BY JOY WHITE
The Pacific Islands Club Guam will begin renovating its guest room bathrooms in late August as a continuation of
its ongoing upgrades to freshen the property and improve its guests’ experience.
“Commencing later this month and running through the end of year will be the renovation of bathrooms in Oceana Towers and all superior room and plus categories. … The renovation will continue into 2017 and 2018,” said Ben Ferguson, general manager of Pacific Islands Club Guam.
Oceana Tower A opened in 1989 and Oceana Tower B in 1991. The bathroom units are original, Ferguson said, and while there has been soft renovation over the years, no substantive work has been done.
This year, the emphasis has been on freshening Oceana Towers A and B, Ferguson said. Work began earlier this year by replacing the rooms’ louver doors with draperies to create a softer atmosphere.
“It’s definitely time to look at that and upgrade it. Of course our clientele expects a better experience. We felt as though it was time to do that. [Renovations] coupled with draperies will add a nice feel to the rooms,” Ferguson said.
The price tag for the bathroom renovations is in the neighborhood of $2.5 million. MKC Hawaii has been contracted to do the work.
Last year the hotel completed replacement of all public area carpets and furniture in the Royal Tower, installed new carpet in Oceana Tower B and renovated the Royal Club lounge and redesigned its function rooms, called the Siheky Rooms. (See “PIC continues property refurbishments” in the July 27, 2015 issue of the Journal).
Upgrades and additions are ongoing in the rest of the property.
The hotel will increase the number of Siheky Rooms.
Skylight Restaurant will be renovated by the end of the year, which will include a new buffet line to offer larger hot food stations and an additional beverage station. Seating will increase to 700. Work is expected to be completed by March.
PIC is adding a new restaurant, Ramen House Hokkaido, to its offerings. The restaurant will be located in the space that formerly housed a wedding salon in the lobby and is expected to open its doors by the end of the year.
The addition of the new restaurant and the renovations to Skylight will improve the hotel’s ability to provide meal plan service to guests, of which Korea is the primary market and Japan is also a key market, Ferguson said.
In July, PIC opened a 1,300-square-foot fitness facility. The facility caters to the fitness conscious traveler, Ferguson said. The facility cost more than $300,000 to construct. Mbj