During our trip Oahu, we took the time to drive around the island and made sure to spend time in the North Shore. This side of the island is away from all the crowds that you see in Waikiki, it’s quieter, more laid back, and frankly, feels more like Hawaii. You have the ocean on one side, and if you’re just passing through, you’ll feel relaxed, finding your way to slow down….then again, you should chill and relax….you’re on island time.
Waikiki is home to many hotels, perhaps too many. Waikiki is not everyone’s cup of tea. But for many of those who have reward points to use, you’ll have lots of accommodation options in Waikiki, no doubt. If you venture outside of Waikiki, the list of “big name” hotels are slim, honestly, I think it’s a good thing. I can’t imagine the North Shore of Oahu to be packed with big Vegas-style resorts.
Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore
It was back in 2014/2015 when we last visited Oahu, and while we drove around the North Shore, we noticed they were building a new Marriott property – a Courtyard by Marriott. Fast forward a few years later, we had our chance to visit and see the property for ourselves.
We met Ben, a helpful gentleman from the front desk, and he gave us a quick tour of their property. It is situated right next to the Polynesian Cultural Center, famous tourist attraction focusing on getting to know the Polynesian culture. Due to the pandemic, Ben couldn’t show us the guest rooms, and we understood. He did take us to the pool area, walked around the building, and the very spacious lobby, and he also showed us how to access the nearby beach.
A big plus for families
The property has rooms that could accommodate up to six guests.
- King suite with a sofa sleeper, and you could request blow up mattress, or futon mattress (available upon request.
- Guest room with 2 queens and a sofa bed
- Mini-fridge in the room
- If staying for a lengthy period, the property has microwave for you to use in your room (based on availability)
I’ve seen rates for a guest room in the $200 range, and with reward points, I’ve seen them fluctuate from 40,000 points to 60,000 points per night.
No resort fees
What? Exactly. Unlike the properties where you stay at in Waikiki, many of them charge resort fees of up to $50 per day.
$15 per day….not bad. Again, when compared to Waikiki properties, they could charge you up to $50 per day in parking.
For those with status with Marriott
- Platinum Elite and higher – get 500 points for your entire stay or daily $10 or $20 food and beverage credit (if only one is checking in – $10 credit per day). If two or more are checking in, $20 credit per day.
- You have the option for a late checkout and use of the pool cabana
- $50 credit one time credit for beach rentals, surfboard, snorkeling equipment, umbrellas beach chairs
- Silver or Gold members will have lesser credit, while Ambassador status gets $100 beach rental credit.
Here’s my treat for you
It’s a short video of the property, the lobby, pool area, and how close it is to access the beach which is just across the street
We have another return trip to Hawaii next year. And I am definitely considering spending few nights at the Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore. I share this a lot with my Facebook travel page group, Daddy Travels Now on Facebook, please feel free to join.