Developer wants to bring fourth hotel to the Honolulu suburb



HONOLULU (AP) – A developer plans to move a fourth hotel to the Honolulu suburb of Kapolei as local residents and business travelers demand lower-cost hotel rooms outside of resort areas.

A Utah-based partnership is seeking city approval to build a 204-unit, limited-service hotel under the The Element by Westin brand, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported Thursday.

The neighborhood is already home to a 180-room Embassy Suites, which opened in 2017, and a 183-suite Marriott Residence Inn, which dates to 2019.

Ka Makana Ali’i Mall in Kapolei also features a 175-room Hampton Inn & Suites, which opened in 2016.

Partners in the $ 60-70 million Western States Lodging and Garn Development project developed the Embassy Suites and Marriot properties. They believe there is a need to support another hotel.

Kapolei Hotels attract local residents, business travelers, sports teams and other customers who are often looking for cheaper accommodations than Ko Olina or Waikiki.

The Element Hotel would need around 130 employees. Planned amenities include a dining room for the breakfast buffet, lounge and bar, grocery store, conference room, pool, spa, and fitness center.

Western States Lodging and Garn Development, who formed Kapolei Hotel Partners III LLC to develop The Element, require conditional use permits from the city, which has issued similar permits for the neighboring hotels.

The Leihano block in Kapolei where The Element is to be built is designed for mixed use by joint ventures, enabling commercial and residential uses with medium density.


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