Wyland Waikiki Hotel Branded Doubletree By Hilton After $10 Mill Renovation

Wyland Waikiki Hotel Branded Doubletree By Hilton After $10 Mill Renovation

The much ballyhooed Wyland Hotel, which has dodged management rumors by this and that outfit for most of the summer, has been bought by a conglomerate of mainland investors, and will subsequently be managed by Hilton.

Chicago-based Lodging Capital Partners, a private equity firm, formed Hawaii-based WB-LCP Kuhio Owner LLC, with Boston-based real estate investors Westbrook Partners to purchase the 404-room hotel. Located on Royal Hawaiian Avenue at Kuhio Avenue, the former Ohana Waikiki Surf is at the tail end of an estimated $10 million renovation, which will be completed before opening, according to a Hilton spokesperson.

"We look forward to working with Wyland and the hotel owners in the weeks and months ahead to develop a variety of programs and initiatives that will communicate and celebrate The Wyland Waikiki's sense of place and passion for the beauty of the ocean and how it will be symbolized throughout this incredible hotel in Hawaii," said Dave Horton, senior vice president for Doubletree Hotels.

The hotel contains a large collection of artist Robert Wyland's marine life-themed works. Paintings and sculptures abound throughout the property, which Hilton has opted to open under their Doubletree brand. Wyland himself has dedicated a majority of his time and earnings in recent years towards educating children and ocean enthusiasts about the vulnerability of marine environments on a worldwide level.

The Wyland Waikiki, as it will be known, brings the Hilton Hotel Corporation's count to 10 properties that they are affiliated with in some manner on the Hawaiian Islands.

Hilton also operates more than 2,800 hotels in 80 countries worldwide. Additional brands included under the Hilton umbrella include Embassy Suite Hotels, Conrad and Waldorf=Astoria Collection hotels.