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Published on : Thursday, May 11, 2017
Autograph Collection Hotels, part of Marriott International, today announced the grand opening of The Laylow following an extensive $60 million renovation. Bringing the brand’s values of vision, design and craft to the island of Oahu, The Laylow joins a distinguished portfolio of more than 100 independent hotels around the world that are exactly like nothing else.
“We are proud to introduce Autograph Collection Hotels to the island of Oahu with the opening of The Laylow, bringing a new, culturally rich perspective to the brand’s expanding portfolio of passionately independent hotels around the world,” said Julius Robinson, Vice President and Global Brand Lead, Autograph Collection Hotels.
“We are thrilled to invite global travelers to experience a new side of Waikiki through the lens of The Laylow: laid back luxury amidst a thoughtfully-designed urban oasis,” continued Robert Friedl, General Manager of The Laylow, an Autograph Collection Hotel. “The Laylow is one of the prominent properties leading the renaissance of Kuhio Avenue now buzzing with new retail and restaurants, including the recently redeveloped International Market Place. It used to be all about Kalakaua Avenue, but among people in the know, Kuhio Avenue is the place to be.”
Heartfelt Hawaiian Design with Nostalgic Sense of Place
Perched above the revitalized Kuhio Avenue in the heart of Waikiki, the 251-room hotel blends midcentury modernism with its Hawaiian roots, melding the island’s melting pot of cultures and the post-war architecture movement that shaped modern Honolulu.
The hotel’s creative design was led by Fritz Mesenbrink and Jeremy Pelley, co-founders of Official Mfg. Co. of Portland, Ore., who drew upon works by midcentury visionaries to inspire the aesthetic of guestrooms, suites and public spaces while Hawaiian furnishings from the period have been reinterpreted to give the hotel a hint of whimsy and its distinct sense of place.
“Hawaiian midcentury modernism is the heart that beats at the core of The Laylow,” explains Mesenbrink. “Architect Vladimir Ossipoff’s signature work, the Liljestrand House overlooking Honolulu, exemplified that design movement in Hawaii and was the jumping off point that inspired the interior design and furnishings as well as the exceptional character of The Laylow Hotel.”
Upon arrival to The Laylow, guests rise above Kuhio Avenue to the open lobby level replete with simple, elegant midcentury furnishings and a stunning terracotta breezeblock wall, sculpted in graphic patterns reminiscent of Hawaiian tapa and open to the trade winds, preserving the flow of air and energy throughout the space. Furniture includes refurbished antiques and custom pieces inspired by midcentury modern classics, created with reclaimed woods and vintage style accents throughout the hotel. A hotel greeter with a tray of chilled local pineapple bites and oshibori, chilled towels, offers instant refreshment to weary travelers.
Each well-appointed guestroom and suite boasts bold, custom-created monstera leaf wallpaper, inspired by vintage bark cloth patterns, perfectly capturing and refreshing the motif of the time period. Surf nostalgia photography books, art tomes and an authentic ukulele line the shelves. The color palette blends warm earth tones and textural neutrals for a calming ambiance, while pops of burnt orange, cobalt hues of the ocean and tropical pinks add bursts of eccentric flair.
Olfactory enthusiasts will be thrilled to experience the exclusive collection of in-room bath and beauty amenities developed by the apothecary company Maak Lab. With simple plant-based ingredients and essential oils, Maak Lab sought to capture the essence of the Pacific Ocean and define the scent of The Laylow.
Reimagining the Pacific Rim:
A Hideout, a Secluded Pool and a 24/7 Fitness Studio
The Laylow’s signature restaurant, Hideout, serves up reimagined Pacific Rim classics that place local ingredients front and center. Executive Chef Bryan Byard crisscrossed the islands to source the freshest ingredients from the ocean and local farms for the restaurant’s inventive breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that include a Kauai prawn and crab cake eggs benedict with mango hollandaise, coconut porter short ribs and a Kalua pork and Wagyu burger.
Hideout extends to an open-air terrace with two fire pits overlooking Kuhio Avenue, where guests can enjoy entertainment by island musicians as well as artisan cocktails or craft beer from Hawaii breweries. Just steps away from Hideout, lush bamboo and tropical foliage border the tension-edged saltwater pool encased in a deck of Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood. The intimate setting is dotted with lounge chairs, pune`e (dreamy daybeds) and private cabanas, with restored Hawaiian accents like kapa (tropical bark cloth) and lauhala (woven leaves from the hala tree).