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I read that Ocean Tower is being done in stages. Does anyone know if they've finished the first section and if there is currently construction going on there? Thanks!
 

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Yes the first phase was completed. It sounds like phase 2 should be completed sometime this year.

Brochure from an earlier thread - https://tugbbs.com/forums/attachments/ocean-tower-brochure-pdf.8179/

From February 2019 https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190207005883/en/
Over the course of this multi-phase project, there will be approximately 350 units comprised of studios, one-, two- and three- bedroom suites including upgraded penthouse residences. The project’s initial phase, which is now complete, features 72 units consisting of 18 studios, 24 one-bedroom suites, 24 two-bedroom suites and six three-bedroom suites.

From October 2020 - https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201029005282/en/Hilton-Grand-Vacations-Reports-Third-Quarter-2020-Results
Net loss and Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2020, included a net deferral of $8 million relating to sales made at Ocean Tower at Hilton Grand Vacations Club Phase II and Maui Bay Villas projects, which were under construction during the period. The Company anticipates recognizing these revenues and related expenses in 2021 when it expects to complete these projects and recognize the net deferral impacts.

From a January 2021 Guest Review on the HGV Club Member resort page - https://club.hiltongrandvacations.com/en/resort/hawaii-big-island/ocean-tower-by-hilton-grand-vacations-club
Christmas in Hawaii
by Justin Foco on 01/11/2021
The entire Ocean Tower is under construction renovation. It is a frustration to get around the construction and some level of rooms are only available in ADA rooms. The resort is nice but Kings' Land can provide a more comfortable experience. Ocean Tower though offers amazing sunsets.
 

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Thank you! So based on the brochure, the Mauka Wing is phase one and it’s completed. Do you know which wing is phase 2/currently under construction?
 

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Here’s what was reported in an old 2018 thread by Sandy VDH (see link to thread below). I don’t know if this is still true.

... I was there in Aug, perhaps they revised their plans, as the phase 1 I was shown was only a partial of the ring farthest from the ocean and mostly on the maui side, none facing the lagoon side. Phase 2 was to include the middle ring and a small portion of the ring closest to the ocean.”

 

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We have reservations for October, although I am concerned about parking charges. Also I have heard that checking in is awkward since The Towers are a good distance from the hotel lobby. I do know The Towere have their own lobby but it would be interesting to find out how this procedure works.
I head that the front tower construction is well underway but do not know what floors are involved. The back tower is either completely done.
It would be great if anyone who is at Bay Club, Kahala Suites or Kingsland could check this out and take pictures.
 

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We have reservations for October, although I am concerned about parking charges. Also I have heard that checking in is awkward since The Towers are a good distance from the hotel lobby. I do know The Towere have their own lobby but it would be interesting to find out how this procedure works.
I head that the front tower construction is well underway but do not know what floors are involved. The back tower is either completely done.
It would be great if anyone who is at Bay Club, Kahala Suites or Kingsland could check this out and take pictures.
They were putting in a drive up loop at the new lobby the last time I was there but the only vehicles I saw were shuttles from the main lobby. That might be more convenient for hauling in luggage that walking, taking the monorail, or the boats.
 

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They were putting in a drive up loop at the new lobby the last time I was there but the only vehicles I saw were shuttles from the main lobby. That might be more convenient for hauling in luggage that walking, taking the monorail, or the boats.
There is an access road behind the Ocean Tower and Palace Tower, leading to the main street. So, if they wanted to, they can improve the area/road to create an HGVC only drive in/check in area.
 

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So there is a drive up loop? Anyone know if there's plans to make this accessible for guest pick up/drop off/tour buses? And you mentioned that there were shuttles from the main lobby? Is this the $2 a person shuttle I've read about? If so, can I get dropped off at the main lobby and catch a shuttle that drops me off right at the Ocean Tower (instead of waiting for tram or boat?) Thanks everyone!
 

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So there is a drive up loop? Anyone know if there's plans to make this accessible for guest pick up/drop off/tour buses? And you mentioned that there were shuttles from the main lobby? Is this the $2 a person shuttle I've read about? If so, can I get dropped off at the main lobby and catch a shuttle that drops me off right at the Ocean Tower (instead of waiting for tram or boat?) Thanks everyone!
There is a maintenance access road. Not sure if they will make it a drive up loop but if there is a will there is a way.

As for the Shuttle, it is at the ground floor of the main lobby. It is $2 one way and If I remember right it runs until about 1100pm. I used it to get to Kings and Queens shopping center. There is a grocery store that had reasonable prices and of course restaurants and stores. However, I haven't been there since 2019 so I am not sure if any of those shopping centers are open.
 

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So the shuttle only runs from main lobby/parking lot area to kings/queens shops? Not from main lobby to ocean tower lobby? Thanks!
 

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So the shuttle only runs from main lobby/parking lot area to kings/queens shops? Not from main lobby to ocean tower lobby? Thanks!
From the main lobby, you can take the monorail or boat or walk (my preference) to Ocean Tower to check in. If you don't take the monorail or have too much luggage, check it with the bell captain, and it'll be delivered to your room after you check in.
 
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