Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach — An excellent budget-friendly accommodation

2020 Update: Since our original stay, this hotel has been renovated and rebranded as a Sheraton property. For more information, see this link to the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort. For more current reviews, see this TripAdvisor link.

For reference, the following review is from our stay in 2013 when the resort was Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach.

panorama view of courtyard kauai

For our recent visit to Kauai, we wanted to experience a stay along the Coconut Coast near Kapaa. We booked a special deal with Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach that included ocean view room, jeep rental for the entire stay and $100 food and beverage credit for the rate of $240 per night. This selection turned out to be a great choice.

This grove of coconut palm trees fronts the Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach
This grove of coconut palm trees fronts the Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach

The location

Courtyard Kauai is located on the Coconut Coast just beyond the heart of Kapaa along Kauai’s east shore. See this map indicating Courtyard Kauai. The hotel is centrally located and convenient for sightseeing around the island.

This oceanfront hotel is set on a lovely beach, however the beach is not safe for swimming. If you enjoy beachside walking or biking, there’s a nice shoreline path that runs for miles through and beyond the hotel grounds

Shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance. In fact, one of our favorite Kauai restaurants, Hukilau Lanai, was only a five or ten minute walk away.

Sunrise at Courtyard Kauai
Sunrise at Courtyard Kauai

The rooms

Guest rooms are nicely decorated with ocean blue carpet and dark wood furnishings. We upgraded to one of their executive guest rooms for extra room (over 500 square feet) and an oceanfront view.

The entertainment hutch included a flat screen television, mini-refrigerator and a coffee maker with Kauai coffee supplied.

room at Courtyard Kauai

Though the rooms are generally spacious, the bathrooms are very much on the small side. The bathroom door barely opened past the toilet. (See this link for a photo of the bathroom. Note that the tub/shower is immediately behind the dark wood door. You had to close the door to get in the tub.) Fortunately, we had a separate vanity area just outside the bathroom.

The lanais were somewhat small. They basically only accomodate two people.

The amenities

The resort offered plenty of lounge chairs, tables and umbrellas along the poolside courtyard. The firepit/fountain was very popular at night. What’s a firepit/fountain, you ask? Well, this video should explain it.

The hotel offers two onsite restaurants. We had dinner onsite for Valentine’s Day and we’d describe it as an okay experience.

The resort offers tennis courts and complimentary use of tennis rackets. A basketball court is also onsite.

Lei making, hula lessons and yoga on the beach are offered for fees ranging from $10 to $17.

The resort has a rental station where you can rent bikes, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, sand toys, and insulated beach bags by the day or week.

The free hula and fire knife show

The brave fire knife dancer concentrates during his performance.
The brave fire knife dancer concentrates during his performance.

On Wednesday evenings, the resort offers a very special treat for guests — a free hula and fire knife show. The performances includes music, hula by multiple dancers and a fire knife show. It was really well done and the price (free) can’t be beat! See our short video for samples of the show.

On Monday and Wednesday mornings, the resort provides a sunrise welcome with Hawaiian hula and chants. Unfortunately, we missed this both mornings during our stay.

The friendly, honest staff

Each member of staff that we met was very warm and friendly. They were always willing to answer questions with a smile.

One morning we were out exploring the island, when I realized I wasn’t wearing my watch. Then, my heart sank when I remembered that I had taken my watch off to apply sunscreen and I had left it sitting on the vanity countertop. This watch had  great sentimental value to me. We prayed that housekeeping wouldn’t take it. We rushed back to the room. Housekeeping had been there and my watch was still on the counter where I’d left it. Whew! Many thanks to the honest housekeeping staff!

What to know:

– Parking is $14 per day.

– Be sure to pick up  and review the calendar of events at check-in.

– See this link for more photos from our stay at Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach.

  1. That’s actually a pretty decent deal for the hotel. Do you know if there are any odd/traditional festivals near where you stayed?

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