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January 23, 2017

Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Celebrates Grand Opening

Hyatt Centric Waikīkī Beach opened its doors to a new wave of international explorers with its grand opening celebration on Thursday, Jan. 19. Located in the former Waikīkī Trade Center, the hotel is the first Hyatt Centric hotel in the state of Hawai'i and introduces 230 contemporary guestrooms and suites to the heart of the world-famous destination. Developed by Chartres Lodging Group and CoastWood Capital, Hyatt Centric Waikīkī Beach officially welcomes guests with rates starting at $229 per night after quietly opening doors last month.

"We are thrilled to open doors as an anchor of Kuhiō Avenue's renaissance," said General Manager Charles Young. "Our team has worked tirelessly to transform the historic building into a platform for guests to explore and discover the best of Waikīkī's urban setting."

Hyatt Centric Waikīkī Beach offers a modern guestroom design, including floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the ocean and Diamond Head, spa-like bathrooms with Drybar Buttercup blow dryers, and spacious floorplans that enhance the guest experience. The hotel boasts a variety of upscale amenities including a lounge pool, outdoor seating with circular fire pits, and a 24/7 fitness facility. The hotel offers ample self parking and valet, managed by Elite Parking Services. The bar and restaurant, The Lanai, is led by Chef Yoshi Ohata. The 1,900-square-foot eatery is set in a modern, island-inspired space and introduces creative Pacific fusion dishes to Waikīkī's culinary scene.

Several popular retailers also join the property in re-energized storefronts, including a two-level Nordstrom Rack, which opened in September 2016; Starbucks offering craft beers, wines, and gourmet appetizers in the evening hours; Jamba Juice and American Savings Bank.

Construction on the property began in summer 2015, with renovations led by Swinerton Builders, local architecture firm Group 70, and California design firm DESIGN360unlimited. Throughout the transformation, the project created approximately 600 construction jobs and 100 full-time and part-time positions. A valuable land asset of Queen Emma Land Company, the redeveloped Waikīkī Trade Center will directly support The Queen's Medical Center, the state's largest private, nonprofit hospital.

Design
From the minds of DESIGN360unlimited, the Hyatt Centric Waikīkī Beach's continues the renaissance taking place along Waikīkī's Kuhiō corridor. The guestrooms and suites convey the concept of kīpuka - a Hawaiian term for "oasis" that physically represents an island surrounded by a moving outpouring of lava. The design journey through the hotel takes guests from an initial exhale as they step foot into the main lobby to a feeling of decompression as they are enveloped in the calm and comfort of the guestrooms. To further help guests find a retreat in their Hawai'i experience, the property's corridors embrace the kīpuka theme with clean and simple lines and soft blue ombré wallcoverings which render the calming features of the sky and sea.

In partnership with Make-A-Wish® Hawaii, the grand opening celebration kicked off with the state's first Walk For Wishes® fundraiser. At the walk event, key stakeholders, community members, and Hyatt Centric Waikīkī Beach colleagues came together to celebrate the legacy of the nonprofit organization and raise funds to grant wishes to local children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Hyatt Centric Waikīkī Beach (2255 Kuhiō Avenue, entrance between Kalākaua and Kuhiō on Seaside) is the 12th hotel in the Hyatt Centric brand's portfolio, joining hotels in North America and Latin America destinations including New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Key West, Montevideo, Uruguay, among others.

For reservations or more information, please visit www.waikikibeach.centric.hyatt.com.

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