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History of the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel

The hotel at 2885 Kalakaua Avenue has had three different names over the years Originally it was known as the Colony East Hotel, later it was renamed the W Honolulu Hotel, and today it is called the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel.

In January of 2009, the management contract for the former W Honolulu Hotel was awarded to Castle Resorts and the property was given a new name, the "Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel". The hotel was also repositioned from being an expensive, luxury hotel to being advertised as a small, quiet, moderately price, boutique hotel. The room rates dropped from a starting rate of about $400 in 2008 to a starting rate of about $150 per night in 2009.

In May of 2009, Anekona W, the owner of the Lotus Hotel at Diamond Head, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At the time, the Lotus Hotel, formerly known as the W Hotel, was in foreclosure and scheduled to be sold at auction on June 12, 2009. The bankruptcy filing cancelled that sale, but another auction was scheduled for September, 2009. For more information see the May 2009 Honolulu Star Bulletin and Pacific Business News articles
- Waikiki Hotel Owner Files for Bankrupcy
- Lotus Owner Files for Bankruptcy

In August of 2009 a non-profit company known as Unity House, Inc. offered $8.5 million to purchase the Lotus Diamond Head Waikiki Hotel at a foreclosure auction. In September of 2009 a court approved the sale. For more information see the following articles published by the Honolulu Star Bulletin and the Pacific Business Journal:
- Unity House Offers $8.5 Million for Lotus Hotel
- Court Approves Sale of Lotus Hotel to Unity House
- The Connection Between Unity House and Brian Anderson

The Lotus at Diamond Head has was operated under two different names in the past. From 1961 to 1999 it was known as the Colony East Hotel and between 1999 and 2008 and it was known as the W Honolulu Hotel.

W Hotel Honolulu History (1999-2008)

When Starwood Hotels and resorts took over the former Colony East Hotel in 1999, they renamed it the W Honolulu Hotel and they respositioned it as a luxury, boutique hotel. Its room rates were also increasede significantly, making one of the most expensive hotels in Waikiki, with room rates starting at about $400 per night.

Colony East Hotel History (1960's to 1990's)
The building at 2885 Kalakaua Avenue was operated as the moderately priced Colony East Hotel from the time it was built in the 1960's until Starwood took over its operation in 1999. During the years it operated under the Colony East name, it was part of a two-building hotel complex that also included the oceanfront Colony Surf Hotel. Today the Colony Surf building is no longer a hotel, it is operated as residential condominium with individually owned units.

See also:
- About the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel
- Other Diamond Head Hotels
- The Diamond Head Area of Waikiki
- Other Accommodations on Oahu

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