Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort’s US$45 million makeover of the Rainbow Tower, which first opened in 1968, is complete.
The Honolulu hotel began the transformation of all 800 rooms in the tower last April, with each room receiving new furnishings, carpet, wall coverings, bathrooms, tubs, fixtures, drapery and artwork. Architect and designer Ann Matsunami of Pacific Asia Design Group used the colors of Hawaii as the basis of developing themes for the new rooms: the colors of the sun represented by orange and gold in addition to tropical textures on clean shapes.
Corridors on all guestroom floors have been upgraded with new light fixtures, wall coverings, carpet and artwork. Elevators lobbies also received new elevator door faces and frames, new flooring, lighting and wall treatment.
The tower’s signature suites — the Duke Kahanamoku Suite and the Niumalu Suite on the 30th and 31st floors, respectively — received US$1 million in upgrades. Jewel tones of sapphire blue and gold recall the ocean along with soothing backgrounds of textured neutrals.