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W Hotel Honolulu History
1999 - 2008

The hotel known today as the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel first opened in the 1960's as the Colony East Hotel. When Starwood took over managing the hotel in 1999 it was repositioned as a luxury boutique hotel and given a new name, the W Honolulu Hotel.

In the late 1990's, the hotel at 2885 Kalakaua Avenue, known then as the Colony East Hotel, was given a $10 million renovation. At the time of the renovation, the hotel was still part of the two-building Colony Surf Hotel Complex.

In August of 1999, Starwood Hotels and Resorts took over managing the formerly Colony East Hotel. Starwood planned to reposition it a luxury property and operate it as a completely separate hotel.

Near the end 1999, the formerly Colony East Hotel reopened with a new name, the W Honolulu Hotel. "W" was a brand Starwood had first introduced in 1998 to highlight and market its most exclusive and luxurious boutique-size hotels. The W Hotel Honolulu had some of the highest room rates in Waikiki.

In 2002, Colony Capital Incorporated listed the W Hotel Honolulu for sale at a price of $9.8 million.

On August 17 2004, Big Island Investor Brian Anderson's company Anekona W purchased the W Honolulu Hotel. Brian Anderson's father DG "Andy" Anderson was 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 Anderson also owns (or at least at one time owned) the Kauai Beach Resort and the Regency on Beachwalk.

In May of 2006 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".
- Yacht Fleet Owner Buys W Honolulu Hotel

In June of 2006, 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.
Deal to Buy W Hotel Falls Through

In October of 2008, the First Hawaiian Bank began a foreclosure action on the W Hotel because it was owed nearly $5 million by Brian Anderson's Anekona W company.

The W Honolulu Hotel continued to be operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts as a luxury boutique hotel through the end of 2008.

In January of 2009 the property was renamed the Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel and Castle Resorts became the new hotel operator.

For more information about the history of the building 2885 Kalakaua Avenue see Colony East 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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