If you’ve looked for hotels in Honolulu, then you know there are an endless supply of options in all sorts of price ranges. So how do you narrow it down? For me, since I’m a member of Marriott BonVoy, I tend to look at hotels there first. It is what led me to The Laylow, Autograph Collection, of course, it’s not the only reason Michelle, and I stayed at the Laylow, but it did help that I earned points for this stay.
ABOUT THE LAYLOW, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
The Laylow is apart of the Autograph Collection Hotels, which are unique boutique hotels located all over the world. None of the Autograph Collection Hotels are the same or similar, they take the location of the hotel, and the city into consideration when designing and decorating each hotel. The attention to detail at The Laylow was incredible and didn’t go unnoticed.
From the second we got off the elevator, I was in love with this hotel. I was instantly transported back to what I think 1960’s O’ahu would be but with a modern, trendy vibe. Behind the checkout counter is an impressive collection of Hula Girls proudly displayed on wooden shelves.
The elevators are cutely decorated with painted plumerias on the walls, to get to your floor, you need to scan your room key first then press the button, it will not work without a room key, which I like for safety reasons.
The Hideout is a coffee shop that connects to the restaurant/bar. I’ll talk about this is in more detail in another post.
We did make a stop at the concierge, where Meena was incredibly helpful in helping us plan out what was left of our time on the island. Not sure what I’m talking about? Check out this post for some background information.
We used Roberts Hawaii’s shuttle service to get from the airport to The Laylow, we were the last drop off, so it took about 35-40 minutes to get to the hotel. If you take a taxi or if you’re renting a car, it should take about 30 minutes to get from the airport to the hotel. Located on lively Kūhiō Avenue, the Laylow sits next to the International Market Place and is around the corner from high-end shopping on Kalākaua Avenue and is walking distance to Waikiki Beach.
The $29 destination fee gets you an E Komo Mai Basket (welcome basket in your room), Wi-Fi access, Ukulele Lessons, if you happen to stay here on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, $50 credit for a select island activity, which needs to be booked within 48hrs of arrival, nightly live entertainment, Cruiser Bicycles, 24-Hour fitness center. If you’re heading to the pool, grab your complimentary beach towel, if you happen to be at the pool at 12pm look out for the drink samples, 1pm brings shave ice, and 4pm gets you frozen fruit bites. Like I mentioned earlier, there is also a coffee shop, restaurant/bar on property as well.
Our room was on the 11th floor, and it was terrific! It is simply decorated with a wood entertainment unit, complete with a mini fridge, welcome basket, and ukulele. Each room has a king bed or in our case 2 king beds, which were incredibly comfortable after a long day exploring. Behind the beds is a blue and pink palm leaf wall, perfect for selfies!
The bathroom is simple with a textured white wall, dark wood, and white floor shower and comes fully stocked with luxurious sundries and just in case you forgot them, makeup remover wipes, cotton balls, and q-tips.
Our room even had a small lanai, with 2 chairs and a small table. The view didn’t blow me away, but I could see some of the ocean and a small part of Diamond Head, so I was okay with that.
Even though we lost a full day, I loved every minute of our stay here. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The room was spacious but cozy at the same time. I would highly recommend this hotel for your Honolulu vacation, even though it is not a beachfront property you are still close enough to the beach and all of the fantastic shopping. I can’t wait to stay here again and experience the rest of the amenities that we didn’t get to on this trip.
Have you stayed at The Laylow? If so, how was your experience at the hotel? If you’ve stayed at any of the Autograph Collection Hotels, I would love to know which ones, and what you thought of them in the comments below! Mahalo for reading!