Ala Moana Hotel Specialty Suites

Ala Moana Hotel Specialty Suites


Repeat client Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra approached InForm Design to refresh nine of its Specialty Suites, ranging from studios to a four-bedroom, four-bathroom suite.

CLIENT: Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra

LOCATION: Honolulu, HI



The specialty suites were reborn with a modern aesthetic that melds tropical Hawaiian influence with a timeless and contemporary flavor. We approached the project similarly to that of a residential one, ensuring elements were thoughtful, unique and memorable.


The challenge was to reinvent the suites while working with the existing finishes and recently installed multi-colored dramatic blue graphic carpet, all on a limited budget. The previously maple toned, eclectic-styled interiors were transformed into an elevated yet easygoing environment that upgrades the suites to the modern times.


We opted for a streamlined and neutral palette incorporating soft ocean blues to help tie the new furnishings to the existing carpet, browns, cremes, and seafoam green — a nod to the natural landscape and the world-famous Ala Moana Beach across the street.

We thought about the texture—both visually and to the touch—to create layers that would feel interesting and be noticed throughout a person’s stay. Just as one discovers personal and subjective moments in Hawai‘i’s environment, we wanted that to occur on a smaller scale in the suites.


While there is a repetition of design elements at the Ala Moana Hotel Specialty Suites, subtle color shifts and small differences in seat good types and artwork make a big impact in differentiating the suites, allowing guests to have a familiar yet fresh experience each time they return.

Ala Moana Hotel Specialty Suites
Ala Moana Hotel Specialty Suites
Ala Moana Hotel Specialty Suites

We completely reimagined the identity of each suite to become a home-away-from-home for the sophisticated traveler.

Jen Toba-Davila