I'll try not to repeat things from other reviews. I'm going to complain a bit, but overall we had a good stay. If you're expecting a five star resort, go elsewhere. It is clean and comfortable. I found the staff to be very friendly if not solicitous. I didn't like that they tried to get me to use the parking shuttle when I arrived. The shuttle goes to a lot far from the buildings. They didn't volunteer that there is a lot right beside our building.
There are several hot tubs but they keep the temperature relatively low - it felt lukewarm after just a few minutes. The early bird gets the lounge: they can be hard to come by at times. They have signs posted advising that chairs/lounges are for guests only, but it did seem there were locals availing themselves. All public beaches in Kauai are open to everyone and I never saw staff challenge anyone. I didn't hear many planes despite the proximity of the airport. The most annoying thing after a while are the choppers that buzz overhead every few minutes.
Dukes was one of the better restaurants we ate at during our ten day stay. The best meal we had was probably Roy's Poipu Bar & Grill (despite few choices for kids and a dirty bathroom). We spent a fair bit of time in Koloa, about a 25 minute drive from the Marriott in Lihue. It has more of a resort feel and Old Koloa Town is nice to stroll through. Check out the monk seals that sun on Poipu beach. There are tons of colourful fish to be seen if you snorkel beside the Beach House restaurant. Got some pretty good pictures using a cheap disposable underwater camera. The Spouting Horn's eerie howl is also worth the trip.
Another highlight was Anini beach on the north shore. It has the largest reef on the island so there is a huge shallow area where you can snorkel and it's relatively safe for the kids. We saw lots of fish and a turtle and the kids collected a lot of shells. It might be fun to bring a book or guide to identify sea creatures.
We planned a lot of activities and didn't spend a ton of time on the property. Next time we'd probably rent a condo, but If I were to go back to just stay on a resort and relax I'd definitely go somewhere away from Lihue. As a hotel to sleep at and occasionally use the beach and pool the Marriott was fine.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Kauai Hotel Lihue
- Marriott Kauai Hotel Beach
- Marriott Lihue
- Lihue Marriott
- Marriotts Kauai Beach Club
- Kauai Marriott Resort HI