Courtyard Oahu North Shore touts its proximity to the destination’s many attractions and activities. // © 2016 Courtyard Oahu North Shore
Feature image (above): Courtyard Oahu North Shore’s interiors combine cultural influences with modern amenities and technology. // © 2016 Courtyard Oahu North Shore
Courtyard Oahu North Shore bills itself as a budget-friendly home base for visitors who want to explore Oahu’s North Shore in-depth.
“When people stay here for a couple of nights, they tell us they’re ready to come back, stay longer and do more,” said Micah Casey, assistant general manager for Courtyard Oahu North Shore. “Our current average length of stay is two nights, but we’re hoping to increase that.”
Location is a key selling point for the three-story, 144-room property, which opened in June 2015. Its next-door neighbor is one of Hawaii’s top attractions: Polynesian Cultural Center, a revered place of Pacific island music, dance and traditions.
Right across the street from the hotel is a popular beach for swimming, snorkeling and paddleboarding. Clients can rent gear from the hotel and hit the water in no time. Legendary North Shore beaches such as Waimea, Sunset and Pipeline are within easy reach, as well.
With relatively little driving, hotel guests can go horseback riding, hiking, ziplining and skydiving. They can also tour the gardens, waterfalls and cultural sites of Waimea Valley. Other North Shore lures include the region’s famous shrimp trucks, farmers markets and the shops and restaurants of Haleiwa town.
Between activities, clients don’t have to deal with traffic jams, which are generally nonexistent on the rural North Shore.
Old-Style Decor, Modern Amenities
Courtyard Oahu’s interiors channel the culture of its surroundings. Public areas showcase Hawaiian artifacts, paintings by local artists and photographs by legendary surf photographer Jon Mozo.
At the same time, guests can access high-tech conveniences such as the GoBoard, a wall-size touch-screen virtual concierge. The hotel’s Bistro — which boasts the region’s only Starbucks — features seating areas with individual screens.
Accommodations come with island-inspired furnishings while offering up-to-date amenities such as flat-panel smart televisions with built-in Netflix access and eco-friendly temperature sensors. Although the hotel sits next to the road, clients can’t hear the passing traffic thanks to soundproof window panes.
Business travelers can take advantage of the hotel’s two meeting rooms and outdoor event space. Leisure travelers will like its waterfall swimming pool, and active guests will appreciate its 24/7 fitness center.
Another big plus for Courtyard Oahu is its competitive price point. Nightly rates start at $259, with no resort fee, while rates at the region’s other hotel — the more elaborate Turtle Bay Resort — start at $279, with a nightly $38 resort fee.
Casey was born and raised five minutes from the hotel, and most of the staff grew up nearby as well. Perhaps that explains why guests say they feel a sense of community at the hotel, he says.
“The owners recognize the value of having employees from Hawaii managing the property,” Casey said. “We’re selling this as a place you want to stay for a week.”