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Colony East Hotel History
1961 - 1999

The hotel known today as the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel first opened as the Colony East Hotel Tower of the oceanfront Colony Surf Hotel complex.

The hotel at 2885 Kalakaua Avenue, formerly known as the Colony East Hotel, was built in either the 1960's or the early to mid 1970's. I'm not certain of the year because I have come across three different dates for the hotel's construction: 1961, 1969, and in one newspaper article, 1975.

For many years the hotel was operated as part of a two-building, Waikiki Gold Coast hotel complex that also included the beachfront Colony Surf Hotel at 2895 Kalakaua Avenue. The Colony East building is located between the Colony Surf building and Kalakaua Avenue.

In October of 1995 First Hawaiian Bank filed a foreclosure action against the former Colony East Hotel owner, the Colony Development Corporation.

In June of 1996 Colony Capital Incorporated of Los Angeles paid $4 million for 24 apartments and a 3000 square foot penthouse in the oceanfront Colony Surf building in Waikiki and they also paid $7 million for most of the thirteen story Colony East building on Kalakaua. They did not purchase the space in the Colony East building that was formerly occupied by Bobby McGee's restaurant, later known as the Diamond Head Grille.

In 1997, The thirteen story Colony East building, which at that time was still part of the two building Colony Surf Hotel Complex, was given a $10 million renovation.

In August of 1999, Starwood Hotels and Resorts took over managing the hotel at 2885 Kalakaua Avenue. Starwood turned the Colony East into a completely separate hotel called the "W Hotel Honolulu". The hotel reopened under its new name in late 1999. It was repositioned as a high end, luxury, boutique hotel, and it began charging some of the highest room rates in Waikiki. For more information about this change see the Honolulu Star Bulletin article Starwood To Run Colony Surf East Hotel..

Today the former Colony East Hotel building is operated as the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel and the adjacent former Colony Surf Hotel is operated as a completely separate residential condominium building with individually owned units.

To learn more about the history of the hotel at 2885 Kalakaua Avenue see W Hotel Honolulu Hotel History and Lotus at Diamond Hotel History.

See also:
- About the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel
- Other Diamond Head End Hotels
- About the Diamond Head End of Waikiki
- All Oahu Accommodations

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