The Laylow, Marriott Autograph Collection2299 Kuhio Ave
Honolulu, HI 96801
Design Achievement – Overlooking the hustle and bustle along entertainment-centric Kuhio Avenue is the newly renovated Laylow Hotel, Autography Collection. This classic off-beach, full service hotel is mixed into the energetic and urban center of Waikiki. It offers guests an authentic mid-century Hawaiian experience along with modern hotel amenities. DLR Group’s design took advantage of underutilized roof areas to relocate the existing ground floor lobby to the second level. This maximizes retail opportunities along Kuhio Avenue by adding approximately 10,000 SF of street facing retail on the ground level. As an added benefit, the featured corner tenant has an elevated street lanai to offer more connection to pedestrian traffic. Supplemental micro-piles were added to support increased structural load, and the existing columns and beams were wrapped in a carbon fiber mesh. These meticulous structural upgrades enabled the DLR Group design team to relocate the guest lobby to the second level, accessible via escalator. The design also expanded the roof deck to insert a new 5,000 SF Hideout Lounge, a secluded 5,000 SF pool deck, as well as a 3,000 SF spa and fitness center. As the design developed, the design team featured the strong indoor/outdoor connections and how guests interact with the different social zones and environments around the lobby experience. The design team curated this experience through the design and selection of wood post and beam structures, native coral stone, and imported decorative breeze blocks to set the mood and make a memorable first impression for arriving guests.
Scope Summary – The project scope encompassed a complete renovation and modernization of an existing 16-story, 251 room hotel consisting of 186 guest-rooms and 65 suites. Following a comprehensive, $60-million renovation, the Laylow is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. New guestroom configurations and bathroom updates were integrated into the guest tower. A second level lobby, spa, full service food and beverage outlets, and pool deck were added to existing roof areas and interior space. Ground level retail areas along Kuhio Avenue were enhanced and infilled where the existing lobby and back of house functions originated. The design also included a 20,500 SF parking garage for hotel guests and shoppers located just below street level. Official Manufacturing Company provided interior design and branding. DLR Group provided architecture, and structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering services.