Highgate Hawaii Expands with Oahu's First Adults-Only Hotel

Highgate Hawaii Group will open Oahu's first adults-only hotel, Romer House Waikiki, on June 1, 2024, offering a unique blend of nostalgia and luxury. The group is rapidly expanding in Hawaii, quadrupling its presence since 2018, with 18 properties currently and 10 more pending by 2028.

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Highgate Hawaii Expands with Oahu's First Adults-Only Hotel

Highgate Hawaii Expands with Oahu's First Adults-Only Hotel

Highgate Hawaii Group is set to open Oahu's first adults-only hotel, Romer House Waikiki, on June 1, 2024, as part of its rapid expansion in Hawaii. The 179-room property, meticulously designed to pay homage to Waikiki's iconic mid-century apartment architecture, promises a unique blend of nostalgia and luxury for discerning adult travelers.

Situated just off Kuhio Avenue in the heart of Waikiki, Romer House offers an immersive hotel experience tailored exclusively to adults. Amenities include Izakaya 855-ALOHA, a Japanese-Hawaii fusion eatery and bar, and The Backyard, a second-floor poolside oasis serving exquisite bentos and refreshing cocktails.

Kelly Sanders, President of Highgate Hawaii, emphasized the brand's dedication to providing personalized experiences, stating, "Highgate is committed to boldly expanding our hospitality portfolio to ensure that every guest—whether local or visitor—enjoys an experience that truly resonates with their interests, preferences, and budget." Sanders noted that Romer House fills a crucial niche in Oahu's hospitality landscape by catering to the discerning adult traveler.

The opening of Romer House Waikiki is part of Highgate Hawaii's rapid growth trajectory, which has seen the group quadruple its presence since 2018. Highgate will also take over management of the Kaimana Beach Hotel on Waikiki's Gold Coast in July 2024. The group has expanded from 4 hotels in 2018 to 18 properties currently, with another 10 pending as part of a growth cycle extending to 2028.

Highgate's Hawaii growth began in 2011 with the Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach and accelerated with acquisitions including the Pacific Beach Hotel, The Ambassador, and the Pearl Hotel Waikiki. The group now leads in Hawaii hospitality management contracts with more than 6,000 keys across a diverse portfolio of thriving assets.

BJ Kobayashi, chairman and CEO of BlackSand Capital, described Highgate's expansion as "one of the fastest growth trajectories that I've seen in a short period of time, not just in hospitality but in any industry." With its commitment to delivering tailored guest experiences and its strategic growth plans, Highgate Hawaii is poised to make a significant impact on the state's hospitality landscape in the coming years.

Key Takeaways

  • Romer House Waikiki, Oahu's first adults-only hotel, opens June 1, 2024.
  • The 179-room hotel features a mid-century design and luxury amenities.
  • Highgate Hawaii has quadrupled its presence since 2018, now with 18 properties.
  • The group will take over Kaimana Beach Hotel management in July 2024.
  • Highgate Hawaii leads in hospitality management contracts with over 6,000 keys.