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Historic Moana Is No Longer a Sheraton Hotel

In April of 2007 it was announced that the historic Moana Hotel in Waikiki will no longer be the Sheraton Moana Surfrider as of June 1, 2007. Instead it will become the first Westin Hotel on Oahu.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced in April fo 2007 that Waikiki's historic Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel would be rebranded as a Westin hotel effective June 1, 2007. Room Changes
Westin's signature "Heavenly Bed"

Built in 1901 and affectionately christened the "First Lady of Waikiki," the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort is undergoing a complete transformation, updating the historical property with modern amenities and Westin’s renowned selection of signature services and amenities. The hotel’s distinctive porte-cochère entrance will draw visitors to wander into a revitalized lobby featuring hardwood floors, new furniture and lighting fixtures. Work is already underway to prepare all of the Moana’s guestrooms with Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath® amenities, as well as new flat-screen televisions by the June transformation date. Upgrades to guestrooms in the historic Banyan Wing are also planned for later this year.

"As the first Westin property on the island of Oahu, the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort is a wonderful addition to the brand's footpr int he re in Hawaii, offering Westin’s loyal customers an invigorating Hawaiian experience that honors the hotel’s rich history, while refreshing guests with updated facilities and instinctive service," said Sue Brush, senior vice president, Westin Hotels & Resorts. "Those who have gravitated to this celebrated destination in the past will appreciate Westin’s renewing touch, as well as the renovations to this magnificent property."

Waikiki’s first and only beachfront spa will open in the Moana in early 2008. The new spa will feature 14 treatment rooms, including two couple’s massage rooms and a 1,400 square foot Westin WORKOUT® Powered by Reebok fitness facility. In addition, the resort will offer Westin’s signature Service Express program and a new Westin Kids Discovery Club. In the evening, guests can decompress during Westin’s new take on happy hour - "Unwind: A Westin Evening Ritual."

"We are focused on offering a different and unique experience to guests staying at the Moana; one that incorporates the signature elements of the Westin brand with the timeless elegance of the ‘First Lady of Waikiki,’" said Keith Vieira, senior vice president and director of operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii and French Polynesia. "All of our hotel associates are recharged and ready to provide our guests with a renewed service culture which embraces the spiritual essence of aloha and the very best of our islands."

The spacious courtyard, new outdoor tables, chairs and umbrellas in the updated beachfront Banyan Court will invite guests to relax under the shade of the hotel’s historic banyan tree, while the Moana’s signature Banyan Veranda restaurant is poised to launch a stylish, new concept and exciting menu. The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort will continue to provide historical tours, immersing visitors in the history of the hotel and early turn-of-the-century Waikiki, in the second floor Historical Room on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

As one of the premier resorts in Waikiki, the Moana underwent a $50 million restoration that was completed in 1989. Westin’s planned improvements to this historic hotel will complement its inspired legacy and Hawaiian sense of place, providing guests with a very special island experience. For more information on Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii, please call 866-716-8140 (toll-free) or visit www.starwoodhotels.com/hawaii.

See also:
- Introduction to the Moana Surfrider Hotel
- More Waikiki Hotels
- All Lodging on Oahu

Article Courtesy of the Moana Surfrider Hotel

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