ResortQuest to help manage Ilikai
ResortQuest Hawaii will broaden its product mix of moderate and upscale properties when it begins providing some management services at the Ilikai and Aloha Beach hotels next month.
Effective Feb. 1, ResortQuest Hawaii will provide services including marketing and reservations to both properties.
The hotel chain, which manages 28 properties throughout the islands, has been aggressively expanding since it was acquired by Interval Acquisition Corp., an affiliated company of Interval International.
"The first stage of our repositioning includes expanding our portfolio of properties to reflect a product offering that will be more consistent with our expansion goals. By doing so, we anticipate healthy growth not only in Hawaii, but outside the state as well," said Kelvin Bloom, president of ResortQuest Hawaii.
Although ResortQuest Hawaii will provide management services for the Ilikai, the high-profile Waikiki hotel will continue to be operated under the Ilikai name by an affiliate of owner Anekona LLC.
Renovation plans that seek to preserve the Ilikai's distinctive look are under review.
The building, designed by architect John Graham, was Hawaii's first luxury high rise.
The hotel is best known for the sweeping zoom sequence on actor Jack Lord as "Steve McGarrett" standing on a penthouse balcony in the opening sequence of Hawaii Five-O.
"We are very pleased to be involved with this celebrated hotel that forever changed the landscape of Waikiki when built and introduce it to a new generation of upscale savvy travelers to Hawaii seeking hip design, comfort and amenities," Bloom said.
The Aloha Beach Hotel on Kauai will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation before being rebranded ResortQuest Aloha Beach Resort, but will continue to be operated by owner Anekona LLC.
Improvements to the 216-room beachfront resort will include renovated guest rooms, porte cochere, lobby, and restaurants along with a newly surfaced pool area and upgraded landscaping.