We stayed at this Courtyard By Marriott in January 2013 and loved it. It was a huge dilemma as to which Marriott to stay at on the island of Kauai. After talking to several different people about the 2 Marriott's on the island we chose this one and I'm glad we did. It had everything that we were looking for. This hotel is on a secluded beach and you can watch the sunrise with a nice hot cup of coffee every morning. We saw lots of whales breaching all day long while we laid on the hotel provided lawn chairs. The beach itself isn't really a good one to swim in as there's lots of rocks however we did see some of the locals go snorkeling for their dinner.
The lobby is nice and open and there's a valet stand, a concierge to offer you advise on the local attractions and each day there was a different vender selling their artwork (bone carvers, beaders, woodworkers). There's the typical Courtyard market where you can buy snacks and toiletries that you forgot to bring with you. However I will warn you they are overpriced but the good thing is there's a Safeway & ABC store just down the block where you can pick up these things for much less. Starbucks is only 2 blocks away too.
We ate in the bar a few times and the menu was very good and not too pricey. Pull pork sandwiches, shrimp tacos & Marriott burgers. The usual stuff. I did enjoy the pineapple mango daiquiri several times. The restaurant seemed to be over our budget and we wanted to try some of the local restaurants. However the breakfast menu in the hotel looked real good and very convenient.
They have a Hula show at least once a week with the most adorable little girls shaking what god gave them. Also the hotel offers hula lessons, yoga lessons and lei making lessons.
The hallway that leads to the guest rooms were very dark which at first was a little discouraging but who spends time in the hallway? The guest room had dark wood furniture but the windows were large so it was bright in the room during the day and at night it was perfectly dark and relaxing. Our bed was fabulous and the linens were soft. We had a balcony which was "snug" and really only fit 1 person comfortably. The wireless internet was spotty and really the best place to have good service was out on the balcony! I did hear that in the lobby the internet was much stronger. One plus on the internet is that it was free.
We went to the other Marriott in Lihue and ate at Dukes. That Marriott is huge and you have to walk a mile to get to anyplace. The pool is spectacular and their beach is great for swimming; paddle boarding. I've heard from several different people the rooms are very dated. This Marriott is also close to lots of shopping and several restaurants and lots of traffic. So with this all in mind we chose the Coconut Beach Courtyard to have a more relaxing and secluded time and loved it.
We will definitely stay here again.