Laying low at the Laylow
This past week we celebrated Hoku’s 35th birthday at the Laylow Autograph collection hotel. It’s newly renovated and a brand new Marriott hotel located on Kuhio street in Waikiki. They just opened in late March of this year, after seeing their photos, I knew we needed to check this place out. I’m so glad that we chose Laylow for our staycation, as it did not disappoint!
Photo courtesy of @laylowwaikiki Instagram
Upon arrival, the valet attendants warmly greeted us and assisted us to the elevator to get up to the lobby. This place is classy, where modern+ vintage Hawaii collide. As we checked in at the front desk, they immediately asked if we were celebrating anything special. After notifying the front desk of Hoku’s birthday, they then said that we would be able to have a late checkout because of it! With our stay, we got a free $50.00 voucher for any tours or activities that they have available through their concierge.
(A few weeks before our stay, I got an email from the activity concierge who just wanted to thank us for choosing to stay with them, and to see if I needed any assistance with restaurant reservations or tour activities. I thought that was a very personal way to welcome us before we even got there.)
As the front desk handed us our keys, she notified us that we had a complimentary basket in our room and that everything in the basket was ours to keep no charge.
When we walked into our room we immediately fell in love with the unique decor. The wallpaper is a cute vibrant pop of teal + pink monstera leaves. Everything in the room and bathroom were very impressive with that modern yet mid-century Hawaiian feel.
During the duration of our stay, every employee we encountered were so kind to us, but most importantly, to our boys. We never felt unwelcomed because we had kids with us or felt like we needed them to keep them quiet.
The pool was one of my favorite parts of our stay. It’s beautiful! They have these unique loungers in the pool that both Zion and Mateo enjoyed to splash around on. It felt very secluded and one day we had the whole pool to ourselves.
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The night of Hoku’s birthday we had dinner reservations in the new International Market Place. The walk over was literally 2 minutes tops. The hotel is conveniently located between Nordstrom rack and the international market place. After dinner, we stopped by the Hideout in The Laylow hotel, located in the lobby and pool level. They have live music every night with such a wonderful ambience. They even have an area with a sand and fire pit that you can reserve for parties. As Hoku and I enjoyed a drink there, our server recognized that it was Hoku’s birthday because of his Lei he was wearing, and brought out a delicious bread pudding dessert on the house. This definitely surpassed our expectations.
In the mornings we enjoyed coffee and pastries from their little coffee shop. The worker was yet again a sweetheart to us and played with the boys while they sat in the stroller, and as she was making our order. I love that they even had spam musubis available, which made an easy meal at the pool.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! We loved it so much, I already booked another stay in the month of June for my birthday. We got a good rate through Expedia, but they also have Kamaaina rates if you live locally on the islands. A bonus thing is this is a pet friendly hotel for those of you who love to bring your fur babies wherever you go.