The low-rise Courtyard Oahu North Shore opened its doors in mid-2015, offering reliable chain accommodations close to the Polynesian Cultural Center and a short drive to some of the North Shore's most iconic beaches and surfing spots. Free Wi-Fi, daily newspapers, a fitness center, a pool, and its beachside location make it a welcome addition to the otherwise barren lodging options along the coast. The Bistro offers breakfast and dinner in the hotel, which houses the only 24-hour Starbucks on the North Shore. The Laie Foodland is close by for stocking up on essentials. Remember that Laie is a dry town, so beer, wine, and spirits are best purchased in Honolulu or in Haleiwa.
There are four guest rooms to choose from, based on bed configurations, as well as one suite option. Each room has simple island-style decor and furnishings in earth tones, free WiFi, mini fridge, work station, and comfy beds.
Third floor rooms typically have better views and are quieter.
Bathrooms are a nice size with wide vanities, and well lit, with cool tones throughout. Some bathrooms have standing showers while others have tub/shower combos.
The lobby is bright and spacious, and even though it has a bit of a corporate feel to it, is very inviting and friendly. There is plenty of seating and areas to hang out. The lobby also includes media pods, a few computers, and a GoBoard with local info.
The freeform outdoor pool is a good size and heated. It also features an adjacent hot tub, platform for children, and lava rock/waterfall feature that is very nice.
The fitness center isn’t very large, but the weight and cardio machines are well laid out so that it doesn’t feel cramped. Cardio machines include individual mounted monitors.
Guests can eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner at The Bistro, with light, casual meals. The Market in the lobby also offers grab and go snacks and drinks.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a “dry” area -- neither the hotel nor the nearby town has alcohol available to purchase, so you’ll need to bring your own if you’d like to imbibe.
Waikiki and surrounding areas are easily reachable from the airport by cab or rideshare. There is plenty to do in these areas without ever leaving (walking, biking, taking the bus, or hailing a car), so a rental car is only necessary if you want to explore other parts of the island. This hotel has a $15 per night charge for parking.
No drive to the North Shore is complete without a stop at the shrimp trucks to get your hands really, really dirty. There are plenty of trucks to choose from along the way, but Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck (45-min drive) is a very popular spot. Have a good time and some great food at Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican Restaurant (45-min drive). Sure, eating Mexican food in Hawaii may sound a little crazy, but it’s really delicious and who doesn’t need a taco and margarita break every now and then?
With specialty cocktails at nice prices, a decent selection of beer and wine, and a long happy hour that runs Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Breakers Restaurant & Bar (44-min drive) is a great place to have a drink and watch whatever game is on. Surfer, The Bar (14-min drive) at Turtle Bay Resort offers beautiful views, a little dose of nightlife (including karaoke nights and live music nights), and a nice cocktail menu. Throw in some pupus, a nice wine and beer selection, and you’re in for a fun night.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The Courtyard Marriott gives visitors the chance to visit the North Shore and the various nearby attractions without having to commute to Waikiki. Though it lacks all of the amenities of a resort, it offers a bit more than a typical hotel thanks to the Bistro, the nice pool area, and its pleasant staff.