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Kauai Marriott Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   3610 Rice St, Kalapaki Beach, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766   |  
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“We loved, loved, loved the Marriott!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2005

We stayed at the Marriott in Lihue, Kauai from May 6-14, 2005 as a family vacation with our sons, age 2 and 9. My husband and I had been to Hawaii before, we stayed at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort on the Big Island, and had thought that no place could rival Mauna Lani....until we stayed at the Marriott.

Location itself is VERY convienent - it's such a sort jaunt to the airport! No excuse for missing flights! Other posters complained about air traffic. Come on, this is Kauai, not Dulles in D.C. There is an occasional plane, but it's not disruptive in the least. The only reason I even took notice to a plane or helicopter was that they were being pointed out by my fascinated 2 yr. old. The location is also convienent for sightseeing. It's approximately in the middle of everything you'd like to see on the island.

The grounds of the resort are beautiful and plush. The chickens are an interesting addition. The roosters do their cock-a-doddle-do, but it's not loud enough to wake anyone from a slumber.

Room - We had an ocean/pool view and were extremely please. We had an amazing view of the gorgeous pool, as well as the beach. The rooms were VERY clean and seemed recently renovated.

Pool - We cannot say enough about the pool. It is absolutely HUGE! It's all the same depth (4'something), and even when the resort is busy, the pool doesn't get crowded. The fountains that spray into the pool are fun, too. There's an island lounge chair area in the middle that is accessed by a bridge across the pool. My 2 year old also enjoyed the baby pool. There are cabana lounge chairs for 2 people spaced nicely around the pool that can be reserved and used for a fee. After 2:00 pm, they are 1/2 price. We had one for 1/2 day so my younger son could nap in the shade. It's open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Swims by the light of the tiki torches is a nice way to cool off and end a day.

Beach - There's been some bad press about the beach on this site. It almost made me skeptical about coming to the Marriott. The only thing bad about the beach is that it's a little too silty to snorkel. No fault of the resort, it's just the way the shore line is set up. You can rent canoes, body boards, snorkel gear, etc. at the little shop just past the Duke's restauant along the beach. Although we drove to Poipu Beach and Lydgate State Park to snorkel (both excellent!), we still rented our snorkel gear from the hotel. There are waves at the beach - not huge in front of the hotel, but big enough to surf down beach a little.

Restaurants - There are a few restaurants on-site that I want to note:

- Kuku's Poolside Restuarant & Bar - Great breakfast buffet. It seemed a little pricy at first to us, but after we thought about it, we couldn't beat the price. My 2 yr. old ate free, and my 9 yr. cost a $1 with an adult. We couldn't beat that, even with the ala carte continental breakfast. Make sure to hit the omelet station! Kuku's also has a popular dinner prime rib and crab leg buffet on Friday and Sat. nights. Very yummy.

- Kalapaki Bar & Grill - Located between the pool and beach, open from 11 AM - 5 PM. Serve lunch/bar sort of food and drinks. Food is good, drinks are better...

- Duke's - Along the beach for dinner. Pretty casual, noted as a barefoot bar. Very good, gets busy. I had the ribs w/ some sort of mango bbq sauce - excellent.

Staff - Every staff member that we encountered treated us excellent. We felt right at home.

Golf - My husband played a round at the Kiele Course, the "nicer" of the two resort course, in his opinion. He rented clubs and had a fantastic round. A Jack Nicklaus designed course, it is a par 72, 7,070-yard course that hosted the 1991 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. My husband did some research and found that in 1996, Golf Digest ranked Kiele among the country's to 75 upscale courses; while The Golfer proclaimed Kiele one of Hawaii's 10 finest courses. I didn't play, but he had a nice round.

Anyway - we had an amazing time! The resort is excellent for families as well as couples looking for a romantic haven. I noticed a nice mix of vacationing people.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2005

Our favorite of 3 islands and 3 hotels. Amazing! Everything was perfect.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2005

I spent sooo long researching the hotels in Kauai to find our perfect honeymoon destination and I think the Marriott Kauai Beach Club is definitely one of the best on the island.

I would say The Hyatt would probably be THE best, the grounds are definitely the most luxurious, although it doesn’t have a beach location so this would have been a downside for us - oh and the fact we couldn’t afford it!!!

The Sheraton was another front runner for us but we went to see this while on the island and it really isn’t a patch on the Marriott - I would have been really disappointed in fact - mainly because as the reviews do mention you are literally across the road if you go for a standard room, and it really doesn’t have the luxurious wow factor feel of the Marriott.

The Marriott really does have a beautiful pool area and I found the bay/beach area really picturesque it was picture postcard, not very wide but for us it was fine. it was lovely to be in the pretty bay and the sea in general was very calm. The rooms are nice too - spacious and clean. We were given champagne and strawberries covered in chocolate as congratulations. Every night our sheets were turned back and a Hawaiian myth or message was left on our pillow with flowers, this was a lovely touch I have kept all of our messages to put in our honeymoon album.

We hired a car; having bought a guidebook I was a women on a mission to see the whole island. I am sooo glad we did this, the east side of the island is really quite cloudy in comparison to the west, it really was unbelievable we would set out under thick cloud and sometimes even rain and half an hour away we would arrive to clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine. I would recommend staying on the west - or at least the south if you plan to do a lot of sun bathing. The beaches to the west are beautiful - wide, sandy and pretty empty. With the help of the guide book (it was actually stuck to my hand most of the time) we found Jo-Jo's shaved ice, The Shrimp Station some beautiful waterfalls and really remote beaches that I think we otherwise would have completely missed.

Just a mention on eating out - Dukes is a must - you can eat here quite cheaply if you want to, its so close and has a very traditional Hawaiian feel to it, its also open quite late in comparison to most of the other restaurants. I loved the Italian next door too. For a more romantic expensive night out I would really recommend Gaylord’s- beautiful setting and beautiful food. In general we found it quite expensive to eat and everyone eats really early - we saw people going to dinner at 5pm??!! On our first night we went out at 8.30 and they sweeping under our feet rushing to get us out by 9.30.The dining experience all feels very rushed in Hawaii, which I find odd as I have no idea where these people are being rushed off to, no one goes out after dinner, not that we were looking for night life because for us the meal is our evening but it was impossible to make this last. Your main courses were bought up in some cases before you had finished your starter at the very least before your plates had been cleared. This meant that I was always full when the main course cam and we were in bed by 9.30!! (It was our honeymoon I suppose!)

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2005

We stayed here from April 8-15th. The hotels grounds are to die for. Just beautiful!! The room was very nice. Not a dump ! There are a few, minor things that could be fixed , but in no way is it a dump. The resort grounds make up for any imperections you may have in your room. People that say this is a dump are without any doubt, people that expect complete perfection. This resort is very nice. wonderful grounds, beautiful pool (although it is not heated...alittle cool in early spring). YOU GO TO KAUAI TO RELAX AND HAVE FUN, NOT TO JUST SIT IN YOUR ROOM AND PICK OUT THE IMPERFECTIONS!!
BOTTOM LINE: The room is typical of most marriotts. The grounds are the nicest around. Location is great!!!! You hardly ever hear the airport. I maybe noticed it twice- the whole week! You will love it, if you enjoy beauty and understand nothing is PERFECT. This resort is clean and beautiful. You will not have anything to worry about! (unless you are too uptight to enjoy your vacation ) Go and enjoy yourself!

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2005

My wife and I stayed at the Marriott Kauai for our honeymoon from 3/12/05 – 3/16/05 and were very pleased with the resort. We got our room for $154 a night through the Marriott friends and family program. (You must have a friend or family member that works for the Marriott family of hotels that is willing to complete a friends and family form on your behalf.) To our surprise we were given an ocean view timeshare suite which includes two rooms that have a common door. The first room is the living room which had a kitchen table, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, television, couch, and a bathroom (shower & toilet). The second room is the bedroom which had a king size bed, television and bathroom (shower & toilet). Each room had a walkout balcony but only the living room’s balcony was large enough for chairs. I believe our room normally goes for $300 a night.

As you read the other reviews, you’ll see that some people loved the resort while others hated it. We loved the resort but didn’t spend much time there except for sleeping. We spent most of our time exploring the island. Thus, I wouldn’t recommend the resort if you’re looking for a great beach. The beach lies within a bay and you will see cruise ships every morning because the harbor also lies within the bay. Luckily there are many great beaches that are close to the resort. Try staying at Poipu if you really want a great beach but expect large crowds as the area is developed.

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2005

OK......I did my research before going to the Kauai Marriott. I read all the reviews (good and bad). Now here comes the real deal..........are you ready??? This place is great! The only thing that I can figure about the folks that posted a negative review is that they are the type that "just can't have a good time no matter where they go." or they were "looking....really looking... for things to criticize." Honestly, this is an awesome place, lush beautiful landscape....friendly staff....awesome pool......and great restaurants. The chicken wings at Dukes are great. Breakfast at Kukui's was nice in the mornings by the pool. The Marriott is very relaxing. My wife and I totally enjoyed our stay and would absolutely, positively, and definitely go back. PS......the Marriott pool is the bomb....it is way better than the pool at the very expensive and upscale Princeville Hotel.
Have a great time ! Unless you're "one of those people that can't have a good time no matter where you go." Aloha & Mahalo !

  • Stayed April 2005, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2005

Just spent a week there and loved the entire stay. The nicest feature of the resort is the location! Only 5 minutes from the airport, but completely secluded. Also a 5 minute walk and/or drive to many great restaurants. I would rather stay here than on Poipu Beach where I would spend 20 minutes driving everytime I wanted to "go somewhere." The resort was very clean and the staff was friendly. I loved my oceanfront room, but can see why others might be annoyed if they only had a "garden view." The pool area is spectacular and the 5 hot tubs ensure that you rarely have to share. I also enjoyed the 20+ different places throughout the resort where you can sit down on a comfortable chair or couch and read a book or visit with friends.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3610 Rice St, Kalapaki Beach, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Kauai > Lihue
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 9 hotels in Lihue
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kauai Marriott Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Known for its warm island hospitality and idyllic location on the Garden Isle, the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach underwent a $50 million upgrade, with major enhancements to all its guestrooms, suites, restaurants and pool deck. Unique among hotels in Kauai, our resort sits on Kalapaki Bay and offers a wide variety of recreational activities, a superior beach experience and 18 holes of Jack Nicklaus championship golf at the adjacent Kauai Lagoons Golf Club. Business travelers will enjoy our 5 Star Hotel's 20,230 sq ft of flexible meeting and event space in Kauai. Guests traveling for pleasure will enjoy one of the largest family-friendly pools in Hawaii and our spacious 5 star hotel rooms, most of which offer spectacular views and feature a balcony. Pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment at our hotel's on-site Alexander Spa and Salon. Discover a leader in style and service among Kauai hotels and resorts and enjoy breathtaking beachfront views at the Kauai Marriott Resort. ... more   less 
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