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History of the W Honolulu Hotel
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

The history of the hotel at 2885 Kalakaua Avenue on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki Beach. This property was the Colony Surf East Hotel until 1999 when Starwood took over its management and turned it into a luxury boutique hotel known as the W Honolulu Diamond Head.

Colony Surf Hotel opened.

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. This purchase was the result of an October 1995 First Hawaiian Bank foreclosure action against former owner Colony Development Corporation.

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

Starwood Hotels and Resorts took over operation of the Colony Surf East Hotel, which until that time had been operated as a second building in the Colony Surf Hotel Complex. Starwood turned the Colony East into a separate hotel called the W Hotel Honolulu Diamond Head which opened in October of 1999. Starwood introduced their "W" brand for hip, upscale, boutique hotels in December of 1998. When the W Honolulu Hotel first opened the room rates began at $255 per night.

Colony Capital Incorporated listed the property for sale at a price of $9.8 million.

Big Island Investor Brian Anderson bought the 13 story W Honolulu Diamond Head Hotel in 2004. Brian's father DG "Andy" Anderson is state legislator, developer, and restaurant owner who ran for governor of Hawaii in 2002. DG Anderson owns John Dominis Restaurant in Kakaako and the "Michel's at the Colony Surf" Restaurant in the Colony Surf Condominiums building. Brian (the son who owns the W Honolulu Hotel) also owns the Kauai Beach Resort and the Regency on Beachwalk.

2006 May
Brian Anderson entered into an agreement with Chad Allenbaugh to sell the W Hotel Honolulu Diamond head to Diamond Head Pacific Capital LLC, the operator of a fleet of fourteen charter sailing yachts. At time it was expected that the W brand would be removed and the hotel would be renamed the "Resort Hawaii Diamond Head".

2006 June
Hotel owner Brian Anderson announced the W Hotel Honolulu would stay in the Anekona Properties portfolio because the offer from Diamond Head Pacific Capital fell apart at the end of May 2006. Instead Anekona Properties began a million dollar renovation that included refurbishing all rooms. The hotel remained a W boutique hotel managed by Starwood.

See also:
- Introduction to the W Hotel Honolulu
- More Diamond Head Hotels
- About the Diamond Head Area
- Other Accommodations on Oahu

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News About the W Hotel Honolulu

1999 Aug 12: Starwood To Run Colony Surf East Hotel
2006 May 05: Yacht Fleet Owner Buys W Honolulu Hotel
2006 Jun 05: Deal to Buy W Hotel Falls Through
2007 Mar 18: Article about Brian Anderson and his twin sons
2007 Jan 02: Anna Lau Hired as W Hotel Housekeeping Director

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