD TV, complimentary business supplies and services, a fitness kit (on request), speaker phone, electronic key card, hair dryer, and an in-room safe that fits a laptop. Each room also has an iron and ironing board, mini-fridge, kimono-style robes, and signature bath amenities. Many feature a private lanai/balcony, too.
Although Hotel Renew has no pool or spa facilities of its own, guests may request a 24-hour fitness center day pass at the front desk. Of course, famed Waikiki Beach is just steps away from the hotel entrance as well. Other guest services include dry cleaning and laundry services, early check-in and late check-out upon request, fax and copy services, and in-room recycle program, and luggage storage.
One of the gathering points in the hotel is the relaxing Lounge Renew, where cocktails and conversations mix easily. Although Hotel Renew lacks conference facilities and restaurants on the premises, the catering department is available to arrange business meetings, weddings and other events upon request.
The Hotel Renew is located toward the Diamond Head end of Waikiki at 129 Paoakalani Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii (HI) 96815. Valet Parking is available at a charge of $22 daily, with complimentary 24-hour ins and outs.
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