Following a $30 million renovation, the historic Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo -- on Hawaii's Big Island -- is now The Grand Naniloa Hotel Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide announced today.
"For years, our property has been a marquee destination for guests traveling to the volcanoes or for business. Now, thanks to our extensive renovations and inclusion under the DoubleTree by Hilton brand banner, we are undoubtedly the finest upscale hotel option anywhere on this side of the Island of Hawaii," said General Manager Phyllis Branco.
The property -- which previously was known as the Hilo Naniloa Hotel and Golf Club, and the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort prior to that -- originally opened in 1964. Located on 72 acres, it's home to Hilo's only nine-hole golf course and has 320 accommodations spread across three towers overlooking Hilo Bay on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.
The renovated hotel now features a hula theme, the centerpiece of which is a $4 million collection of hula art curated by world-famous hula photographer Kim Taylor Reece. The collection is on display in guest rooms, common areas, and the lobby, which will feature rotating exhibits highlighting aspects of Hilo's history and Hawaiian culture.
Other hotel highlights include an outdoor swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a lobby lounge that includes a large outdoor deck, a live music venue, and 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
"Hilo Bay is filled with scenic destinations and is home to some of the most exciting, natural geology in the world," said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "As our first hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii, this stunning property is sure to deliver the 'wow' its guests are traveling to find, while also providing the … award-winning service that our guests expect when staying at any DoubleTree by Hilton around the world."
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