We stayed at the Kauai Marriot 4/13-4/21, which was our first trip to Kauai. Upon arrival we were impressed with the beautiful and immaculate facility and grounds. Staff was friendly. We upgraded to a room that overlooked the beach/pool on the 10th floor. FANTASTIC. Everything was clean and well maintained. The pool was a highlight, being the largest in Hawaii and they weren't kidding. I especially liked that it was 4' deep all around as you will get tired swimming in a pool that size. There were five hot tubs under every pillar but were extremely hot. Each guest was allowed two towels with the return of the towel card.
There are several restaurants on the property and my pick was Duke's, which features a full salad bar and a cascading waterfall and garden with tiki torches. Drinks were very pricey as was the food at all the restaurants. There is a $20 resort fee per day which was unavoidable. The garden area is beautiful with a koi pond, cascading waterfalls and walking paths. If possible, go to the lobby guest services and get a resort card which gives you discounts to area dining and shopping, as well as complimentary drinks. The staff was accomodating, restaurant staff are so friendly and bend over backward to take care of you. I especially liked the fruit filled water dispenser at the front of the lobby which was very refreshing. There is an escalator from the main entrance which I found helpful when carrying luggage and bags.
A rental car is a must, as the island scenery is too beautiful not to miss. Beaches are somewhat rough and not swimmable, alot of debris washes to shore. But the scenery is not to be missed. The Marriot is easily accessable to most everything being in the middle of the East side. The resort was for everyone from newlyweds, families and retirees. The gift shop on the premesis is very handy but a bit expensive. My suggestion is a walk to the ABC store down the street. Shopping is abundant on the island as are places to eat. Bring your credit card as food is very expensive, as well as gasoline. We purchased a souvenier coffee/drink cup at the resort for $36 (somewhat ridiculous) but coffee was free if you had this. Since glass is not allowed at poolside, it was convenient for beer and cold drinks. Jut a note -- this might be an option for most as two large coffees were $10.50.
Many other reviews comment on the noise from the Lihue Airport, which was literally two miles from the resort. Helicopters fly over regularly (only during the day) but you rarely hear jets.
We traveled from upstate NY, so staying in a resort like the Marriot was certainly a welcome surprise. I had no complaints with this facility, other than the high drink and food prices. Tip: Don't order anything at Kalapaki pool side grill unless money is no option! Two drinks including tip was $30. Parking was a bit of a hike as well and if you come in late expect to park in the far overflow lot.
Roosters and chickens run wild all over the island, and the facility was no exception. They crow at all hours and are even at poolside. They really are no bother and seem to know the boundaries.
All in all I would highly recommend this facility based on the cleanliness, the immaculate grounds, pool and facilities. Since we had a late night flight home, the hotel has the "Linger Longer" program where they charge $75 extra to stay at the hotel until 6pm. This was a godsend to us as we made one last trip to Hilo Hatties and an afternoon at the pool, a quick shower and meal before leaving for home.
If we ever come back to Kauai we will definitely stay at the Marriot again, but would budget for food/drinks a bit better.
10th floor center has head on pool/ocean view - ours had king bed with mini fridge and coffee maker...
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