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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 07:01 AM
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Where to stay in Kauai other than the Hyatt or the Princeville??

Re-thinking May vacation....originally going to stay 5 nights Fairmont Kea Lani, 5 nights Kapalua Bay on Maui...now wondering if we should just pick one Maui hotel and stay a few night on Kuaui.

Where is a good place to stay? Any opinions on Hanalei Bay? Looking for a resort or B&B with a pool, (not interested in cooking so no rental homes etc) charming, understated, rooms as close to the beach as possible suggestions...

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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 07:01 AM
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price is not a concern....
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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 07:43 AM
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Hanalei Bay is NOT a good place to stay.
It is run by a timeshare company, so no attention is paid to the hotel rms; they are 2* at best. The property is very nice, alot of plantings, gardens, but nowhere as nice as the Hyatt. The pool is nice, but that's it.

There is VERY limited public spaces, very small lobby, one restaurant, and one lounge. The lounge shuts down but 11pm, nothing goes at the hotel after 11pm. People seem to rave about the restaurant, BaliHai, but all it has ging for it is the view. The restaurant itself looks like a cafeteria in a camp.

Service is no-exsistent. There is time-share info all over the hotel, in your rms, in the lobby, etc.
The have serveral tennis courts, which is a plus.
Do you know they charge you if you lose your room key? And, to top it off, at check-in you HAVE to sign a slip of paper attesting to the fact that you know there will be a lost key charge!
They are NOT near the beach; rather, they sit atop a cliff, and you have to walk a VERY steep path down to the beach; about a 7-10 min walk. The way the path is, it seems like you're going onto The Princeville Resort's beach.
Avoid The Hanalei bay Resort at all costs!
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Apologies for the typos!
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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 08:22 AM
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Bogart, We stayed in a fabulous condo that is right on the beach. Very quiet great pool and spa practically in the water. Stairs leading down to the ocean which is good for snorkleing. Whalers Cove, building 1 second floor. Can't get closer to the water. The biggest Lanais I've ever seen which are right on the ocean. Our photos look like fake scenery. We never cooked a single meal though!!! Take the virtual tour here: http://www.whalers-cove.com/Oceanside_Resorts/Whalers_Cove/

We booked through suite paradise for a better rate. Wherever you stay, have a great time.
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Old Mar 26th, 2003, 11:20 AM
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Two years ago, we stayed at the Poipu Kapili. (I'm not sure of the spelling). They are condos and suites. It was beautiful. They are not on the beach however. You have to go down the road a very short distance. I would stay there again in a heart beat.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 05:47 AM
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Last May we stayed at the Sheraton Kauai in a beach front room and were very pleased overall. Our room was large and well-appointed. The food was good. The location is convenient to the better restaurants, shopping, and largest town.
However, at least when we were there, the hotel only allowed people to use its special rental chairs (which were not cheap) on the beach. The lounges by the pool had to stay on the grass, so the result was that a lot of guests were crowded on the grass just beside the beach but not on it. The reason for the policy, according to the hotel staff, is to not crowd the beach, which is visited by some rare seals (which we did see).
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 07:32 AM
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We just came back from 2 weeks on Kauai and for 7 nights we stayed at Marriott's Kauai Beach Club (the vacation club part). The place is beautiful and is centrally located in Lihue. We had an oceanfront 1 BR, 2 bath villa. It is actually a 1 br suite with 2 baths. There are no cooking facilities, but does have a bar size fridge in the bedroom and also in the living room. It also has a microwave, dishwasher, etc. Even tho it is part of the timeshare program, you still have daily maid service. We enjoyed ourselves very much here. Kukui's restaurant has a wonderful Sunday brunch and also a great Friday and Saturday night(s) buffet. Duke's Canoe Club is also a good restaurant that is at the Marriott.
Check this place out, I think you will enjoy it very much.
On another note...check out summitpacific.com.....This is an individually owned timeshare at Hanalei Bay Resort, that we considered staying in before we chose the Marriott. I contacted three people who have rented from this individual and all had great responses. We didn't eat at the restaurant at Hanalei Bay, but we did go over and walk through and both decided we would have enjoyed the place very much. Beautiful gardens and really laid back...nice pool in the main area also.
 
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Why don't you want to stay at Princeville or Hyatt? They are the best resorts on the island. Are you looking for a smaller, more private place?

Putting in my two cents -- The Sheraton was completely lacking in charm and felt almost like a business hotel (weird for Kauai!).
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 09:10 AM
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Bogart:
Although I have not stayed at the Sheraton, I have checked out the place, and would completely agree with Wagsdvm's assessment of the Sheraton over either the Hyatt or Princeville Resort. The major plus, though of the Sheraton is that it sits right on the beach. If that is important to you, and the facilities of the hotel less important, then the Sheraton would be a good choice. But if you want to compare the hotels itself, the public spaces, decor, facilities, and gardens, the Sheraton pales in comparison to Hyatt & Princeville.

I would say, though, in your original post, you listed the Kea Lani and Kapalua Bay hotels. The only hotels on Kauai that are in the same league as those are the Hyatt, Princeville Resort, and the Marriott - I would NOT put the Sheraton in the same class.
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 09:15 AM
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Gloria's B & B may be just what you're looking for. Amazing rooms on the ocean. There are reviews in the Fodors rants. www.gloriasbedandbreakfast.com
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 10:30 AM
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I guess what I'm looking for doesn't really exist...sigh. I would like the same class as Kapalua, Kea Lani, Hyatt Kauai and Princeville....would prefer something smaller, more understated but with a classic Hawaiian feel.

Which hotel between the Hyatt and Princeville more fits this description...we don't want anything fancy/fussy/stuffy.

thanks for all the replies!!
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Old Mar 27th, 2003, 10:50 AM
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Bogart:
Hmm - You are right. Neither of the 2 top Kauai Resorts fits your requirements.

The Hyatt has a very classy, Hawaaian feel (not the tacky tiki stuff). Nevertheless,having stayed there on 2 separate occasions, didn't feel it was stuffy atmoshphere at all. The service is outstanding. But it is a LARGE place; so I would not call it intimate, although there are nice, comfortable public spaces to sit and read, relax, or enjoy the scenery.

The Princeville, on the other hand, is a smaller resort, definetly more intimate, but has NO feeling whatsoever of a Hawaaian resort.
There is gold, marble, and tall columns everywhere in the public spaces; the feel is more Las Vegas than Hawaai.

As someone suggested, maybe the B&B Glorias might be what you are looking for. Remember though, you will be spending top $'s there.
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