Waikiki Courtyard Hotel

by Monica Wachman Google

Courtyard by Marriott has made its way to Waikiki. To those lucky souls who have business in paradise, Courtyard Waikiki Beach allows you to indulge in a bit of pleasure in your off hours, and it's your opportunity to stay at a moderately priced, well-equipped property in the heart of Waikiki.

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Waikiki Location

Step out of the Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach, and a two block walk takes you to the Royal Hawaiian Center, a posh shopping mall fronting the equally posh Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Walk another block to the end of Royal Hawaiian Avenue and find yourself on the sands of Waikiki. From here, follow the sand to Fort Derussy Beach Park in the west or all the way to Kapiolani Park if you head east. If you want to explore the rest of Oahu, catch TheBus, Oahu’s inexpensive transit system, a half block from that same lobby door. TheBus takes you to the Hawaii Convention Center and historic downtown, or circle the island if you have the time.

Accommodations

Frequent guests of the Courtyard brand most likely recognize the layout of their hotel room or suite. The Waikiki version does incorporate a bit of a Hawaiian twist by using soft island colors and floral accents to complement the dark woods. Most rooms offer a private lanai, wet bar and microwave. One-bedroom suites offer a sofa bed in the front room, giving families a bit more privacy and space. Flat-screen TVs keep you entertained, and pillow-top mattresses make you comfortable.

Amenities and Activities

Choose between a dip in the freshwater garden pool or in the more secluded, quieter saltwater pool. If you still have energy to burn after exploring Waikiki, put in some time on the on-site fitness center’s cardiovascular equipment. Make an appointment at SpaPure for a body wrap or an island-style massage. Golfers are only a block from the greens of the Ala Wai Golf Course. Catch TheBus going east on Kuhio Avenue and get off at the golf course’s front door. Club and golf cart rentals are available, and tee times may be booked in advance. Take that same bus to Kapiolani Park and the Honolulu Zoo, or just walk up Kuhio and take in the sites on the way. The park and zoo are less than a mile from the Courtyard.

Restaurants and Lounges

The Courtyard’s Spada Bar and Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, and offers Italian fare in a café-like setting. Grab a cup of gourmet coffee at KiMOBEAN, located next to the lobby. Beyond the hotel doors it is just a matter of what kind of food you are in the mood for. Try the Cheesecake Factory, which offers much more than to-die-for cheesecake, or Dukes Waikiki, a beachfront icon that has been serving tropical drinks, steak and seafood for decades. If you are in need of a pancake and bacon fix, IHOP is right across the street.

About the Author

Monica Wachman is a former editor and writer for FishersTravelSOS, EasyRez.com and Bonsai Ireland. She has an AA degree in travel from Career Com Technical and is an avid RV buff and gardener. In 2014, she published "Mouschie and the Big White Box" about an RV trip across North America.