Having just completed a multimillion-dollar renovation, The Royal Hawaiian hotel in Honolulu — affectionately known as the "Pink Palace of the Pacific" — has become the first hotel in Hawaii to gain membership in the Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported last week.
Opened in 1927, the 84-year-old hotel was one of 39 historic properties selected for the program, from more than 130 that were nominated. Chosen hotels — which must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, or recognized locally as having historic significance — become part of a booking network that connects travelers to historic properties, with a portion of all travel booking fees donated back to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
"Hotels in this world of Travelocity and Orbitz are looking for a way to promote themselves in a way that is not just based on rate," Frank Haas, dean of hospitality, business and legal education at the University of Hawaii's Kapiolani Community College, told the Star-Advertiser. "Historic travelers are willing to be a higher rate. They value experience over price."
Part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's "The Luxury Collection," The Royal Hawaiian has 528 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space. Last month, the property — which has counted among its famous guests President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Shah of Iran, Amelia Earhart, Clark Gable, Shirley Temple and George Burns, among many others — completed a $70 million renovation with the opening of re-designed guest rooms in its Royal Beach Tower.
For more information about the historic hotel, visit www.royal-hawaiian.com.