Also what are our chances of getting upgraded if we don't pay for a room with a view? I am gold elite and will be visiting in February. Would one property be better than the other if we don't get upgraded? Also, has anybody been to the Sunday champagne brunch at the Marriott?
February should be a slow time and your odds of an upgrade are good and the only upgrade worthwhile would be at the Kauai Marriott. It would also be the location with the much better beach and other activities. Also closer to south and west side if weather is a problem on any given day you can almost always find the sun on the west side.