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Marriott ousted from hip Waikiki hotel, WSJ says…

Posted on 29 August 2011


This screenshot shows the new website for the Marriott-operated Edition Waikiki hotel, which the owners on Aug. 29, 2011 are now calling the Modern Honolulu. The change is part of a bitter business dispute.


Did you have plans to stay at the Waikiki Edition in Hawaii to see Marriott and boutique hotel pioneer Ian Schrager’s trendy creation?


Guess again. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop this morning about how – in the middle of the night – the luxury hotel’s owners dramatically installed new management, changed the locks on the door, and even changed the hotel’s name and signs. And they did it despite having a 30-year management contract with the Edition brand, the story says.


So where does this legal dispute leave travelers? And what does this mean for Marriott customers who have reservations at Edition, especially if they had used Marriott Rewards loyalty points to pay for their stay? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.


According to the Journal, the hotel’s now called the Modern Honolulu. It’s managed by Waikiki-based Aqua Hotels and Resorts, which operates mostly less expensive hotels such as the Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki (about $69 a night and up).


The situation is sure to confuse customers, especially since as of today there are now dueling websites for the Edition Waikiki/Modern Honolulu.


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