Waikiki Chill: The Laylow, Autograph Collection

Laylow Waikiki Main Entrance

I had an event in Waikiki this past Saturday and decided to take advantage of the night out and book a hotel. I had come across pictures of the newly renovated Laylow on Instagram and instantly became obsessed with staying there. A mix of post-modern and beach-chic, the Laylow seemed to encompass my ideal chill spot. So get on with it, you say? Show us this magical place! Ok, let’s start with the lobby.

Laylow Waikiki lobby sitting area

Laylow Waikiki lobby check in area

The lobby is adorable. With space to check-in, lounge about and even sway gently in one of two hanging chairs, it doesn’t feel very lobby-like. Our check-in was super easy and they were even able to upgrade our room to a higher level. We were offered a snack of some sweet pineapple as we waited, which I thought was a nice touch.

We were given a room on the 12th floor and I was super stoked to realize that it was a corner room! That typically means more space and potentially windows on two sides. We entered the room and honestly could not believe how spacious it was. There was space for a king bed, large lounging couch, super cute accent chair and even a table with space to seat maybe 3 people. The room also had two walkout balconies with chairs! The bathroom happened to be handicap accessible, so it was spacious as well.

Laylow Waikiki room overview

Laylow Waikiki room couch

Laylow Waikiki room decor

Also in the room was a lovely basket full of goodies provided by the Laylow as a welcome gift! What a special touch. It included Laylow branded slippers (flip flops), Waialua soda bottles, taro chip snacks and some other local goodies. I love stuff like this and it’s nice when a business realizes how the little things can go a long way in making a great impression of your brand.

Laylow Waikiki Gift Basket

Although I could lounge around in this incredibly chic and tropical boudoir all day, I was itching to explore the property. We decided to head back downstairs to the main floor. Adjacent to the lobby is the hotel restaurant and bar, The Hideout. It follows the same beachy, jungalow vibe as the rest of the property and I just love how it’s styled. There are many different areas to hang out. Chairs and cushioned benches, cafe tables and even two large fire pits.

Laylow Waikiki Hideout

Laylow Waikiki Hideout Seating

Laylow Waikiki Hideout firepit

Laylow Waikiki Hideout Drinks

We decided to partake in an adult bevy at the bar and asked the bartender to whip up a tropical drink. She surprised us with a couple of pina colada type cocktails which were delish. We hung out a bit and then headed up to the room so I could get ready for a work event I had to attend.

The next morning we decided to continue our exploration of the property. One area we hadn’t experienced yet was the pool. I was up bright and early to take advantage of the quieter morning hours, hoping that most other guests were sleeping-in so I could snag a lounger.

The pool, although a bit on the smaller side, has a very modern, posh feel to it. Cedar deck with wide double loungers, sitting chairs and even a couple of cabanas makes for an amazing space! There are towels available that have the same branded palm print seen throughout the hotel as well as a station that has water, some fresh fruit and even some suntan lotion, all complimentary.

Laylow Waikiki Pool

Laylow Waikiki Pool Loungers

I was super excited that one of the cabanas happened to be available, and after asking if it was reserved, we were given the go-ahead to claim it! I was pretty much in heaven at this point.

Laylow Waikiki Pool Cabana

Oh! And one more thing to add. Breakfast. We ate at the Hideout and it was ah-mazing. I had this sort of eggs benedict style plate with shrimp crab cakes and potatoes. Oh my god, it was so delicious. The Mr. had the breakfast sandwich with Portuguese sausage and potatoes. Oh, and the coffee was top notch as well. An excellent choice for brunch whether or not you stay here.

Breakfast at the Hideout Laylow Waikiki

Breakfast at the Hideout Laylow Waikiki

So I didn’t want to leave but we needed to check-out by 11AM. I’m sure if we had asked they would have given us a later checkout (because they had given us an early check in!) but we needed to get back home to relieve Nana of her babysitting duties.

I had to leave my little Laylow dreamworld for the time being, but I know that I will return soon. If you are looking to stay in Waikiki I highly recommend The Laylow. It’s uniquely styled, has great staff and as of right now has some pretty amazing rates. Check ’em out! Aloha.

The Laylow, Autograph Collection Waikiki

(Here are a few more photos to drool over. This place is super Instagram friendly)

Vintage Hula Dolls at The Laylow Waikiki
Vintage Hula Dolls at The Laylow Waikiki
The Laylow Waikiki Pool
The Laylow Waikiki Pool
The Hideout at The Laylow Waikiki
The Hideout at The Laylow Waikiki
The Hideout Coffee Bar at The Laylow Waikiki
The Hideout Coffee Bar at The Laylow Waikiki
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Stay Inspired: Instagram Accounts to Follow

Aloha February. Nice to see you! I’m feeling pretty inspired lately and I want to spread it around like Nutella on toast. For today’s post I’m highlighting a few Instagram accounts that you should be following (if you aren’t already). These Instagrammers always show up to my feed with some inspired content. So go on, be a follower!

IG accounts to follow


 

@pennyanddash
Mel and Jess are two best friend bloggers who started Penny & Dash (named after their two pets) after graduating college. These two BFFs are just too cute. They both have fantastic taste and post a great mix of style and travel images. Their positive energy is contagious.

Penny & Dash Instagram
(c) @pennyanddash

 

@thedonutfeed
Well, because DONUTS of course! This is a fantastically sweet IG account that features the most creatively styled donuts. Curated by creative entrepreneur Maria Carras, @thedonutfeed always helps to enhance my already existing sugar crave. Maria can also be found @carrascreative. You should really just go ahead and follow both of her accounts.

@thedonutfeed donut images
(c) @thedonutfeed

 

@roadtrip_chic
Influencer Julia Kaldelis infuses a combination of both chic style and gorgeous destinations into @roadtrip_chic. Crystal blue pools, perfectly styled outfits and posh environments help convey her cool vibe. I would just love to be her travel buddy.

@roadtrip_chic images
(c) @roadtrip_chic

 

@the96815
Oahu-based creative Nova Rizzo shares everything Waikiki through her own dreamy lens. It’s easy to get lost wandering along side her, sipping sweet pina coladas and watching the sun melt behind pink fluffy clouds. I must meet up with her for pau hana.

@the96815
(c) @the96815

So what do ya think? What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts? Share some for me to follow in the comments below. Aloha!

 

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