Reef Hotel Reopens After Initial Renovations On Guam

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$12 million dedicated for renovations to 38 year-old hotel

By Mar-Vic Cagurangan

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, Dec. 18, 2012) – The Guam Reef Hotel yesterday reopened its doors as it marked the completion of the first phase of its $12 million renovation, offering yet another sign of optimism for Guam tourism.

"This is only the beginning; we still have more facilities to build and upgrade," Guam Reef General Manager Yasuhiro Kotera said during the soft opening ceremony held at the hotel’s newly renovated entrance area.

The facility’s facelift was the first major project undertaken by HIS Co. Ltd. of Japan since it acquired the 18-story, 453-room hotel in April.

"Today’s opening opens the door to many new possibilities and supports a diverse and potential benefit to the community and the people of Guam," Kotera added.

Guam Reef temporarily shut down the Beach Tower on Oct. 15 to commence the first phase of the project, which consisted of an overhaul of the hotel’s Beach Tower, which covered the lobby area, the gift shop, receiving section, and the pool area.


Gov. Eddie Calvo noted that the 38-year-old hotel – one of the pioneers in Tumon – has seen and been part of the "ups and downs" of Guam’s economy.

The hotel’s new capital investment is an indication of a newfound confidence in Guam, the governor added.

Calvo said Guam Reef’s upgrade also complements the government’s efforts to expand the visa waiver program for Guam.

The first phase of the project consisted of the overhaul of the hotel’s Beach Tower, which covered the lobby area and the gift shop.

More to build

Kotera said Guam Reef will also upgrade its chapel, poolside bar and spa, restaurants, and will open a karaoke bar.

"These are just a few examples of the actions we are taking as part of our renewed vision in the hotel and restaurant industry," Kotera said. "We will continue to build a competitive and productive hotel and our investment represents an important step in that direction."

The project’s second phase, which follows immediately, involves the upgrade on the Infinity Tower.

A grand reopening is scheduled for February next year.

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