Fine-tuning a Waikiki Classic

The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa is gearing up for a busy summer. Renovations of the hotel's rooms will soon commence, including removing armoires in the rooms, adding 32-inch plasma TVs, and replacing guest floor hallway carpets.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa

The project will target three floors at a time and will not impact the guest experience.

When considering which rooms to book for your clients, there are several factors to take into account. From the 25th floor and higher, guests will have a nice view of the coastline, beach and Diamond Head. The best rooms are in the hotel's Diamond HeadTower, rooms 59 through 63.

The best city views are in the EvaTower, floors 5 through 14. Of these, the absolute best city views are in the 05 series of rooms: 505, 605, etc. These rooms face downtown Waikiki. FastFacts

Look for the hotel to start its own surf school this July. Although details have yet to be determined, the hotel will partner with a recognized surf competition champion. Plans are to keep the classes small, with no more than six students per instructor. The classes will take place off the beach directly across from the hotel.

A spokesperson for the hotel notes that the booking window is shrinking; agents are advised to book as far out as possible. Agents can also book into 2008 through wholesalers at 2007 rates.

The property has video checkout and message system, a fitness center, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and the Na Ho'ola Spa. Presently agents can't book spa appointments ahead of arrival for their guests, although the property is looking for a way to make this possible. Hawaii Airline Update

The travel agent liaison is Renee Archer Nakashima, senior sales manager (808-237-6218, rnakashima@hyatt.com).

Group Booking Incentive

The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa is also offering a group booking incentive for reservations made within the year, for stays within the year. Groups will automatically receive a one-category room upgrade and free in-room Wi-Fi Internet access. The hotel will also split the cost of a two-hour cocktail reception for the group.